Family Sundays at Arlington Park

And….they’re off!  No, I’m not just talking about your kids. I’m talking about race horses. One of the best ways to spend a summer day with your family is at Arlington Park.  The setting is gorgeous, family friendly, and filled with TONS of entertainment. Not totally convinced?  Here are some reasons why your family will have the ultimate “Sunday Funday” at Arlington Park Family Sundays.

  • Arlington Park is jaw droppingly BEAUTIFUL.  The architecture, immaculate grounds, stunning plants and flowers…and everything just seems to “pop” on those perfectly sunny summer days. Just make sure your kids don’t try to be sweet and pick some of the flowers for YOU.
  • For a $5 picnic pass, you can bring your own meal instead of having to purchase food from the restaurants and food court.  Outside alcohol is not allowed, but you can always indulge once you enter the gates.

  • Everything is stroller/wagon friendly with wide, paved paths.  Simply head over to the picnicking area to be able to bring your stroller all the way down to the racing action. Simply throw down a blanket and set up shop while your kids frolic nearby.
  • The Junior Jockey Zone has so much for your little ones to choose from—petting zoo, pony rides, magic shows, the bookmobile and more!

  • Arlington Park designates themes for many races and includes community performances that match the theme.  For example, we visited on a day that celebrated Latin culture and watched authentic dances, enjoyed street tacos, and more!
  • Since the races are spaced out so well (about 30 minutes between post times), there is ample time to go and preview the horses to get an up close and personal view of them both before and after they race.

Here’s to hoping that you have a blast at Arlington Park Family Sundays even if your horses don’t cross the finish line first.

Looking for other summer fun?  Check out what’s on my Chicago Summer Bucket List.

Enjoy the races!


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  1. Tiffany says

    This looks like an amazing Family Fun Day!! I went to a state park for the first time this summer for a family cook out but it was nothing like this. I love the Bookmobile – it speaks to the Nerd in me 🙂

  2. Stephanie says

    That looks like a great place to visit! So funny – my grandparents used to live in an apartment complex in Florida called Arlington Park. Funny how things have the same names in different places.

  3. Danielle Wilson says

    This reminds me of Belmont Stakes which we were able to check out on Mother’s day. I love that there’s so much more to do than watch the races for the kids and that you have the option to bring your own food because I feel like that’s the most expensive part of any family outing.

  4. Stephanie says

    How fun! This parks looks like it has a lot of things to do with families. We have a horse race park, but I’ve never actually explored what the kids could do there.

  5. XmasDolly says

    I use to live close by here, and now that I have moved so far away they open the place up. I always wondered what it was like on the inside. Sounds like a fun filled day. Thanks for sharing.

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