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  • Recreation

    Elgin is home to an abundance of recreational opportunities - we know it. As locals we get to enjoy them everyday - beautiful river escapes, breathtaking forest trails and hidden gems. And, that doesn't even scratch the surface of what the Elgin area has to offer. Take a gander below for some of the best recreation opportunities found in the Elgin area. 

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  • Ennie Minne Mini FORE - Elgin offers 3 award-wining, public Golf Courses, we couldn't highlight just one. And, if you're interested in Disc Golf, be sure to check out Rolling Knolls

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  • The centerpiece of a 616-acre residential country-club community in Elgin (Kane County), Bowes Creek Golf Course is an award-winning 18-hole public course. The golf course integrates all the natural elements the native landscape has to offer, including Bowes Creek, improved woodland and wetland areas, a lake, rolling farmland, stands of mature trees and scenic bluff slopes, to create an aesthetically pleasing, playable and challenging course. 



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  • The Highlands of Elgin has become a premier golf destination for thousands throughout the region. Nine new holes reclaim an old stone quarry, and take maximum advantage of the unique and dramatic landforms that were left behind, including a twelve acre quarry lake. Four holes hug the top of the bluff thirty to forty feet above the water providing golfers with incredible views and numerous shot options on each hole.

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  • Wing Park golf course is a classic, yet sporty nine-hole golf course. Established in 1908, it is the oldest nine-hole municipal golf course in Illinois. This superior golf course offers something for everyone. Expert players with only a couple of hours to spare or the amateur just beginning to learn their swing will all enjoy a day at Wing Park Golf Course.


  • Chill Out: Weather permitting, Bowes Creek will offer a venue for cross country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the winter months. There must be at least 4 inches of snow cover to maintain the trail system, so check the Bowes Creek website for trail conditions.

    For more winter adventures visit: exploreelginarea.com/winter

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    Find exciting places to go and fun activities to experience.



  • Outdoor Activities Outdoor Activities


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  • You can explore Elgin's facilities and parks, learn about their features and see pictures of them. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact elgin311@cityofelgin.org.



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  • The Fox River Bike Trail offers more than 40 miles of guaranteed fun. It runs beside the scenic Fox river and along historic railroad lines, crossing six bridges and passing through nature preserves and charming towns.  The trail accommodates serious bikers or those just out for a leisurely stroll.


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  • Spotlight: A year-round outdoor destination, Rolling Knolls visitors can enjoy a game of disc golf, cross-country skiing, hiking and more. The LEED Platinum-certified building provides affordable meeting and event space overlooking a pond and Poplar Creek.


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    There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to bring everyone together  — whether it's a business team bonding event, organized sporting event, or a simply a bit of family competition. However for planners, organizing a sports event is a whole different ball game, full of unique considerations and logistics that can get easily get out of hand. Let our partners at the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau us help you plan your event. They can find the perfect mix of hospitality and sporting facilities so you play ball with the best of 'em! 



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  • The Centre of Elgin is the City’s foremost recreational facility providing residents with nearly 185,000 sq-ft of leisure space. Features include:

    • three full-sized basketball courts,
    • two racquetball courts,
    • a preschool wing,
    • climbing wall
    • meeting rooms & the Heritage Ballroom.


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  • Eastside Recreation Center (ERC) is a full-service recreation center that includes a fitness center, boxing area, martial arts studio, indoor soccer field, batting tunnels, youth programming and much more.