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Things to Do in Batavia, Illinois

In Batavia you'll find a quaint, historic downtown and Main Street with boutique shops, intimate locales for dinner and drinks, and a meandering riverwalk dotted by a collection of windmills with scenic views of the Fox River.

Upcoming Events in Batavia

Downtown Batavia
Feb 4, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Batavia Indoors Farmers’ Market runs from November 5 through May 20. This year’s Ind...
Downtown Batavia
Feb 11, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Batavia Indoors Farmers’ Market runs from November 5 through May 20. This year’s Ind...
Downtown Batavia
Feb 18, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Batavia Indoors Farmers’ Market runs from November 5 through May 20. This year’s Ind...
Downtown Batavia
Feb 25, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Batavia Indoors Farmers’ Market runs from November 5 through May 20. This year’s Ind...
Downtown Batavia
Mar 4, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Batavia Indoors Farmers’ Market runs from November 5 through May 20. This year’s Ind...
Downtown Batavia
Mar 11, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Batavia Indoors Farmers’ Market runs from November 5 through May 20. This year’s Ind...
Downtown Batavia
Mar 18, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Batavia Indoors Farmers’ Market runs from November 5 through May 20. This year’s Ind...
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Batavia's most fascinating attraction is at the cutting edge of particle physics, a place where art and science coexist in perfect harmony, and an international team of scientists investigates the fundamental questions of the universe. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, Fermilab is a U.S. Department of Energy site where pioneering research is conducted in partnership with laboratories and scientific institutions around the world. Fermilab is open to the public year-round, offering group tours of its facilities and outdoor recreation on over 6,800 acres of pristine nature, where you can behold a bison preserve, native prairie plants, and 300 different species of birds. Fermilab's Art & Lecture Series brings talented performers and guest speakers to the spacious Ramsey Auditorium every fall through spring. 

Arts and culture thrive in Batavia thanks to community support for its galleries and performance venues. Water Street Studios is a non-profit art center located in Batavia, with a mission to make the arts accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Its "Second Fridays" gallery receptions are a popular draw to the area, and has encouraged the community to take part with special events and pop-up shops occurring throughout Downtown Batavia.

An impressive collection of limestone buildings, river-side eateries, and highly walkable streetscapes combine to set a memorable stage for community events. The Fox River narrows here, diverting into a pond that's used for ice skating in winters and paddling in the warmer months. Shopping and entertainment districts throughout Batavia combine brand-name retail with independent shops and services. At Beardsgaard Barbers, beards and haircuts are a serious business: this barber shop's clientele comes from up to 400 miles away for a trim and haircare supplies difficult to find anywhere else. 

Funway, the largest entertainment center of its kind in Northern Illinois, is where you can find all-ages fun for the whole family all year long. Games and activities include a modern 20-lane bowling center, roller-skating rink, lazer tag, and arcade located indoors,  plus three-season access to outdoor recreation with batting cages, go-karts, bumper boats, and mini-golf. 

The Batavia Depot Museum is the city's cataloguer of artifacts and legends, including exhibits about Batavia's proud history as one of the major producers of American-style windmills in the late 1800's. A collection of windmills stands today along the Batavia Riverwalk, where visitors can witness first-hand the precise engineering and artful decoration of these machines. 

Miles of trails and outdoor areas are here for you to explore, with access to the Fox River Trails, Illinois Prairie Path, winding country roads and nature preserves. A favored area of naturalists and photographers, the Dick Young Forest Preserve and Nelson Lake Marsh on the western edge of Batavia, contains complex ecological zones that support a great diversity of plants and animals, including several rare and endangered species. Nearby West Main Community Park is home to an attractive 18-hole, forest and prairie lined disc golf course, walking and jogging paths, lighted baseball and softball fields, and Batavia's "Bark Park", a popular, spacious recreation area for dogs. 

