Next weekend, plan for fun with these Six Must-Do’s of summer in Lake County! For many kids, school has been over for a while.
Lake County knows how to make the most of our winters. We also know how have to take advantage from the warm summers.
Now that the weather is FINALLY warming up, explore next weekend what Lake County has to offer, and obviously LET’S GO! From festivals to thrills at Six Flags Great America, from the music you can dance to and the classy music wafting through your ears at Ravinia. To the relaxing experience you obtain boating, fishing or playing in the waters Lake Michigan, Chain O’Lakes and 70 + lakes in our fair Lake County. To the fantastic memories made on 30,000 acres in Lake County’s forests. To the Annual Lake County Fair, Lake County has all you need to make an unbelievable experience in the summer time.
Need some inspiration before you travel to Lake County. Here’s the rundown of everything about the area in our reader’s digest-size magazine: the Plan for Fun Next Weekend Visitor’s Guide. Continue here to have one ordered.
For everything else during the Vernal Equinox season, check out our Hot Town Summer in Lake County guide.
Here are the Six “Must-Do’s” of Summer in Lake County!
The fireworks have gone off and JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis is finally open. Join Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and other DC Comics characters to help defeat the Joker and other supervillains in this interactive 4-D ride.
Also prior to 2015 opening for the season, the Guinness Book of World Records officially named Goliath as the world’s steepest, fastest and tallest wooden Roller coaster. Continue here to watch Anthony and Kim conquer the ride! Not only is this GIANT a world-record setting beast, but it also goes upside down… twice!
Have fun this summer as you help Six Flags Great America in Gurnee celebrate 40 seasons of thrills! To commemorate the 40 seasons the amusement park has been open, for the final hour of Great America being open, you get to ride the coasters not once, but twice! Enjoy the 14 coasters, the world’s tallest, double decker Columbia Carousel and so much more. Hey are you feeling a little sticky from the humidity? When the heat starts to get to you, Hurricane Harbor (also celebrating a birthday: 25 seasons!), is there to help cool things off. Hurricane Bay literally has a MILLION gallons of water. Don’t want the big splash, take a fun rafting adventure before heading down some high speed water slides. Take the littlest adventurers to the kid-zone full of mini slides, fun places to splash and a relaxing lounge area where they can rest up. There’s no reason to let the heat beat you this summer! Check out our Six Flags Guide and our Kids Guide to Six Flags for insider info and tips on how to plan your trip. Experience the ride for yourself below!
When the summer breezes roll in, there’s no better way to spend a night than under the stars, on a blanket, listening to live music at Ravinia Festival: The oldest outdoor concert series in the world. This Highland Park fest is a pure celebration of summer in Lake County. Easily accessible by the Metra Train Union Pacific North Line, it’s just a few stops north of Chicago. While music is what brings everyone together at Ravinia, the real magic is in the unique ambiance. Don’t hesitate to turn a little spot of lawn into your own outdoor living room! Bring your own wine, cover a little table with a decorative scarf, unpack the imported cheese platter from your picnic basket and settle in for one of the most picturesque and beautiful ways to enjoy a night of music that you’ll ever find. Ravinia loves to blend music into cultural events too! Like their Chicago Symphony Orchestra nights when they play music from Broadway classics and scores heard while watching big screens. Don’t forget to bring the candelabrum (and maybe some citronella candles) to enjoy every second of this one of a kind experience! Lean back into that lawn chair while savoring the wine, the music, and the moment. And you’ll never have a problem making friends at Ravinia. Maybe you don’t wanna pack a picnic? No problem. You can pre-order from an assortment of gourmet picnic boxes, packed fresh for you from their award-winning kitchens. Dine in Mirabelle Restaurant and enjoy a locally-sourced cuisine that changes daily and features an array of guest chef menus, grab a signature brick oven pizza and salad from the Ravinia Market, or grab a quick snack or sip at one of their Fanfare Carts. Hear performances from today’s most popular musicians, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and enjoy cultural events at Ravinia Festival.
