Forest City Queen Charters

Looking for a unique outing for employees, clients, family reunions, birthday parties, showers, wedding rehearsal dinners, special occasions, or just a fun night out? Host your event on Rockford’s own Forest City Queen riverboat! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful scenery and stately homes as you cruise along the Rock River.

The riverboat can accommodate up to 49 passengers with a variety of seating options. Departures available from a variety of locations along the Rock River. Food and Beverage catering options available upon request.

First Hour: $275 resident/$300 non-resident

Each Additional Hour: $135 resident/$150 non-resident

To make advance reservations or for more info, call 815.987.8894.

Forest City Queen River Tours

Summer Tours: May 27 - August 27, 2017

FCQ Tour Schedule 2017

  • Thursday tours depart from Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

Fall Tours: September 2 - October 1, 2017 (Weekends Only)

Late Fall Tours: October 7-15, 2017 (Weekends Only)

Ticket Prices Resident Non-Resident
Adults (18+) $6 $8
Youth (5-17) $5 $7
Tots (3-4) $2 $3
Children (2 and under) $1 $2
Senior (65+) $5 $7
Veterans $5 $7
Group (15 or more) $5/person $6/person

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Things to Know:

  • Tour departs from Riverview Park, near Riverview Ice House, 324 N Madison St, Rockford
  • Our Captains are certified by The United States Coast Guard
  • Reservations to any of our cruises is HIGHLY recommended!

Forest City Queen Specialty Cruises

Express Lunch Cruise

Offered every Friday, June 2 – August 25, 2017

Cruises departing at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm

Lunch includes your choice of turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, or veggie sandwich along with chips, soda/water, and a cookie.

Lunch & Cruise: $14 (resident); $16 (non-resident) 

RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED. Walk-ups accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, but spots fill fast! Tickets for the lunch cruise may be purchased at the Trolley Station. Please arrive and check in at least 15 minutes prior to departure time.

Lunch Provided by: Beef-a-Roo

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Dinner on the Rock

Featuring fine food and drinks by Prairie Street Brewing Co.

You’ve dined on the dock, but have you dined on the Rock? The Forest City Queen provides a unique location for the Prairie Street Brewing Co. to offer a dining experience beyond the dock. Cruising on select dates, June through September.

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Offered the last Saturday each month

Dine in style and enjoy the sunset as you cruise up and down the Rock River. Vegetarian option available if requested when placing reservation. Menu selections subject to change due to market availability.

Dinner & Cruise: $45 (resident); $48 (non-resident)

Beer, wine, iced tea, lemonade available for purchase.

Prime Rib Dinner: June 24, 2017; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Serving prime rib, roasted shallot mashed potatoes, blanched asparagus, and green peppercorn jus

Roasted Halibut Dinner: July 22, 2017; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Serving roasted halibut, summer squash, tomatoes, olives and pistachio salsa verde

Beef Tenderloin Dinner: August 19, 2017; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Serving roasted tenderloin of beef, herb scalloped potatoes, baby carrots, and shallot pepper jus

King Salmon Dinner: September 23, 2017; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Serving seared king salmon, wild rice, cracked hazelnuts, roasted fennel bulb, and herb coulis

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BBQ Cruise

Offered Saturdays, June 10, July 8, August 5, September 2; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Head to Rockford City Market, then climb aboard the Queen for good food and music! Vegetarian option available if requested when placing reservation.

Dinner & Cruise: $20 (resident); $22 (non-resident)

Cash bar offering beer and wine

Serving pulled pork on a pretzel bun (chef may change the meat and BBQ flavor at discretion), RBC Beer Cheese Fondue chips, and a side, plus your choice of one 10-oz beer or RBC Root Beer.

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Brews Cruise

Offered Saturdays, June 17, July 15, August 26, September 16; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (9/16 cruise: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)

Enjoy an evening on the Queen while enjoying beer and wine samples from Prairie Street Brewing Co. Find one you like? Cash bar available for a “full” glass of your favorite brew!

Cruise & Sampling: $20 (resident); $22 (non-resident)

Cash bar offering beer, wine and non alcoholic beverages. Serving samples of six beers per person, and pub snacks from Prairie Street Brewing Co.

