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Summer Fun
Popular big ideas for the hot months.
WATER PARKS    ^

Big Surf Wave Action Pool
847/255-5380, 411 S Maple St., Mt. Prospect


Bollingbrook Aquatic Center
Wave pool and water slide.
630/759-2727, 200 S Lindsey Ln, Bolingbrook


Magic Waters
Very large, 1hr from OHare, 50ft slide, wave pool, tubing, kid stuff.
800/373-1679, 7820 N Cherry Vale Blvd, Cherry Valley
http://www.cherryvalley.org/entertai.html


Racing Rapids Action Park (part of Santa's Village)
400ft twisty slide, lazy river tube ride, go carts.
847/426-5525, 880 E Main, Dundee
http://www.santasvillageil.com


Rainbow Falls Water Theme Park
3 slides, cliff diving, water fun house, mini golf.
847/228-2860, Elk Grove Village
http://www.elkgrove.com/life/parkrec.htm


Skokie Water Playground
13-17 18-21, $5.25 child
847/674-1500, 4701 W Oakton, Skokie
http://www.skokieparkdistrict.org

AMUSEMENT PARKS    ^

Great America. bigger than Disneyland! $18-50 10a-10p.
Six Flags, 847/249-1776, 542 N Il Route 21, Gurnee.
EIGHT Mega mega coasters, three water rides, virtual reality, and all the classics with cartoon character themes. I-94 or I-294 West, exit Grand (Rt.132) East in Gurnee, look right.
http://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica


Kiddie Land
Really nice modest place, notably compatible with little tykes. Mini train, coaster, plume ride, carousel, etc.
708/343-8000, 8400 W North, Melrose Park
http://www.kiddieland.com


Lambs Farm
Reportedly very nice. Good for kids under 10.
847/362-4636, Rt 176 & I 94, Libertyville
http://www.lambsfarm.org

WISCONSIN DELLS    ^

Times and prices shown are for August 1999. All can be expected to change practically week by week. Take 90 North. I did it close to legal in only 3.5hrs. A really well done vacation center, best on week days. Majority of help seems to be imported. I met young people working the summer from Finland, Germany, France, Hungary, Poland, Israel and more.
Main Contact
800/223-3557
Call a few weeks in advance for good brochures and magazine.
http://www.wisdells.com


Big Chief Karts and Coasters
$32 11a-7p.
Unbelievably huge Go-Kart park, 15 tracks. Underwater, through a castle and giant trojan horse, wooden bridges, jumps, bumper boats, coasters.
http://www.dellschamber.com/bigchief.htm


Noah's Ark. America's Largest Waterpark!
$24 9a-8p.
2 wavepools, 2 endless rivers, 33 waterslides, 4 kiddie water play areas, a kiddie roller coaster, bumper boats, 18-hole mini-golf course, 12 restaurants and outdoor lounges, 5 gift and clothing stores, and candy store w/ fresh fudge and caramel apples. In Wisconsin Dells. See the 360 degree web cam.
http://www.noahsarkwaterpark.com


Pirates' Cove Adventure Golf
Visually incredible, five hilly courses, awesome landscaping, waterfalls, helicopter ride, flaming volcano, arcade, more.
http://www.piratescove.net


Tommy Bartlett's Robot World and Exploratory
$9 8a-10p.
With the actual MIR backup, teriffic edu-tainment. A little hokey but charming.
http://www.wisdells.com/tommybartlett


Tommy Bartlett's Thrill Show
1p, 4:30p, 8:30p, $11-17.
Skis, juggling, fireworks, magic, comedy, stunts, beer, mosquitos. Pretty darn good.
http://www.wisdells.com/tommybartlett


Wisconsin Dells Original Fudge Shop
The best of many. Big sign just says FUDGE. In a very cool shopping and amusement strip.


Wonder Spot
Hwy 12, $4 9a-9p.
A mysterious shack where gravity doesn't behave quite right.


Ramada Limited
In by 3p out by noon, $108/night
1073 WisDells Pky
608/254-2218 or 800/845-2251


Country Kitchen All You Can Eat Buffet
Only sells chicken, mashed potatos, bread, tater tots and corn.


Paul Bunyon's All You Can Eat Restaurant
Only sells chicken, mashed potatos, bread and green beans.


Places I want to go next time:
American UFO & Sci-Fi Museum
Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theatres
Black Bart's Stagecoach Buffet
Circus World Baraboo
Corny's Go-Karts and Maze
Dells Auto Museum
Dells Mining Company
Extreme World
Family Land
Good Goody Gumdrop Candy Kitchen
Ho-Chunk Casino & Bingo
International Crane Foundation
J.B. Helicopter Rides
Laser Storm
Mid-Continent Railway
Original Wisconsin Ducks
Rick Wilcox Magic Theater
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Riverview Park & Waterworld
Serpent Safari
Shipwreck Lagoon Adventure Golf
Storybook Gardens
Timber Falls Adventure Golf
Uncle Gene's Moped Rentals
Wax World of the Stars
APPLE PICKING    ^

Though all the following names came up in my research, I have only actually heard from people who've been to Wauconda. Wauconda is also the only one with a web site and well distributed brochures. Furthermore, they have food and assorted other entertainment activities, especially in October.
Illinois:
  Libertyville
    847/362-0074
  Mudelein
    847/566-4520, sounds very good
    mid-Aug through mid-Oct, call for info by apple type
  Wauconda
    800-36-APPLE, 847/526-8553, 1201 Gossell Rd, Wauconda.
    Take I-294 or Rt. 12, apples 9.11-10.31.
    http://www.waucondaorchards.com
Indiana:
  William's orchard
    219/778-2839, 500 East County Road, IN, near Rolling Prarie
Michigan:
  Buchannon
    800/422-1700, Philipeene
  Columa
    616/468-3073, Jollay
  Eauclaire
    616/461-4187, Treemendous
  Baroda
    616/422-2426, Jonathon's apple world

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2017.08.09