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Come out to Camp Lakewood and enjoy the views of Lake Pauline plus all the creature comforts. Camp Lakewood is an RV campground. The sites include cable, WiFi, 30/50 AMP. They also offer a one and two bedroom cabin that is fully furnished and self contained. The newest cabin sleeps five and includes Cable TV. They do offer tent sites as well for those who want to be a little closer to nature.
Anthony Acres Resort
Anthony Acres Resort has picturesque views of Lake Sara. The resort is only five minutes from Effingham, so you can come into town and enjoy some food or shop.
TREC Recreation Trails
The TREC trail system is a public trail designed to create recreational opportunities. The trails provide a great place for visitors to exercise, whether its walking, riding bikes, or roller blading. The mission is to develop a countrywide, multi-use trail system, educate the communities on the benefits of the trails, and promote an active lifestyle by providing recreational activities.
Effingham Park District
Effingham has four community parks. All offer baseball diamonds, play grounds, basketball courts and great areas for family picnics.
Lake Sara Pavilions
Two different locations on Lake Sara. The pavilions offer a chance to host a meeting on the lake. The two outdoor facilities are perfect for receptions and parties with plenty of outdoor space. It also features a large open room, kitchen area, boat dock and outdoor decks.
Gardens of Heartland Hall
Located just minutes outside of Effingham. The Gardens of Heartland can fully satisfy your requirements for affordable & elegant receptions & outdoor weddings, or small gatherings.
Kick off the holiday season in Effingham as the community celebrates a Hometown Christmas on Saturday, November 28th in downtown Effingham. Welcome Santa to town at 4 p.m. as he travels down Jefferson Street arriving on the west side of the Courthouse square lawn. Santa will then make his way to his house to greet and hand out treats to all of the children who come to visit him. Carolers will be filling the air with your favorite Christmas songs throughout the evening. There will also be complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides around the downtown area, along with children’s activities and other goodies. Santa will continue making visits to the Courthouse location throughout the holiday season. And be sure to stop by the Effingham CVB's tent in the downtown area to get some free Effingham souvenirs and register to win a great family-friendly Effingham basket! Stick around downtown for the official lighting of the City of Effingham Community Christmas Tree by Santa and Mayor Gillenwater at 6:30 p.m. We’ll countdown and watch downtown become a beautiful winter wonderland!
Lee Greenwood Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
"A Tennessee Christmas" with Lee Greenwood is a celebration of traditional and popular carols guaranteed to put the entire family in the spirit. See him live at the EPC at 7:30 p.m.
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and classical catalog. See them live at the EPC at 8 p.m.
Three Chicks & A Stage: A Candle in the Window at the Effingham Performance Center
Take a journey with a small group of weary travelers on Christmas Eve to see how their interaction with seven youngsters changes their holiday spirit. See Three Chicks & A Stage perform this play Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
Scott Wattles Blue Suede Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
Join musicians, Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew at 7 p.m. as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock 'n Roll Christmas show.
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
BJ Thomas at the Effingham Performance Center
As a true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcends them, BJ Thomas performs at the EPC at 7 p.m.
The Price is Right Live at the Effingham Performance Center
The Price is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "come on down!" to win prizes. Play classic games from the television's longest-running and most popular game show at the EPC at 7 p.m.
Gaelic Storm at the Effingham Performance Center
Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish tunes: See the Best of Gaelic Storm.
Rhonda Vincent & Gene Watson at Effingham Performance Center
See the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, and her band, the Rage, with duet specials from the masterful country stylist, Gene Watson at 7 p.m.
Mickey Gilley at the Effingham Performance Center
Country chart-topper Mickey Gilley will perform his hits live at the EPC at 7 p.m.
John Anderson at the Effingham Performance Center
See country chart-topper John Anderson sing his hits on his tour throughout America at the EPC at 8 p.m.
