Illinois March 25, 2018
The 11 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Illinois This Spring
It’s finally here! Longer days and warmer temperatures are on the way now that it’s officially spring. Lasting from March until June, this season gives you plenty of time of get out and explore this amazing state we call home.
Don’t miss the 11 best things to do in Illinois this spring. Check out our best warm-weather attractions:
1. Take a cruise.
Now that the weather is nicer and the rivers have completely thawed, a boat trip is the perfect adventure to take with the whole family or just a special someone. You may think cruises are for the open ocean, but the seven excursions you'll read about
will change your mind forever. Learn the best way to explore all our rivers.
2. Eat at a restaurant with patio seating.
As the weather starts getting warmer, you may never want to go back inside. With one of
these eight restaurants
, you don't have to as they all feature epic outdoor seating. Enjoy urban ambiance, riverside views, and much more.
3. Visit a fantasy playground.
Of course, many parks are accessible even in winter, but spring is the best time of year to visit. There's an extra special playground in Southern Illinois that children of all ages adore. Get more details about this Dungeons-and-Dragons-themed park
4. Take a scenic drive.
It's that perfect time of year for rolling your windows down and feeling the breeze through your hair. Crank up the tunes and take a road trip for no reason other than to drive along one of
these 10 back roads
that offer amazing views.
5. Try some local ice cream.
It's finally that time of year again when ice cream shops open their doors to sell that signature sweet treat. No matter which pocket of the state you hail from, you likely have a favorite creamery nearby that you patiently await to open. Check out 20 ice cream stands in Illinois that can't be beat
6. Hike a popular trail.
Illinois is awash with forest preserves and parks that contain immaculate hiking trails. No matter what part of the state you're living in, there's likely some woods nearby that you love to explore. When you only have time for the best of the best, check out the five hikes you should definitely take if you live in Illinois
7. Tour a river town.
Part of getting back to nature in Illinois means getting back to spending time along the rivers. From the Chicago River to the Ohio, Illinois is full of lovely little towns that nestle right up against these bodies of water. Check out the 12 best ones
8. Explore a winery.
Many are surprised to learn that Illinois is riddled with vineyards. From north to south, east to west, there are wineries producing amazing vino from locally grown grapes and other fruits. Stop by one for a tasting or to grab a few bottles for later.
are 10 absolutely stunning wineries to visit ASAP.
9. Go camping.
True outdoors lovers have been counting down the days until it's warm enough to sleep outside again. Whether you like staying in tents, cabins, or something in between, Illinois is the best place to be one with nature. Pitch a tent by the water or sleep deep in the forest at one of these 15 amazing camping spots
10. Shop at a farmers market.
The coming months will bring the first re-openings of fresh fruit and vegetable stands across the state. Most Illinoisans prefer buying their produce this way. From now until the end of fall, you can find berries, flowers, baked goods, and much much more. Check out 10 of the best farmers markets in Illinois
11. Go on a picnic.
As soon as the grass gets greener, it'll be the perfect time to head out for a family (or friend) picnic. Pack cold sandwiches and light snacks, plus some delicious drinks for a memorable afternoon in the sun. Check out the 10 best places in the state for a picnic
Of course, actual warm weather can take a while to get here. Check out
12 thoughts all Illinoisans have when winter is over but it doesn’t quite feel like spring yet.
What else do you like to do during spring in Illinois? Share your favorite outdoors activities with us in the comment section below!