There are many free things to do and see along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park in University Park has 29 sculptures on the Campus of Governor State University. Tours are also available on select Saturday mornings this summer. For more info visit: govst.edu
Go train watching at Rochelle Railroad Park. This railroad park includes a Gift Shop, picnic area, railroad artifacts and much more! For more infomation visit: rochellerailroadpark.org
Take a trip outside and see the Black Hawk Statue in Lowden State Park in Oregon. For more information visit: discoveroregonillinois.com
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Take a trip throughout history on the Illinois Lincoln Highway. Visit the De Immigrant Windmill, which is an authentic Dutch windmill in Fulton. It was engineered in the Netherlands and is fully operational
Travel back to the 1800's at Heritage Canyon, a 12 acre wooded plot with a variety of buildings that takes you back in time.
Observe Lock and Dam 13, with an observation deck where you can take a look at the dam.
Make history come alive along the Illinois Lincoln Highway. This is a great way to teach the kids and to learn something new yourself. Did you know? President Lincoln isn't the only president who spent some time in Illinois.
Visit former president Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon. Learn all about what it was like for our former president in his early days. The Reagan's moved into this house in December during the 1920s when Ronald was only 10 years old! Be transported back in time and see the house that is furnished with period pieces. Learn all about what ...
Head on down to St. Charles historic shopping district to shop at boutiques, look for antiques and books. And when you’re all done have some coffee at a café. One of the shops is Town House Books, a bookstore for all ages. townhousebooks.com
Visit Durant House Museum, a restored 1843 prairie homestead. Costumed tour guides bring the past to life. ppfv.org/durant-house/
Go on a Paddlewheel Riverboat Cruise on the Fox River Queen or the St. Charles Bella on the Fox River. Boat trips are 50 to 60 minutes long and are narrated with history of the area. stcriverboats.com
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Support small businesses when you go out this summer. There are many small family owned business along the Illinois Lincoln Highway. Here are a few to get you started:
Shop Historic Downtown Frankfort has a bunch of different kinds of shops to choose from. For a list of shops visit: shophistoricfrankfort.com
Esther’s Place in Big Rock has felting, knitting, spinning and weaving products. So you can make something for that special someone or buy the crafter in the family something. For more info visit: esthersplacefibers.com
Stop by Where the Dragon Fly in the Conover Square Mall in Oregan to get ...
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When you are heading towards Morrison-Rockwood State Park on Crosby Road, you get to visit a covered bridge, which is an amazing photo opportunity.
Once you get into the State Park see Lake Carlton and go fishing or boating. Go hiking and then eat a picnic lunch or dinner. See a variety of wildlife as you go hiking and go bird watching. There are many different things to do and to see.
For more information and for directions visit: dnr.state.il.us
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See what it would be like to live in the mid 19th century at Chaplin Creek Historic Village in Franklin Grove. This full-scale living museum has an early settler’s cabin, a village jail, a schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, among other buildings. While there check out the only Grist Mill powered exclusively by water in Illinois. For more infomation visit: chaplincreek.com or franklincreekgristmill.com
Head on over to the Depot Museum in Batavia to see the abandoned Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad that was erected in 1854. See a caboose that was built in 1907 that retired in 1973. See what the ticket agent ...
Some of the many things you can do this summer along the Lincoln Highway.
SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora is an interactive science and technology center with 200 hands-on exhibitis that demonstrates the prinicples of electricity, weather, astronomy and nuclear energy.
Visit the Ronald Reagon Boyhood Home where Reagon lived from when he was 10 until after he graduated from college in Dixon.
Go fishing, horseback riding, hiking, camping by Lake Carlton at Morrison Rockwood State Park.
See over 100 trains roll by daily at Rochelle Railroad Park. Go into the gift shop to buy amazing train themed gifts.
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Acquaviva Winery is located in Maple Park and has a 40-acre estate vineyard with tasting bar. In this tasting bar there are Neapolitan-style pizza bistro with foods paired to accompany the wines. You can also rent private event space. For more information visit: acquavivawinery.com
At the Prairie State Winery in Genoa there is live music in the tasting rooms several times a month. You can check online for upcoming events. For more information visit: prairiestatewinery.com
Fox Valley Winery is located in Oswego and has a full service winery and tasting room. These are some of the many classes available at this winery. For ...
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