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Chicago Botanic Garden Glencoe, IL 48.8 km away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Glencoe
Stroll through the lovely themed gardens, grab a bite and eat on their deck, and just enjoy beautiful nature throughout.. My favorite is the walled English Rose Garden - and in spring the beautiful cherry trees in...
musical concerts, photography exhibitions, the model railroad garden, rare book exhibitions, garden design classes, watercolor classes, Yoga and Tai Chi Classes, and holiday special events, There is a cost to park...
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Independence Grove Forest Preserve Libertyville, IL 35.1 km away
#1 of 3 Nature & Parks in Libertyville
Great park for kids, Clean Beach, Great Party Venue, Awesome bike/walking path -- I use Independence Grove for a portrait location for my photography business.
A great place to walk, bike, visit the beach, playground, canoe, picnic, etc. Good, convenient facilities and a nice nature museum.
Lilacia Park Lombard, IL 48.7 km away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Lombard
Wonderful park! MUST take a stroll here in May during lilac and tulip season!
Outstanding paths through nature to observe Lilac's and other plants in bloom.
Geneva Lake Shore Path Lake Geneva, WI 38.8 km away
#1 of 5 Nature & Parks in Lake Geneva
You can walk all around the lake and see the fantastic homes and wonderful nature here on Geneva Lake.
If you walk the south edge starting at Lake Geneva's downtown park, in one easy hour walk's time, you'll be able to see all of the Wrigley estate properties.
Spring Valley Schaumburg, IL 35.1 km away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Schaumburg
This place has everything - indoor nature center, wetland area, hiking trails, log cabin, even a real working historical farm (1880s) with people in period costume.
My boys grew up at Spring Valley nature center with summer camps, nature lectures, maple syrup festivals, Halloween happenings, and hiking.
Geneva Lake Lake Geneva, WI 39.3 km away
#2 of 5 Nature & Parks in Lake Geneva
While there we saw people walking the nature paths, sunning in the grass, paddle boarding, boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, playing on the beach, picnicking and chasing Pokemon.
Take in the beautiful view of Lake Erie where you can even rent paddle boats or try the zip line in their amusement park.
Busse Woods Trail System Elk Grove Village, IL 39.0 km away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Elk Grove Village
We had taken our dogs here to wear them out but I will say the park is clean, the trails are nice - we will definitely be returning to enjoy it a little more!
This is a very scenic trail loaded with places to stop and admire nature at it's finest.
Cosley Zoo Wheaton, IL 45.1 km away
#1 of 6 Nature & Parks in Wheaton
The little kids will love it; they pack an amazing amount of things to see and do in this little park, and recently they began allowing people to feed the chickens.
For those who are intimidated by the sheer size of Brookfield Zoo or the distance from the suburbs to Lincoln Park Zoo, Cosley Zoo is your answer!
Centennial Beach Naperville, IL 54.7 km away
#1 of 4 Nature & Parks in Naperville
This pool is made as a lake and has enough area to swim, along with diving boards and picnic area, shaded, grass and sand, along with a concession stand, located in downtown Naperville in the park setting by the r...
... on one of 6 rafts in 15 feet of water, or play with toddlers in the sandy beach ....all while surrounded by a green grassy, tree filled park with lots of picnic benches and adirondack chairs and even a snack bar.
Phillips Park Zoo Aurora, IL 56.1 km away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Aurora
We love taking our grandson to this zoo- we play at the park and walk to the zoo where we visit all our favorites - turtles, aligators, snakes, iguanas, peacocks, elk, eagles, vultures, owls and the beautiful whit...
... museum and lake trail, a huge playground area, a waterfall, a free tram that takes visitors around the park on certain days during the summer and an area with people fountains where families come to splash one...
Three Oaks Recreation Area Crystal Lake, IL 5.7 km away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Crystal Lake
Absolutely beautiful area with swimming, fishing, gliding on water activities, hiking trails, picnic areas , water park for kids plus some really nice places to eat.
Gem of McHenry County and especially the Crystal Lake Park District.
Lake County Forest Preserves Libertyville, IL 31.3 km away
#2 of 3 Nature & Parks in Libertyville
There are multiple slides and other fun activities for even very small children just learning to walk, and even big kids really enjoy the park, so it gets very busy on the playground.
Amazing Nature Encounters Right in Your Backyard!
Rock Cut State Park Loves Park, IL 51.9 km away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Loves Park
It's a very relaxing and nice park to visit and picnics, fishing, camping etc.
At Rock Cut State Park you will be greeted by a long trail with long grasses lining one side and open views of the lake and area from a higher level in some places.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center Glen Ellyn, IL 50.9 km away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Glen Ellyn
After you visit the outdoor exhibits you can cross the bridge and go for a nature hike!
