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“Not nice, but not bad”

Illinois Beach State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Zion
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

If you're going to visit the Illinois Beach State Park, then you have to begin by having REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. I disagree with other reviews who seemed to represent the place as a dump. But, on the other hand, it isn't a place that I would go to frequently. Here are a few tips:

1. Parking is free. This is a nice perk.
2. The beach space is small and packed on what might be deemed a popular day.
3. Don't expect shade. Bring an umbrella or fight for space under the few trees on the edge of the beach.
4. If you can help it, don't use the bathrooms. (There was human excrement on the floor when we went to use it.)
5. Beware of the rocky beach. It's more like gravel than sand.

Now, with all that said, we really did have a nice time as a family. But, a lot of that has to do with the fact that we have terrific kids who are very resilient and aren't expecting to be spoiled. We brought a picnic lunch, sat under a tree by the edge of the beach, and built gravel sandcastles. And, we really enjoyed it.

6  Thank Timoteyo
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Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

we really enjoyed the campground it was fun. the sites were large and pretty level . $25 a night. Would Camp here again.

2  Thank Redheartlove
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Great place to see the sun come up and has some walking trails I've taken my dog on.
There's an even better walking location at the north end of Zion along the lake!

1  Thank mslabradorite
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

It is such a beautiful location... but the inside is really dated... it is in major need of a pick me up....

3  Thank ksg18
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is a beautiful gem on the very Northern coast of Lake Michigan. If you live in the far North suburbs and want to head for a body of water, and a nice beach (although rocky, bring aqua shoes!) Head here for a day at the beach.

2  Thank Molly C
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