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Visit Elgin, Illinois

Discover things to do on an Elgin, Illinois, getaway

Nature & Outdoors

Explore the natural beauty of the Northern Fox River Valley in Illinois. Parks, trails nature centers and forest preserves nestle along the beautiful Fox River, and you can bike or hike along the river on 36 miles of trails. Discover the rural charm of the Northern Fox River Valley’s at farms and stables, or take the children to one of our family friendly attractions and entertainment centers

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Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve

The 757 acre Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve is situated in the heart of a rapidly developing critical growth band of townships located in central Kane County. Across the gently rolling… more

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Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve

This interesting forest preserve complex, located at a crook in the Fox River, is many things to many different people. There is a woodland for hiking and bird watching, shoreline… more

Waitcus Park

Waitcus Park

Waitcus Park located on Rt. 72 and Railroad Street offers the following amenities: a baseball diamond, basketball 1/2 court, playground, and a picnic pavilion.

Town Square Park

Town Square Park

This park features a playground, gazebo, a pond and open space. Town Square Park is the site of Community Days, the first weekend after Memorial Day, and the monthly Movies… more

Memorial Park

Memorial Park

Memorial Park is located at 355 Tyrrell Road (in between Big Timber Rd and Route 72 just north of I-90). This park offers the following amenities:  a baseball diamond, a… more

Town Center Park

Town Center Park

Town Center Park is located at 301 Columbia Lane, at the intersection of Tyrrell Road and Columbia Lane. Our newest park features a playground, splash pool, baseball diamond and open… more

Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center

Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center

Come and enjoy our Splash-down Family Slide, Sandcastle Beach or simply relax in our lounge chairs. With umbrellas, lawn chairs, picnic tables, and a sun hill, there’s a place for… more

Main Street Bicycles

Main Street Bicycles

Main Street Bicycles is a full service repair shop, and provider of exceptional bikes and accessories for purchase or for rent. Located right on the expansive Fox River Trail as… more

Disc Golf at Rolling Knolls Forest Preserve

Disc Golf at Rolling Knolls Forest Preserve

Converted from a former country club golf course, this 18-hole disc golf course features rolling terrain and a mix tree cover and open areas. Holes: 18 Par: 59 Length: 6195 – 6557 ft (depending… more

Bluff Spring Fen

Bluff Spring Fen

A lush valley of emerald green, Bluff Spring Fen is a rare gem, a mix of prairie, woodlands, ponds, streams and wetlands—including the rare ecosystem that gives the site its… more

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Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary

Public trails were designed for shared use so that persons on foot, bike or horseback will be able to travel side by side. As you travel along the paths you may… more

Wing Park

Wing Park

Formally opened in 1903, Wing Park has a rich history of providing a multitude of amenities to residents. This 121-acre regional park is home to the Wing Park Bandshell and… more

Hampshire Forest Preserve

Hampshire Forest Preserve

Hampshire Forest Preserve has been a natural playground and picnic spot for area children and adults throughout the years. Trails for hiking and learning to recognize a wide variety of… more

Bartlett Nature Center

Bartlett Nature Center

Bartlett Nature Center includes exhibits, programming, special events, rental opportunities, scout programs and more. The Bartlett Nature Center is a Facility of the Bartlett Park District.

Bowes Creek Greenway Forest Preserve

Bowes Creek Greenway Forest Preserve

This property is the creek corridor/greenway, wetlands and woodlands near Bowes Creek Country Club. Habitat restoration is underway on this property.   Amenities: Biking and Nature Trails – .46 Total… more

Bowes Creek Wood Forest Preserve

Bowes Creek Wood Forest Preserve

Located just west of Elgin, Bowes Creek Woods Forest Preserve is named for the creek that winds its way through the rolling terrain before heading to the Fox River. The… more

Brunner Family Forest Preserve

Brunner Family Forest Preserve

Brunner Family Forest Preserve features woodlands and wetlands along a 3.5-mile stretch of the Fox River. Preserve amenities include a picnic shelter, water pump, information kiosk, fishing access, interpretive signs,… more

Burnidge Forest Preserve

Burnidge Forest Preserve

Beautiful vistas and rolling terrain are the outstanding features of Burnidge Forest Preserve, one of the largest preserves in the District. There are several different plant communities and soil types… more

Cardinal Creek Forest Preserve

Cardinal Creek Forest Preserve

Cardinal Creek Forest Preserve was named by school children in a contest organized by the Forest Preserve District. An intermittent tributary of Burlington Creek meanders through the northeastern portion of… more

Eagles Forest Preserve

Eagles Forest Preserve

Eagles Forest Preserve is a quiet green island within the city limits of suburban Elgin. Eagles is home to Tyler creek as well as terrace floodplains grading into oak-hickory woods…. more

SEBA Park

SEBA Park

Named after the South Elgin Business Association (SEBA).  This park along the river is a great place with  lots to do. Enjoy the outdoors by fishing, checking out the nature preserves… more

Lords Park

Lords Park

Lord’s Park is comprised of 108 wooded acres. Here you will find Lord’s Park Pavillion, the Elgin Public Museum and the Lord’s Park Zoo. Enjoy the playing fields, picnicking & water… more

Festival Park

Festival Park

This riverfront recreation area includes a playground, picnic area, fishing pier & a spray fountain/ splash pad. And conveniently located near free parking and the Fox River Trail. The nearby… more

Santa’s Village Azoozement and Water Park

Santa’s Village Azoozement and Water Park

This Christmas-themed entertainment park is packed with attractions. Enjoy carnival rides,  200+ zoo animals, and the new Santa Springs Water Park! Open May through October.