The Fab Four at the Effingham Performance Center
Experience the best Beatles tribute ever by The Fab Four at 8 p.m. Hear your favorite timeless classics and relive the sixties with their uncanny recreation.
Crystal Gayle at the Effingham Performance Center
Classical, country and spiritual artist Crystal Gayle performs her hits live at the EPC - Mother's Day weekend at 7 p.m.
Little River Band at the Effingham Performance Center
As one of the great vocal bands of the 70s and 80s, Little River Band performs their hits at the EPC to perform live at 7:30 p.m.
Frozen Sing-a-Long at the Effingham Performance Center
Come in costume, get your goody bag at the door, get your picture taken with characters, win prizes and enjoy a full-length Sing-A-Long to Disney's Frozen.
Winter Ice Solstice at the Effingham Performance Center
This year's Winter Ice Solstice will have you frozen to your chair with excitement while watching professional ice skaters glide across the EPC stage in a performance like none other! Take a peek into the winter wonderland and get your snow gear ready for a Solstice for audiences of all ages. So get your tickets now and don't miss the show at 7:30 p.m.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Watch as children's favorite, Clifford the Big Red Dog, comes to life on stage at the EPC in a big way in this interactive musical, starting at 4 p.m.
The Jason Bishop Show at the Effingham Performance Center
Come to the EPC at 7 p.m. to see why Jason Bishop is called America's Hottest Illusionist!
Junie B. Jones' Essential Survival Guide to School at the Effingham Performance Center
Come see an all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book at 10 a.m.
Freedom Train at the Effingham Performance Center
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman in a series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue and music of the period in a way the whole family is sure to enjoy. The show starts at 10 a.m.
The Math Maniac Show at the Effingham Performance Center
In Max Millions' fast-paced, up-beat and highly visual demonstrations, The Math Maniac proves that learning math and fun go together naturally live at the EPC at 10 a.m.
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter, reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and Classical catalog. The Wizards of Winter bring their musical intensity, stage theatrics and holiday fun to the Effingham Performance Center at 8 p.m. This 22 member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December's past!
Family restaurant with specialties such as fantastic baby back ribs that fall off the bone, charbroiled steaks & juicy prime rib that melt in your mouth, & a wide variety of glorious burgers.
Schurmeier Teaching Forest
Two miles of beginner and intermediate hiking trails, educational signage teaches about tree and forestry practices. This forest is the perfect place to spend the day. Horses welcome!
Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins
A nature lover's dream, Rim Rock offers cabins with all the amenities in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest, adjacent to the popular Rim Rock Recreational Trail and Garden of the Gods. Rim Rock's is within short driving distance of all Southern Illinois has to offer, and features its own private hiking trail on its 77-acre site.
Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins
Nestled in the beautiful hills of the Shawnee National Forest, Timber Ridge offers something for everyone, from families and honeymooners to outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy some Southern hospitality while staying in a real log cabin or one-of-a-kind tree house. Each of the units, including the tree house, is equipped with a bathroom, kitchenette, heating and air conditioning. Physical Location: Karbers Ridge, IL 62955 GPS: 37°33’52.18?N 88°20’17.03?W
Pirates' Cove Theme Park
A unique park for children ages two to nine years. Pirates' ship, paddle boats, train ride, climbing wall, and many more creative attractions for children. Concession and picnic areas. Birthday parties and rentals. Open daily June through August. Admission fee for children. Adults are always free.
CITY:Elk Grove Village
Rainbow Falls Water Park
A tropical paradise waterpark. Three giant water slides, tot pool, vortex pool, drop slide, three-story funhouse with plunge pool. concessions, picnic areas, locker rooms with family changing areas. Daily admission and season passes. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
CITY:Elk Grove Village
Wilder Park Conservatory
A historic tradition lives on at the Elmhurst Park District Conservatory and greenhouses, located in Wilder Park. The conservatory holds four main plant displays a year: a Easter and Calla Lilies in the spring, Chrysanthemums in the fall, Poinsettias in December and an Environmental show with various themes in the Winter. In addition youth education programs are offered with our in house Horticulturist.
