9 Gorgeous Beaches In Illinois That Are Demanding Your Attention This Summer

Are you looking for the best beaches in Illinois? Illinois is known for its corn and its prairies, but not necessarily for its beaches. So, you may be wondering, “Are there any beaches near me in Illinois?” The good news is Yes! – there are some really great beaches where you can take the whole family (and sometimes Fido!), sit on the sand, swim, and soak up the summer rays.

What do you think of this list of the best beaches in Illinois? Do you know of any other beaches or places to go swimming in Illinois? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

If you are looking to spend time out on a river in Illinois for some summer fun, head to Knoch Knolls Park in Naperville for a kayak paddling tour on DuPage River.  

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Best Beaches In Illinois

April 18, 2021

What are the best lakes for swimming in Illinois?

The Prairie State is filled with pristine lakes that are ideal for swimming. If you want to swim in the lake with the clearest water, head to Lake Le-Aqua-Na in Lena. Lake Kincaid, Lake Springfield, and Little Grassy Lake are also wonderful places for swimming.

What are some fun things to do in summer in Illinois?

With waterparks, zoos, hiking, biking, and more, there are endless possibilities for having fun in the Prairie State each summer! Read our article The 8 Most Unique Summer Adventures You Can Only Have In Illinois to give you some ideas on some activities that are fun for the whole family.

Are there any swimming holes I should visit in Illinois?

Illinois has many unique swimming holes, some that are more easily accessible than others. Hike deep into the Shawnee National Forest to Bork Falls which feeds a stunning pool at the bottom. It will be a welcome place to go swimming in after an arduous trek. Centennial Beach in Naperville is located at a former quarry. Now a swimming hole, you can find both deep and shallow water here. Head to our post to see what other swimming holes you’ve been missing out on in Illinois.