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Lake County Illinois CVB

Lake County Outdoor Guide
Come explore our scenic lakes, rivers and land...

There are numerous outdoor venues to explore nature in Lake County! With 170 lakes and rivers, enjoy Illinois Beach State Park in Zion off the shores of Lake Michigan and Chain O’ Lakes State Park in Spring Grove. Plus, with nearly 31,000 acres of land to explore at the Lake County Forest Preserves, Lake County offers outdoor beauty and trails for those interested in hiking, boating, fishing, bird watching, golf and many other activities. Be sure to take advantage of Lake County’s outdoor adventures.

Run, Hike, Bike
No matter the time of year, you can find a beautiful place to run, hike or bike in Lake County.
Lake County’s parks and facilities offer a large range of recreational opportunities to people of all ages, no matter what your interests.
Soak up the sun while escaping to paradise at our beaches including Lake Michigan and the Chain O' Lakes.
Tournament quality courses with a scenic backdrop, Lake County, Illinois makes the ideal golf getaway.
No matter the time of year, get away from it all and enjoy a kaleidoscope of colors and beauty that our trails offer.
Farmers Markets
Find the freshest, locally grown, and deliciously ripe fruits and vegetables of the season and enjoy homemade goods and family friendly atmosphere.
Boating Lake County
Your information resource for all your boating needs from finding a launch ramp to safety requirements.
Dog Parks
Searching for a place where canine's can mingle, play, roam and splash? Visit a dog park in Lake County so your best friend can get a breath of fresh air.
IL Beach State Park
Encompassing over 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, IL Beach State Park is a must-see attraction for any outdoor enthusiast.
Outdoor Beauty
The greatest thing about having so much outdoor beauty is the seasons that come with it.
Sledding & Tubing
Once the snow hits the ground, kids (and children at heart) gravitate towards these snow hills to race their friends and family.
Hit the Ski Trails
See winter in all its splendor when you cross-county ski Lake County's miles and miles of trails.
Hooked on fishing? Reel in the 'catch of the day' in one of Lake County's 75 inland lakes.

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Lake County Outdoor Events

11/16/18 - 11/16/18 Astronomy Night
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Turkey Shoot
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Highland Park Light Up the Night
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 Grayslake Central Turkey Trot
11/21/18 - 11/21/18 Deerfield's Tree Lighting
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Wauconda Turkey Trot
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Village of Gurnee's 25th Annual Turkey Trot
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Long Grove Turkey Trot
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 North Shore Turkey Trot 5K and 10K
11/23/18 - 11/23/18 Antioch's Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
11/24/18 - 11/24/18 Vernon Hills Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony
11/24/18 - 11/24/18 Libertyville's Cool 5K/10K
11/22/18 - 11/25/18 Thanksgiving/Black Friday Sale
11/29/18 - 11/29/18 Winter Wetland Botany
11/30/18 - 11/30/18 Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
12/01/18 - 12/01/18 Tree Lighting at Jack Benny Plaza
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 Cocoa Classic
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 The Tempel Lipizzans Behind-The-Scenes Tour
09/29/18 - 12/15/18 Grayslake Fall Market
11/23/18 - 12/23/18 Vintage Holidays
11/23/18 - 12/23/18 Santa's Frozen Village
11/23/18 - 12/23/18 Richardson Farm Christmas Trees and More
12/01/18 - 12/24/18 Ultimate Holiday Sale
11/23/18 - 12/25/18 Long Grove Holiday Season
11/23/18 - 12/31/18 Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa Visits
11/23/18 - 12/31/18 Holiday in the Park
Ongoing MainStreet Libertyville's Lunch in the Park
Ongoing Cruise Night at Miller's Dog N Suds
Ongoing Mundelein's Farmers Market
Ongoing Barrington's Farmers Market
Ongoing Lambs Farm - Farmyard Open for the Season
Ongoing Ravinia Farmers Market
Ongoing Bunny Hill Basics
Ongoing Guided Tours at Volo Bog

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No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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