It has come a long way from the days when it was called ‘Centerville’ (in part, thanks to its strategic location) in 1843 and the city boasts of numerous historic sites and homes like the turn-of-the-century town square, beautiful restored courthouse and opera house. In fact, Woodstock, IL, is so charming and unique that it was called one of the dozen distinctive destinations in the country by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2007. Early settlers like Alvin Judd, George C. Dean and Daniel Blair all chose to build the city around a 2 acre public square near a courthouse and jail. It was, however, Joel Johnson, who suggested that the township of Centerville be renamed in 1845 and the city was then officially renamed Woodstock after Johnson’s hometown, Woodstock, Vermont. Typewriter companies, Emerson Typewriter Company and Oliver Typewriter Company both had factories in Woodstock, which earned the city it’s early 20th century nickname, ‘Typewriter City’. Woodstock produced more than half of the typewriters in the world by 1922 and Woodstock Typewriter Company continued to produce them well after the war and into the 1970s. The city and its residents enjoyed not just economic success but also a bustling art and cultural scene. It is home to Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple which was founded by Bhante Sujatha, a prominent Sri Lankan Buddhist, Todd School for Boys which helped the creative development of Orson Welles, Woodstock Opera House and was used as a backdrop for movies like ‘Groundhog Day’, ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’, and short film ‘The Hearts of Age’. Popular local events visitors should make time for includes Fair Diddley, Diversity Day Festival, Lighting of the Square, Groundhog Day, Woodstock Challenge Road Run, HarvestFest, Woodstock Folk Festival, Woodstock Mozart Festival and McHenry County Fair, just to name a few.
You don’t have to drive very far to get to fun attractions all around Woodstock as they are all located within 20 to 30 minutes from each other. You can have a fun field trip with the kids, jumping and hopping all around Mega Trampoline in Crystal Lake or take on a more adventurous escapade with family and friends, ziplining through the woodlands and forested areas with Aerial Adventures. Otherwise, visitors can take on horseback riding tours or lessons with the folks of Tievoli Farm, go golfing at Steeple Chase which is an award-winning establishment or head out in the charter bus for some shopping at Tom’s Farm Market and Greenhouse instead. Before your trip is over, be sure to make some time for the gorgeous historic mansion and garden at Black Point Estate and then have a peaceful picnic and barbeque at Main Beach in Crystal Lake. Remember to book a charter bus, mini bus, school bus, party bus, limousine or corporate car for your trip with BusRental.com, one of the leading charter bus rental companies in the United States. We have the capacity to take on even last minute bookings because of our extensive network of charter bus owners, operators, agents, drivers and dispatchers. Call or email us today to find out more!
Woodstock offers an excellent mix of modern amenities, charming local restaurants and stores as well as modern points of interest that caters to people from all walks of life. They range from art attractions to family-friendly amusement parks, from spacious green lungs to historical museums. Read on below to find out more about them.
Located less than 25 minutes away from Woodstock is Stingray Bay Family Aquatic Center in Huntley, IL; families love visiting the park because of its swimming pool, water slides, diving boards and volleyball pits. For indoor recreation, don’t miss the chance to bring the charter bus to Mega Trampoline in Crystal Lake. It is a day filled with nothing but wall-to-wall jumping which is sure to tire out the most active of kids and when the weekend rolls around, you may want to check out the ziplining course offered by Aerial Adventures near Lake Geneva. The attraction also features thrilling activities like climbing walls, free fall jumps and fun games for team-building outings. Other fun activities to enjoy in Woodstock includes bowling night-outs with family and friends at either Brunswick Zone XL, Crystal Bowl or Kingston Lanes where there’s also an arcade game center but for those who are looking for a place to celebrate a birthday, check out the 18-hole mini golf course, go-kart tracks and batting packages at Golf and Games in downtown Woodstock.
It may come as a surprise to some but Woodstock has a thriving art and cultural scene which can be seen from its many festivals and family-friendly events. Enjoy the local hospitality and new art exhibits held every month at the Woodstock Opera House or catch a classical play and new film releases at Woodstock Theater. There’s also a non-profit art gallery featuring paintings, sculptures and pottery from local artists at Old Courthouse Arts Center and performances like dances, jazz music and stand-up comedy shows at Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. Don Elder Fine Art Studio focuses on home and garden art which can be used for the interior and exterior of a home or you can bring the charter bus to McHenry Outdoor Theater which offers a completely unique movie-going experience for people of all ages.
For those who are looking for local cuisine, you can’t go wrong with the barbeque at BBQ King Smokehouse in downtown Woodstock and for something lighter like vegetarian dishes, there’s always Expressly Leslie Vegetarian Specialties along S Johnson Street. Visitors who enjoy traditional American dishes, you can try to house burgers offered by Isabel’s Family Restaurant, great tasting chips and delicious seasonal food at Main Street Pour House and mouth-watering Japanese cuisine and soups to be sampled at Kumi Sushi. Tom’s Farm Market and Greenhouse in Huntley is a farm stand offering a variety of lunch options and gourmet items while Stade’s Farm and Market is where you can get fresh produce like fruits and vegetables and it is a leading agri-tourist destination in the region. There’s also the 600-odd vendors at Wolff’s Flea Market which features a wide range of items, handmade souvenirs and it has special events all year round.
When you are looking around for a place for tennis, there’s always Crystal Lake Racket Club located in neighboring Algonquian; patrons can opt for tennis lessons or shop around its pro shop too. On top of hosting sporting events throughout the year, Sears Center Arena hosts concerts and a large variety of theatrical productions and if you are looking for golfing options, take your pick from Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva and Steeple Chase in Mundelein. The former is located along the shores of Lake Cosmos so it is a breathtaking 54-hole golf course while Steeple Chase was designed by Ken Killian it has been ranked one of the top golf courses in Chicagoland. Both are beautiful courses with amazing views of wooded areas and lakes.
Without a smidgen of doubt, one of the most iconic landmarks in Woodstock would have to be its beautiful and unique town square. The square features a Civil War statue right smack in the middle of it and is surrounded by brown plagues along some of the sites that was used for the filming of the movie ‘Groundhog Day’. Black Point Estate is a historic mansion with a massive gorgeous garden for people to explore; the building has a unique Queen Anne architecture with Victorian-style furniture and decor. You can also make your way to Geneva Lake Museum of History which is dedicated to the region’s unique 19th century heritage with a blacksmith shop, school room and general store, bring the charter bus to Barrington Area Historical Society which was founded by local residents in 1968 to celebrate the unique history and culture of Barrington area, or make a trip to Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum which has historical exhibits, a classroom, a community center and archives that retells the city’s history, especially the ‘Embracing Change : The Growth of Grayslake’ exhibit.
There is a wide ranging type of outdoor activities to enjoy in Woodstock. For instance, you can head out for out archery, rock climbing, swimming and an outdoor meal at Camp Lakota which is often used for boy scouts outings and Tievoli Farm which offers horseback riding activities. You can enjoy riding lessons and shop for professional riding equipment at the attraction. There’s also bow tuning lessons and a place for camps and birthday parties at T.A.Z. Archery and opportunities to explore ponds and wetlands along the biking and walk trails at Lippold Park in Crystal Lake. The latter attraction spans 310 acres in total and has features like a skate park, batting cages and an outdoor fitness area. The swimming pool, barbeque facilities and picnic areas along the white sandy beach of Main Beach in Crystal Lake is always inviting all year round while there’s a scenic boardwalk along the two lakes accessible from Three Oaks Recreation Area.
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