Shop, hike, or find other fun things to do in Zion near Lake Michigan

Located less than two miles from the entrance to Illinois Beach State Park, the Country Inn & Suites in Zion is the perfect launchpad for outdoor fun. Enjoy a day of sand and sun on the shore, or go farther out with a chartered fishing boat at North Point Marina. Here for some thrills with your family? Don’t miss all the excitement at Six Flags Great America. If you’re looking for things to do indoors, you can shop to your heart’s content at Gurnee Mills or find the perfect memento at Zion Antique Mall & Toy Mart before relaxing in your comfortable hotel room. For big-city attractions, Milwaukee and Chicago are both less than an hour’s drive away.

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Illinois Beach State Park

1.26 mi / 2.03 km from the hotel
Be sure to pack a swimsuit, hiking shoes, and a camera when you visit this lakeside state park, home to sandy beaches, forest trails, fishing ponds, and acres of wildflowers.

North Point Marina

3.78 mi / 6.08 km from the hotel
You can charter a fishing boat, schedule a scuba-diving excursion, or simply admire the hundreds of ships docked at the largest marina on the Great Lakes.

Recruit Training Command Great Lakes

9.28 mi / 14.94 km from the hotel
Attending a boot-camp graduation? Head to the US Navy’s only recruit training facility, the Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, which prepares thousands of sailors to serve each year.

Six Flags Great America

7.29 mi / 11.73 km from the hotel
Set your heart racing as you anticipate the big drops on roller coasters like Batman™: The Ride and American Eagle at Six Flags Great America. When you need a break, hit the concessions for amusement park treats like funnel cake.

ThunderHawk Golf Club

1.58 mi / 2.55 km from the hotel
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., this pristine 18-hole course is considered one of the best public courses in the Midwest and is recognized as a Signature Sanctuary Course by the Audubon Society.

Zion Antique Mall & Toy Mart

0.64 mi / 1.03 km from the hotel
Take home a slice of Midwestern Americana from this popular store, where you can hunt for antique toys, die-cast replicas, glassware, and collectibles.

Gurnee Mills

7.53 mi / 12.11 km from the hotel
With a cinema, an escape room, and more than 160 stores and restaurants housed in just under two million square feet of space, Gurnee Mills mall offers enough shopping and entertainment to keep you busy all day.