Summer is upon us, and outdoor amusement parks are a great way to get the family together, get outside, and create some magical memories! Here is a list of all the Chicagoland outdoor amusement parks. Please check their websites for special events, pricing, and hours.
Chicagoland Outdoor Amusement Parks
Donley’s Wild West Town
8512 South Union Road
Union, IL 60180
The park is open through October. Click here for hours and operating schedule.
This park is just like walking into an old West town! Kids will experience panning for gold, pony rides, archery, lazy canoes, roping, hand carts, a small roller coaster, practicing with sling shots, a stunt show, and more! The park is geared for children ages 3-12. Click here for admission rates and to purchase tickets online. Read our review of Donley’s Wild West Town to get more details with photos.
Haunted Trails Burbank
7759 Harlem Avenue
Burbank, IL 60459
The outdoor park is open daily June through August. Click here for hours and special events.
Haunted Trails is a not-so-scary Halloween themed park with as much to do outside as there is inside! The outdoor park offers mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages, and a few other small rides. Inside is an arcade arena with plenty of ways to try your luck. Admission and parking are free, all attractions are pay-as-you-play.
Haunted Trails Joliet
1423 N. Broadway Street (Route 53)
Joliet, IL 60435
The park is open daily June through August. Click here for hours and special events.
The Joliet location offers similar attractions to the Burbank location, with the addition of a speedway, tornado ride, and laser tag. Admission and parking are free, all attractions are pay-as-you-play.
5051 Cal Sag Road
Crestwood, IL 60445
Outdoor attractions hours vary. Check here for daily hours.
This park offers as much fun outside as it does inside! The outdoor attractions include two mini-golf courses, a giant slide, a Viking ride, a go-kart track (children ride as an adult’s passenger. Indoors there is a two-story arcade and bumper cars. Admission and parking are free. Attractions are pay-as-you-play.
0S. 480 Route 83
Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181
Check the home page for daily hours and schedule.
This family-friendly spot features Go-karts, batting cages, mini-golf, and water balloon launching game. All attractions are pay-as-you-play.
Odyssey Fun World
19111 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Outdoor attractions run Memorial Day through Labor Day only. Check the home page for hours and special events.
In addition to an indoor arcade, the Tinley Park location offers outdoor fun including zip lines, speed boats, bumper boats, batting cages, Go-karts, inflatables and more. Click here for pricing information.
901 Leicester Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
This park opens Memorial Day weekend through September 9. Click here for hours and special events.
Specially designed for children ages one through nine. The park offers pirate themed paddle boats, carousel, Castle of Camelot playground, a bounce house, a giant slide, 20-foot climbing wall, a pirate ship ride, and the Safari Express train. All attractions are included with admission.
Santa’s Village Azoosment Park
601 Dundee Avenue
East Dundee, IL 60118
The park is open May through October. Click here for hours, operating schedule, and special events.
This is a huge park (and my kids’ favorite) which offers more than two dozen rides specifically geared for the under 10 crowd, lots of animals and animal encounters throughout the park, and of course, SANTA! All attractions and shows are included with admission.
Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, IL 60031
The amusement park is open through December. The water park is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Click here for daily hours and operating schedule.
Six Flags is a huge park, and with the water park could easily be a weekend getaway for the family. The park boasts more than a dozen roller coasters, children’s area, parades, shows, and sometimes fireworks. Check here for admission prices as well as information on annual passes if you plan to go frequently.
Sugar Grove Family Fun Center
9S. 825 State Route 47
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Check the homepage for daily hours and operating schedule.
This amusement park’s attractions include two go-kart tracks, mini-golf, bumper boats, water wars, an indoor game room, a lighted golf range, and more. Click here for attraction pricing.
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