Explore a winter wonderland!

Naturally Festive!

The holidays are a magical time in McHenry County. Pick the perfect tree to be the centerpiece of your holiday decor, find the ideal gift for everyone on your list in our quaint and historic downtowns, get in the holiday spirit at a festive holiday event or drive through throughout the county exploring the best holiday light displays!


Here in McHenry County, there's no better place to begin your treasure hunt than the many independent shops and boutiques that define our…

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

The World Famous Volo Museum now has 45 exhibits and over 10,000 mechanical marvels, so it guarantees to have something amazing for guests of any…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Offsides Sports Bar & Grill

  • 680 S Eastwood Dr
  • (815) 334-8700

Good food, good times, and cold beer are never in short supply at McHenry County’s #1 sports bar and grill -- come by and say hello!

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.