- 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.
A spacious field, Ben Diamond Park provides for an array of outdoor activities including tennis, basketball and a playground for younger kids to enjoy. There is also a special, designated area for picnics, grilling and large gatherings.
The 400-acre Waukegan Municipal Beach is a municipal beach that offers opportunities for fishing, competitive boat racing, kite boarding, kayaking, and swimming. The beach has a number of sand volleyball courts.
From milk shakes to soft serve, Shirl's Drive-In & Lighthouse Miniature Golf offers visitors a variety of frozen treats to enjoy. The golf course is landscaped with rocks and plants, and features a lighthouse structure in the center.
Rocky's Funhouse Miniature Golf is birthday party central. Guests can try black light mini golf, a number of modern arcade games, pizza, a prize counter with tons of selections for every ticket value, and more.
Located among the Shops at Prudential Center, the Belvidere Arcade features a variety of contemporary and classic coin-operated video games dating back to the 1970s and 80s. Games offered include Centipede and Ms Pac-man.
With access to Waukegan Harbor, Windy City Salmon Fishing Charters takes visitors on a fishing tour of the surrounding region. Trout and salmon are among some of the fish that can be caught and filleted on the boat.