Did you know that you can watch a completely free water ski show every Friday this summer? The Wonder Lake Water Ski Team performs almost every Friday at Wonder Lake Beach. This 140-plus member team is a National Show Ski Champion and has placed in the top five in the nation every year since 1996! And families are able to watch them show off their skills and talent for completely free!

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GETTING STARTED

We arrived around 6 p.m. and found plenty of parking although you may have to jump a curb to park. Street parking is available as well. We found plenty of lawn space to spread out with chairs and blankets.

WAITING FOR THE SHOW TO BEGIN

I suggest arriving early to set up, play on the playground, or play in the sand. When the show starts, you will not be able to use the sandy beach area as it is used for the show.

Pack a picnic or place an order for pickup at East End Pizza and Ice Cream, located a short walk from the beach. The pizza and fried roni were really good!

They also have food trucks on certain Fridays.

THE WONDER LAKE WATER SKI SHOW

The show, hosted by an emcee, is well-crafted, showing clear dedication and effort by everyone. So much talent!

TIPS:

  • Bring your lawn chair or blanket and hang out
  • Check their schedule for food trucks. If not, grab food at local eatery East End Pizza and Ice Cream, a short walk from the beach.
  • The show last more than an hour with a short intermission.
  • Stay for the sunset!

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

NITTY GRITTY:

Website: https://wonderlakeskiteam.org/
Location: Wonder Center Private Beach, Hancock Drive & East Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake, IL 60097
Cost: Free
When: Select Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
Parking:  Plenty of parking
Crowded: Lots of room to space out.