Ever get annoyed when people tell you to “take a hike?” Well, don’t be! Because hiking is one of the absolute BEST family friendly activities to not only help you work up a sweat, but also explore the world around you no matter the weather. Looking to branch out of your neighborhood paths? Then check out these awesome places to hike in Chicagoland.
The Morton Arboretum
We love visiting the Morton Arboretum any time of year, but especially during the Spring and Fall because you can enjoy the change of seasons while hiking through the vast grounds. Don’t forget to spend time in the children’s garden as well.
There are tons of paved tails to choose from at the stunning Independence Grove. If you are a family that loves biking, be sure to put Independence Grove on your “must do” list and end your day cooling off at the beach.
The Nature Boardwalk
Located right outside the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Nature Boardwalk is popular for photos and enjoying one of the most stunning views of Chicago. You can check out native plants and animals along the waterway, as well as the beautiful statues and architecture spread throughout Lincoln Park.
There is so much to see and explore throughout the Naperville Riverwalk. We love the bridges, water features, art sculptures…and there are perfect spots throughout the Riverwalk to enjoy a picnic.
Chicago Botanic Gardens
There are tons of beautiful floral displays to enjoy at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Our favorites? The waterfall garden and the vast Japanese garden—it is such a unique display and world within our traditional Midwestern landscape. There is also a long trail that loops around the Chicago Botanic Gardens if you are looking for a longer journey.
The Brookfield Zoo
Obviously the animals are the main attraction at the Brookfield Zoo, but don’t forget about the hidden path located outside of the Bear exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo. Follow the signs and expect for your walk to take about 30 minutes.
Be sure to check out the 606, an expansive paved trail that goes through multiple Chicago neighborhoods. It is a great place to take a long and scenic stroller or bike ride. We love the “hop on/hop off” nature of the 606, stopping at parks and favorite restaurants along the path.
The hands down best hiking experience in Chicagoland can be found at Starved Rock. There are tons of trails for all different types of hikers. We love visiting the waterfalls all times of year and look forward to booking a stay at their rustic cottages.
Where are your favorite places to hike in Chicagoland? Share them in the comments so we can explore them, too!