Fox Lake, Illinois, United States

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Fox Lake, Illinois, United States

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A popular getaway in the Chain O’Lakes

A village and resort town in the Chain O’Lakes region, Fox Lake is a getaway within easy reach of both Chicago and Milwaukee. While aquatic adventures are the focus here, thanks to the intricate network of shimmering lakes, those who prefer dry land will find that activities such as horse riding and hiking are among the many ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Scenic drives, historical hideaways, and a variety of museums and art galleries offer attractions of a different flavor should you want to take life at a slower pace. No matter what you’re looking for, a Fox Lake vacation rental offers a great base for your stay.

Making a splash in Fox Lake

With vast swathes of water on the doorstep of your Fox Lake vacation rental, this resort region offers the ideal spot for swimming, jet skiing, and boating of all varieties. The Mineola and Light House Marinas are the perfect launch pad for canoes and kayaks as well as sail and fishing boats. Lake excursions are also readily available, with options including family-friendly wildlife tours and romantic sunset cruises. Those who crave the thrill of the chase will find that scenic spots such as the Fox Lake Fishery Area and the Shaw Marsh Wildlife Area are prime territory for hunting deer and waterfowl.

Culture and nature in Fox Lake

It’s clear that the great outdoors is the major attraction during any visit to the Fox Lake area. That said, there are man-made landmarks worth seeing as well. One of them is the Volo Auto Museum, which is just south of Fox Lake and features classic, muscle, antique, and Hollywood car displays – including some gleaming Batmobiles from across the decades. Should thoughts of the beach be on your mind, the Illinois Beach Nature Reserve, just 45 minutes east of Fox Lake, is widely thought of as one of Lake Michigan’s most beautiful natural settings, with space to bask, birdwatch, and wander the dunes.

Hot summers and comfortable falls in Fox Lake

Summer is undoubtedly the most popular time to visit Fox Lake, with temperatures in July and August often reaching the uppers 80s and nearby towns and cities playing host to a variety of festivals and fairs. Fall is also popular, mainly due to more comfortable temperatures, reliable blue skies, and the brilliant foliage that graces the hardwood trees in late September and through October. Spring and winter offer the best deals on Fox Lake vacation rentals but the weather can be a little sketchy, particularly in December when the winds from Lake Michigan can reach all the way to the village.

Explore green spaces near Fox Lake

The area around Fox Lake plays host to an abundance of wildlife, with something new to discover seemingly around every corner. Get back to nature with visits to Grant Woods Forest Preserve, with its open prairies and lush woodlands, and Glacial Park. The latter is a 3,400-acre site which forms part of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. This sprawling region is also home to Nippersink Creek, where you can get up close to a variety of migratory wetland birds, as well as a picturesque portion of the Illinois Prairie Trail.