Located in Lee county and acting as county seat, Dixon, Illinois was named after John Dixon, a rope ferry service operator who provided services across the Rock River. Dixon is also where Abraham Lincoln joined the Illinois militia during the Black Hawk War, though it is perhaps best known as being the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan. Those interested in learning more about president Regan’s life growing up in Dixon can do so at the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home and Visitors Center.
In the late 90s, Dixon was labeled the Petunia Capital of Illinois and the Catfish Capital of Illinois in 2009. In addition to having a rich history, Dixon also features several wonderful nature preserves and many wonderful opportunities for family activities. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you will thoroughly enjoy Lowell Park, a 200-acre nature preserve that contains several hiking trails, plant and wildlife exhibits, and several scenic areas to enjoy a picnic or simply relax in nature. Another exciting stop for nature lovers is the Amboy Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, a nearby wildlife preserve that is home to several types of birds, amphibians, rare plants, and endangered turtles.
If you are looking for something a little more energetic and fun for the kids, look no further than the Plum Hollow Family Center. Featuring bowling, rock climbing, beach volleyball, a full-scale arcade, laser tag, and a 9-hole miniature golf course, the Plum Hollow Family Center has entertainment opportunities that are fun for the whole family.
From historical tours to scenic walks in nature to family fun activities, Dixon offers up a little something for everyone!