Things to Do in Palatine

Things to Do in Palatine IL
Salt Creek Park District

The Salt Creek Park District was established in 1956 and serves approximately 6,500 residents from Palatine, Arlington Heights and Rolling Meadows. Its mission is to provide for the community a quality park and recreation system that is committed to excellence in service and facilities, as well as being sensitive to individuals and economics.

The Salt Creek Park District is a small park district that has a family-friendly atmosphere and staff that truly care about its residents. Popular special events include Harvest Hayride, Wine Tasting, Patio Entertainment nights and the annual Twin Lakes Triathlon. Learn more by visiting facilities at Rose Park, Salt Creek Sports Center, Twin Lakes or at

Palatine Park District

Palatine Park District was established in 1945 with a population of just 3,000 residents. In 1947, the district acquired its first park, Community Park, and offered five recreation programs and classes. Today, the district offers thousands of programs each year, is 21 square miles in area and encompasses around 83,000 residents from Palatine and surrounding towns.

Park district facilities include three recreation centers, Palatine Hills Golf Course, Palatine Stables, and Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center. The district also maintains the building and grounds of Clayson House Museum and is a partner with Harper College in the Health and Recreation Center offering aquatics, fitness, dance and sports programming on campus.

The park district is the steward of over 730 acres of open land including 50 parks with 28 playgrounds and offers miles of paved trails. For more information on any of the district’s programs, services, or facilities, visit


Rose Park Administrative Office
530 S. Williams Ave., Palatine
(847) 259-6890
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Camps, preschool, youth programs

Twin Lake Recreation Area
1200 E. Twin Lakes Dr., Palatine
(847) 934-6050
Golf, boating, fishing, picnic rentals

Salt Creek Sports Center
Home of Hat Trick Hockey
647 Consumers Ave., Palatine
(847) 394-8806
Hockey leagues and youth sports


Community Center
250 E. Wood St., Palatine
(847) 991-0333
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Administrative offices, registration, open gym, walking track, fitness center, rentals, birthday parties

Birchwood Recreation Center
435 W. Illinois Ave., Palatine
(847) 991-1960
Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday (weekday registration not available until 8:30 a.m.); 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday
Registration, open gym, group exercise studio, rentals, birthday parties

Falcon Park Recreation Center
2195 N. Hicks Rd., Palatine
(847) 202-5111
October 1 until mid-April hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
Mid-April until Oct. 1 hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Registration, open gym, open turf, walking track, banquet facility, rentals, birthday parties

Palatine Hills Golf Course
512 W. Northwest Hwy., Palatine
(847) 359-4020
18-hole golf course open to the public, driving range, The Hills Short Game Practice Area, FootGolf, clubhouse, restaurant, rentals, birthday parties

Palatine Stables
1510 W. Northwest Hwy., Palatine
(847) 359-0009
Lessons, boarding, summer camps, birthday parties, show team, pony rides, Fall Festival

Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center
150 E. Wood St., Palatine
Box Office: (847) 202-5222
Rentals: (847) 991-5318
431-seat theater originally built in 1928, featuring park district and community theater productions, available for rentals

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater
256 E. Palatine Rd., Palatine
Outdoor stage featuring free community concerts throughout the summer, available for rentals

George H. Clayson House
224 E. Palatine Rd., Palatine
(847) 991-6460
Home of Palatine Historical Society, featuring museum and historical library

Disc Golf Course
At Margreth Riemer Reservoir,
Corner of Wood Street and Quentin Road, Palatine
Hours: Mid April to early November, dawn to dusk, seven days per week
5,667-foot, 18-hole, par 55 disc golf course. Free, open to public, no reservations needed, bring your own discs

Dog Park
At the Plum Grove Reservoir,
on Algonquin Road, south of Harper College, Palatine
1.2 acre fenced-in dog park


Family Aquatic Center
340 E. Palatine Rd., Palatine
(847) 991-1700
Large slides, tot slides, waterfall, sand play area, six-lane lap pool, zero-depth entry, water play bubblers, lawn area, rentable picnic areas, concession stand

Birchwood Pool
435 W. Illinois Ave., Palatine
(847) 991-1960
Eight-lane 50 meter competitive pool, 25 yard lap pool, tot pool with zero-depth entry, splash pad spray pool, separate diving well with drop slide, 3-meter diving platform, 1-meter diving board

Eagle Pool
1425 N. Oak St., Palatine
(847) 359-9664
Zero-depth tot pool, three-meter diving board, two one-meter diving boards, slides


Health & Recreation Center at Harper College, Building M
1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine
(847) 925-6825
Swim lessons, lap swim, open swim, water aerobics, annual memberships, birthday parties, rentals