Enjoy first run films in a renovated 1924 Spanish-style movie theater with five auditoriums all equipped with Dolby digital sound. Baby Barton Pipe Organ is played on Friday and Saturday nights.
Right in the middle of Energy you will find Bruce Park. A nicely manicured 8 acre park with trees, pavilions, ball diamonds and soccer fields. The park is a great place to take your family on an outing or for your kids to participate in local sports. While you are there, take a look at the military memorial. There is also a monument with the bell from a schoolhouse that stood on the site.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Focusing on the art, history and culture of the American Indian. Permanent exhibits are dedicated to the Native cultures of the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Northwest Coast and Arctic regions of North America. Each gallery contains a “touching table” where visitors can handle real examples of Indian artifacts, as well as feel the raw materials—including snakeskin, caribou fur, birch bark, turquoise and buffalo skin—that were used by native Americans. Temporary exhibits showcase emerging and established contemporary Native artists. Lectures and performances throughout the year provide a venue for multicultural education.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
A fun, family-friendly restaurant with a full menu that features award-winning traditional wings, boneless wings, chicken tenders, naked tenders, spun in one of 14 signature sauces. From barbeque to blazin', there's a sauce for everyone in the family. The menu also includes burgers wraps, salads, ribs and more. With a multitude of plasmas and big screen tv's it's the perfect place to watch your favorite team.
First Night Evanston
A great Evanston New Year's Eve celebration that brings together a great community! Experience an incredible range of music, dance, poetry and more from some of the world's finest artists. It's a family-friendly event too, featuring an afternoon of exciting musical and variety performances geared to young children as well as a teenage battle of the bands and a teen improv performance in the evening. Performance venues include some fantastic acoustical spaces in some of Evanston's greatest old classic houses of worship. $20 in advance; $25 until 12/31; $30 at door. Type: Festival/Special Events. Various locations in Evanston.
Ludwig Farmstead Creamery
Guests can tour the farm, watch how several types of cheese are made and sample some of Ludwig's products for just $5.00. Tours can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more throughout the week or on Saturdays for groups of less than ten or individuals. The Creamery sits on Feathercreek Farm, a 150-acre, fifth-generation family farm originally settled in 1866. The Ludwig family's primary business is the care and breeding of high pedigree, purebred Holstein dairy cattle.
Little Toot Railroad
Ride the rails and experience train travel as it was decades ago on a 15-inch-gauge Crown steam locomotive that runs through Charley Brown Park.
2015 Annual Holiday Walk
Live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa and his reindeer are just part of the magic of The Annual Holiday Walk. Enjoy winter on Madison Street!
Experience the old world charm of a German Christkindl celebration. Horsedrawn wagon rides, St. Nickolas, lantern parade, carolers, music, cookie decorating and more.
Frankfort Fall Festival
The Frankfort Fall Festival is ranked in the top 15 shows to visit by Sunshine Artist. There are 300 artisan from 30 states selling hand-crafted items at our show which includes local civic organizations selling food items, a carnival, entertainment and a community parade.
KidsWork Children's Museum
KidsWork is an interactive educational experience for ages 0-8. Two floors of exhibits including a theater, art room, tot spot, pet vet, dino dig and more! Visit the KidsWork website for events, programming and new exhibits!
White Street Cafe
White Street Cafe is a family owned business located in charming Frankfort, IL. We offer delicious food that features high quality ingredients and reasonable prices.
Chaplin Creek Historic Village
Chaplin Creek is an evolving, full-scale historical restoration project depicting a prairie settlement typical of the mid-19th century. Several historically significant buildings and artifacts have been relocated here from the surrounding area. Photo courtesy of Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition
Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre
Located on the campus of Highland Community College - features a variety of fine arts programming including vocal and music concerts, live theater, special performances, and the popular Summerset Theater Program, a community performing arts theater.
