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Just past Million Dollar Beach on Route 9L is the little known Usher's Park Beach. This very safe, free beach is quieter & ideal for parents with small children who are concerned with safety. Has picnic area, tennis courts, playground & restroom.
Usher's Park Beach is located down a steep hill (you can ask the state workers with the golf carts to take you up and down if you are loaded with too much beach stuff). It's small enough that you can know where your kids are at all times. There is one lifeguard on duty and the area where you swim is extremely shallow. On the top of the hill there is a fantastic playground for children of all ages and a very large picnic area for large families and a basketball court. To get there: Take Beach Road east past the Steamboats and the Million Dollar Beach until you come to the end (Route 9L), take a left on Route 9L. Drive a few hundred yards and you will see a parking lot, basketball courts and a playground on your right. Park at the Parking lot and follow the path down the hill to the beach.
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from Mahomet, Il
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 8:59 PM
This is a great beach for toddlers and babies! It's away from all the crowds and is a real gem. The beach itself is small and quiet with shallow areas for babies on one side and a bit of a "deeper" side for toddlers and bigger kids. It's buoyed off so your little ones can't get too far away. There's one lifeguard on duty. Bathrooms are located just off the beach. There are shaded picnic areas and plenty of picnic benches. The beach is free and open from 10am-6pm. The parking is great (lots of shaded areas so you don't have to come back to a scorching hot car) and is right next to an awesome playground. The only drawback to the beach is that it's located at the bottom of a hill....so once you're all beached out, you have that long uphill walk back to the car.
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