Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens
Palos Heights, Ill. 60463
Cost: Free. Festivals and some programs extra
Hours: Trails: dawn to dusk. Nature center: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
This nature center and botanic garden offers many opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Lake Katherine provides a nesting area for migratory waterfowl, as well as a refuge for many different species of wildlife. Hike 3.5 miles of trails.