Why Lake County? We're halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, home of Six Flags Great America, Gurnee Mills and have 40+ affordable student-friendly hotels including KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort.
Day One: This travel day will take you directly to KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort in Gurnee. Your students check in and enjoy the waterpark. Dinner can be on their own at the various restaurants (or as a group), and everyone can gather at D.W. Anderson's later in the evening for an ice cream sundae party.
Day Two: After a breakfast buffet at the resort, start the day with a Behind the Scenes peek at waterpark science right in the resort! Then, just a few minutes away is Tempel Farms. Take a one hour Tour & Training Session and learn how the Lipizzan stallions were rescued in World War II by Gen. George Patton. See training of the battlemoves displayed during their summer performances. Take a drive up to the Jelly Belly Center for a free tour that includes samples and time in the retail store. A tour of the unusual Gold Pyramid House is a look at Egyptian art and living life under a pyramid. Lunch at the nearby Golden Corral makes lunch quick and nutritious. Volo Auto Museum provides a mixture of pop culture and history with movie & classic cars and the Military Zone. Brunswick's new look with bowling and Chicago-themed laser tag is where it's at for dinner and recreation.
Day Three: It's all about Six Flags Great America/Hurricane Harbor today. Your performance, fun and meals are all arranged. Roller coasters, water rides and games await. Later on, Rink Side Sports Family Entertainment Center offers lasertag, ice skating, video games and indoor mini-golf. Located right in Gurnee Mills, students can opt for dinner at Rink Side or in the food courts. Shopping is always a hit at the 200+ stores and can include an educational tour of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Later, catch an evening performance at one of our many theatres or an evening of fun and games at Dave & Buster's!
Day Four: A morning tour or workshop with lunch at the Chicago Botanic Garden rounds out your last day before heading home. As you drive past other options such as Wildlife Discovery Center, Historic Fort Sheridan, Marytown/Kolbe Shrine and Whirlyball, you start planning next year's trip to Lake County (if they quiet down back there)!
However you choose to piece together your tour, your knowledgeable Lake County coordinator Jayne Nordstrom will be on hand to assist you.
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