Insider Tips for The Forge: Lemont Quarries

What is The Forge in Lemont?

The Forge: Lemont Quarries is an outdoor adventure park with a variety of challenging activities for all ages and abilities. Their mission is to entertain, exhilarate, and educate. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful and the park to be clean and well organized. You can go to The Forge for one of the activities or spend the whole day tackling all of the thrilling adventures!

We put a video together of all the memorable challenges that we took on at The Forge: Lemont Quarries so you can get an overview in under 2 minutes. Check it out below! Continue reading for details on each area, along with pricing, participation requirements, and tips for your trip.

We were invited to The Forge: Lemont Quarries to experience all of the activities and write an honest review with tips. All opinions are my own.

Paddlesports: Kayaking, Canoeing, Pedal Boating

There are seven quarry lakes in the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area and The Forge rents out boats to use on the lake within the activity area. You are welcome to bring your paddle, oar, or electronic trolling motor boats to use in the surrounding lakes.

Rentals are for 40 minutes and the prices are as follows: Pedal Boat rental is $20 with a minimum of 2 people, maximum of 4 people per boat. Canoe rental is $20 with a minimum of 2 people per boat. Single kayak rental is $15 and double kayak rental is $25.

Paddlesports at The Forge is for all ages, but children 8 years old and under must be accompanied by a supervising chaperone who is at least 18 years old.

Tactical Laser Tag

Laser tag is in a wooded area with many different types of structures and hills to hide behind. The replica guns made the game play more realistic with gun shots, kill announcements, and a distraught sound when you get hit.

You play with whoever else signs up for the same time slot and there are more than 30 different game modes that you can choose from as a group. We did Team Death Match twice (system generated teams, which were different each time), and Free-For-All Deathmatch (each person for themselves). Your number of kills and respawns are tracked on the display on the side of your gun and the laser tag leader from The Forge also announces the winner of each game.

Laser tag is $30 for 3 games, which is approximately 40 minutes of gameplay.

There is a minimum age of 5 years old to play. Please note that you need to wear closed-toe shoes, face mask, and head covering (bandanna or baseball hat). The sensor is wrapped around your forehead, similar to a headlamp, and the head covering is for sanitary purposes. Between a bandana and a baseball hat, we would recommend the hat. Our bandanas slid around a bit and we needed to adjust the band mid-game.

BMX and Mountain Biking: Pump Track

If you are like us and had never tried a biking skills course, it can be intimidating! However, there is a practice course so you can get used to tackling hills and turns on the track. The staff was also very helpful with giving us tips, including standing up on the bike at all times and leveling out the pedals when going over hills so they didn’t touch the pavement and cause a wipe out.

We started by doing laps on the practice course, then moved on to the pump track and another course with curved wooden walls. The routes are endless and definitely challenging! Around the perimeter of the pump track is another course with wooden structures, beams, and jumps, which appeared to be above our skill level.

Bike Rentals are $35 per person for a 2 hour session with access to the pump track and include a helmet. If you want to bring your own bike and helmet, mountain biking passes are $15 per person for a 2 hour session. The Forge also offers a mountain biking course to learn new skills from their resident Mountain Biking Guru, Jim Slobodnik.

There isn’t a minimum age for this activity, but bikes with training wheels are not allowed. Also, kids under age 12 years old must be accompanied by a supervising chaperone who is at least 14 years old. You need to wear closed-toe shoes and a head covering (bandana or baseball hat). We don’t like wearing baseball hats under helmets, so we opted for bandanas, which worked well. The website also states that full-finger gloves are required, but we weren’t aware of that rule when we were there and didn’t see anyone else with gloves on. However, I think gloves are a smart idea, especially to prevent hand scrapes if you fall and an easier grip on the bike handles when tackling the skills course.

Two Towers Adventure: Kid Zone

This is the spot for younger kids to climb and zipline! There are more than 12 vertical feet of safety-netted structures and 30 elements, such as balance beams, rope ladders, tunnels, and ziplines.

Passes are $15 per person for a 40-minute session and supervising adults do not need a pass to enter.

Two Towers Adventure is for ages 3 to 13 years old and a supervising chaperone who is at least 18 years old. Supervising chaperones are permitted in the netted structures, but should NOT traverse the challenge elements on the course (zip lines, rope crossings, etc.), as they are intended for children ages 3 to 13. This area is fenced in and does not require harnesses or helmets, however face masks are required at all times.

