Illinois State Travel director Jen Hoelzle talks about some fun summer getaway ideas to enjoy in Illinois.
• Heart of Illinois Fair - one of the largest fairs in Illinois, this Peoria event is packed with festivities for everyone. A BBQ cook-off contest, live auto racing, livestock judging contests, art exhibits and tons of family activities. Runs from July 12 - 20th.
• History Comes Alive and Bloomington Civil War Days - for the history buffs visitors should head over to the Springfield/Bloomington area. In Springfield, Lincoln era re-enactors stroll through historic sites and educate visitors on all things Lincoln. And in Bloomington, on July 20-21, sites throughout the area will host Civil War re-enactors.
• Centralia Balloon Fest - Everyone loves watching hot air balloons - and this festival in Southern Illinois is a perfect family event with entertainment, kids activities, fireworks and a car show. It takes place August 2 - 3.
• Tall Ships - the majestic international fleet of Tall Ships are back at Navy Pier in Chicago from August 7 - 11. Visitors can walk the grounds to view 14 tall ships, hop aboard for a dockside tour and get a taste of life at sea with a sail-away cruise on select Tall Ships.
For more information on Illinois travel, visit www.enjoyillinois.com