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10 Ways to Have Incredible Fun Outdoors in Illinois

Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo Sign, by Ron Cogswell. No changes.

Urban Kayaking

See Chicago like never before by cruising down the Chicago River in a kayak.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Take your family to the zoo in Chicago. Not only will you see animals from all around the world, but this zoo is free for everyone.

Canopy Walk

Walk through the treetops at Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour and see the forest from the top down. Not recommended for those afraid of heights.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

See our beautiful state from a bird’s-eye-view with an early morning ride high in the sky. Galena offers some of the best rides in the state.

Horseback Riding

Bond with family and friends while riding atop a trusted steed. There are numerous horseback riding locations across the state.

Segway Tour

Take a tour of Chicago while riding on a Segway.

Chicago Botanical Garden

See some of the most exotic plant life from all around the world.

Starved Rock State Park

This is the most-visited state park in Illinois and for good reason. It has beautiful waterfalls, astounding views, miles of trails, cabins, and even events all throughout the year!

Cache River Natural Area

In southern Illinois, you can see some of the oldest trees in the state with bald cypress trees over 1,000 years old.

Cave in Rock

This unique place off of the Ohio River just may make you feel like a pirate hiding your treasure in a cave.
Starved Rock State Park
LaSalle Canyon in Spring, Starved Rock State Park, by Curtis Abert. No changes.
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