Read Park offers many recreational opportunities and is highlighted by the Read Park Family Aquatic Center, which includes a zero depth pool, water slides and play area, and by a state of the art 11,000 square foot skate park, SK8 Park. This scenic park also features baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, an outdoor lighted hockey and ice staking rink, concession stand, picnic areas, shelters, and playgrounds. The Morgan Memorial, a charming statue of two children surrounded by fountains, is a serene spot to enjoy. Park attractions are open seasonally; please call ahead to confirm availability of specific attractions and costs.
Old-fashioned ice cream shop featuring 51 flavors of ice cream, plus hamburgers and Chicago style hot dogs made with fresh, local products, chicken, pork tenderloins, grilled cheese and more. Also featuring custom made ice cream cakes, cookies and homemade German Chocolate Cake. Union Dairy has been a Freeport tradition since 1914. Dine in or carryout. March thru May and September thru October: Tuesday thru Sunday: 11 am to 9 pm Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Daily: 11 am to 10 pm Lunch: under $10.00. Credit Cards Accepted
Fever River Railroad
For model railroad aficionados -- and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains -- this model railroad is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 120X24-foot HO scale model with detailed scenery, rail yards, factories, and interchanges with many other railroads. The Fever River Railroad is an ongoing project with upgrades to the layout and scenery that provides an exciting model railroad experience. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures, many from the surrounding area, are on display throughout the facility. The Stephenson Society of Model Trainmen, who operate the railroad, host an open house twice a year.
This historic movie theater, built in 1922, features first-run movies presented in the latest 4K digital projection and sound on nine screens. Stadium seating, digital 3D and party room.
This beautiful Freeport park offers an antique carousel, waterfall, seasonal duck pond, miniature golf course, 18-hole disc golf course, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, 3 miles of recreational paths, paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, fishing, hiking, biking, a performance amphitheater, gardens, picnic areas, shelters, boat rentals, playgrounds including "Kid's Kastle", a carousel and sledding in the winter. The Yellow Creek Adventure Golf Course (miniature golf) is open daily from Memorial Day thru Labor Day from Noon to Dusk. The Disc Golf Course is open during regular park hours and is free to play. Park attractions are open seasonally; call ahead to confirm availability of specific attractions.
Baymont Inn and Suites - Freeport
This hotel, where you can feel like home is conveniently located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Illinois Highway 26 north of Freeport. There are 63 rooms and eleven whirlpool suites. Handicapped and non-smoking rooms, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, exercise facilities, cable TV, free wireless high speed internet access, microwave, mini fridge, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, safes, desks, pets allowed with a $20 fee, on site coin laundry, dry cleaning available, complimentary enhanced breakfast. Rates: $89 to $160
Little Cubs Field
This is a replica of Wrigley Field, complete with ivy, bricks, box seats, dirt and sod from the real Wrigley Field, plus a replica scoreboard and entry sign. It is open for enjoying and exploring at no cost or is also available for rental for birthday parties, picnics, corporate events and more. Rental fees are $45 per hour or $90 for two hours. Reservations may be made at www.littlecubsfield.com. Open: Field:10 am to 7 pm; Gift Shop: May thru October: Saturday and Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm; Friday: 1 pm to 5 pm (June thru August)
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad Antique Steam Train
All aboard, as a 36-ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, including an antique red caboose reported to be the oldest in the state, for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and visit the Silvercreek Museum across the street. Open: May thru October on selected holiday and weekends; 1 am - 4 pm. Train departs on the hour.
Luminary Night On Stephenson and Lincoln Streets
Enjoy the beauty of the soft light of luminaries and the architecture of these historic homes as you stroll this lovely residential neighborhood. Also, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard from West Street to Park Boulevard.
