One of our favorite parks in the Chicago area is Huntley Park District’s Discovery Zone at Deicke Park. No doubt, this is one of the best parks around for younger kids. But what if you have older kids? Bring them! Trust me, they will have a blast exploring the rest of the park.

Getting started at Deicke Park

Once you enter the park, you can either make a left to park at the younger children’s area, Discovery Zone, or make a right to park by the log cabin. We parked at Discovery Zone and found that the walk to the other playground wasn’t too bad.

Deicke Park has a great toddler playground AND also offers plenty to do for older kids including an old school metal slide and playground.

Play structure fun

We started our visit at Discovery Zone. It was only 9 a.m. and it was pretty busy already! We made our way towards the back of the Discovery Zone for the playground equipment. The big hit were the roller slides, rock climbing wall, and the triple slide.

Shoot hoops

Do yourself a favor and bring a basketball! Towards the back by the playground structure, you’ll find basketball hoops of varying heights. I’ve learned the official name for this is bankshot. Think mini-golf but with a basketball. We started at the 1st station then challenged each other to make it until the final station. This was really fun!

Deicke Park has a great toddler playground AND also offers plenty to do for older kids including an old school metal slide and playground.

 

Long metal slide

After playing at Discovery Zone, we wanted to explore the rest of this park. I had no idea it was so large at 28 acres! We exited the gates close to the swings and pretend play town and walked towards the pond. We were on a mission to find the metal slide! Just past the pond we spotted the metal slide built in the hill by the trees. This slide is such a blast from the past! And surprisingly the kids didn’t mind the climb up the stairs to slide back down.

Look for the pond! It’s just past it.

 

Deicke Park has a great toddler playground AND also offers plenty to do for older kids including an old school metal slide and playground.

Log-themed park

Not too far away is the other playground with the log theme. (Probably because of the log cabin next to it.) Here we found two separate play structures. Some unique features include a rope to climb, a pretty long rock climbing wall, a mommy and me swing. No monkey bars though which was a bummer for the kids.

Deicke Park has a great toddler playground AND also offers plenty to do for older kids including an old school metal slide and playground.

Deicke Park has a great toddler playground AND also offers plenty to do for older kids including an old school metal slide and playground.

See the 1920s reconstructed log cabin built by Boy Scouts!

Tips to enjoy Deicke Park

  • Pack a lunch and sit at the tables.
  • If you want to eat out, drive a few minutes down Rt. 47 and hit up Huntley’s Dairy Mart. They have pretty good food, great ice cream, and awesome cheese fries. The best part? The prices are so reasonable!

  • Looking for more to do? Walk down Downtown Huntley for gelato, chocolates, or pizza.
  • Want another fun playground? Tomaso Sports Park off Rt. 47 is a great playground too. Not only that but they have soccer fields, baseball fields, and flush toilets.

Final thoughts about Deicke Park

Kids of all ages will love Deicke Park in Huntley. It’s a family favorite!

Nitty Gritty

Website: http://www.huntleyparks.org/
Location: 11419 S. Rt. 47, Huntley. Once you turn into the street, make a quick left turn.
Cost: Free
Parking: They have their own parking lot.
Food: No food available for purchase, but tables are available. Bring food and have a little picnic!

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