Outdoor activities and nature spots around Chicago


Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

Learn about 19th-century life at this historic working farm and fur trading post. The farm is stroller friendly, but the home is not.


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...


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 150,000 acres...


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...


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....


Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Explore 330 acres of woodlands, wetlands, prairies and formal gardens.



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