12 Best Things To Do In Buffalo Grove, Illinois - Updated 2022

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Buffalo Grove is located in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Geographically speaking, Route 83 leads north towards central Lake County and south towards O'Hare International Airport, the third busiest airport in the U.S. East-west streets can take residents east to Lake Michigan and other North Shore suburbs such as Lake Forest, Highland Park, and Glencoe. This suburb is a great option to escape the city chaos and hang out and do some fun indoor or outdoor games and activities that are nearby. There are also many accommodations in Buffalo Grove including Airbnb vacation rentals. You may even be staying in a hotel with a waterpark in Chicago and you can still visit Buffalo Grove as it’s just less than an hour’s drive from Windy City. If you want to know more about this amazing place, read on to find out about the top things to do in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

1. Spray 'n Play

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

If you’re thinking of what to do in Buffalo Grove with your kids during your visit, take your family to Spray ‘n Play and enjoy a fun afternoon under the sun! This fun spot is the ultimate quick summer getaway for families as it features a large interactive play area with over 20 water toys, sprays, and fountains. It’s a place where your kids will surely have a great time playing with other kids shooting water cannons and splashing each other through rainbow arches.

You can also bring your own food and enjoy picnicking at the designated picnic area. Visit Spray ‘n Play with your family today and have some fun under the sun!

Spray 'n Play

Address: 951 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089, United States

Website: Spray ‘n Play

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 7pm; Sat - Sun: 12:30pm - 7pm

Price: 4 USD

2. Didier Farms

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Didier Farms on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

There are nearby places to visit as well if you’re in Buffalo Grove. Located in Lincolnshire, which is just minutes away northeast of Buffalo Grove, Didier Farms is the go-to place if you want to experience the charm of rural living without having to travel too far. This awesome farm offers a wide array of freshly harvested vegetables and beautiful flowers in the spring and summer. There are also lots of fun things to do with your kids as the farm features camel rides, hayrides, pony rides, kiddie rides, a corn maze, a straw maze, and a pumpkin play area.

There’s also an Animal Land where kids can see and interact with different farm animal friends. If you time your visit just right, your kids will also have a great time at the annual Halloween Pumpkinfest!

Didier Farms

Address: 16678 Aptakisic Rd, Lincolnshire, IL 60069, United States

Website: Didier Farms

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

3. Long Grove Confectionery Co.

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Long Grove Confectionery on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Let’s face it: everybody loves chocolate. Sure, there are people with a sweet tooth, and people who are more into savory or salty (or spicy) foods, but the fact is that chocolate bonds all of those beautiful things together into some pretty spectacular creations, almost all of which you can find at Long Grove Confectionary Co. Combining artisan and fine craft with gorgeous chocolates (and the wrapping isn’t bad either), there’s something for everyone, with everyday chocolate, special occasions, samples, bars, and so much more. No really, there’s a lot. Go wild and try something new.

Long Grove Confectionary Co.

Address: 333 Lexington Drive, 60089 Buffalo Grove, IL

Website: Long Grove Confectionary Co

4. Rockin' Jump Buffalo Grove

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed

If you’re looking for Buffalo Grove activities that that the whole family can enjoy, visit this ultimate trampoline park! Book parties, hold private parties, snack on quality food, and get all your super fun fitness in at (almost) the same time. Rockin’ Jump in Buffalo Grove is the perfect location and ensures total safety, to ensure everyone is going to have an awesome time. You can book online to expedite your experience. Be sure to check the events calendar!

Rockin' Jump Buffalo Grove

Address: 950 Busch Parkway, 60089 Buffalo Grove, IL

Website: Rockin’ Jump

5. Raupp Museum

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

New Temporary Exhibit Open - Buffalo Grove Then & Now: Explore historic photographs of Buffalo Grove, and compare them with photos of the same spot today.

Posted by Raupp Museum on Thursday, December 9, 2021

If you think a museum can’t be all that fun and you can spend a minimal amount of time there at best, don’t worry, there’s the Raupp Museum. The Raupp Museum could probably be one of the most involved museums out there, especially in Illinois. Literally, no shortage of exhibits and galleries to observe and take in. If history is your main thing, there are three exhibits that focus specifically on the history of the location, which is sure to be educational.

Raupp Museum

Address: 901 Dunham Lane, 60089 Buffalo Grove, IL

Website: Raupp Museum

6. K1 Speed Buffalo Grove

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

If you dare to dream (and indeed have the need for speed), or you just want to try something new, go-karts are a super fun and relatively inexpensive thing to check out. And yes, you can host parties here, too. This is certainly one of the places to check if ever you’re looking for fun activities in Buffalo Grove.

