Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College
Oak Park, IL
Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College is an incredible place to experience incredible shows and learn about earth and space. Featuring shows about earth and space, laser light shows and many different exhibits, the center is a wonderful place to learn, have fun and spend your day!
Wonder Works Children's Museum
Oak Park, IL
At Wonder Works Children's Museum, children have the opportunity to participate in dozens of different hands-on activities, including painting, building, acting and much more. Encourage your child to expand their imagination, develop creativity and interact with others in a safe, exciting setting.
Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort
Family owned and operated, Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort has served families, from near and far, with wholesome fun for over seven decades. They take great pleasure in doing everything possible to create a carefree, comfortable and fun experience for your family. Fish Lake Beach has been operating for over 77 years. We have Overnight Camping for short getaways and Seasonal Camping for those that wish to come and go all throughout the entire season. Whichever you choose, camping with Fish Lake Beach includes admission to our beach, heated swimming pool, playground, amenities and activities. The activity schedule is different every week; published Friday afternoon on the Activities page of this website and printed form in our Concessions office. The Overnight Camping season runs May 1st ? Oct. 15th. and our Seasonal Camping plans allow you to rent a site at Fish Lake Beach from mid-April through Oct. 15th. They have many repeat Overnight campers that stay with them every year as a family tradition and Seasonal campers that consider Fish Lake Beach their ?home away from home?. They are easy to find-conveniently located on US Route 12, north of US Route 120.
Lord's Park in Elgin, Illinois is a connection to history. The park has playgrounds, a swimming pool, a zoo, picnic areas, and a pavilion dating back to the 1800s. The park was the site for concerts and events in the 1800s, and the zoo dates back just as long. The bison are a connection to this history of the land. They used to roam freely in the tens of thousands over what is now Illinois. While few remain, it is nice to see that there are still some bison or buffalo still living here. The park provides tennis courts and soccer fields to play on, and picnic tables to sit and watch or enjoy your lunch. The park is a pleasant green space in the city, with a history going back centuries. Spend time in this park, and you will be doing exactly what generations of people have been enjoying doing, on this spot, in Elgin.
River Bend Nature Center
Visit the River Bend Nature Center during your visit to Racine, Wisconsin. Rent a canoe or kayak and take yourself on an adventure on the Root River. Your lifejacket and paddle are included with the rental, so you really don't need any equipment of your own. Hike or walk the trails to get a sense of the grandeur of the woods, the river, and nature itself. The Nature Center frequently runs programs for kids, and offers pancake breakfasts on Sundays in March where they serve their very own maple syrup. Plenty of geocaches are hidden around the trail system, so bring your GPS and play along! This beautiful site has served as the backdrop for many weddings and photo shoots. Release your inner Robin Hood by taking an archery class, or sign up for a beginner wood carving course. Be sure to check their calendar for one of the special events offered throughout the year. The River Bend Nature Center will provide the setting for a wonderful day exploring the riverside.
Illinois Beach State Park
Illinois Beach State Park just north of Waukegan, Illinois, is a campground with spacious sites! This state park has some dog-friendly hiking trails, and plenty of other walking and biking trails. The long beach areas on Lake Michigan have some sandy areas, and some areas perfect for rock collectors. Many of the rocks have crystals in them and are very smooth from the constant action of the waves. Most campsites have some shade, the washrooms are functional and shower houses have great water pressure. There is a hotel with a restaurant, so you can still eat if you don't feel like cooking. The sites are asphalt and there is a dumping station. The park is very close to the town of Zion, as well as not far from Waukegan, so you are never far from grocery stores or services, even though it may not feel like it as you listen to the waves lapping and the crickets chirping.
Burnidge/ Paul Wolff Forest Preserve
Burnidge/ Paul Wolff Forest Preserve in Elgin, Illinois is a beautiful, spacious campground that will make you forget that you are basically in an urban area. This is a natural campground and does not provide a lot of modern conveniences, but you are not more than a few miles from all amenities and services in town. The campground does accommodate large RVs and you will enjoy the incredible peace and quiet. The 600 or so acres here include walking and hiking trails. Stay on the trails or getting lost is a real possibility. Watch for wildlife, as the forest preserve is a natural habitat for deer, otters, hawks, and other forest creatures. The washrooms are clean and maintained. Sites are level asphalt and grass, with a dump station at the entrance to the campground. Sit quietly and listen to the birdsong of the forest. There is plenty of room for exploratory play for kids. Out here the forest is the playground!
Blackwell Family Campground
If you are planning to explore Des Plaines in Illinois, the Blackwell Family Campground is the best and most convenient place to stay. It is in Wheaton, Illinois, and is just 20 miles away from Des Plaines. It is located in Blackwell Forest Preserve, a beautiful area with woods and a 62-acre lake called Silver Lake. You get electric hookup here, nice restrooms and showers, and a fire range and picnic table at each site. All of the 64 sites have shade and privacy. While staying here, you get the opportunity to use the forest's facilities. There are more than six miles of turf and limestone trails where you can hike, bike, ride a horse, and in the winter, cross-country ski. The trail around the McKee Marsh Area has two observational decks, from where you can watch birds and other wildlife. You can bring your own boat to the lake, as long as it's under 20 feet, or you can rent a rowboat, canoe, or kayak. If you enjoy fishing, you can take part in your favorite sport here on the lake. Bluegill, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike, and rainbow trout can be caught. There are also two ponds where you can fish as well. In addition, there are plenty of picnic sites. The one downside to this campground is that it's only open on weekends, except for holiday weeks when it's open for the entire week.