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Recreation Lake County

Recreation opportunities for all ages are waiting for you...

Lake County’s parks and facilities offer a large range of recreational opportunities to people of all ages, no matter what your interests. Visit the award winning parks of Waukegan, which were recently named best in the nation. Conquer the indoor climbing rock wall at the Libertyville Sports Complex or take a swing at their indoor driving range voted “Chicagoland’s Best” by the Daily Herald.

Enjoy family time at the outdoor Family Aquatic Center in Vernon Hills or the water slides at Grayslake’s Aquatic Center. On the other hand, you can always take in a more natural and relaxing setting at one of our local beaches. Bask along six sandy miles of Lake Michigan's shoreline at Illinois State Beach Park or hike one of their walking trails that wind between landscapes of wooded forests and open views of Lake Michigan, spanning out as far as the eye can see. Connect with your inner cowboy and roam free on horseback through Chain O’Lakes State Park and Stables.

Hook the big one on a charter a fishing tour with Captain Rick and challenge the largest of the great lakes as he steers you into the best fishing spots in the open waters of Lake Michigan. Reel in one of the largest Coho or King Salmon that you’ve ever seen and enjoy the breathtaking views of the sunset along the waterline horizon.

So whether you like to hike, run, bike or even cross country ski, there are over 200 miles of trails that wind through 30,000 acres of natural, outdoor beauty in Lake County Forest Preserves, just waiting to be explored.

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Adler Park
(Libertyville)
Any season is a good time to come to Adler Park. When its warm enjoy the swimming pool, trails, play...

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Bangs Lake Beach & Marina
(Wauconda)
Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Lake County and is considered a popular...

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Blair Park in Lake Bluff
(Lake Bluff)
This park offers fun for all seasons. Summer time enjoy a swimming pool, playground, picnics, tennis...

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Blarney Island
(Antioch)
As a one of a kind location with fun and entertainment, Blarney Island is waiting for you a mile off...

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Boundless Adventures
(Bristol)
Opening in June 2019, Boundless Adventures is family owned business empowering and inspiring people ...

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Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
(Riverwoods)
Located among pristine woodlands in the Ryerson historic home in Riverwoods, Il., Brushwood Center a...

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C.J. Smith Resort
(Antioch)
For 86 years, C. J. Smith Resort has provided everything needed to enjoy a day of fishing and boatin...

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Captain Daniel Wright Woods
(Mettawa)
This peaceful oasis among the bustling suburbs offers 4 miles of scenic trails: a short loop for hik...

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Century Park
(Vernon Hills)
The Park's 113 acres, 54 of which are water, includes basketball and volleyball courts, fishing,...

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Chain O'Lakes State Park
(Spring Grove)
Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O'Lakes Stat...

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Chain O'Lakes State Park Riding Stable
(Spring Grove)
The Chain O'Lakes State Park riding stable offers seasonal riding opportunities with the "Come Ride ...

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Chicago Botanic Garden
(Glencoe)
The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the co...

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Christine Thompson Park
(Gurnee)
Gurnee's Christine Thompson Park offers Baseball/Softball Fields Basketball Courts Pic...

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Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach
(Round Lake Beach)
Unique facility that provides family and children productions and entertainment throughout the year ...

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Danny Cunniff Park
(Highland Park)
Formerly known as Centennial Park, Danny Cunniff Park was renamed, remodeled and dedicated in 1999 a...

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Deerfield Park District
(Deerfield)
Deerfield Park District, located in the southern end of Lake County offers facilities, events, renta...

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Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway
(Wadsworth)
The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway protects land along more than 85 percent of the river in La...

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Diamond Lake Beach & Recreational Center
(Mundelein)
Diamond Lake Recreation Center is 100 acres. It includes a pristine lake, sand beach, grassy areas, ...

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Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area & Welcome Center
(Riverwoods)
Ryerson Woods is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This area is one of the best ex...

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Fish Lake Beach Campground
(Volo)
Come to Fish Lake Beach for family fun! Play for the day at our sandy beach which offers lake swimmi...

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Five Star Firearms
(Zion)
We are a shooting range and firearms store offering a unique experience. Our range is a state-of-the...

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Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
(Ft. Sheridan)
NOTE: Due to ongoing restoration as part of the Great Lakes Fish and Ecosystem Restoration program, ...

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Grayslake Community Park District
(Grayslake)
The Grayslake Community Park District is a separate government agency established for the purpose of...

