McHenry, named after an Indian fighter, Major William McHenry who served during both the War of 1812 and Blackhawk War, is surrounded by natural lakes, beautiful streams, calming gravel banks, grassy moraine hills, peat bogs and receding glaciers from ancient times. Some of the most natural attractions in McHenry includes the Moraine Hills and Volo Bog State Natural Area. Before early settlers found the city, this Illinois prairie grounds was the home and hunting ground for local Potawatomi Indians. During its early days, it was a part of Lake County and because of its strategic location, during the first half of the 19th century, the area quickly became a resort town, thanks to it being easily accessible from Chicago. It was given the title of ‘Gateway to the Chain of Lakes’. And while the city thrived as a resort town, residents in the city relied heavily on the fertile land and established a strong farming community. And with the help of Fox River, import and export of products like cigars, clay, food and lumber passed through the town. Although the three main areas of McHenry, initially, had strong business rivalry amongst each other, today, the city embraces three distinct downtown areas and they are Main Street, Green Street and Riverside Drive, and they all boast of rich culture and history. All the districts enjoy a vast array of quaint specialty shops, service-orientated businesses, retail outlets and restaurants of all kinds. As each of the districts have their own identity, visitors will get to enjoy them all in different ways.
Some of the city’s most popular attractions includes indoor and outdoor attractions, wineries, shopping and beautiful museums. You can take young children to the ever-popular Monkey Joe’s where there are inflatable bounce houses and kid-friendly amenities, go bowling with friends at Crystal Bowl, have a tennis team-building event at Crystal Lake Racket Club and then go shopping for local produce and baked goods at the super fun Stade’s Farm and Market. If you have golfers in your group, check out the beautiful Steeple Chase which has a renowned course or check out the world’s largest collection automatic musical instruments Sanfilippo Place de la Musique. Thinking of bringing your students or kids out for an educational tour around a historical attraction? Get your hands on a mini bus or school bus for a fun-filled trip to Raupp Museum to learn about the countless replicas of an old historic town or check in with the people of either Woodstock Ranch or Tievoli Farm for some horseback riding lessons. Without a smidgen of doubt, an event, be it big or small, personal or professional, is much easier and more convenient when you have a reliable charter bus at your disposal. No more worrying about moving from Point A to Point B in a timely manner and more time to concentrate on your event or trip. Give BusRental.com a call right now and we will help you secure a reliable, modern and budget-friendly bus rental package that meets with your needs.
One of the best ways you can make the most of your limited time in beautiful, charming and historic McHenry is to come prepared with a list of things you want to do and points of interest you might want to make time for. With a charter bus, we assure you that you WILL get to do everything on your list, comfortably and worry-free.
Families with young children who are looking for ways to keep them entertained will sometimes bring their kids out to either Mega Trampoline or Monkey Joe’s, both located in neighboring Crystal Lakes. There are wall-to-wall trampolines and an arcade center at the former attraction while Monkey Joe’s is known for its well-maintained and safe inflatable bounce areas. People can also opt to play a few rounds of bowling at Crystal Bowl or Metro Bowl where there are on-site cafes and bars. Metro Bowl offers pool tables and a basement lounge areas for people to hang and chill out in. The McHenry Outdoor Theater is an old-school style outdoor theater which lets people enjoy a retrospective movie-going experience while catching the latest or rerun films.
The art attractions in McHenry range from fine art galleries to old, historic theaters. So, people should be ready to explore some inspiring artwork, house and garden art at Don Elder Fine Art Studio, discover a whole new world of inspiring dance performances, popular classics and jazz LIVE entertainment at Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake or bring the charter bus to Lakeside Legacy Arts Park and Sage Gallery which has been said to be THE place if you enjoy both fine arts and history. Sometimes, there are LIVE productions to catch and touring exhibits at Sage Gallery. You should also explore what you can take away from the beautiful architecture and refreshing exhibits at Woodstock Opera House, catch a classic performance showing at Woodstock Theater, and don’t forget to find out more about what’s showing at Austin’s Fuel Room in Libertyville. As the name may suggest, it features rock and heavy metal performances and it has a full-service restaurant and bar too.
McHenry has everything to satisfy the foodies, party-goers and shopaholics in your group. For instance, you can shop for unique items like crystal bracelets, statues, books and fragrant candles at charming outlets like Evolve, bring the charter bus to shop for locally-grown fruits and vegetables at Stade’s Farm and Market in downtown McHenry, or bring your friends to Huntley’s Tom’s Farm Market & Greenhouse which also has a garden center, cafe, gourmet shop and bakery. Gurnee Mills Outlet, on the other hand, is one of the largest malls in the region and boasts of the capacity to attract more than 20 million shoppers from all around Illinois every year. For a relaxing night-out or a birthday party, you have quite a number of options to choose from and they range from the Irish pub of Finn McCool’s Crystal Lake which has one of the best fish and chips and shepherd’s pie or enjoy a fantastic meal of steaks, pastas and seafood together with your favorite drinks at Nero’s Pizza & Pub.
The great thing about visiting a city like McHenry is that the locals value their recreation and sports centers so, visitors will get to enjoy precisely what the locals can too. There’s archery centers like T.A.Z. Archery in Woodstock which is sometimes used as a place to hold birthday parties and social events, Crystal Lake Racket Club in Algonquian which has both an indoor and outdoor tennis facilities and offers tennis lessons to people of all ages, and Northbrook Sports Club in Grayslake where people can enjoy World FITASC Sporting Championships or take on activities like trapshooting and skeet shooting. For golf, you can always count on the award-winning and scenic course at Steeple Chase in Mundelein; the course has natural lakes and beautiful, unforgettable view of the region’s natural wooded areas.
Woodstock Square, its downtown city center, is one of the most historic parts in the region. There are quaint local shops, old-school restaurants, charming boutiques, bookstores and be sure to be on the lookout for bronze plaques that marks sites where the movie, Groundhog Day, was filmed. You can also bring the charter bus for a field trip to Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum which has historical exhibits like classrooms, community rooms and a large archive of information related to the growth of the city while Sanfilippo Place de la Musique is a specialty museum featuring a large collection of items related to music and old antiques like phonographs, music boxes, calliopes and coin-operated pianos. It is home to the largest number of automatic instruments in the world. Other fun attractions around the region includes the educational replicas of a typical town square featured by Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove and exhibits teaching visitors about Elgin’s cultural history at Elgin History Museum. The latter attraction is housed in a historical 1856 building which used to be a part of Elgin Academy and it has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Moraine Hills State Park, located right smack in the middle of the city center is made out of 2,000 acres of open green space that has natural wetlands and beautiful lakes; it is a favorite with hikers and anglers all year round and if you are looking for a nice riding trail to hit with your family, check out Woodstock Ranch or Tievoli Farm Inc instead. Both offers private and group riding lessons and has riding equipment for sale. People can also organize a field trip to the Nature Center, Rotary Building and Rotary Warming House at Veteran Park (there’s a spacious skiing trail) in Crystal Lake, enjoy the skate park, batting cages and outdoor fitness amenities at Lippold Park, or bring the kids out for swimming, boating or just sunbathing along the beautiful Three Oaks Recreation Areas along South Lake. The white, sandy beach and picnic grounds are hot favorite with families with young children. You can enjoy a barbeque session with close friends in a relaxing and calming atmosphere any season of the year.
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