Top Five Activities for Spring


Matt and Heather talk to Terri Reifsteck from Visit Champaign County about the top five activities for spring.

  1. Hike the Trails at Allerton Park & Retreat Center—Recognized as one of the seven wonders of Illinois, Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello offers 14 miles of hiking trails along the Sangamon River to explore. Adding to the scenic hike are grand European-inspired sculptures that invigorate you on your hike.  Check out the trail run happening in early April for a fun course half marathon, 10K or 5K through the stunning park.
  2. Ride the new Kickapoo Rail Trail—The first 6.7 miles of the Kickapoo Rail Trail opened in August of 2017, showcasing woodland, prairie and wetland between Urbana and St. Joseph. This multi-purpose trail will soon expand over 24 miles, connecting to Kickapoo State Park. Until then, take a breather from your ride in the Village of St. Joseph with numerous shops and restaurants to enjoy.
  3. Get Ideas for your Garden—The University of Illinois Arboretum offers a scenic walk on the south side of campus, with numerous gardens to explore as flowers start to bloom. The Idea Garden, established by Master Gardeners, showcases the latest in borders, ornamentals and vegetables, with a special section for children.
  4. Play at our Natural Playscapes—Have the kids take a break from technology and rediscover natural play. Urbana Park District’s new Friendship Grove Nature Playscape adjacent to the Anita Purves Nature Center is a hands-on, kid-directed outdoor play space for kids where fun in nature is led by their own imagination and ingenuity. Meanwhile, at Homer Lake, the Natural Playscape gets kids exploring the plants, stream, logs, boulders and animals building healthier minds and bodies.
  5. Check out an Illini Baseball Game—As spring approaches, the excitement of baseball returns. The Fighting Illini Baseball team starts their home season in March running through May as they take on their Big Ten opponents. These free games are perfect outings for the whole family to enjoy!

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