Binnie Forest Preserve

Binnie Forest Preserve

The wetland pockets here form the headwaters of the Kishwaukee River, which flows from the northern border of Binnie Forest Preserve. Visitors enjoy bird watching and wildlife observation from a… more

Randall Oaks Park

Randall Oaks Park

At Randall Oaks Park you’ll find 141 acres of open space that includes three shelters, a 10-hole disc golf course two volleyball courts and three playgrounds. There’s also an amazing… more

Villa Olivia Winter Sports

Villa Olivia Winter Sports

Downhill skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing are right here in your backyard.  Villa Olivia is just a short drive from anywhere in the Chicago area. With 100% snow making, ski… more

The Pumpkin Wagon

The Pumpkin Wagon

Do you have fall on your mind? Come out and see over 30 different kinds of pumpkins, gourds & squash, along with corn shocks, broom corn, mums, straw, and fall decor. All our products are grown right here in Elgin on our family farm. If you are interested in working with us on a large… Read more »

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch – Pingree Grove

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch – Pingree Grove

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch is a 200 acre farm that is open to the public in mid August when our U-Pick fields open. In late September, we open as a fun fall festival for the family. Goebbert’s has been in the farm market business since 1948. George Goebbert started a roadside vegetable stand in Arlington Heights… Read more »

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Enjoy Pioneer Farm

Pumpkins, Fun, Free Admission. Grab a wagon and pick your own pumpkins from the 2 acre field. Also winter squash, gourds, specialty pumpkins, cornstalks and straw bales. Pre-picked pumpkins are in the farmyard for your convenience. Also eggs, meat.  

Judson University

Judson University

Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions. Judson offers degrees in more than 50 different majors/minors for traditional, graduate, and adult students.

Hemmens Cultural Center

Hemmens Cultural Center

Located in the Center City area along the banks of Elgin’s award-winning Riverwalk, The Hemmens Cultural Center is the cornerstone of Elgin’s growing arts community.

Muirhead Farmhouse

Muirhead Farmhouse

Designed in 1950 by renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Muirhead Farmhouse is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime.

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Arts in Bartlett Center for the Arts

The purpose of Arts in Bartlett is to improve the community by providing access to the arts.

Serosun Farms

Serosun Farms

Serosun Farms is a Premier Luxury Home Agrihood Community

Elgin Farmers Market

Elgin Farmers Market

The Elgin Farmers Market is a large open air fresh market that takes place every year from early June through early October. Shoppers can find fresh locally grown produce and other locally sourced fare like, fresh honey! You can also find body care products, baked good and items for your pet. The Elgin Farmers Market… Read more »

NENA Butterfly Garden

NENA Butterfly Garden

The NENA Butterfly Garden is located at the corner of Ann Street and Douglas Avenue in the northeast neighborhood. Formally a vacant lot, volunteers and local residents worked with the City of Elgin to create a natural, tranquil, and butterfly friendly space for the entire neighborhood to enjoy. The project was built in 2008, and funded through… Read more »

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Fox River Shores Forest Preserve

Lush riverside nature preserve featuring a boat launch, bike trail & a picnic shelter.

Chicago Goat Yoga

Chicago Goat Yoga

Goat Yoga at Reverse the Kerrs Farm allows you the opportunity to be one with nature, one with goats, and one with your soul. We are a unique farm in that we sit on the edge of a beautiful wetland full of a variety of birds and other wildlife that provide a beautiful chorus of sounds… Read more »

Elgin Community Bikes

Elgin Community Bikes

Elgin Bike Hub is a community oriented project to support and grow bike riding for transportation and recreation in Elgin. They accomplish this through bike rides and bike education events. Elgin Bike Hub is a project to support the bike riders and bike culture of Elgin. Bikes can change the world and Elgin can be… Read more »

South Elgin Canoe

South Elgin Canoe

Canoe & Kayak Rentals on the Fox River. Our unguided 6.5 mile trip begins below the dam in South Elgin and ends at Ferson Creek Park in St. Charles (1 mile north of route 64 on route 31). A great trip for families, friends and groups up to 20! Rental includes a canoe, paddles, life… Read more »

Disc Golf at Randall Oaks

Disc Golf at Randall Oaks

Disc golf is one of today’s fastest growing sports! Disc golf is similar to regular golf; however, instead of using golf clubs and balls aiming for a hole, disc golf players use golf discs and aim for a disc pole hole, a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the… Read more »

