Outdoor activities and nature spots around Chicago

 

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Explore 360 acres of woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Hike through trails and enjoy formal gardens. Visit the Taltree Railway Garden featuring seven model...

  

Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area

Over 8,000-acre wetland, upland and woodland game habitat. Hunting and fishing available but check website for necessary permits and further information....

  

Indiana Dunes State Park

Featuring exhibits with hands-on activities and walking trails through dunes, marsh and forests. There is a beach boardwalk making part of the area...

  

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Part of the National Park system, the national lakeshore's focus is on preserving American heritage and natural history. It encompasses 15,000 acres...

  

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

This preserve is home to many rare plants and animals, some listed as endangered. Various nature programs are held throughout the year and interpretive...

  

Garwood Orchard

Variety of fruits and vegetables depending on the season. Strawberry u-pick opens in June, raspberries and blackberries available in July. Vegetables in...

  

Billy Boy’s Blueberry Barn

Pick your own blueberries July and August (call for specific dates). There is also a farm stand with ready-picked blueberries, other blueberry goods...

  

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

Joseph Bailly, one of the earliest settlers in northern Indiana, set up his fur trading post in the early 1800s. Visit the late 1880s Chellberg farm...

  

 







 
 
 
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