Musing on how to spend the day? Get on the right track at the Illinois Railway Museum. Spend a few hours or an entire weekend seeing the education, restoration and preservation efforts of this museum in motion. Different trains run on different days, so check the website to line up your visit so you can ride a steam train, electric street car, diesel train or trolley bus!
This is a car museum worth the trip! The Volo Auto Museum is the area’s best indoor family attraction – perfect for gear-heads, car collectors, Hollywood fans and kids of all ages. Best part? Many of the cars in this collection are for sale. Bring your checkbook (or, at least, your dreams.)
See a water show like no other! You may have seen water ski show other places. But we bet you’ve never seen anything like the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team. This 140-plus-member team, consisting of members ranging in ages 5-65, is a five-time National Show Ski Champion and has placed in the top five in the nation every year since 1996.
Stade’s is the place for home-grown farm fun! Stade’s Farm & Market is a farmtastic theme park and a favorite for farm-fresh veggies and has been for more than 40 years! Their sweet corn is so popular there’s a countdown to the first day it’s available! Stade’s opens in the spring for U-pick strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes and other vegetables, finishing up with pumpkins and apples in the fall. They are all about home-grown farm products, agricultural education and family entertainment.
Morkes Chocolates is no corner candy shop; they’re bona fide chocolatiers and doughnut makers. They prepare all of their chocolate delights from scratch, right down to the crème fillings. Morkes also offers a unique experience for guests with chocolate making parties and classes!
Check out Woodstock Theater’s Wednesday Morning Movie Series at 10:00 A.M. for just $1! They play a variety of your kiddos favorite films for a nice morning on the square! After the film you can enjoy a treat at The Sugar Circle found right next door to the theater!
One of Huntley’s crown jewels is Diecke Park, a large park with multiple facilities that host numerous community events and programs. Be sure to check out the playground and Discovery Zone which is a one of a kind playground in the area. The Discovery Zone is surrounded by fencing and only includes two gates, so you can allow your kiddos to roam and explore! By far the most unique feature is that this is an Autism friendly play space!
Wild West Town is a wild-west-themed amusement park and museum open May-October. Pan for gold, ride a pony, watch a live action wild west show or have a drink in the Sasparilla Saloon!
During the summer months, the Three Oaks Recreation Area offers swimming, boating, fishing and other fun on the water. Try wakeboarding at The Quarry Cable Park, also located at Three Oaks Recreation Area. Three Oaks is accessible from the Prairie Trail Bike Path, a 26-mile trail excellent for walking, and biking to your favorite destinations!
Marvin’s Toy Store sells high-quality, environmentally friendly toys in Downtown Crystal Lake! They offer “future-friendly” toys that are kind to the earth and fun for the kid in everyone!