With over 1,600 miles of shore, there are plenty of things to do at Lake Michigan and in the surrounding area.
The Illinois Beach Hotel is centrally located on the beaches of Lake Michigan and is the perfect place from which to plan some fun activities for your visit.
Our guide will discuss the best things you can do in and around our beautiful hotel. Keep reading to learn what they are.
1. Spend a Day at Illinois Beach State Park
When traveling to Lake Michigan, you’ll want to add a day at the Illinois Beach State Park to your itinerary. Our beautiful state park has a lot of great outdoor activities you’ll enjoy.
You can spend some time swimming or doing water sports at the beach. There are also a variety of fishing ponds where you can catch things like catfish or bass.
Our state park has five trails at various difficulty levels. Three of those can be used for both hiking and biking.
2. Visit Six Flags With Your Family
If you’re traveling to Illinois with your family, you’ll want to visit Six Flags Great America. This is one of the best things to do around the Illinois Beach Hotel.
If your older kids are thrill seekers, they’ll love the Demon roller coaster or the Giant Drop. Your younger kids might enjoy the Little Dipper or the Krazy Kars ride. If you want a fun ride for the entire family, Roaring Rapids provides the best white-water rafting experience for a ride.
3. Explore the Art Scene
Taking time to enjoy some art is a great way to stay creative and relieve stress. If you want to spend a day learning something new during your visit, there are plenty of options around the Illinois Beach Hotel.
Learn about the indigenous people that first lived in the Illinois area while visiting the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. There are plenty of events taking place at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Whether you’re interested in musical performances or theater shows, you’ll find something you like here.
Check out different galleries and find new artists by visiting the monthly ArtWauk when you’re spending a weekend in Lake Michigan.
4. Do Some Shopping
There are plenty of shopping options around the Illinois Beach Hotel. The Deer Park Town Center is an open-air center you can visit. Gurnee Mills is an outlet mall where you can find brand names at a fraction of the price.
After a long day of shopping, you can eat at Illinois Beach Hotel’s Nolan’s Restaurant. We offer locally sourced food like the delicious Michigan Whitefish.
Outdoor seating is available with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. We offer weekly specials and have happy hours too.
Fun Things to Do During Your Stay at the Illinois Beach Hotel
There are plenty of fun things to do while staying at the Illinois Beach Hotel. You can spend the day outdoors at Illinois State Park or eat at our hotel’s highly-rated restaurant.
Check out our packages & specials page if you’re interested in a weekend getaway and book your stay today.