Donley’s Wild West Town Was A Rootin’ Tootin’ Good Time

 

Wild West Town

Donley’s Wild West Town hosted our family for a day of frontier fun earlier this summer and we had a great time.  I really wasn’t sure what to expect since we’ve never been there before but it sounded like some thing the boys would enjoy so we headed off to check it out.  Now first of all, Union, IL is a bit of a trek from us and would be for a lot of the Chicago suburbs.  If it’s too far for a day trip there IS camping at a KOA grounds right next to Donley’s!  But with a drive just a little over an hour and fifteen minutes we simply headed out early and made a full day of it.

When we got there we each received a punch card to be used for the special rides such as the small roller coaster and pony rides as well as the games/activities such as sling shot and pop gun shooting gallery.  On the punch card is two punches per ride/game but you can use the punches in basically any combination you want.  For instance if you don’t enjoy the archery game, you can use your archery punches for some extra runs on the roller coaster.  The only exception to this is the pony rides which you may only use two punches for per card.

Each of the boys seemed to have a different favorite activity, all though they all tried them all.  Timmy spent a ton of time in the sling shot shooting gallery, Johnny was addicted to panning for gold and Bryan may have gone on an extra pony ride or two courtesy of my punch card.

I was honestly surprised by how long it took us to finish up all their cards.  But we did also stop for lunch and we enjoyed many of the unlimited activities that are also included in your ticket price including the museum, the merry go round, the hand cars, the carousel, the tomahawk throw and the Wild West show!

We spent an entire day enjoying Donley’s Wild West Town and I think we will definitely go back.  I would recommend Donley’s to families of elementary school aged kids.  I think my boys 5, 9 and 10 years old were the perfect ages.  Some of the things would be probably not be appreciated (ie would be uncool) by older kids and there isn’t much to do for little little ones.

Donley’s Wild West Town is located in McHenry County at the intersection of Route 20 & S. Union Road, 3 miles south of the Village of Union at 8512 S. Union Rd. The park is daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 18 through August 23 (except May 20) and on Saturdays and Sundays from August 24 through October 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information call 815.923.9000 or go to www.wildwesttown.com.

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You’ll be happy to hear that the bathroom facilities are fabulous…..

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As an added bonus (for me at least) I got to spend some time with a good friend of mine while the boys ran around!

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Comments

  1. What a great time!!! I think I’d be spending all of my time at the Gold Panning, too!

  2. It feels like this was so long ago! We have to meet up again with our kids!

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