Eight Towers Adventure

Welcome to the main attraction at The Forge: Lemont Quarries. The Eight Towers Adventure is the largest aerial challenge course in the world. There are 5 “Hex Towers”, interconnected by 2 miles of ziplines, multiple rappelling stations, and just under 300 high ropes course elements. The Hex Towers are connected to the three tallest Ropes Course towers in the United States: East X Tower, West X Tower, and Skyscraper Tower.

The 1,100 foot zipline from the Skyscraper Tower carries you at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. It wasn’t a windy day when we were there, but at that speed I definitely felt the wind in my face as I looked across the beautiful landscape and clear lake below! It was exhilarating. There are also ziplines coming off the East X Tower that are 900 feet long, which is a nice prize after rock climbing up the 90 foot tower.

There are three options to participate in this area: Summit, Soar, or Summit + Soar.

Choose Summit if you want to do the ropes courses at the Hex Towers and X Towers, but not the Skyscraper Tower and large zipline from one of the tallest two towers. You will have access to the climbing elements at the towers, smaller ziplines between each tower, and repelling stations. Summit is $65 for adults and $55 for children 16 years old and younger. The reservation is for 4 hours, which includes 1 hour for orientation, gearing up, safety checks, and practice lines, and 3 hours of climbing.

Choose Soar if you are only interested in climbing either the Skyscraper Tower or East X Tower and the epic Forge Quarry zipline across the lake. Soar is $39 per person and the reservation is for 2 hours.

Choose Summit + Soar if you would like to do all of it! Summit + Soar is $80 for adults and $70 for children 16 years old and younger. The timing is similar to the Summit reservation of 4 hours, which includes 1 hour for orientation, gearing up, safety checks, and practice lines, and 3 hours of climbing.

Please note that there are minimum height, weight, and age requirements for the Eight Towers Adventure. When you check in, they measure you against the minimum height as well as have you step on a scale. Your weight is only visible to the staff member at the window. You must be between 70-250 lbs with a height of 52 inches up to 6’6″.

Children must be at least 10 years old and guests 10-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult chaperone up on the course. Kids between 14-16 years old need to have a chaperone on-site, but the chaperone doesn’t need to be participating.

Face masks, head coverings, and full-finger gloves (with a reinforced palm to protect your hand against the cables and ropes) are required and not provided as part of your reservation. We used bandanas and garden gloves, which worked great.

Other Activities and Entertainment at The Forge

The Forge: Lemont Quarries also has augmented reality escape rooms, birthday parties, summer camps, races, yoga, live music, outdoor movies, ice skating, holiday lights, and many other events throughout the year.

Where to Eat at The Forge

The Forge restaurant is called The Foundry and is located between the lake and entertainment stage. It has a two-level rooftop deck with tables and umbrellas or you can eat along the lake where there are also fire pits and adirondack chairs scattered among the tables. It was a nice break to sit under an umbrella and look out over the serene water.

The Foundry serves food, such as hamburgers, vegetarian burgers, grilled potato salad, hot dogs, black bean burger, and smoked sausage, drinks, including water, pop, juice, beer, wine, and mixed drinks. They also have a new beer made in collaboration with local Pollyanana Brewery called “On the Ropes.”

Restaurant Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You are also welcome to bring your own food and each at one of the many picnic tables around the park.

Bathrooms

There are banks of port-o-potties close to the entrance by the Two Towers Adventure and also by the Eight Towers Adventure on the other side of the park. However, if you would like to use the permanent restrooms with sinks, head to the biking area and you will find a large container labeled “Restrooms.” At first glance, the don’t look wheelchair accessible, however there is a ramp all the way to the right, next to the mountain biking check-in.

Special Needs Accommodations

Since opening, The Forge: Lemont Quarries has made accessibility a priority. The paddlesports dock is ADA compliant and includes adaptive equipment so people of all ages and abilities can access the activities. In the biking area, those who are unable to ride traditional bikes can use recumbent trikes to easily balance and pedal on three wheels.

They also recently announced expanded accessibility options that are really exciting. The first level of Hex Tower 5 has a unique system of cantilever arms that allow differently abled guests to interact with the same course elements as able-bodied guests. In addition, the East X Tower allows for guests to be elevated to the top of the 54’ tower and transferred to the tall zipline, where they can then soar over the Forge Quarry.

Peg Chaidez’s son, Owen (remember Owen’s Playground?), was recently able to zipline for the first time because of this new technology and had an amazing time. That makes me so happy!

Photo courtesy of The Forge: Lemont Quarries and Owen Chaidez

Lemont Adventure Park Prices

We outlined all the individual activity prices above, but what if you want to do everything?!

