A family outing fosters lifelong memories while giving houses the chance to molt in private. Leave your domicile to its own devices with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of JPD Bucks, which are valid for any activities, programs, or concessions at the Joliet Park District.
The Joliet Park District has welcomed guests to its expansive grounds since 1922, entertaining with its golf courses, playing fields, greenhouse, ice rink, and ample concessions. Redeem JPD bucks to visit the Inwood Athletic Club fitness center for a day ($12) or lace up for a spin around the Inwood Ice Arena ($6 for general admission; $3 for children 5 years and younger) wearing rented figure skates ($2) or riding on the back of a rented figure skater. Children age 8 to 15 can work on the basics of basketball or soccer with friends and peers during youth open-gym sessions ($3) at the Hartman Recreation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., while scheming parents plot a birthday party ($125+) at a JPD facility with activities and themes ranging from gymnastics to ice-skating to scuba diving to researching time travel. For a change of pace, Joliet Park District’s three verdant 18-hole golf courses sprawl across varied terrain, helping golfers work up appetites that call out for satiation at the clubhouse.
Joliet Park District
The Joliet Park District sprawls across more than 1,000 acres, engaging visitors with everything from sports to nature. Guests can wander through the foliaged paths of the Pilcher Park Nature Center and the organic community garden, or treat their senses to the floral colors and aromas that fill the bird-haven greenhouse. The 10,000-seat Joliet Memorial Stadium hosts high-school and college sporting events, while a dozen athletic fields fill with recreational players hitting baseballs, catching softballs, and spiking soccer balls when the referee isn't looking. During the summer, inner tubes transport patrons down Joliet Splash Station's high-speed water slides and 865-foot lazy river, and the glittery strands of Fourth of July fireworks color the skies above the stadium.