SK 8 Park
Located in Read Park, this skate park offers 11,000 square feet of skateboard heaven with obstacles, ramps, rails, ledges, spines and bowls. Built specifically for skateboards and in-line roller skates (sorry, no bikes allowed), the "street course" design mimics skateable features and obstacles found throughout the community. Helmets are required and pads are recommended.
Pretzel City Shop
All things Pretzel City! Your one stop Pretzel Shop featuring local vendors offering pretzels, clothing, cookies, souvenirs and more.Open: Tuesday thru Friday: 10 am to 2 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm
The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Unique guest rooms featuring upgraded room amenities, Irish themed artwork, complimentary breakfast, day spa, pool, Wi-Fi and live entertainment in Frank O'Dowd's Pub. Suites w/whirlpools and valley views.
Stoney Creek Inn
Come and experience the Great Outdoors...indoors. Stoney Creek Inn's unique Northwoods décor, atmosphere and incredible service create a truly enjoyable lodging experience! Guests love our extended continental breakfast and our 'Wilderness Park.'
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson - Galena
Stay at one of Galena's finest hotels, offering 75 rooms including specialty suites. Complimentary continental-plus breakfast. Indoor waterpark featuring 72-foot waterslide, whirlpool, wading pool/frog waterslide. Free Wi-Fi.
American Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor
The 1846 shop features original cabinets & an old-fashioned fountain. Popcorn, candy, lunch, Coca-Cola merchandise, coffee bar. American Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor is the best ice cream in town!
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
At Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa go golfing on one of four championship courses, horseback riding along hilly wooded trails, boating on the sapphire waters of Lake Galena, or soaring over the countryside in a hot air balloon with Galena on the Fly. Relax in the luxury of the resort’s Stonedrift Spa with a pampering massage. Eagle Ridge offers a wide variety of lodging that ranges from traditional inn rooms to golf villas and distinctive homes.
This park features a pavilion with tables, a gazebo, fountain, a play lot, basketball court, historic cannons and monuments, and a walk bridge across the Galena River to Galena's downtown historic shopping district.
Alpine Slide at Chestnut Mountain Resort
Fun for all ages. Ride your own sled down 2,050 feet of terrain-tailored track to the banks of the Mississippi.
Located next to the Palace Campgrounds and only two miles west from Galena, play on an 18-hole miniature golf course, complete with a cascading waterfall, rapids/streams and a fountain. Visit our video arcade and concession stand.
Chestnut Mountain Resort
Ski along scenic slopes at Galena's Chestnut Mountain Resort, perched high above the Mississippi River. Rated by Ski Magazine as one of the top ski resorts in the Midwest, Chestnut Mountain goes all out with a snowboarding park and night skiing. Stay at the rustic 120-room lodge, which has three restaurants, including the fine-dining Sunset Grille. There are fun non-skiing activities in the summer as well, including boat cruises on the Mississippi Explorer and the exhilarating Alpine Slide, which speeds 2,000 feet down a hillside. Or try the new Segway Mountain Adventure Tours, a three-mile guided ride through rolling terrain.
Miniature Golf at Chestnut Mountain Resort
Miniature golf overlooking the Mississippi River, eight miles southeast of Galena. Adults $6; children 12 and under $5.
Adventure Creek Alpaca & Goldendoodle Farm
Come and visit the Netzel's prized alpaca farm! The alpacas are quiet, stately, regal animals that are friendly to people - especially to smaller children. While there, make sure to meet Quincy, a TV star. Take one of the alpacas for a walk or learn about their lives. Or come down to the farm just to say hello to the alpacas and goldendoodles.
Alice T. Virtue Water Park
Beautiful family water park with waterslide, drop slide, diving board, and full menu concession stand adjacent to full-service park.
Discovery Depot Children's Museum
Discovery Depot Children's Museum is a non-profit institution providing fun and educational programs for children and families. Interactive exhibits, programs, and collections will stimulate curiosity, promote discovery and encourage learning. Creative playground facilities outside for children too. Through these resources, visitors will gain a better understanding of our world.
