10 Amazing Field Trips Every Illinoisian Took As A Kid… And Should Retake Now
Remember when you were a kid and went on some amazing field trips? Well, why not go back, this time as an adult, and bring the next generation with you? Here are 10 places you need to revisit. And there’s no parental consent form required this time.
1. Graue Mill
Many of us made the trip to Graue Mill, though we might not have fully appreciated it at the time. Graue Mill is a water-powered grist mill. It was originally erected in 1852. In fact, it is one of two operating water-powered gristmills in Illinois. 3800 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523
2. Six Flags Great America
When your science teacher makes a trip to Six Flags a necessary field trip, you know you have an amazing science teacher. Did we learn much? Not sure. But it was a lot of fun. 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031
3. Capitol Building
This capitol building is absolutely stunning from the outside, in its gorgeous French renaissance style of architecture. If you're lucky, catch a legislative session. 301 S 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62707
4. Field Museum
Field Museum is one of the largest natural museums in the United States. "Sue" the dinosaur is definitely the highlight, but there is plenty of other things to see. 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
5. Starved Rock State Park
With canyons, waterfalls, and many trails in 2300 acres, Starved Rock has been an excuse to explore nature for schoolkids for decades. 2668 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348
6. Brookfield Zoo
Everyone loves a trip to the zoo. Brookfield Zoo was a favorite field trip for kids, especially the dolphin show. 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60513
7. Cave in Rock
Once home to gangsters and pirates, this 55 foot wide cave is fascinating for kids to explore. 1 New State Park Rd, Cave-In-Rock, IL 62919
8. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Public tours are available on Wednesday. Come talk to a scientist and see how things are done here. There is an art gallery, and you can just fish in their ponds. Wilson Street & Kirk Road, Batavia, IL 60510
9. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Who doesn't love the butterfly house with 200 species of exotic butterflies? There are also 100 educational programs for children. 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
10. Peoria Riverfront Museum
As the name implies, this museum has an art museum, discovery center, and planetarium. 222 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602
What was your favorite place to take a field trip as a kid?
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