With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Luckily, Chicago’s northern idyllic suburb of Lake Forest has something for everyone who’s looking for some much-needed outdoor therapy. Read on to discover five ways to get outside in Lake Forest this spring.
1. Forest Lake Beach
Enjoy some sun and sand down at Forest Park Beach
. Spending a day in nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city does the body and mind well—especially after being hunkered down over our computers for a while. Pack your sunglasses, a good book, and a speaker, and spend the day lounging near the water.
2. Lake Forest Open Lands
In addition to the beach, there are many nature preserves scattered around Lake Forest, including Derwen Mawr, Everett Farm, Mellody Farm, Middlefork Farm, and Skokie River. Lake Forest Open Lands also presides over McCormick Ravine
, Deerpath Farm
, and North Shore Bike Path
. All are welcoming, family-friendly pieces of land where you can spend time with your loved ones. Whether you want to bike down cycle-safe trails, hike up tried-and-true pathways, or mill around the evergreen foliage, you can do so at one of these stunning locations.
3. Deerpath Golf Course
The Deerpath Golf Course
, located at 500 Deerpath in Lake Forest, is an 18-hole public course that measures 6,255 yards with a par of 70. This course’s majestic trees and pristine pools and streams will inspire you to spend your days teeing up golf balls with friends and family. The course opened up this month and will remain open until December 2021. The course also offers a grass tee driving range along with dining on the Kiely patio.
4. Bicycle Rides
The Deer Path Inn
is the perfect place for a staycation, with luxurious rooms and delicious fine-dining. The inn also provides complimentary bicycles that are excellently suited for pleasant rides throughout Lake Forest’s lush and lively surroundings.
5. Elawa Farm
, which is located adjacent to the Middlefork Savanna and has miles of trails for biking and hiking, is a community-backed piece of land of natural splendor and historical significance. Upon your visit, you’ll be able to enjoy a stroll through the Elawa Gardens, where you’ll spot honey bees, butterflies, garter snakes, toads, Sandhill Cranes, and—if you’re lucky—bobcats, coyotes, and reptiles! Middlefork provides valuable protection for many state- and federally-listed species.
The rare tallgrass of the Middlefork Savanna consists of nearly 100 acres and features a mix of oak savanna and woodlands, wet and mesic prairies, sedge meadows, and marshes. A 25-acre parcel here is considered the highest quality tallgrass savanna of its kind in the nation and is recognized as a globally threatened ecosystem. Another perk? You’ll be able to bring home fresh produce and flowers, too!
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