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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, playground, picnic area, frisbee golf, a flower garden...Read More

Bangs Lake Beach & Marina (Wauconda)
Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Lake County and is considered a popular destination for family recreation in the Chicagol...Read More

Blair Park in Lake Bluff (Lake Bluff)
This park offers fun for all seasons. Summer time enjoy a swimming pool, playground, picnics, tennis courts and skate park. In the winter come out for...Read More

Blarney Island (Antioch)
As a one of a kind location with fun and entertainment, Blarney Island is waiting for you a mile off-shore in Antioch, IL! Located on the Chain O’ Lak...Read More

Boundless Adventures (Bristol)
Opening in June 2019, Boundless Adventures is family owned business empowering and inspiring people to challenge themselves both mentally and physical...Read More

Coupon Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods (Riverwoods)
Located among pristine woodlands in the Ryerson historic home in Riverwoods, Il., Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods promotes the importance of nature ...Read More

C.J. Smith Resort (Antioch)
For 86 years, C. J. Smith Resort has provided everything needed to enjoy a day of fishing and boating on the beautiful Chain O' Lakes in northern Illi...Read More

Captain Daniel Wright Woods (Mettawa)
This peaceful oasis among the bustling suburbs offers 4 miles of scenic trails: a short loop for hikers, bicyclists and skiers that circles a pond, an...Read More

Century Park (Vernon Hills)
The Park's 113 acres, 54 of which are water, includes basketball and volleyball courts, fishing, ball fields, concessions, walking and bike paths, 2 p...Read More

Chain O' Lakes State Park Riding Stable (Spring Grove)
The Chain O' Lakes State Park Riding Stable invites you to "Come Ride With Us". Listen...You can hear the rhythm of your horse against the backdrop of...Read More

Chain O'Lakes State Park (Spring Grove)
Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O'Lakes State Park is a water oriented recreation area with outstandin...Read More

Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe)
The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preemine...Read More

Christine Thompson Park (Gurnee)
Gurnee's Christine Thompson Park offers
  • Baseball/Softball Fields
  • Basketball Courts
  • Pickleball
  • Picnic Shelter...Read More

Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach (Round Lake Beach)
Unique facility that provides family and children productions and entertainment throughout the year on the indoor stage and outdoor stage. 31,000 squa...Read More

Danny Cunniff Park (Highland Park)
Formerly known as Centennial Park, Danny Cunniff Park was renamed, remodeled and dedicated in 1999 after the Park District received the largest privat...Read More

Deerfield Park District (Deerfield)
Deerfield Park District, located in the southern end of Lake County offers facilities, events, rental opportunities and more to individuals, families,...Read More

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 Lake County, providing wildlife habitat, natural flo...Read More

Diamond Lake Beach & Recreational Center (Mundelein)
Diamond Lake Recreation Center is 100 acres. It includes a pristine lake, sand beach, grassy areas, and shaded picnic grove. In summertime, the facili...Read More

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 examples of a northern flatwoods forest, a rare nort...Read More

Fish Lake Beach Campground (Volo)
Come to Fish Lake Beach for family fun! Play for the day at our sandy beach which offers lake swimming and fishing OR camp overnight or create a sum...Read More

Five Star Firearms (Zion)
We are a shooting range and firearms store offering a unique experience. Our range is a state-of-the-art 16 lane, 25 yard range and is proudly made in...Read More

Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve (Ft. Sheridan)
NOTE: Due to ongoing restoration as part of the Great Lakes Fish and Ecosystem Restoration program, this location will be experiencing closures to sec...Read More

Grayslake Community Park District (Grayslake)
The Grayslake Community Park District is a separate government agency established for the purpose of providing leisure programs, parks and recreation ...Read More

Greenbelt Cultural Center (North Chicago)
Nestled within the native landscape of the Greenbelt Forest Preserve between North Chicago and Waukegan, the Cultural Center's location offers panoram...Read More

Heller Nature Center (Highland Park)
Visitors can enjoy a 97-acre preserve with oak-hickory forests, tall grass prairie, oak savanna and natural wetlands. Three miles of trails offer natu...Read More

Illinois Beach State Park (Zion)
Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan from Waukegan to the Wisconsin state line. The park offers a campground, full ...Read More

Independence Grove Forest Preserve (Libertyville)
This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered around a 115-acre lake reclaimed from a...Read More

Jones Island Community Park (Grayslake)
This park offers 5 acres of fun located on Grays Lake. Activities include a swimming beach, fishing, picnic shelter, ice skating, playground, ramp for...Read More

Keith Mione Community Park and Sports Complex (Mundelein)
This park features a stocked lake for fishing, tennis courts, a lighted ball fields, a picnic shelter, two water thrills, Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic ...Read More

Kroll's Fall Harvest Farm (Waukegan)
Open September through October for entertainment and education The farm offers a corn maze, farm tour hay rides, petting zoo, picnic area, gift shop a...Read More


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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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