Galesburg Railroad Museum
Museum celebrating the shared histories of Galesburg and the railroad. Tour a real steam locomotive. See the authentic railroad memorabilia. Great for kids and rail fans! Right next door to the Amtrak Depot.
Galva Freedom Fest Celebration
Come and enjoy a hometown filled with pride. 4th of July, events begin at 8am, including a pancake breakfast, 5K/fun run, a parade filled with antique tractors, bands and floats. Stop by the park for an art jam, photo photo show, talent show, food and much more. Stay the for the evening and Join us at the park for professional entertainment and spectacular fireworks fired by International award winners Melrose Pyrotechnics.
Two-Story Outhouse at Gays
Arguably one of the most famous outhouses left on the planet is located in the town of Gays, IL, located just five minutes from Mattoon. The existence of outhouses in general are rare, but certainly a two-story version is a unique oddity that the small rural community of 300 has capitalized on for quite some time. Stop by anytime for this great photo opportunity!
Located 4 miles north of I-80 at exit 19 and adjacent to the historic Hennepin Canal. Shady, quiet camping in the midst of nature's wonders. Spend a night in one of our four rustic cabins. Try the Yurt Accomodations. It is 20 foot diameter, and sleeps 8. It has one queen bed and 2 bunk beds with a full on bottom and twin on top Rent a canoe or kayak and relax on historic Hennepin Canal. Bring you own bicycle or simply walk to enjoy the recreational trail along the Hennepin Canal. The town of Geneseo has great Victorian homes with welcoming porches. In additional to the RV camp sites, there are 12 tent sites available. Internet services on site.
Geneseo Christmas Walk
Geneseo’s spirit sparkles downtown with Christmas magic in the air. Each storefront window has family, friends and even animals depicting various scenes. Enjoy chestnuts roasting. Make memories for young and old. Join the Jingle Bell Run and other family activities during the afternoon and enjoy the lighted Christmas parade at 5PM. Watch for Santa. Hours: 8am to 9pm.
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary
Tour Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary. Animal lovers can learn about, pet, hold and feel some of the 350 rescued animals, comprised of 30 different species. All income supports the rescued animals. Critter Camp is a non-profit, tax exempt, charitable, volunteer operated, no-kill facility that does not buy, breed, sell or exploit any animal.Personally guided tours are available seven days a week year round for up to six people per tour, but all tours are by appointment.
Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf Course & Clubhouse in Maryknoll Park
The perfect setting for business & pleasure. Holes & Knolls features two 18-hole miniature golf courses and a clubhouse in a 25-acre park setting. The course design incorporates cascading waterfalls & streams. The clubhouse is available for rent.
Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Each year, nearly one million people visit the Garden's 26 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres of land on and around nine islands. Six miles of shoreline extend along 81 acres of water, including the Great Basin, North Lake, and Skokie River Corridor. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.
Wonderland Express is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience. Bring the smartphones and video cameras, as our holiday exhibition delights children and parents, friends and families. Kids, look for Thomas the Tank Engine! New this year: A focus on landmark history, plus the Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon, Glencoe's Writers' Theater, Chicago "El" trains, and both Spike and Alice the Amorphophallus join Wonderland Express! Join Landmark Illinois' Bonnie McDonald for narrated tours of the history and architecture of Chicago's landmarks. Kids' tours, too!
A visit to Wagner Farm affords you the opportunity to take part in and experience first-hand the workings of a genuine American farm. Wagner Farm is an 18.6 acre farm preserved for the educational and recreational enjoyment for all. See how bread was made in a wood cook stove, hear the rooster making time with his crow or milk one of the farm’s many cows. Explore the world of agriculture and rural life as it existed in 1920-1950’s.
