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8 Best Things To Do In And Around Algonquin, Illinois - Updated 2020

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Some of you may have heard about Algonquin because of a Native American tribe with the same name. But this article is not about Native Americans but rather about best things to do when visiting Algonquin in Illinois state, a city located just 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Chicago. Not very big, but for sure pretty interesting and I’m going to try to convince you with a list below.

1. Exner Marsh Nature Preserve

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Exner Marsh is a beautiful looking, shallow glacial lake. It’s home to many interesting species of birds and other wildlife. You can find 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) of hiking and trails.

There are also possibilities to go cross country skiing in the area. And after a nice time of hiking, you can still enjoy the nature and have a picnic in one of the park’s picnic shelters. But if you want to spend a little more time in that beautiful place you can always stay and camp for a night. Check out the camping page on their website below for more information.

Exner Marsh Nature Preserve

Lakewood Entrance: 9000 Lakewood Road, 60156 Lake in the Hills, Illinois

Miller Road Entrance: 9105 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills

Website: Nature Preserve

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2. Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park

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Everyone at least once in their life has experienced that sad moment of the winter when you’re sitting by the window or at your desk with a nostalgic face, daydreaming about fun on the slope and snow moving under your board or skis. But the resorts and those mountain expeditions can be so expensive. Well, worry no more!

Just visit Algonquin and Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park. And the park is not just a place where you can play in the snow. Their snowboard terrain changes a few times throughout the season, so you can visit a park a second or third time and find completely different terrain. The passes vary from 32 to 38 USD so it’s three times less than a lift ticket at the resort!

Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park

Address: 19265 Western Ave, 60110 Carpentersville, IL

Website: Snowboard Ski Park

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3. Towne Park

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Right in the heart of Algonquin lies a small, pretty and peaceful place called Towne Park. That 5-hectare (12-acre) park has everything that you may need for a nice day outside, including green grass, sports fields, picnic tables, and shelters. The wall of trees covers the park from rest of the city and to enter the park first you must cross a little wooden bridge over the river, which gives a feeling of entering another world. Remember before you go: sometimes the park can be closed due to river floods.

Towne Park

Address: 100 Jefferson St, 60102 Algonquin, IL

Website: Towne Park

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4. Bowlero

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Do you like bowling? If yes, Bowlero at Randall Road is a place you have to visit, while staying in Algonquin, Illinois. This is the perfect place to hang out with friends or family playing bowling, but not only because they offer also an arcade and laser tag experience. After the fun, you can eat some delicious food in the restaurant.

Bowlero

Address: 1611 S Randall Rd, 60102 Algonquin, IL

Website: Bowlero

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5. Scorched Earth Brewing Company

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A day full of fun activities requires a good ending which you can get in Scorched Earth Brewing Company. Take your friends and go try some interesting and unusual craft beers that the brewery has to offer, including “Sweetie Pie,” “Chief Kiwi Kiwi” and “Passion Angel.” If those names haven’t convinced you, I don’t know what will. Oh, maybe the information that they have special parties and live music every weekend? Just go and check it out.

Scorched Earth Brewing Company

Address: 203 Berg St, 60102 Algonquin, IL

Website: Scorched Earth Brewing Company

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6. Buffalo Park Forest Preserve

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Unfortunately, you won’t find a buffalo in the park. You still have to go to Wyoming for that, but the park has other interesting things to offer, like a loop trail, access to fishing areas, numerous picnic tables and a lot of trees. This is the perfect place for pretty pictures and a nice picnic surrounded by nature. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to enjoy the park overnight, because a campground was removed after numerous floods. And the Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park is right next door.

Buffalo Park Forest Preserve

Address: 1 Alan Dr., Algonquin, IL

Website: Buffalo Park Forest Preserve

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7. Randall Oaks Zoo

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That’s a place for everybody who needs a fun place to take the little ones or just wants to spend some time with cute, cuddly, little animals. Randall Oaks Zoo sits on the hill and offers plenty of varieties of friendly animals for watching, petting, and feeding, including cows, mini horses, goats, sheep, alpacas and even reptiles. They offer pony rides for just 4.50 USD per ride. The admission to the zoo is 4 USD for non-resident (children under age of 2 are free) and if you want to feed the animals, there’s a little feeding fee of one dollar. So much cuteness for such a small price.

Randall Oaks Zoo

Address: 1180 Randall Rd, 60118 West Dundee, IL

Website: Randall Oaks Zoo

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8. Underground Retrocade

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Oh gosh, remember when you were a little kid running around the arcade with pins in your pockets, winning coupons and exchanging them for rewards? Unfortunately, arcades these days aren’t like the old ones. But not all of them!

Underground Retrocade’s mission is to bring the original arcade experience to the players, thanks to their games from the golden era of gaming. The admission is only 15 USD, all pins, consoles, and re-entry included. Just go and feel like a kid again! Or take the kids with you.

Underground Retrocade

Address: 121 W Main St, 60118 West Dundee, IL

Website: Underground Retrocade

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Variety of options

So many fun things to do for all ages, indoor and outdoor! Just go and have fun, what else would you need?

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