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Discover the Great Outdoors in the Chicago Area

Discover the Great Outdoors in the Chicago Area

From water sports and botanical gardens to baseball games and boat rides, there's plenty of family fun to explore in the Chicago area.

Here's a look at 10 places to have fun outdoors in Chicagoland.

Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe)
Chicago Botanic Garden
With 27 gardens and four natural areas, Chicago Botanic Garden offers 385 acres for exploring nine islands with 6 miles of lake shoreline. For an introduction to the gardens, take a tram tour and learn the history of them. The popular Model Railroad Garden runs May through October and features garden-scale trains running on 1,600 feet of track.

Kane County CougarsKane County Cougars (Geneva)
Catch a ball game at Northwestern Medicine Field. The Kane County Cougars, the Class-A minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, plays at the field, which is a great place to see the players work their way up to the big leagues. You'll enjoy themed nights and plenty of ballpark snacks.

HITS Chicago-Balmoral ParkHITS Chicago-Balmoral Park (Crete)
Spend a day with the horses at HITS Chicago-Balmoral Park as equestrians take to the ring for 13 weeks of hunter/jumper competitions. The 200-acre property includes grandstand seating and a VIP Clubhouse with climate-controlled seating overlooking the property's 10 competition rings.

The I&M Canal BoatThe I&M Canal Boat (LaSalle)
Docked in downtown LaSalle, I&M Canal Boats takes you for a ride along the I&M Canal, a hand-dug waterway that opened in 1848. The mule-pulled, full-sized boats are replicas of the 19th-century canal boats that once carried passengers along this same route. This one-hour tour includes guides dressed in period-style clothing sharing stories of the era.

The Quarry Cable Park (Crystal Lake)
The Quarry Cable Park
Enjoy a day on North Lake at The Quarry Cable Park, part of Crystal Lake's Three Oaks Recreation Area. With 32 acres of waterfront property, you can catch a wave and test your wakeboarding skills using the cable system, conquering jumps and unique obstacles along the way.

The Morton ArboretumThe Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
Explore the science of trees during your time at The Morton Arboretum. This 1,700-acre outdoor museum allows families to dig deeper into learning about their surroundings. For a unique view of the gardens, go for a guided tour aboard the Acorn Express tram ride and hike among the walking trails and 9 miles of paved roads for bicycles and runners.

Waterfall Glen Forest PreserveWaterfall Glen Forest Preserve (Lemont)
As one of the area's most popular preserves, the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is home to 2,503 acres for exploring and discovering nature. Known for its Rocky Glen waterfall, Sawmill Creek bluff overlook, and 11 miles of trails for bikers, hikers and horseback riders, the preserve welcomes cross-country skiers during the winter months.

Rosewood Beach (Highland Park)
Rosewood Beach
Spend a day along the waterfront at Rosewood Beach in the Highland Park area. With recreational beach areas, Lake Michigan and a scenic boardwalk, this newly restored beach is a hit with the locals in the area.

Pottawatomie ParkPottawatomie Park (St. Charles)
Fun for the entire family awaits you at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles. The park is home to a mini-golf course along with a full nine-hole golf course, fishing areas along the Fox River, paddlewheel boat cruises, bike trails and a community swimming pool. With 92 acres of park space, bring a picnic and enjoy a day by the water.

Lord's Park (Elgin)
Lord's Park
In Elgin, spend the afternoon at Lord's Park, a 108-acre park that's home to a community swimming pool, bike paths and Elgin Public Museum. At the south end of the park, be on the lookout for bison roaming at Lord's Park Zoo.

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