Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Fox Lake

The nearest airport is in Kenosha, WI (ENW-Kenosha Regional), located 17.5 mi (28.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Chicago, IL (PWK-Chicago Executive), which is 25.8 mi (41.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Fox Lake Station or Fox Lake Engleside Station and explore the city from there.

Where to stay around Fox Lake?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 187 vacation rentals near Fox Lake. From 125 Houses to 15 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fox Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Fox Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Fox Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fox Lake Station: 165 vacation rentals
  • Jet Funn: 162 vacation rentals
  • The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort: 347 vacation rentals
  • Six Flags Great America: 104 vacation rentals
  • Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark: 342 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fox Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Fox Lake?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 125 Houses in Fox Lake. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fox Lake include:

  • Cabins: 15 rentals available
  • Cottages: 15 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 15 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fox Lake?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 18 vacation rentals with pool available in Fox Lake. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.