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Huffman Park Splash Pad

Dundee Township Park District is committed to providing quality park areas, facilities and services for the present and future benefit and enjoyment of our entire community. For more information visit our website: www.dtpd.org Rakow Center 665 Barrington Ave. Carpentersville, IL 60110 (847) 428-7131 x1101 Randall Oaks Recreation Center 500 N. Randall Rd. West Dundee, IL 60118… Read more »

Randall Oaks Zoo

Randall Oaks Zoo

Situated at the top of a hill, Randall Oaks Zoo offers a variety of kid-friendly farm animals for viewing, petting and feeding. A stroll through the barn gives visitors an opportunity to meet alpacas, goats and a few of our other animal friends. Some highlights of the zoo include: cows, mini horses, a Clydesdale, sheep,… Read more »

Paintball Explosion

Paintball Explosion

We are Chicagoland’s premier paintball theme park! Located under 40 minutes West of Chicago, we are housed within the historic Santa’s Village Amusement Park that you all remember from our childhoods. Numerous fields (many based on video games) plus laser tag, indoor speedball & a bar with TVs. Now share new memories with your family… Read more »

U-46 Planetarium

U-46 Planetarium

The Elgin School District U-46 Planetarium began life as the Elgin National Watch Company Observatory. It was in 1959 that the Elgin National Watch Company donated its observatory to the Elgin U-46 School District. The school district added a planetarium to the facility in 1963, making it the first school system in the state of… Read more »

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to enjoy rich fall colors, snow-frosted trees, spring wildflowers, summer amphibians, and an ever changing host of birds near the pond, in the woods, or even from the comfort of the nature center. The 67-acre natural area that flanks both sides of Brookside Drive has a wheelchair… Read more »

Lords Park Zoo

Lords Park Zoo

Located on Elgin’s east side, at the south end of Lords Park, the zoo has had a long history and has undergone many changes. Currently, the fenced in outdoor area includes: Buffalo, Elk, and White Tail Deer, which can be seen all year long. During the summer the farm zoo will open to provide visitors… Read more »

Pro Boxing Fitness – Elgin

Pro Boxing Fitness – Elgin

Downtown Elgin’s exclusive boxing gym provides training in Olympic style boxing, as well as Insanity, Yoga, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Strength & Conditioning and Personal Training. With programs designed for men, women and children of all fitness levels, everyone will experience an unmatched workout while perfecting their fighting skills.

Fox Valley Bicycle & Ski Club

Fox Valley Bicycle & Ski Club

The Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club (FVBSC) is centered in the beautiful Fox River Valley region of Northeastern Illinois. Located thirty miles west of Chicago, the FVBSC provides a focal point for group bicycling and skiing activities for the communities in, and surrounding the Tri-Cities of St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia. The club enjoys… Read more »

Kayak Myak Rentals

Kayak Myak Rentals

Kayak rentals on the beautiful Fox River, 3 trips to choose from. Relax and enjoy yourself as you paddle down the Fox and become one with nature.

The Highlands of Elgin

The Highlands of Elgin

The original nine holes flow over beautiful rolling terrain, creating a diverse collection of holes. The new nine holes reclaim an old stone quarry, and take maximum advantage of the unique and dramatic landforms that were left behind, including a twelve acre quarry lake. Four holes hug the top of the bluff thirty to forty… Read more »

Dundee Township Park District

Dundee Township Park District

The Dundee Township Park District, located in Kane County, Illinois serves the communities of Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, and portions of Algonquin, Gilberts, Elgin, Barrington Hills and Hoffman Estates. This is the location of the administration building.

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Forest Preserve District of Kane County

Our goal is to preserve and restore the nature of Kane County, Illinois. Nature is our business.

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City of Elgin Parks & Recreation Foundation

From award-winning golf course to open parks, City of Elgin Parks & Recreation Foundation has something for everyone.

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Dundee Township Visitors Center

The best rest stop on the Fox River trail! Stop in and say hi. Free maps, water, and smiles, plus snacks and t-shirts for sale.

Bartlett Park District

Bartlett Park District

Winter Skiing at Villa Olivia or Golfing in the Spring, Banquet Facilities, Bartlett Aquatic Center.

Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement is an outdoor museum with historic buildings including a Victorian mansion, log cabin, blacksmith shop, law office, post office and one-room schoolhouse. A regional attraction, Naper Settlement is a gathering place to over 125,000 annual visitors who enjoy hands-on programming and special events within a magnificent 12-acre campus. The new Harvard Early Learning… Read more »

Fox River Trolley Museum

Fox River Trolley Museum

Welcome to the Fox River Trolley Museum! Here, you will enjoy a nostalgic trip back to an era when the electric trolley car was a vital part of American life. Experience the sights and sounds of this unique part of American history aboard a genuine old-time trolley car which takes you on a four mile… Read more »

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Bowlero Randall Road

Welcome to Bowlero, the bowling/dining/nightlife lovechild that’s stirrin’ up fun for everyone in the US of A.

Trout Park Baseball

Trout Park Baseball

Providing an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for amateur baseball while promoting healthy competition, positive sportsmanship and community enhancement.

Elgin Lanes

Elgin Lanes

Celebrating 50 years in the bowling business. League and open bowling, billards, bar with video gaming, game room and snack bar. Group and fundraiser rates available. Birthday party packages.

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