Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

This site features several gardens, a trail around Lake Katherine and a small nature center in Palos Heights, Illinois. Children will be delighted by the large number of ducks on the lake and the man-made waterfall.



7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, Illinois. A detailed map may be found here.

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Distance from Downtown Chicago

26 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are accessible parking spaces. Accessible bathrooms are located inside the nature center and are available when the building is open which as of October 1, 2021 is Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. Some of the trails are accessible.

Things To Do

Bird Watching (Canada geese, hawks, swallows, wood ducks), Boating (canoe and kayak rentals), Hiking, Playground, Visitor Center (nature center), Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers.

Fun Facts

Beautiful Lake Katherine was once an unofficial dump.

Other Information

Restrooms are located in the nature center.


Nearby Al Medina Bakery, 11228 South Harlem Avenue, Worth, Illinois features fresh and delicious Middle Eastern cookies at the great price of $4.25 a pound (as of July 10, 2021).

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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