- The list below includes 521 free or cheap things to do in or near Highland Park, Illinois, including 109 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Recreation Centers, History Museums and Mini Golf.
- From Ravinia Park to Sunset Woods Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Highland Park and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Chicago, Skokie, Oak Park and Evanston.
The Geneva Lake Shore Path is a 21 mile trail that allows hikers to walk in the backyards of century old mansions in the area. There are two booklets available in local stores that outline two different do -it-yourself walking tours.
Part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is a 52 acre preserve and former iron manufacturing facility site. The preserve offers a 0.59 mile interpretive trail and the 10.81 mile Centennial Trail.
Centennial Park features playground equipment for children to enjoy during their visit. Additionally, the site also features spacious fields, banquet halls, a flower garden, a fishing pond, a bike park, and restrooms.
Covering 6.5 acres, the Community Veterans Memorial depicts the major conflicts which shaped the 20th century with sculptures and life-size monuments. From WWI to the Desert Storm, the memorial is dedicated to all war veterans.
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The Joliet Area Historical Museum is meant to show the heritage of this city. Besides the galleries in which the visitor is introduced to local history, in here can also be found a Lunar Lander Simulator, life size models and interactive temporary exhibits.
An old-fashioned arcade devoted to preserving and celebrating the game of pinball, the Chicago Street Pinball Arcade features a wide array of pinball and classic arcade machines. Visitors can also reserve the venue for parties.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens and Lake Etta, Lake Etta Co Park is a popular spot for relaxing and recreation in Gary. The park features an expansive playground, large shady trees for picnics and an event space and adjoining pergola for weddings and private events.