Getting Outdoors

Barrington Park District
235 Lions Dr., Barrington
(847) 381-0687

South Barrington Park District
3 Tennis Club Ln., South Barrington
(847) 381-2570

Citizens Park
511 N. Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington
Citizens Park is a 45-acre park located off of Northwest Highway and Lake Zurich Road in Barrington. This award-winning park was officially dedicated in 2007 and has continued to be a very popular setting for people to rent the facilities, relax by the waterfall, walk the trails and enjoy passive recreation.

Crabtree Nature Center
3 Stover Rd., Barrington
(847) 381-6592
Crabtree Nature Center is a part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, IL. We have over 3 miles of unpaved walking trails, an outdoor nature play area, and a center featuring animals and exhibits! Join us for free public programs too! Stop in and say hi!

Langendorf Park
235 Lions Dr., Barrington
Langendorf Park houses the main facilities of the Barrington Park District. The Fitness and Recreation Center features a state-of-the-art, 4,500-square-foot fitness center and gymnasium with a walking track. Also featured in Langendorf Park is the Langendorf Aquatic Center which is home to the Freddie Herriman Pederson splash pad. Take a walk around the park, and enjoy any of the three playgrounds, or tee off at our five-hole, par 3 Golf Learning Center. 

Ron Beese Park
50 Rotary Dr., Barrington
Barrington Park District’s largest park is located on the south end of Barrington. This 80-acre park features two football fields, four soccer fields, two baseball fields, three multi-use fields for LAX, soccer and football practices, all nestled up against the Illinois Nature Preserve. Garden plots (known as community gardens) are also available to rent at this location. The Barrington Park District’s Teams Challenge Course is also hidden amongst the trees at Beese Park. This unique team building course incorporates many hiking, running and cross-country skiing trails for the residents to experience and appreciate.

Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve
24205 W. Cuba Rd., Deer Park
Dog-friendly, 781-acre nature preserve with hiking/biking trails, picnic tables and wildlife watching.

New Community Park
8 Bridges Dr., South Barrington
(847) 381-7515
Park amenities include a shelter, bathrooms with running water, two baseball fields, four sand volleyball courts, four tennis courts, playgrounds, and two synthetic turf fields for soccer, lacrosse or football.

Baker's Lake Nature Preserve
E. Dundee Rd., Barrington
(800) 870-3666
This 330-acre wildlife refuge features prime birdwatching, a heron rookery and trails.

Fun Fact: In 1934, Barrington became the site of a gun battle between FBI agents and a notorious gangster named Lester Gillis – better known as “Baby Face Nelson” – that resulted in the deaths of two agents. Baby Face, known as being the murderer of more federal agents than any other gangster, received nine bullet wounds, one of which finally caused him to succumb to death. Today, a plaque located near the location of the battle, Langendorf Park, commemorates the event and honors the agents who lost their lives there.