Some would consider Round Lake Beach a big enough area to qualify as a city but in reality, it is a village with a rich history. It got its start when a piece of the land was purchased and residential homes were built around it. The first log cabin was built approximately in 1837 and what brought residents into the area includes the beautiful scenery around the lake, untouched woodlands and rolling hills and throughout its history, Round Lake Beach’s main industry has always been farming and the beautiful scenery was a draw for other Chicagoans to come in flocks, especially during summer months, to enjoy the famous lakes. Hence, it became a surprising resort town set against a farming village backdrop. According to records, the city had a tough time incorporating itself as more and more people from all around Illinois started owning homes in Round Lake Beach and when the Great Depression hit, residents from other surrounding areas deserted their homes in large cities and made their summer homes in Round Lake Beach their permanent ones. Thanks to the residents forming the Progressive Club, it brought many benefits such as shelters, schools, churches and roads, to the city and it started thriving in the early 1960s. To this very day, Round Lake Beach continues to be the largest community to the west of Lake County and has become a business community.
It is easy to see why many families from all around Illinois would make their way to Round Lake Beach for weekend outings and vacations - the entertainment options are seemingly endless. You can bring your family out for a day of thrilling rides and splash around Six Flags Great America in neighboring Gurnee, hit Barefoot Bay for some summer outdoor fun or bring the charter bus to Aloha Falls Miniature Golf to make use of its waterpark, arcade and mini golf course. People will also get to enjoy the tasting sessions and tour around the charming Light the Lamp Brewery, enjoy a team-building event with colleagues or family at Northbrook Sports Club or hit the beautiful greens of Steeple Chase too. If you love history, do not miss the chance to check out the exhibits at both Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum and the tours offered by Mundelein House. Outdoor lovers are spoiled for choice because of the sheer number of parks but one of the best would have to be the forest preserve of Rollins Savanna. BusRental.com specializes in helping our customers secure reliable charter buses, school buses, party buses, mini buses, coaches, corporate cars and limousines for travel and tours nationwide and we have all the right people to help ensure your event is a seamless one. So, give us a call if you have a social event, wedding reception, gathering. vacation, city-to-city tour or business function coming up in Round Lake Beach, IL! We are always ready to connect you to the right vehicles and people!
There are renowned waterparks, indoor go-karting arenas, kid-friendly recreation centers, museums and art galleries for you to visit around Round Lake Beach. Have limited time to spend in the city? Worry not, we have outlined some of the city’s top points of interest below so, you can save time while researching about which attraction you should make time for when in town!
Located less than 15 minutes drive away from Round Lake Beach is Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. As we all know, the theme park offers amusement rides, waterpark amenities and shops for people of all ages but if you prefer something quieter for the weekend, check out Kristof’s Entertainment Center or Barefoot Bay instead. Kristof’s offers LIVE music, go-karting arena, mini golfing and batting cages while Barefoot is a fun family-friendly aquatic center spanning 6 acres in total. It features water slides, pools, a lazy river and a nice mix of fun outdoor water-related amenities. People can also opt for swimming and a 180-foot tube slide at Esper Petersen Family Aquatic Center, retro console games, pool and ping pong tables, Hawaiian-themed indoor mini golf course, cafe and bar at Aloha Falls Miniature Golf, and a ballroom and dance nightclub experience to be had at Dress up & Dance! in downtown Grayslake. It hosts special events and offers yoga classes too.
Being a summer escapade city for the people of Illinois, visitors are assured of the fact that there are lots of different authentic cuisines to sample when in town. There’s Italian cuisine and crusty fired-up pizzas offered by Ron’s Italian Ovens, traditional American fanfare like hot dogs, burgers and fries to try at Sammie’s, mouth-watering Mexican dishes to dig into at Los Comales Taqueria, delightful Chinese cuisine to order at Long Feng, and trusty ol’ diners like Mrs. V’s Restaurant along E Rollins Road where there are biscuits and gravy and meat lover’s skillet to sink your teeth into. And when it comes to great drinks, worry not, there are breweries, wineries, pubs and local haunts of all kinds to choose from. Light the Lamp Brewery features six unique beers with hockey-themed names (the attraction features hockey memorabilia of all types within its walls) while The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar brings you more than 75 cocktails and a whopping 60 different types of beer to sample! For an attraction with a more local and intimate feel, there’s always Glunz Family Winery Cellars Sales & Tasting Room along E. Belvidere Road. It has been producing small batches of unique wines since its inception in 1992 and it is a family-run business that opens 6 days a week.
Visitors will get to enjoy activities like skeet shooting and trapshooting at the world class Northbrook Sports Club in Grayslake, arts and craft as well as fitness programs offered by Warren Township Special Recreation Association in Gumee where there are also programs for independence and social skills, or bring the little ones out to run and hop around in the pads, ramps, beams, foam pit and obstacle courses at Libertyville Gymnastics Academy. There are also soccer programs and fitness clinics for adults, teens and children at Glsa Libertyville too. When it comes to golfing, you can’t go wrong with either Pine Meadow Golf Club or Steeple Chase, both located in neighboring Mundelein, IL. Patrons can enjoy PGA events and tournament-style golf sessions at Pine Meadow Golf Club and a Ken Killian-designed golf course at Steeple Chase. It has been called a top course in Chicagoland simply because the course has beautiful wooded areas and natural lakes, beautiful yet challenging obstacles in itself.
Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum is located along Hawley Street in Grayslake, 10 minutes drive away. It is housed in an old Village Hall and it features historical exhibits like pictures, documents and artifacts which includes the centerpiece called ‘Embracing Change : The Growth of Grayslake’. Touring Fort Hill Heritage Museum means learning about Lake County maps, war uniforms, pioneer tools for farming and Mundelein House. You can also explore the historic 1920s building of Adlai E. Stevenson’s old home (he was a former Illinois governor) or learn about the history of military in the region, especially the U.S. Navy, at Great Lakes Naval Museum in Great Lakes, IL. It offers educational tours for kids and youth on field trips and caters to school outings.
One of the distinguishing points about the outdoor recreational options in Round Lake Beach is that they are diverse. There’s boating, fishing and winter ice fishing at Molly’s Pond as well as hiking trails, picnic spots, 25,000 feet of saltwater shoreline along the San Juan channel at Jones Island Park and fun children’s playgrounds, recreational soccer fields and toddler areas at Alleghany Park in Grayslake. Rollins Savanna is a large, awesome forest preserve with a 3.5 mile trail loop with great spots for bird-watching as they migrate and go about their daily lives. The French had very unique horse training methods and you can learn them up with a visit to Jill McCrae Farm where there are community performances and instructions held in an indoor arena. Another great option would be the Equidream School of Horsemanship which holds classes for people who wants to learn basic riding and show jumping skills. The waterfront on paved gravel trail and horseback riding trail along Ray Lake is nothing short of breathtaking while Almond Marsh is a part of Lake County Forest Preserves; the wetlands and sedge meadow is popular with bird-watchers.
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