It would be hard to find an area park that offers more than Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles: Two playgrounds, an outdoor pool, a miniature golf course, native plant garden, paddlewheel riverboat cruises and so much more!
Water Wonders, located along the Fox River in North Aurora, is a spot where children can splash, wade and climb while learning about water conservation and the native landscape of Illinois.
Wednesdays at the Plaza is a free evening music concert series at Millennium Plaza in downtown Aurora. In 2017, it will run through Aug. 16.
The latest in our “Great Parks!” series has a beautiful location on the Fox River and offers a picnic shelter, fishing opportunities, and a brand new, all-inclusive playground. It even won an award for design and development! Read on to learn all about South Elgin’s SEBA Park!
If your family wants to get out on the water this summer, here are some family-friendly suggestions for spots where you can rent paddle boats, kayaks, rowboats, canoes and motorboats – as well as take a scenic tour on a big riverboat on the Fox River.
Whether your family loves trains, history, or exploring, you are likely to enjoy a trip to the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin. The highlight is a 4-mile round trip on a trolley along the banks of the Fox River.
Lippold Park, located just north of the Red Oak Nature Center, is currently undergoing renovations to turn it into an “outdoor educational venue.” But with a nature-based playground and great access to the Fox River, it’s already worth a visit!
Island Park in Geneva, Ill., is a wonderful spot for families looking to fish, picnic, play or take a bike ride or stroll along the Fox River. An old playground was replaced in the summer of 2012 while work was also being done to replace the northern footbridge onto the island. The new playground is rated for children ages 5-12, and it does have one high drop-off point. It features a couple of slides, numerous climbing opportunities and a rope structure strung between two sections of the playground. There isn’t a toddler playground, but there are toddler swings and a play “rowboat” for younger kids. This is also a great park if your kid loves trains, since either Metra or freight trains cross the railroad bridge quite often.
The Fox River Trolley Museum, located in South Elgin, offers a chance to tour antique electric trolley cars, as well as take a four-mile round trip on a trolley along the banks of the Fox River.
Island Park in North Aurora underwent a major renovation in 2009. It features two shelters, restrooms, a picnic area, trail access and water access. I confess I didn’t check out the restrooms, so I’m not sure if they are just port-a-potties or something more permanent. The playground is extensive and features lots of slides, climbing opportunities, monkeybar-like elements, a teeter-totter, two huge fish sculptures and eight swings, including baby swings. There is also a large sandpit with boulder “outcroppings,” so make sure to bring your sand toys! It’s easy to walk to the riverfront to feed birds, admire nature or skip rocks.