The Forge Day Pass is called the Ultimate Adventure and it is eight hours packed with fun. It includes a Single Kayak Rental, Tactical Laser Tag, Pump Track and Skills Park access with Bike Rental, and Summit + Soar Access for $120 per person.

Requirements for Ultimate Adventure: 

  • Minimum Age: 10 Years
  • Minimum Height: 4’4″
  • Minimum Weight 70 lbs
  • Maximum Weight 250 lbs

Guests must be at least 10 years of age to participate on The Eight Towers Adventure. Guests ages 10-13 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Guests ages 14-16 must be accompanied by an adult who is present on-site at The Eight Towers Adventure.

Please note that reservations are recommended for all of the activities. You can try to make or add reservations on-site, but chances are high that activities will either be sold out or have a long wait time until the next available time slot.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries Promo Codes and Discounts

There are currently no discounts or promo codes available for The Forge, but we’re keeping our eye out!

The Forge: Lemont Quarries Hours

Hours change seasonally (head to their website for current hours), but summer hours are as follows at time of publishing:

Park Hours
Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Activity Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am to 8:00pm

The Foundry Restaurant
Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm

Forgefire Dining
Friday: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

How to Get to The Forge

Please note that GPS will not navigate you to the park. The Forge: Lemont Quarries recommends that you use their directions page for turn-by-turn directions.

If you are coming from I-55, take Exit 271A, Lemont Road. From there:

  • Head South on Lemont Road for 3.1 miles
  • Turn right onto East Illinois Street, then loop around and turn right onto Main Street
  • Turn left onto Talcott Avenue, crossing the train tracks (this turn is easy to miss, so keep an eye out)
  • Pass the first gravel road on the right and head towards the gated entrance 
  • Turn right onto the gravel road and follow signs to The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park
  • Continue approximately 1/2 a mile down the access road and park in the lot closest to your activity

Where to Park

Parking is free at The Forge. As you head down the gravel road, you will see Parking Lot 1 first. That parking lot is closest to the Eight Towers Adventure, where the climbing and ziplining takes place. A little further down is Parking Lot 2, which is where we parked. That parking lot is closer to the rest of the activities and the seating area for meals and/or snacks. You can’t go wrong with either parking lot, but it depends on what activities you plan to do.

How to Prepare for Your Day at The Forge: Lemont Quarries

What to Wear

Wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothes.

We went on a day that was sunny with a high of 70 degrees, so I wore light-weight, quick drying pants with zippered pockets and a t-shirt, my daughter wore capri leggings and a t-shirt, and my son arrived with pants and a t-shirt but quickly changed into shorts. We also brought coats and/or sweatshirts, but ending up leaving those in the car.

The Forge recommends not wearing short shorts and I agree. It would be very uncomfortable to wear a harness in that case.

Sun hats would have been nice to have when out on the water. I wore sunglasses throughout the day and would recommend that as well. Closed-toe shoes are a must if you want to participate in the activities.

What to Bring

Bandanas or baseball hats are required for many of the activities, so I would recommend bringing your own bandana. We bought bandanas at Five Below for $1, which would save you money compared to buying a bandana at The Forge for $7.

Gloves are also required for a couple of the activities as outlined above. We used garden gloves with reinforced palms or you can purchase them while you are there for $7 per pair. Click here to see my favorite garden gloves on Amazon, which is what I wore.

I also brought a backpack with sunscreen, hand wipes, and reusable water bottles, which really came in handy. The side of the park that has paddlesports, laser tag, the kids climbing area, and biking does not have lockers, so I would recommend leaving your backpack in the car until you take a break for lunch or are planning on going to the ropes course. The other side of the park with the climbing and ziplines has lockers for $5 each and also a water jug where you can refill your water bottles.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries has lunch and dinner options, which we will highlight in the What to Eat section, but you can also pack a cooler. I packed a lunch for us and left it in the car until we were ready to eat. There are plenty of picnic tables with umbrellas and you are welcome to bring your own food.

Free Things to Do on the Grounds

Besides all of the thrilling adventure activities at The Forge: Lemont Quarries, you can also enjoy the surrounding nature areas for free. There are hiking trails through the woods and along the lake.

You can also enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and birdwatching at the surrounding lakes. The lake pictured below is connected to the adjacent lake so there is plenty to explore if you bring your own boat. Please see the first section above titled, “Paddlesports: Kayaking, Canoeing, Pedal Boating” for more information.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries
1001 Main Street
Lemont, IL 60439

Looking for more outdoor fun? Check out our Guide to Outdoor Activities! We also have a calendar full of local events for the whole family.

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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