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The Perfect Picnic Day at Illinois Beach State Park

February 01, 2018

Plan the perfect lazy day with a visit to the nearby Illinois Beach State Park. With over six miles of land stretching along the shimmering shore of Lake Michigan, the state park is a relaxing, picnic afternoon waiting for you. As the only beach ridge shoreline remaining in all of Illinois, the beach offers visitors an opportunity to explore sand dunes, marshes, and oak forests in addition to breathtaking views of the lake. The area is home to over 650 species of plants and, come spring, a huge blossom of vibrantly colored wildflowers. Pack a picnic full of your favorite snacks and soak up the sunshine in either the north or south unit park areas. Time seems to stop here, making every moment a memory. And whether you spend the afternoon fishing, swimming, or simply lounging on a picnic blanket, it will be a day well spent.