IL Posted in Illinois July 10, 2016 by Laura 12 Destinations Everyone In Illinois Needs To Visit This Summer Summer is just slipping by, isn’t it? Don’t worry. There is still plenty of time to go to some amazing Illinois spots before the summer is over. Here are 12 you need to visit this summer. 1. Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago) Lincoln Park Zoo/Facebook Nothing says summer like a trip to the zoo, and it's even better if that zoo has free admission. This large zoo has loads of incredible animals to see, and there is even a new boardwalk to enjoy the zoo. 2. Morton Arboretum (Lisle) Morton Arboretum/Facebook This 1,700-acre arboretum is full of wonderfully maintained trails and phenomenal trees. They refer to it as a cathedral of trees, and that is no understatement. 3. Shawnee National Forest Stephanie Richard/Flickr This whole area will have you asking: is this really Illinois? The Shawnee National Forest has all sorts of wonderful hiking paths and trails, none of which tops its crown jewel, the Garden of the Gods. 4. Ravinia (Chicago) Michael Lehet/Flickr Music lovers rejoice! Ravinia is an outdoor music venue where people bring a picnic lunch and wine. These are not cover bands, either, but some of the best musical acts. 5. Metropolis James Jordan/Flickr Be Superman for a day and head to Metropolis. You'll be blown away by how much the town embraces its Superman ties. 6. Kinkaid Lake (Jackson County) nathanmac87/Flickr Sandstone bluff formations surround this gorgeous lake, which is the center of a lot of water activities. There is also a scenic spillway that goes into a pool. 7. Grafton bk1bennett/Flickr The town of Grafton has a gorgeous view right at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. It is a true river town, complete with a delightful Main Street area and wineries. 8. Magic Waters Waterpark (Cherry Valley) Magic Waters Waterpark/Facebook Everyone knows that summer and getting soaked go hand in hand. One of the better waterparks out there is Magic Waters. It includes a great pool, some awesome water slides, and a lazy river. 9. Navy Pier (Chicago) Michael Curi/Flickr Yes, it's a tourist trap, but it's a lot of fun. Stay late one night and go on the rides when they are all lit up. Watch the fireworks over Lake Michigan. 10. Tunnel Hill State Trail (Vienna) Curtis Abert/Flickr This wonderful trail was once a railway. Now, it is an awesome bike trail, taking you through some of the most beautiful countryside Illinois has to offer. 11. Rend Lake (Benton) J Fortune Photography/Flickr This lake is a favorite among campers and those who just want to have a fun day out on the water. If that doesn't float your boat, check out a wonderful dinner theatre and winery that are nearby. 12. Starved Rock State Park (Oglesby) Tom/Flickr Wonderful hiking trails wind through canyons, scenic overlooks and wonderful trees. Yes, it will probably be packed, so go early and take it all in. How’s your bucket list coming?