- The list below includes 211 free or cheap things to do in or near Zion, Illinois, including 102 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, Parks, Farms & Ranches and National & State Parks.
- From Illinois Beach State Park to Zion Leisure Center, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Zion and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Kenosha, Waukegan, Racine and Buffalo Grove.
Located in Zion, Illinois, the Illinois Beach State Park features camping, hiking, kayaking, cycling and boating. The park stretches for approximately 6.5 miles along Lake Michigan. The campground features 241 Class-A premium sites, each with electrical and shower access.
The Zion Leisure Center is a park and recreation center that hosts a variety of programs and special events. Guests can swim, golf, use the fitness center, or participate in after school or preschool programs.
Founded in 1946, the Zion Park District is a government-run department focused on maintaining parks and offering recreational facilities to the local community. In total, the department oversees more than 752 acres in the many community parks.
Featuring the collection of Paul Aken, The Platen Press is a museum devoted to printing and bookbinding history. The museum features machines and equipment related to hot metal casting and letter pressing, as well as other aspects of printing.
From milk shakes to soft serve, Shirl's Drive-In & Lighthouse Miniature Golf offers visitors a variety of frozen treats to enjoy. The golf course is landscaped with rocks and plants, and features a lighthouse structure in the center.