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Set on 40 acres of rolling hills, Creekside Acres hosts lessons in a 30,000-square-foot outdoor arena. On wintry or rainy days, the groundskeepers heat up the stables, tack room, and new indoor arena for temperate riding.

During private lessons, instructors guide equestrians of all skill levels in English-style riding, with each session tailored to the rider’s background, skills, and ability to recite the names of all the Triple Crown winners in pig Latin. The stable houses six lesson horses that range from seasoned jumpers to trail riders.

25803 Graf Rd
Harvard,
IL
US

The hospitable crew of Crosstown Pub dishes a mouthwatering menu of pub fare spiced with daily specials and house-made soups, bread, and desserts. Chompers sink into succulent third-pound Angus burgers ($4.25), 12-inch cheese and pepperoni pizzas ($7.75), or flatbread sandwiches ($3.50–$4.50) ideal for stealthily slipping under the front door of a secret crush. Daily specials include a prime-rib sandwich with hand-cut skinny fries on Saturday ($7.75), and Wednesday and Friday fish fries heap plates with perch, catfish, or shrimp ($8.50) or all-you-can-eat cod ($9.25) paired with coleslaw, hush puppies, and a choice of potato. Between bites, patrons can claim spots at the spacious wraparound bar, cheer on favorite teams playing on the bar's high-definition TVs, plunk quarters into a selection of arcade games, or take over as DJ via the jukebox.

105 W Grove St
Poplar Grove,
IL
US

The 9 holes of Beaver Creek Golf Course sprawl across a 60-acre parcel of Boone County abundant in wildlife and the tranquility of rural pastureland. The layout intertwines with the course's titular creek, which comes into play on 5 holes. With just four sand traps, one cozy sand castle, large greens, and five holes checking in at less than 350 yards, the course presents a welcoming venue for beginners to enjoy the game while building fundamentals.

19619 Leroy Center Rd
Capron,
IL
US

Committed to strengthening the local community, Belvidere Family YMCA welcomes visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels to improve their mental and physical well-being by drawing on its many resources. During open-use times, members enjoy access to the indoor pool and the recently renovated exercise center, and basketball, swim, and justice leagues, coached by many of the center's more than 1,000 volunteers, are available for all ages and superpowers. Belvidere Family YMCA also hosts several fitness, arts, and recreation programs, with members receiving discounts on youth activities such as before-and-after school programs for students up to eighth grade and flag-football leagues for children. Reduced member rates also apply to adult programs such as karate and kyuki-do martial-arts classes. Families can venture to the center for free events, including the Christmas Extravaganza, where children help construct a neighborhood of gingerbread mansions, and Dive-In Theater in the YMCA's pool, where movie-goers are welcome to lie back on a floatie for wall-projected movies, or act out an alternate ending during screenings of Splash, Too.

220 W Locust St
Belvidere,
IL
US

Magic Waters' vast expanse of twisting slides, heated wave pools, and colorful attractions accessible to all visitors entertains entire families. While swimmers play, troops of lifeguards with extensive certification and training ensure safety, and mascots stand guard to pose for pictures with children and warn against the dangers of going down a water slide in a full-body costume. After careening through the mysterious darkness of the Abyss tube slide, guests drift down 1,200 feet of lazy river, sun themselves on the shores of the wave pool, or opt for more adrenaline with the Double Dare Drop, which plunges riders 75 feet in seconds. Younger aquanauts puff up their water wings in the interactive complex of Tiki Island or leapfrog over floating lily pads in Little Lagoon.

After exploring the twists and turns of rivers and waterslides, guests refuel with pizza, tacos, burritos, sandwiches or salads at Ocho's Cantina or indulge in cold treats at the Thirsty Turtle. A lineup of upcoming events entertains all ages with activities, while the park stays open until 9 p.m. on Friday Family Fun Nights and Magic Mondays.

7820 CherryVale North Blvd.
Cherry Valley,
IL
US

Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.

998 Belvidere Rd
Belvidere,
IL
US