- The list below includes 371 free or cheap things to do in or near Waukegan, Illinois, including 104 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Fishing, Bowling and Mini Golf.
- From Bowen Park to Ben Diamond Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Waukegan and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Skokie, Evanston, Kenosha and Glenview.
Several parks in one, Rock Complex is a multi-purpose facility. Offering activities year-round, there is a bike park and ball fields where baseball and other sports can be played. And in the winter months, snow tubing can also be enjoyed.
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37W584 Dean Street, St. Charles, IL 60175 MoreLess Info
Quiet and serene, Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve is a public space providing for an array of outdoor activities. Along with enjoying peaceful streams, wooded areas and wildlife, the preserve is also home to a nature center and house museum.
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2455 Warrenville Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515 MoreLess Info
Covering approximately 600 acres, Downers Grove Park District is composed of over a dozen parks. The district offers golfing, a fitness club and activities, adult and youth sports and traditional park features like playgrounds, picnic areas and walking trails.
Wheeler Park is a park featuring an 18-hole disc golf course. The course is known to be rather challenging due to the large number of trees that must be maneuvered around. The park also maintains a playground and picnic areas.
A venue to several outdoor concerts and music festivals, the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, Wisconsin allows music to be enjoyed to the backdrop of nature. Tailgating and grilling is allowed before shows, which can be enjoyed from general lawn seating.
St. Charles' Creek Bend Nature Center displays ecology, wetland and wooded exhibits to teach the agricultural background of the area. Visitors are educated and entertained through hands-on demonstrations and interpretive displays.
Family-oriented and affordable, Tivoli Bowling Lanes accommodates open bowling and league play along with special events throughout the year. Facilities include an underground lounge, snack bar, and meeting rooms for reserved functions.