Explore a winter wonderland

in McHenry County, IL!


Get Outside!

Cold weather is officially here. Take advantage of the winter season by exploring the vast outdoor adventures McHenry County has to offer.

Rush Creek Conservation Area

  • 20501 McGuire Road
  • (815) 338-6223

Visitors can enjoy hiking 2 miles of looped nature trails, casting a line in the 4-acre, man made pond, camp under the stars at the group…

Wilmot Mountain

  • 11931 Fox River Rd.
  • (262) 862-2301

Located right in America’s heartland, Wilmot Mountain is the Midwest’s center of all things winter. Our love of snow sports knows no boundaries…

Glacial Park Conservation Area

  • 6705 Route 31
  • (815) 338-6223

Glacial Park is McHenry County Conservation District’s most treasured open space holding, characterized by its rolling prairie, delta kames, oak…

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area

  • 12215 Pleasant Valley Road
  • (815) 338-6223

Pleasant Valley expands 2,080 acres and is a mosaic of natural areas. In addition to viewing native wildlife and plants, visitors can explore over…

Indoor Activities

Not a fan of the cold? That's okay! McHenry County has plenty of opportunities for indoor winter fun as well!

Volo Museum

  • 27582 W. Volo Village Rd.
  • (815) 385-3644

Volo Museum is a World Famous, family-owned, all-day tourist destination in Volo, IL. We are known across the world for our all-indoor showroom…

Urban Air Adventure Park

  • 220 Exchange Drive
  • (815) 893-0618

If you’re looking for the best year-round indoor amusements in the Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Woodstock, McHenry, Cary, and Crystal Lake area…

The Vixen

  • 1208 N. Green St.
  • 815-271-5010

The Vixen proudly represents McHenry County and surrounding areas as the newest and hottest live events venue! The Vixen brings the best in…

Woodstock Theater - Classic Cinemas

  • 209 Main Street
  • (815) 338-8555

Adjacent to the beautiful square in downtown Woodstock is the 1927 Woodstock Theatre. The theatre's site has been home to a movie theatre since…

Foodie Paradise

If you're a foodie - or just like to eat - make sure you're wearing stretchy pants in McHenry County!

Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen

  • 110 N. Main Street
  • (815) 356-9980

Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen specializes in gourmet comfort foods, artisan sandwiches and burgers all utilizing local and sustainable ingredients…

1776 Restaurant

  • 397 West Virginia Street
  • 815-356-1776

We believe fine dining can and should affect community in a positive way, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We are passionate about…

Julie Ann's Frozen Custard

  • 6500 Northwest Hwy.
  • (815) 459-9117

This family-owned custard shop is a McHenry County institution. Back in 1985 John and Mary Zielnicki started creating their hand-crafted custard…

More Brewing Co.

  • 13980 Automall Drive
  • (847) 310-7530

More Brewing Company is a craft brewery with locations in Huntley and Villa Park, Ilinois making a wide array of styles.

Winter blogs

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Top 10 Things to do This Winter!

1. Volo Museum The Volo Museum is the area's best indoor family attraction - perfect for gear-heads, car collectors, Hollywood fanatics…

Experience Norge Ski Club like a Local

If you're looking to experience the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove like a local, then you've come to the right place! This…

Winter Adventures

Cold weather is officially here. Take advantage of the winter season by exploring the vast outdoor adventures McHenry County has to offer…

McHenry County's Best Hikes & Craft Breweries

McHenry County is the perfect destination for nature lovers and craft beer enthusiasts alike. There's no better way to enjoy the beauty…

Take a drive in the country!

McHenry County, IL Scenic Roads The Scenic Roads program was established to recognize both roads and the surrounding features that create…

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