Forest City Queen, Trolley Car 36 to remain in operation through Oct. 19

Staff Report

Rockford Park District’s Forest City Queen riverboat and rail-based Trolley Car 36 have extended their operational season, and will continue to offer public excursion rides Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 19, weather and river conditions permitting.

Select dates and times are also still available for the two-hour Forest City Queen dinner cruises. Trolley rides at Rockford City Market will continue through Oct. 17.

Forest City Queen public rides will offer 45-minute narrated excursion cruises, giving passengers fascinating information about Rockford’s history, with an up-close glimpse of even more of the most stately homes along the Rock River. The Forest City Queen is wheelchair accessible (maximum two wheelchairs per ride).

Trolley Car 36 travels along the Rock River Recreation Path from Riverview Park to the Symbol sculpture, with a brief stop at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, where riders can visit the rose gardens and Eclipse Lagoon before returning to the station. Trolley Car 36 is wheelchair accessible (maximum two wheelchairs per ride).

Fall season public hourly rides for both the Forest City Queen and Trolley Car 36 are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 19, departing at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Hourly ride tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (815) 987-8894, or during office hours at the Trolley Station at the south end of Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison St., Rockford. Seating availability is first come, first served.

In addition to the hourly narration cruises, a Sunday Brunch Cruise is scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon, Sept. 28.

For dinner cruises only, reservations are required at least three days in advance by calling (815) 987-1685; reservations may also be purchased online.

For complete information, including fees and purchasing tickets for excursion and City Market rides as well as dinner cruises, visit, contact the Trolley Station at (815) 987-8894, or Park District Customer Service at (815) 987-8800; information about support and adapted listening equipment for passengers with disabilities is available from both locations.

Posted Sept. 24, 2014

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