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Greenbelt Cultural Center
(North Chicago)
Nestled within the native landscape of the Greenbelt Forest Preserve between North Chicago and Wauke...

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Heller Nature Center
(Highland Park)
Visitors can enjoy a 97-acre preserve with oak-hickory forests, tall grass prairie, oak savanna and ...

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Illinois Beach State Park
(Zion)
Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan from Waukegan to the Wisconsi...

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Independence Grove Forest Preserve
(Libertyville)
This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunitie...

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Jones Island Community Park
(Grayslake)
This park offers 5 acres of fun located on Grays Lake. Activities include a swimming beach, fishing,...

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Keith Mione Community Park and Sports Complex
(Mundelein)
This park features a stocked lake for fishing, tennis courts, a lighted ball fields, a picnic shelte...

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Kroll's Fall Harvest Farm
(Waukegan)
Open September through October for entertainment and education The farm offers a corn maze, farm tou...

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Lake County Audubon Society
(Libertyville)
The Mission of the Lake County Audubon Society is Education, Conservation and Restoration of natural...

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Lake Michigan Charter Fishing - North Point Marina
(Winthrop Harbor)
Enjoy the beautiful blue of Lake Michigan aboard one of over one hundred charter fishing boats on th...

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Lake Michigan Charter Fishing - Waukegan Harbor
(Waukegan)
Waukegan Harbor and Marina offers the finest in boating with 1,000-slip marina. A wide range of ame...

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Lakefront Park of Round Lake Beach
(Round Lake Beach)
A beautiful park that is open to the residents and the public. Ancient oak trees line the shore and ...

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Lakewood Forest Preserve
(Wauconda)
Lakewood is Lake County's largest forest preserve. This preserve features dedicated equestrian trail...

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Libertyville Sports Complex
(Libertyville)
Libertyville Sports Complex offers something for everyone in the family. A 360° Climbing Mountai...

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Migrator Charters
(Winthrop Harbor)
Here you will experience the best Lake Michigan Charter! We fish out of North Point Marina located ...

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North Point Marina
(Winthrop Harbor)
North Point Marina is a World Class Marina at a World Class Value offering convenient on-site amenit...

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Old School Forest Preserve
(Libertyville)
Looking for winter fun, Old School Forest Preserve is the place to be. Bring out the sled, cross-cou...

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Openlands Lakeshore Preserve
(Highland Park)
The Openlands Lakeshore Preserve presents a rare opportunity to visit one of the last remaining ravi...

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Par-King Miniature Golf
(Lincolnshire)
Ranked one of the "Top 10 Miniature Golfs in America" and featuring two 18-hole courses, 1...

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Park Avenue Beach & Boating Facility
(Highland Park)
Park Avenue features a concrete ramp and sand launching ramp, two parking lots, three boat storage a...

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Park District of Highland Park
(Highland Park)
The Park District of Highland Park, founded in 1909, operates and manages over 650 acres of land in ...

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Paulus Park
(Lake Zurich)
A popular visitors destination, as well as a favorite gathering spot for local residents featuring a...

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REI
(Vernon Hills)
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) specializes in quality outdoor gear. Shop with confidence with ti...

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Richardson Adventure Farm & Corn Maze, LLC
(Spring Grove)
The featured attraction is the World's Largest Corn Maze, with 33 acres and 11 miles of trails. ...

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SkipperBud's - North Point
(Winthrop Harbor)
The SkipperBud's emblem on your transom means that you are a valued customer! If you're a bo...

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Steeple Chase Golf Club
(Mundelein)
A Ken Killian-designed course nestled on over 200 beautiful acres. For more than a decade, this high...

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Steitz's Restaurant & Marina
(Antioch)
Boating in the fresh air and sunshine can really work up an appetite. Steitz's offers a marina to la...

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Turtle Beach Marina
(Antioch)
Turtle Beach Marina has the largest beach on the Chain, perfect for sunbathing, volleyball and Jet S...

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Volo Bog State Natural Area
(Ingleside)
If you're looking for a truly unique outdoor adventure, head for Volo Bog State Natural Area in ...

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Waukegan Park District
(Waukegan)
The Waukegan Park District is committed to providing parks, facilities and leisure opportunities to ...

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Waukegan SportsPark
(Waukegan)
The top sports complex in Northern Illinois which features 14 outdoor soccer fields including a ligh...

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Wilmot Mountain
(Wilmot)
Lake County's destination for winter fun: Since 1938, Wilmot Mountain has enchanted families as ...

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