Pal Around With Presidents
Give your spring break a fun historical spin with a trip to Springfield, where you can step back in time and walk in the footsteps of our 16th president. Don't forget to visit Lincoln Tomb and rub his nose for good luck! There's so much more for the family to do in Springfield, from interactive museums to iconic dining spots. Kids will love spending the day learning while having fun at Springfield’s Kidzeum of Health and Science, dedicated to teaching children the importance of healthy habits, helping their communities and making smart decisions to help the environment.
Or, you pack up the family and take the history lesson on the road with our presidential road trip itinerary that starts in Springfield and journeys through Dixon, Galena and Chicago.
Explore The Wild Side of Illinois
The outdoors of Illinois offer endless opportunities for adventures this spring. Go rappelling or horseback riding through Giant City State Park, or kick it up a notch by ziplining through the Shawnee Bluffs Canopy. Illinois has miles of scenic hiking trails -- over 400 miles in Shawnee National Forest, home to Garden of the Gods. More trails await at Starved Rock State Park along with scenic waterfalls and incredible local natural beauty.
A mid-week getaway is the perfect time to explore Matthiessen State Park in Oglesby, where you can discover hiking paths that wind through tall trees, wildflower meadows, and even past waterfalls for the kids to spot. Stop at the overlooks along the Illinois River, and don’t forget to remind the kids to look up—you might see a bald eagle flying overhead. Stay at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Utica offering an indoor water park for kids to play while you unwind.
Or see the wildlife from around the world in our own backyard at the Brookfield Zoo. For some kid-friendly climbing, try the rope courses and climbing walls at the exciting Forge at the Lemont Quarries.