There is also a picnic area on the grounds along with a nature trail .
Pottawatomie Park Saint Charles, IL 35.7 km away
#1 of 6 Nature & Parks in Saint Charles
There is a nice walkway along the river, a bridge to walk over the river and a large park area with plenty of spots for picnics, volleyball and large gatherings.
The park is well kept and safe, good for all family outings with options for golfing, swimming, baseball, fishing, even a ride on a paddle boat.
Moraine Hills State Park McHenry, IL 13.9 km away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in McHenry
The park has wetlands, river frontage, prairie, bogs, and woodlands to explore on wide multi-use trails that are well maintained.
Well maintained bike trails suitable even if you have a road bike (as my honey does) and beautiful scenery and surroundings as the trais bring you into nature.
Rosewood Beach Highland Park, IL 49.8 km away
#1 of 6 Nature & Parks in Highland Park
A local North Shore Chicago gem: it's a fantastic, clean beach with lovely swimming and nature areas, decent bathrooms/showers, amenities, and a beautiful boardwalk.
The Highland Park Park District transformed a sleepy Lake Michigan beach into an amazing beach park.
Blackwell Forest Preseve Wheaton, IL 47.3 km away
#2 of 6 Nature & Parks in Wheaton
... preserve in Warrenville IL (NOT Wheaton, as it is located in my town with a mailing address of Warrenville as well...) is a great place to exercise, picnic or just stroll around and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Great park with bike trails and rental boats
Deer Grove Forest Preserve Palatine, IL 27.5 km away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Palatine
There are great switchback trails that connect the main trails through the center of the park.
Amazing park with challenging rides
Gillson Park Wilmette, IL
#1 of 3 Nature & Parks in Wilmette
It's got a great beach, dog park, lighted tennis courts, the Wallace Bowl for summer performances, a native wildflower garden, sailboat rentals, picnic areas and vast grassy areas for the kids to enjoy.
The park is large with multiple playgrounds, sporting fields, picnic areas, and a nice stretch of beach that rarely gets crowded.
Red Oak Nature Center Batavia, IL 46.4 km away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Batavia
We enjoy bringing a picnic lunch on weekends and the kids like the little hike from the nature center to their favorite spot for exploring... the Devil's Cave which is really just a small cave but the kids feel ve...
They have a nature center with some of the wildlife that is indigenous to our area, including fish, salamanders, frogs, and snakes.
Riviera Beach Lake Geneva, WI 39.5 km away
#3 of 5 Nature & Parks in Lake Geneva
Fox River Bike Trail Saint Charles, IL 36.4 km away
#2 of 6 Nature & Parks in Saint Charles
Nature at it’s best!
Many parks and sites to visit as well.
Island Park Geneva, IL 39.5 km away
#1 of 3 Nature & Parks in Geneva
Island Park has beautiful flowers in the spring & summer, plenty of room to run around, bike path going through it, picnic tables and a playground for the kids.
During the summer, they perform Shakespeare here and over Labor Day weekend, the Island Park hosts a folk music festival that is a lot of fun.
Volo Bog State Natural Area Ingleside, IL 19.8 km away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Ingleside
The park and trails are well maintained.It is a very enjoyable place to visit for a nice easy day hike.
A Great Place to Enjoy Nature
River Trail Nature Center Northbrook, IL 43.3 km away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Northbrook
Lovely woods and trails !! Perfect for all ages !! Indoor kid area...lots of educational fun nature things to do !! Looking forward to joining one of the organised winter events !! Plus there are summer ones too !!
The inside nature center is informative and hands-on.
Illinois Beach State Park Zion, IL 50.8 km away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Zion
And I found a parking by the nature center from where there is a short hike (0.2 mile) to the beach which was awesome!
We visit Illinois Beach State Park several times a year because each season has it's own natural beauty.
Stone Bridge Trail Roscoe, IL 52.6 km away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Roscoe
But if you park by the Walmart trailhead in Roscoe and ride east, you can get a 20-35 mile ride in.
There is a park, Stone Bridge, stopping areas.
Dawes Park Evanston, IL
#1 of 3 Nature & Parks in Evanston
Most sunny mornings in Evanston find me walking or biking on the edge of this lovely city park complete with Harrington lagoon, small island for ducks to inhabit and steps away from the pier and dog park in Evanston.
Overall it is a very well-kept park and going in either direction will take you along the bike path to other lakefront beaches and parks in Evanston as well as Northwestern University.
Lake Opeka Des Plaines, IL 46.6 km away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Des Plaines
The small pavilion is actually the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion and there is a dedication sign in the front to those who have served, and those who are serving.
There is a park for kids, a field so you can play soccer, and a bike/running trail.