Lake County dons the name for a reason! We have 75 inland lakes including the Chain O’Lakes, and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. “The Chain” includes 15 lakes, 45 Miles of the Fox River and is the most popular recreational waterway per acre in the country and it’s right here in Lake County! Enjoy the scenery without having to plan a single thing with Chain O’Lakes Charters. They worry about the details so all you have to do is show up and have fun! Challenge your water skiing skills or take a tubing ride during a four or eight hour sports cruise, and then relax during and indulge yourself with a shore barbecue lunch. Take an informative tour on a Historical Cruise and learn some of the real life stories behind the historic spots on the Chain. Choose from a variety of other charter options including a two-hour Real Estate Cruise, a four-hour Sunset Cruise, full and half day fishing charters and even more! Rent a pontoon boat, speed boat or rowboat and enjoy a day or weekend trip. Stop for some lakeside dining along the way and savor a peaceful sunset as you reflect on all of the day’s adventures. Looking for boating and water activities? BoatingLakeCounty.com has info on everything from fishing charters to slip fees and safety videos! Be prepared for the season as a few new boating laws have been implemented. Find a beach to enjoy on our beach blog!
Lake County is all about the the great outdoors. With more than 30,000 acres of Forest Preserves to explore, it can be pretty hard to do it on foot. Biking in Lake County is a great way to explore more of our nature and with so many miles of trails, you can forget that you’re just north of Chicago. The Des Plaines River Trail runs north and south, while passing through several Lake County Forest Preserves like Van Patton Woods, Wadsworth Savanna, Sedge Meadow, Lake Carina, Independence Grove and Wilmot Woods. Don’t want to bring a bike with you? That’s fine! Rent one at Independence Grove and enjoy a leisurely cruise around their 1,135 acre preserve. Heat got you beat? Take a swim at their sandy beach or try stand up paddle boarding!
- Bird Watching Did you know that Lake County is home to over 300 species of bird including the migrating Sandhill Crane? Explore a variety of natural landscapes in Lake County from open prairies and savannas to marshlands and Lake Michigan bluffs. See the top 10 bird watching locations in Lake County!
- Dog Parks Buy a permit for a day, or for the year and enjoy state of the art dog parks with your four-legged-best-friends! Choose from 4 beautiful dog parks with a combined open space of 160 acres of open space. Let your furry friends off their leash and watch as they run through meadows, splash in natural waters, and enjoy meeting other
Are you going to the Annual Lake County Fair this year? If you did, check that one off your summer bucket list! We’re talking cowboy boots and all of the favorites like the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, dairy cattle and swine judging, goat milking, Miss Lake County Fair Pageants, the Grandstand Beer Garden and so much more. One of the best things about the fair is all of the interesting barn yard animals that let you get up close and personal! How can you not say a long drawn out, ‘awww,’ when seeing the cute baby animals at the petting zoo Hold onto your saddles! The Pro Rodeo Stampede is one of the must-see’s of the fair (as demonstrated from past years)! Witness the majesty and grace of the Mounted Posse Equestrian Show. Find your favorite singer in Lake County Idol or root for your favorite group of musicians in battle of the bands. Check out last year’s video of the Lake County Fair!
Naval Station Great Lakes 4th of July Celebration
For further information about the Great Lakes Naval Base 4th of July Celebration. On July 3, don’t miss a full music line up on the “Rock, White & Blue” main stage featuring Royal Bliss and headlining is Night Ranger. On July 4, festival-goers will enjoy more live music throughout the day. Besides that, children of all ages will have plenty to do in the Kids Zone, featuring tons of dynamite activities! On both days, a full schedule of live family entertainment acts are on the schedule; a “Fun and Fitness” area, designed for those who seek a challenging obstacle course, bingo, the Marketplace, with specialty exhibitor booths for fun shopping; an enormous paintball arena; and roving entertainment and costumed characters! Plus, thrilling carnival rides and games are a must go. After all of that, an abundance of delicious festival food and refreshing beverages and each night a spectacular fireworks show.
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