A must-stop while visiting the South Shore! Take a tour and watch gummies, chocolates, and other confections made in front of your very eyes. Albanese is best known for their award-winning World's Best Gummies and is home to the world's tallest chocolate waterfall. Their retail store is full of thousands of candies to choose from including a large nostalgic candy section featuring favorites like Snaps, Black Jack gum and wax lips.
Deep River Waterpark, is one of the hottest summer attractions in the South Shore. Soar down tube and body slides at speeds of 30 miles per hour. Families love the wacky courthouse, interactive river, and the world's first double dueling barrel bowl slides. Deep River Waterpark also has winter activity - ice-skating. Bring the family to ice skate under the clock tower in the front of the park.
Fair Oaks Farms and Adventure Center is an interactive and informative working dairy farm. Bring the family and experience modern dairy farming and production. Visit the birthing center where calves are born every hour. Fair Oaks offers tours and a retail cheese and ice cream store. Sample blue ribbon cheeses and velvety ice cream.
For fall family fun only an hour from Chicago, County Line Orchard is the ideal stop. The orchard is the closest U-pick apple orchard to downtown Chicago. Pick apples and pumpkins, enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride, or get lost in the corn maze. Open from September 1st through October 31st.
Out of a small Indiana town 50 miles east of Chicago, Hoosier Bat Company is quickly becoming the bat of choice for major and minor league players. If you want to be a Major Leaguer you have to use wood. Hoosier Bat Company makes an all ash bat, used by many major and minor league players, and a patented three-piece wood bat, the WOODFORCE 2000. With ash in the handle, hickory in the sweet spot, and maple on the barrel end, this bat provides a solid sweet spot that will not flake, while retaining the same look and feel as a traditional all ash bat. All of the bats are made from quality wood and crafted to exacting standards. If you want quality, you will get it at Hoosier Bat Company. They have a small shop in front of the factory and groups can request tours by calling with advance notice.
Buckley Homestead is a living history farm in Lowell, featuring 3 different historic areas. Deep River and Wood's Historic Grist Mill features an 1800's saw mill and is also home to the Deep River Grinders who play old time baseball under 1858 rules and attire. The county parks offer fishing, playgrounds, and a 27-hold disk golf course. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and sledding.
Experience the magic of space at the Challenger Learning Center. The center has mission control and space station simulators, a planetarium dome, a fiber optic starfield and more. Great opportunity for large groups.
The SouthShore RailCats has been providing affordable family fun since 2002. The RailCats have everything one could possibly want at a baseball game for a fraction of the cost of attending a Major League game. At the U.S. Steelyard, attendees can park close to the stadium for no cost. Every seat in the stadium offers an excellent view of the game, and cost no more than $10.
While one may go for the baseball, it is undeniable that what makes RailCats baseball so special is all the extras. With weekly fireworks, in-between inning entertainment and events specifically for the kids, RailCats baseball is sure to bring traditional summer fun to the family for an affordable price.