Who doesn’t love a vacation? Take time to unwind and enjoy the area during Spring break this year. Relax and getaway from it all, or finally get out to enjoy the attractions you’ve been meaning to enjoy. Either way there’s many ways to make the most of your time off this season! Keep reading to see 10 things to do to create your personalized Spring Break getaway!
Eat Somewhere New
The Elgin Area is known for its diverse culture, and this can best been seen in the culinary options throughout the community. There are many great restaurants featuring cuisine you may not have tried yet. Sit down to enjoy Thai at Thai Town, Japanese at TL’s Four Seasons, Latin at Bea Unique, Vietnamese at Q88, Mexican at Carmina’s and a variety of fusion style dining! Already been to all these places? Browse our dining directory to see a comprehensive list of Elgin Area eateries to find a new experience!
Listen to Live Music
Live music comes in many forms and in the Elgin Area, you have your choice of style. Looking for a old fashion rock concert? Then you’ll love RocHaus! Or maybe you wish to see symphonic music played live. In that case, taking in a Elgin Symphony Orchestra performance will be on the top of your list. For a more casual experience or to listen while enjoying food and drink Old Republic, Danny’s on Douglas and Plank Road Tap Room are great spots, especially when the weather is warm and performances are held outdoors.
Explore the Trails
Exploring the Fox River Trails is a local favorite activity and the warmer weather makes it pop. With trees and flowers in bloom and animals returning to their habitats, these trails are scenic and lively. Better yet, you can experience them from the paved trails, or you can hop into a canoe or kayak and watch from the water.
Visit a Museum
What subjects interest you the most? History, anthropology, nature, firefighting and even trolley trains are subjects you can learn more about at an Elgin Area museum. Our museums are affordable and many times interactive making them enjoyable for the whole family. The Elgin History Museum, Elgin Public Museum and the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center are very kid-friendly and feature additional programming during the Spring and Summer months. Places like the Elgin Fire Barn No. 5 and the Fox River Trolley Museum take a deep dive into their subject matter and have lot of automotive pieces on display and in operation!
Go Disc Golfing
Disc Golf is a new sport that has taken the community by storm. There are two courses in the Elgin Area; one in Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee and one in the Rolling Knolls Forest Preserve in Elgin. Learn more about each course below!
Unwind at a Spa
For the times when you really need to use your vacation to the fullest, indulge in a relaxing afternoon at a spa. Spa Bleu is a popular stop for a complete day of pampering. Their spa treatments include: manicures and pedicures, acupuncture, massages and facials.
Visit a Zoo
When checking out the Elgin Area visiting one of the two zoos is a must! Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee is a complete barnyard zoo with educational displays and special events that happen throughout the year. Visit mini cows, a bobcat, macaws and more! The other zoo resides in Elgin’s Lord’s Park. A historic park with playgrounds, walking paths a historic pavilion and Lord’s Park Zoo. This zoo is home to larger animals like elk, deer and bison.
Take a Tour
Architecture and history buffs adore the Elgin Area for its sights and information about the local history. Architecture lovers have to visit BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett. The striking structures you will find are truly breath taking. Constructed from hand-carved, imported Italian marble and Turkish limestone you really have to see it in person to catch all the details. Fans of local architecture will love the self guided Historic Home Tour and Downtown Historic Commercial District that will take you around Elgin’s popular historic districts. Another self-guided tour that makes for a fun day in downtown Elgin is the Elgin Public Art Tour!
Discover a Good Book
Being in need for a good read in the Elgin Area is a great position to be in, because the opportunities are endless! There are so many libraries in the Elgin Area to explore, including Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin which is the third largest library in Illinois! There’s also the Fox River Valley Library with 2 branches in the Dundee area and the Ella Johnson Library in Hampshire.
Hit the Salon
Take time to refresh and salons are a great spot to do just that. Even a quick trim can be enough to put an extra pep in your step. It helps that many salons arrange the space to feel relaxing and inviting. Plus if you have the hair, getting it washed can be a satisfying experience. Thankfully, there’s a handful of locations in the area ready to get you looking your best!
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