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Pizza Cruise


  • Wednesdays, June 7 - August 23, 2017
  • Fridays, June 9 - September 1, 2017


  • June/July: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • August/September: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Perfect for families, friends, and groups! Enjoy a delicious pizza while cruising the Rock River. Plus, you’ll see the Ski Broncs waterski show during your cruise (select dates – no shows 6/16 and 8/11).

Cruise Tickets

  • General Admission (Ages 5+): $12 (resident); $16 (non-resident)
  • Ages 3-4: $4 (resident); $6 (non-resident)
  • Ages 2 and under: $2 (resident); $4 (non-resident)

Ticket price doesn’t include meal – food purchase required (soda/water and cookie included in ticket price)


  • 12'' Pizza & Salad (serves 2-3): $16
  • gluten-free crust additional $2

Pizzas and salad provided by Capri

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Breakfast Cruises

Brunch Cruise

Offered Saturdays, June 24, July 15, August 12, September 9, 2017; 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The early morning hours are the best time to be on the Rock River. The reflections in the water are amazing, the wildlife is waking up, and watching the sunrise over the water is breathtaking. Cameras are recommended!

Brunch & Cruise: $16 (resident); $18 (non-resident)

Breakfast provided by Prairie Street Brewing Co.

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Fall Foliage Cruise

October 14 & 15, 2017; 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

You haven’t witnessed the changing of the seasons in Rockford like this before! The tree-lined riverbanks just burst with color in October, and you can see it all from a totally different perspective aboard the Forest City Queen.Cameras are recommended! The Fall Foliage cruise depart from Nicholas Conservatory.

Breakfast & Cruise: $16 (resident); $18 (non-resident)

Serving donuts, hot cider, and coffee

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School Field Trips

Explore the sights, sounds and history of the Rock River by rail or water!

Forest City Queen

Discover the Rock River aboard the Forest City Queen excursion boat. You and your shipmates will embark on a narrated historical tour of the Rock River geared toward school-aged children. Limit 49 passengers for 45-minute ride.


  • Students: $5
  • Teachers + Required Chaperones: FREE
  • Additional Chapertones: $5

Trolley Car 36

Relive the glory days of trolley travel with a journey back in time on Trolley Car 36! Ride along the riverfront and discover what Rockford was like at the turn of the century. Limit 36 passengers for a 45-minute ride.


  • Students: $4
  • Teachers + Required Chaperones: FREE
  • Additional Chapertones: $4

Spring Ride Schedule

May 2-26, 2017

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays only, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Minimum of 20 paid guests per tour ($100 fl at fee for less than 20 guests)
  • Make a day of it! Combine your boat and trolley ride with a visit to Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens for a full day of fun! Additional Fee = $4/person

Lunch & Picnics Available

Outdoor picnic space is available in Riverview Park or at the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens pavillion. Kid-friendly lunches are also available for pre-order from Beef-a-roo ($6/lunch).

Weather/Cancellation Policy

While we would love everyday to be beautiful and sunny, we also know we live in the midwest! That being said, rides may still operate in light rain, however, the captain & motorman will keep a careful eye out for approaching severe weather, as your safety is our priority. If the staff deem the weather to be dangerous rides will be cancelled. Tickets can be rescheduled or refunded, if rides are cancelled.

For weather-related delays and cancellations aboard the Forest City Queen and Trolley Car 36, call the Rainout Line number in the banner below. For ride schedules and availability call 815.987.1654.

Tour Packages

Tropical Trio

Set sail on the Forest City Queen, ride the rails on Trolley Car 36, and tour Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens – all for one low price!

Ride Times

  • THURSDAYS ONLY: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • SPECIAL WEEKEND RIDES: September 23-24, September 30, October 1, 2017: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Rides depart from Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens


  • General Admission (Ages 5+): $12 resident/$15 non-resident
  • Tots (Ages 3-4): $4 resident/$6 non-resident
  • Ages 2 and Under: $2 resident/$3 non-resident

Tickets available at the Trolley Station and Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens


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