Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
For those that do not live in the midwest, they might only attribute Illinois for its vast farmland or perhaps the well known urban landscape of cities like Chicago, but in between the two lives some beautiful forests, state parks, and other areas of natural beauty outside of skyscrapers and farmland. Autumn is basically here, and a chill will be filling the air soon enough, but for those interested in squeezing one more summer trip into the year, they might want to peruse this list of the best swimming spots outside of the lakeside beaches of Illinois.
The Bell Smith Springs swimming hole is a frequently visited summer spot for travelers and locals looking to cool off and experience some of the best natural elements in Illinois. This swimming hole is located within the Shawnee National Forest Preserve, offering visitors a plethora of activities outside of just swimming. An ideal weekend trip, visitors can hike through trails, camp, fish and of course swim in this lively swimming hole.
Another Southern Illinois favorite, Rend Lake is a popular destination for all sorts of outdoor activities for adults or families alike. Swimming at Rend Lake offers a one of a kind view of the vast lake. This would be another great spot for a short, inexpensive vacation in the midwest as the area surrounding the lake also offers boating and fishing, walking and bike trails, and a large campground area for those looking to set up a tent or park their RV.
Centennial Beach is not exactly a beach in the traditional sense, but is very much a favorite swimming hole for locals and travelers. Centennial Beach is located within the Naperville Park District, and is among many popular spots for tourists including springboard diving, sand volleyball, and even a water slide, making it an ideal location for plenty of water focused fun.
This is one of the most beautiful swimming holes on this list, featuring a small, bubbling waterfall that leads into the swimming area. Just one visit to the Kincaid Lake Spillway will prove just why locals and travelers return again and again. Just like the others on this list, the general area of the swimming hole also features fun activities like camping, fishing and hiking.
This swimming hole is on a much smaller property than many others on the list, but for its size, offers visitors plenty. Those looking for an outdoor adventure will enjoy their visit to Lake Le-Aqua-Na. Like the others on the list, this lake offers plenty of recreational activities for traveling families.
Fish Lake Beach in Volo, Illinois has some of the most beautiful, scenic views of all the swimming holes on this list. The large lake is surrounded by majestic trees and plants, offering visitors much more than just a place to swim and cool off. The lake is also home to fishing, as one would assume based on the name, as well as boating and camping.