K1 Speed Buffalo Grove

Address: 301 Hastings Dr., 60089 Buffalo Grove, IL

Website: K1 Speed

7. Wheeling Aquatic Center

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Another fun for all activity destination that’s sure to provide tons of excitement, Wheeling Park is also perfect for hosting events, but if you’re going to be around for a short time, make sure to tackle all the amenities, such as Volcano Valley (tube and body slides), Paradise Falls (two drop slides), Tsunami Splash (water playground with large tipping bucket), and Willie’s Coconut Café. There’s bound to be hours and hours of enjoyment!

Wheeling Aquatic Center

Address: 327 W. Dundee Road, 60090 Wheeling, IL

Website: Wheeling Aquatic Center

8. Downtown Palatine Street Fest

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Downtown Palatine is located approximately 37 kilometers (22 miles) northwest of Chicago, where you can become part of the action, and see and celebrate what it means to be a vital part of the community. Shop, dance, sing, and interact with locals, and no matter what, make sure you’re having a good time, though it’s hard to imagine not. Be a patron to local businesses. Pay it forward and experience downtown Palatine!

Downtown Palatine Street Fest

Address: 35 N Brockway St, 60067 Palatine, Illinois

Website: Downtown Palatine Street Fest

9. Kohl Children's Museum

Kohl's Children's Museum
Source: Photo by Flickr user anjanettew used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Located about 20 minutes away in Glenview, packed with the totally coolest way to learn: education, interaction and fun combined. It would be awesome enough to go for a field trip (you can do that), but you could spend an entire day just walking around. With a mixture of fixed and permanent exhibits and temporary ones (get them while you still can!), there are things to see that cover just about all the topics: math, art, history, science, and so much more. What a super fun opportunity to experience everything but through fun! There is no better way to learn.

Kohl Children's Museum

Address: 2100 Patriot Boulevard, 60026 Glenview, IL

Website: Kohl Children’s Museum

10. No Escape

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Source: Photo by user Airman 1st Class ... used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Saw. Five Nights at Freddy’s. Ok, those are pretty scary and both involve being super scared in a psychological way.

This is kind of similar but without crazy killers and being frightened. It’s more about using your brain to figure out riddles, like how and why you were possibly framed, and how you can get out of this hairy situation. Better than a dinner theater and more interactive than a suspense/thriller/horror video game, you’re physically in on the action, which could quite possibly be a pretty fun, unique, and refreshing experience.

No Escape

Address: 1501 W Dundee Rd, Suite 103, 60089 Buffalo Grove, IL

Website: No Escape

11. Orbit Skate Center

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The weekend is here!! Saturday family skate 1:00pm-4:00pm. Admission $6.00 Skate rental is extra Cosmic Skate...

Posted by Orbit Fun Center of Huber Heights on Saturday, May 14, 2022

It seems like skating centers just aren’t in vogue anymore. Back in the 70s at its peak and into the 90s, skate centers were really really fun. There were loud, fun, danceable music, arcade consoles, and yummy food to tuck into, but those are seemingly obsolete in the 21st century. That’s not totally true; with Orbit Skate Center, you can relive a bit of your childhood and get in a fun workout at the same time!

Orbit Skate Center

Address: 615 S. Consumers Avenue, 60074 Palatine, IL

Website: Orbit Skate Center

12. Bowlero Buffalo Grove

No visit to the lanes is complete without some delicious food and a drink too

Posted by Bowlero on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

On the topic of things similar to skate centers and the like, the next is bowling alleys. Remember when those were things? Now you can (again) relive parts of your youth and create new memories, at Bowlero in Buffalo Grove. With a great menu (and drinks), there’s also laser tag, arcade games, and billiards, all amazing ways to take a load off and enjoy yourself. Seriously, what are you waiting for? If you’re staying a bit longer in town, check out the specials part on the site and see what you can get involved with!

Bowlero Buffalo Grove

Address: 350 Mchenry Road, 60089 Buffalo Grove, IL

Website: Bowlero Buffalo Grove

A surrounding area for fun activities

Buffalo Grove, as you can see, is not the only destination, it’s the surrounding area too. No matter what destination or current location you have, don’t limit yourself to just one town. There’s plenty to do and see if, at first glance, it’s slim pickings. Sometimes in quiet suburbs, the attractions can seem few and far between other nearby places, so it’s good to keep your options open, and the more you do that, the more you’re open to fun things you can check out!

Frequently asked questions about the best things to do in Buffalo Grove, Illinois

1. Which are the best attractions in Buffalo Grove?

Buffalo Grove may not be as popular as its neighbor Chicago, but it still boasts many attractions in and around that are worth visiting, including Didier Farms, the Raupp Museum, K1 Speed Buffalo Grove, and the Kohl Children’s Museum just to name a few.

2. Which are the best activities in Buffalo Grove?

There are so many fun things to do in Buffalo Grove, IL. If you’re planning a visit, you might want to enjoy water activities at Spray n’ Play and Wheeling Aquatic Center. You can also shop, dance, sing, and interact with locals at Downtown Palatine Street Fest or learn more about the region’s history at the Raupp Museum.

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