The winner of the 2012 Readers’ Choice for best staycation destination is Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center, 2025 Miner St., taking the crown with 85 percent of the vote.
The expansive family-friendly water park, a Des Plaines Park District facility, includes something for all ages in animal-themed sections. For the most adventurous, two towering, 37-foot water slides are featured in Otter’s Run, and drop slides and cliff dives make up Sea Lion Falls.
A 550-foot inner tube river is featured in the relaxing Crocodile Cove. Dolphin Bay and Beluga Beach include features for the youngest patrons, including a leisure pool, fountains, jet-sprays, a child-size slide, water-spray stands on non-slip surfaces and a jungle gym.
Mountain View Adventure Center, 510 E. Algonquin Road, also drew some support. The adventure center is also in the park district park system, and features miniature golf, batting cages, a skateboard and BMX bicycle park and more.
Check back on Monday when we ask readers, where is the best place to eat on Memorial Day weekend?