- Our list of the best things to do in Palatine, Illinois, features the top 844 nearby activities — including 333 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Palatine, IL has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Amusement, Entertainment & Shows, and Sports & Fitness.
- The results below include the top 16 things to do within the city of Palatine, IL , followed by 828 popular activities in nearby cities, including Oak Park, Evanston, Skokie, Glenview, West Chicago, Lombard, St. Charles, Wheaton, Waukegan, Schaumburg, Des Plaines, Highland Park, Gurnee, Niles, Elgin, Buffalo Grove, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove, Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Wilmette, Northbrook, Mundelein, Crystal Lake, Libertyville, Grayslake, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Park Ridge, Mount Prospect, Chicago, Bloomingdale, Wheeling, Berwyn, Addison, Barrington, Cicero, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Algonquin, Oak Brook, Vernon Hills, Woodridge, Batavia, Lincolnshire, Lisle, Huntley, Carpentersville, Woodstock, Forest Park, Rosemont, Mchenry, Streamwood, Aurora, Great Lakes, Zion, Lake In The Hills, Kankakee and Round Lake Beach
The Wind Point Lighthouse was originally designed by Orlando Metcalfe Poe and was first used in 1880. Today, visitors can climb the 11 stories to the top, view the Fog Horn building that has been turned into a museum and gift store, and view the Fuel House.
69% 13 votes
8301 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108 MoreLess Info
A 16-screen movie theater, AMC Showplace Rockford 16 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers an IMAX auditorium, stadium seating, a party room, theater rentals and a concession area with food and drinks.
68% 149 votes
7820 Cherry Vale North Blvd, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 MoreLess Info
Tropical twisters, a paradise pipeline, a little lagoon, and a tiki island are only some of the attractions at the Magic Waters Waterpark. Eateries are also found in here, as well as lodgings.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built of Kasota limestone, red Streator Brick, tinted stucco and unstained tidewater cypress, Wingspread is a community meeting room. The 14,000 square foot building, a National Historic Landmark, has a large central ceiling and four wings.
The Elliot Park Skate Park offers activities such as skateboarding, BMX Biking, in-line skating, rollerblading, scooter riding, and parkour. The park has a beautiful atmosphere and is surrounded by forestry and nearby playgrounds.
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.
83% 6 votes
W4865 Potter Road, Elkhorn, WI 53121 MoreLess Info
At Watson's Wild West Dinner Theater and Western Museum, visitors can enjoy a theatrical performance while enjoying broasted chicken, coffee, pink lemonade, and fudge brownies. The location's optional shows include Mark Twain, Ranger Jim, the Cayuse Cowboys, and the Musical Show by KG and The Ranger.
Watson's Wild West Museum is a recreation of an old American western general store filled with antiques and collectibles from the late 1800s. The owner, Cowboy Doug, provides exhibit tours and tells stories of the old west.
83% 6 votes
5900 S. Perryville Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 MoreLess Info
A 60-acre wilderness preserve, the Espencheid Memorial Forest Preserve is a natural spot to launch a kayak or canoe in the Kishwaukee River. The preserve itself is full of mature oak trees, and offers scenic woodland views.
100% 2 votes
1949 S Bell School Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 MoreLess Info
Visitors can enjoy open jumping at Gymnastic Academy South Trampoline Park & Training Facility. The facility features trampoline basketball, foam pits, and air dodgeball, and also hosts birthday parties, field trips, and private events.