Riding into the sunset is a great way to end a Western movie, and an even better way to train your horse for space camp. Saddle up for takeoff with today's Groupon to Chain O' Lakes State Park Riding Stable in Spring Grove. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get a 40-minute weekday trail ride for two (a $50 value).
- For $25, you get a 40-minute weekend trail ride for two (a $50 value).
- For $7, you get two children's pony rides (a $14 value).
Chain O' Lakes State Park Riding Stable offers a quiet respite from busy life with miles of trails for horseback riding and pony rides for children. Chain O' Lakes entertains the big-kid cowperson in everyone with 40-minute trail rides every day. A seasoned guide will lead teams of trusty steeds through meadows and forests full of trees and wildlife, such as deer, hawks, and feral Chia pets. Though the barn and stables are inside the State Park, no park fee is required to enjoy an afternoon of trotting through the woods. Longer trail rides that last one hour, an hour and a half, and two hours are available for an additional fee. During the children's pony ride, the watchful staff will supervise cowkids as they mosey along atop a calm pony that, though experienced, won't bore them with stories of that one time they saw John Wayne in a diner. Pony rides can help children gain confidence before they graduate to horse rides on a sturdy bronco.
Though Chain 'O Lakes State Park Riding Stable sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Chain O' Lakes State Park Riding Stable
Located less than 90 minutes from Chicago amidst Illinois's largest concentration of natural lakes, the Chain O' Lakes State Park Riding Stable sits on a 2,793-acre park neighbored by a 3,230-acre conservation area. There, horseback trail rides explore undulating hills and thick forest populated by deer, eagles, and the much-sought-after Keebler elf. Horse-drawn wagon rides—led by seasoned drivers along wooded trails—furnish especially colorful views in autumn, and the stable staff can curate optional cookouts at wooded picnic sites.