Illinois Vacation Ideas

Illinois Vacation Ideas #1: Arcola - This wonderful Illinois vacation spot is nestled in the heart of Amish country .... the little town of Arcola. Here you can visit the Amish Interpretive Center where you will be able to see quilts, antiques, and Amish furniture.

You can take a guided tour of the Amish community .... even enjoying a meal in an Amish home on Friday and Saturday evenings. Arcola is the host of an annual Raggedy Ann Festival celebrating the much loved doll and it's Arcola-born creator, Johnny Gruelle.

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#2: Scovill Park, in Decatur, will delight you with their beautiful formal gardens. The Anna Bethel Fisher Rock Garden .... The Wikoff Oriental Gardens .... The Fairview Park Rose Garden .... The Gazebo Gardens. The park is also home to the Scovill Zoo. where you can ride a little mini train, feed animals in the petting area, take a guided tour.
#3: Ohio River National Scenic Byway - For an Illinois family vacation, go for a scenic drive on the 943-mile long Ohio River National Scenic Byway. The route runs along the Ohio River and follows original Native American trails.

Aside from the beautiful countryside there is much to see along the way. Like sites from the Underground Railroad that were used to hide slaves escaping to freedom during the 1800's. There's the enormous limestone cavern Cave-in-Rock, waterfalls, museums, City Falls State Park and much more.

Illinois Vacation Ideas #4: Camp Jellystone - Go rustic with an Illinois vacation cabin at Camp Jellystone. They have a variety of comfortable cabins that can accommodate up to eight people. This is family outdoor adventure at its best with plenty of activities .... nature walks, hikes, swimming, mini golf, basketball, volleyball .... candy bar bingo, ceramics, hay wagon rides and Yogi Bear parties. There are Jellystone Park Campgrounds in Amboy, Goodfield. Millbrook and Pittsfield.
#5: Magic Waters Water Park - For a family vacation in Illinois splash down at Magic Waters Water Park. Located in Cherry Valley you will find lots of thrilling ways to get wet and cool down .... tube slides, wave pools, body slides, beach volleyball .... SplashBLASTER, SPLASHmagic River, and the ABYSS.

Illinois Vacation Ideas #6: Metropolis - For a super Southern Illinois vacation head to "The Home of Superman" .... Metropolis, Illinois. On Superman Square you will find Super Museum .... home to a super sized collection of Superman memorabilia.

The Super Museum has been named the #1 small town attraction in America. Don't miss the annual summertime Superman Celebration festival .... or the 15 foot statue of Superman in the center of town.

Superman Metropolis

#7: The Beal Mansion, in Alton, is the perfect place for an Illinois romantic vacation. Voted "Illinois' Best Bed & Breakfast" by Illinois Magazine .... opulence and luxury are yours on historic "Millionaire's Row". Getaway from it all .... pamper yourself and a loved one .... a vacation you will never forget.
The Bean at Millennium Park

Illinois Vacation Ideas #8: Chicago - If you are planning a Chicago Illinois vacation don't miss the new Millennium Park. Located in downtown Chicago, this 24.5-acre, $450-million park is designed to showcase the city of Chicago to the world.

The spectacular 120-foot high Jay Pritzker Pavilion is the home of the Grant Park Music Festival. Here is where you will find one of the world's largest outdoor sculptures .... and the Lurie Garden with a hardwood walkway through the 240 varieties of perennial plants and blossoming cherry trees.

Here are few more vacation ideas for Chicago. Lincoln Park Zoo is in downtown close to the "Miracle Mile". They have a great assortment of animals as well as zoological gardens. It's open all year round daily and is free admission.

Also downtown is Shedd Aquarium. They've got a shark exhibit, an Amazon exhibit with giant turtles and poisonous frogs, a Caribbean Reef exhibit and an Oceanarium where you can learn how they train and care for all the aquatic animals. At Adler Planetarium you can get an exciting peek at Black Holes and other interesting things out there in the universe.

Illinois Vacation Ideas #9: Knight’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure is a great family vacation idea in Springfield Illinois. They've got everything kids love for a super vacation. The giant wave pool and water slides are lots of fun. The Bumper Boats provide lots of water action. They are open year round with a driving range and miniature golf courses.

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