Kohl Children's Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum offers hands-on, interactive exhibits designed exclusively for children ages birth to 8. All of the exhibits and programs are designed to make learning fun and interesting for young children. A visit to a grocery store, a veterinarian’s office as well as a day care inhabited by dolls allow children to participate in adult activities on their own scale. Children can build a house, make music, take care of cars, explore the properties of water and much more in the many engaging exhibits featured.
The Chocolate Factory prides itself in offering quality gourmet chocolates in a wide variety of mouth watering flavor, formulated with only the finest ingredients. Our irresistible silky smooth blended chocolates make delicious rich candies for any occasion!
4th of July Celebration events includes: Freedom Run a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run; a gospel show; a parade; free concert at the City Park and much more. Capping off the Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks display in Southern Illinois.
Raging Rivers WaterPark
Choose from four winding waterslides, brave the waves at the Breaker Beach wave pool or just spend the afternoon floating along the Lazy River. Located just outside Grafton on the Great River Road.
The River House
Relax, reflect and unwind in this private guest house that is a turn-of-the-century cottage completely restored with modern amenities. Located high above the confluence of the Mississippi & Illinois Rivers, it offers a quiet retreat with a spectacular view, yet it is only one block from village shops, marina, restaurants, bike trails and the scenic byway.
Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center
As a centerpeice of Pere Marquette State Park, the lodge and restaurant are an attraction for visitors from miles around. Visitors can spend a day at the park and explore the Great Room of the lodge, dine in the restaurant or even spend a night in a cozy lodge room or cabin. The centerpeice of the rustic timber 1930s Great Room is the 700 ton stone fireplace and life-size chess set. The Great Rooms beckons visitors to pull up a chair and a glass of wine with a view of the Illinois River. The Lodge restaurant is known for its family-style chicken dinner and season Sunday brunch buffets. Spend the afternoon or a weekend for an unforgettable experience.
The Loft at The Whole Scoop
Looking for a relaxing vacation destination? Look no further! This beautiful family and pet-friendly loft features hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, two bedrooms, open gathering area with full kitchen, dining area, large living area, washer and dryer, front and rear balconies with a BBQ grill and can accommodate up to 8 people! After all...who wouldn't want to stay on top of an ice cream shop?
The Whole Scoop
Imagine a life boat made out of a mint chip fudge brownie, covered in strawberry ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a cherry. That's The Whole Scoop's newest version of their signature sundae called the "Life Boat". And it's not just sweet treats at The Whole Scoop. From secret recipe marinated chicken in the Chipotle Chicken Wrap to Mom's Recipe Chili, great homemade eats abound. Located in historic downtown Grafton, The Whole Scoop is a great place to stop during a day of shopping and river watching. Hours: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily.
Captain Andy's Parasail
Enjoy the relaxing view while sailing above the bluff line over the Mississippi River! The views are spectacular and sure to be remembered for years to come. It’s a very peaceful ride that gives you a completely different perspective on your world. After trying it once, most people are repeat fliers.
Grafton Homestead Retreat
This country home, located in Grafton, Illinois, is nestled on over 70 acres of trees, pasture and farmland. Enjoy hours with your family exploring the outdoors, fishing, roasting marshmallows or taking a ride on the paddle boat. The property features pond fishing, camping, bonfire and BBQ facilities, hiking areas and picnicking. No hunting is allowed on the property but hunters are more than welcome to stay in this region known for its duck and deer hunting. Reservations are required.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources staff will offer an informative presentation about bald eagles, the fish they eat, the native fish, the wildlife and the history of the Grafton area. The program will include a short video presentation. Spotting scopes will be available before, between and after programs to provide live eagle viewing. In addition, a live eagle will be on display from Noon to 3 p.m. from the World Bird Sanctuary. Photos can be take for a small donation.
Grayslake Heritage Center
A state of the art history museum dedicated to collecting and sharing the history of the greater Grayslake area. The Grayslake Heritage Center offers programs, exhibitions and special events all year round and includes two galleries, a community room and classroom.