At last, summer is officially here, which makes it a perfect opportunity to get out of the house and do something fun with family or friends.

There’s plenty to do within Springfield, but some people choose to have a fun, relaxing day outside the city at places that one can get to and back easily within a day.

Here’s a look at five great day trip ideas for this summer:

Within Central Illinois

Central Illinois outside of Springfield may not have the overall amount of good day trip places that areas such as Chicago or St. Louis have – we’ll get to those later – but there’s still plenty to do within a relatively short drive from Springfield.