Lakeside Legacy Foundation

The Dole Mansion

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In a Nutshell

Kids celebrate the season with s’mores, pictures with Santa, and crafts, and explore a petting zoo and ice sculptures

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 5, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Event is 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Groupons will be accepted until 3 p.m. in order for guests to complete activities by the 4 p.m. closing time. Parking-$2 a car, Horse/carriage rides addll, addl train/berry go’round rides may be purchased. Parents must purchase tickets to ride with children. Release of liability waiver must be signed for all participants. If event is cancelled due to inclement weather, no refunds will be given. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Three Options

  • $15 for a Winter Fest Package for one child ($25 value)
  • $28 for a Winter Fest Package for two children ($50 value)
  • $55 for a Winter Fest Package for four children ($100 value)

Winter Fest takes place 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. Groupons will be accepted until 3 p.m. in order for guests to complete activities by the 4 p.m. closing time. The package includes the following for each child:

  • S’mores by the fire
  • Photo with Santa (4”x6” photo)
  • Train ride
  • Berry ride
  • Six crafts
  • Cookie decorating
  • Petting zoo entry
  • Picture with the Ice Queen
  • Ice sculpture photo and Ice Carving Demonstration is from 12PM-3PM

Lakeside Legacy Foundation

Back in the 1860s, grain magnate Charles S. Dole purchased a 1,000-acre expanse of land overlooking the sparkling waters of Crystal Lake. There, he built a classically designed three-story mansion with lavish touches including Italian marble, black walnut orchards, and lush gardens, where the Ringling Bros circus housed the circus animals off season. At the time, the tract of land was known as Lakeland Farm, and over the next century it passed hands from the Doles to an elite country club to the Franciscan Order to the First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake.

Today, the mansion is in the hands of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation. The staff maintains the grounds and ensures the home remains a valuable resource for the residents of Crystal Lake with ventures such as hosting workspace for local artists and musicians. The Dole Mansion offers, 2 award winning galleries, tours, culinary programs, dance programs, and a 100 seat performance venue called 'the Listening Room.

The grounds also host special events including art fairs, Christmas celebrations, and McHenry County's "Granddaddy of All Festivals," the Lakeside Fest, which has been bringing live music, local eats, and traveling artists to the shores of the lake for more than 36 years.

Customer Reviews

Fun place to bring children!
Diane H. · December 8, 2015

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