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  • Spread over a nine acre area, this wonderful garden is home to several waterfalls, Koi ponds, quiet corners and a 16th century-style tea house. Created by expert gardeners from Japan, it is an am...
  • The landscape is composed of a large floral-clock, beautiful gardens and a lagoon right along the riverside elegantly containing a nice duck-pond which is extremely clean. This could also be an e...
  • Located at the Founders Landing, this is a seven-acre park along the western bank of the Rock River which is famous for Brownbag fish and a 12-mile recreational path for running, bike riding and ...
  • Comprising of Late Woodland period upper Mississippian Indian mounds, Beattie Park is located well within downtown Rockford. Primarily located along waterways, these mounds are spread over 7.5 ac...
  • Located in Bloomington East, this is a beautiful place with plenty of trees where you can enjoy the silence. The history of the origin of Ewing Park I began with a donation of 5.5-acres of land b...
  • Conveniently accessible by the Constitutional Trail or from either side of the Sycamore Street, this is a lovely 5.5-acre natural wayside area nestled to the east of the North Fell residential ar...
  • Although a small zoo, it is a perfect size for the kids who will enjoy and keep busy for the day. Apart from several interaction opportunities, the Miller Park Zoo features many large theme exhib...
  • The areas surrounding this park are dotted with several 19th century Victorian homes that bear a historical significance. Centrally located to the northeast of downtown Bloomington, the Franklin ...
  • You can pick some apples here and shop at the market store for some fresh produce. It is a wonderful place for family-fun offering apple spice donuts, the fresh cider, peaches, a variety of honey...
  • This is a great park for picnics which unfailingly gets crowded in good weather. With excellent parking space, this garden is spread over a 29.6-acre area and is having a fairly lengthy walking t...
  • Spend a wonderful day with the kids petting and feeding the farm animals, at this unique mini-zoo park. They have a fairly good collection which includes cows, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, turkeys...
  • Situated in the downtown Champaign area, this park was originally created as the first park in Champaign in 1859. Spread over a 12.5 acre campus within full view of the City Hall, it now houses s...
  • This self-governing 100-acre woodland by the Lake Springfield shoreline approximately maintains 8 kilometers of footpaths. Listed on the U.S. Register of Historical Places, a Nature Center was al...
  • Well spread over a 4,260-acre area, this manmade reservoir was formed by building the Spaulding Dam across the Sugar Creek in 1931-1935. It provides a vast 92 kilometers shore length and borders ...
  • This 30-acre urban sanctuary located at a few minutes distance from downtown Springfield is an ideal spot for picnics, hiking or strolling. It also houses a one mile nature trail which is open fr...
  • Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Washington Park is home to the Botanical Garden and the Rees Memorial Carillon. The botanical garden consists of outdoor plantings, a 9,00...
  • In 1986, John Martinson, operating the Galena Blacksmith Shop & Gallery opened his own outdoor studio which has now grown to become an outstanding West Street Sculpture Park, where original i...
  • An exclusive park consisting of 15-acres of display gardens which include 900 hostas, 2,500 perennials, grasses, plenty of trees and shrubs. Enjoy picnics, nature trails and wander through this p...
  • Perched high on a ridge overlooking the Mississippi River near the historic river-port of Galena, Chestnut Mountain is composed of excellent terrain with great snow which is one of the best in th...
  • This 3.5-acre garden space consisting of hostas, viburnums, conifers, grasses, daylilies, annuals and perennials is situated on natural limestone outcroppings. It is one of those treasures you ca...
  • One of the finest urban playgrounds which can be compared with New York’s Central Park. As a matter of fact, both these parks were designed by the same landscape architect, Frederick Law Ol...
  • Often referred as ‘Chicago’s Front Yard’, Grant Park has been the site of several large civic events including the recent President Barak Obama’s Election Day victory spee...
  • The 600-acres of Jackson Park with a new state-of-the-art fitness center provide recreational facilities for athletes, nature lovers and beach goers alike. With jogging, cycling, swimming, fishin...
  • This is a fairly new addition to the several wide open Chicago urban spaces hosting a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family. Along with periodical top music events it ...