Things to see & do in Batavia

Andre's Restaurant Andre's Restaurant
Andres Restaurant has been serving hot and fresh American and Spanish cuisine for breakfast and lunch since 2007. They offer excel...View Details
Batavia Boardwalk Shops Batavia Boardwalk Shops
Resort-town amenities in the heart of downtown Batavia. Shop this one-of-a-kind collection of artisans at Route 25 & Wilson Street, just steps awa...View Details
Batavia Depot Museum Batavia Depot Museum
Housed in an 1854 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot, the train museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and comes al...View Details
Batavia Farmers' Market - Indoor Batavia Farmers' Market - Indoor
Downtown Batavia’s Indoor Market features unique vendors selling produce, baked goods, artisan products, plants, honey and related farm pro...View Details
Batavia Riverwalk Batavia Riverwalk
As the centerpiece of downtown Batavia, the Riverwalk extends along the Depot Pond and Fox River to a north point pavilion, where grand views of the F...View Details
Beardsgaard Barbers Beardsgaard Barbers
We are called Beardsgaard because we craft beards particularly well, not because it is all we do. Beards (and the shaving of them, a trait unique to b...View Details
Black Cactus Print House
Black Cactus Print House is a custom apparel provider for businesses, brands and individuals all over the country. We pride ourselves on creativity, h...View Details
Bocaditos Argentine Cafe Bocaditos Argentine Cafe
Homemade Argentine carry-out café specializing in authentic recipes taken from our home and hearts. Good for the body and soul. Come taste...View Details
Bulldog Nutrition Bulldog Nutrition
Bulldog Nutrition is a small, family owned business in the heart of downtown Batavia with a mission to deliver quality drinks that are nutritiona...View Details
Comedy Vault Comedy Vault
The Comedy Vault is a hip comedy club offering live standup comedy and entertainment from popular, local, and touring national comedians in the Chicag...View Details
Dick Young Forest Preserve Dick Young Forest Preserve
Dick Young Forest Preserve comprises some 178 acres of the region’s greatest wetlands, woodlands and prairie, creating a setting that supports a...View Details
Downtown Batavia Downtown Batavia
Batavia MainStreet's vision is to help create a unique and vital downtown that embraces history, celebrates the art, preserves the natural environ...View Details
Energy City Brewing Energy City Brewing
Exclusive nanobrewery open one day per month (first Saturday of each month from 11am-3pm) specializing in hazy, hoppy New England style IPA and Wheat ...View Details
Fermilab Fermilab
What are we made of? How did the universe begin? What secrets do the smallest, most elemental particles of matter hold, and how can they help us under...View Details
Flyleaf Bakery & Cafe Flyleaf Bakery & Cafe
Discover a literary themed cafe where fresh-baked snacks and coffee are served, adjacent to the Batavia Public Library. ...View Details
Fox Valley Bike Share - Batavia Depot Museum Fox Valley Bike Share - Batavia Depot Museum
Take advantage of the crisp fall air and try the City of Batavia's new bike share program. Debuting in September, the Fox Valley Bike Share w...View Details
Funway Entertainment Center Funway Entertainment Center
Illinois’ largest family entertainment center. Year round: bowling, bumper cars, roller skating, arcade, laser tag and Rock-n-Roll mini golf. Se...View Details
Hall Quarry Beach Hall Quarry Beach
Zero-depth sand beach, two islands, youth water slide, drop slide and diving tower with two- and four-meter platforms. Kid tested and family approved....View Details
Haylie B's Bakery Haylie B's Bakery
Dessert is one of life's necessities, and noone knows that better than Haylie B's Bakery in downtown Batavia. This new destination for fresh c...View Details
Hearth & Hammer General Hearth & Hammer General
Hearth & Hammer is a literary candle studio dedicated to illuminating literature through aromatic storytelling. Come visit our modern, neighborhoo...View Details
Paula's Couture Consignment Paula's Couture Consignment
Find couture clothes without breaking the bank. At Paula’s, we want to give our consumers the most fashionable look we can, without costing them...View Details
Peg Bond Center Performing Arts Pavillion Peg Bond Center Performing Arts Pavillion
Home of the River Rhapsody Concert Series and a variety of other events....View Details
Prairie Path Cycles Prairie Path Cycles
Bicyle retail and repair shop....View Details
Red Hive Market Red Hive Market
Unique vintage, shabby chic, industrial, painted, recycled and up-cycled treasures for the home....View Details
River Peak Apothecary River Peak Apothecary
We are barbers with exceptionally high standards for the products we offer our clients. And with a name like Beardsgaard, you know we know beards. Riv...View Details
Settler's Hill Golf Course Settler's Hill Golf Course
Featured on The Golf Scene with Steve Kashul and Heralded as one of Chicagoland's best buys for 18 holes, Settler's Hill is a favorite in Kane...View Details
Sidecar Supper Club & Beer Garden Sidecar Supper Club & Beer Garden
The gem of Batavia's River Street promenade is Sidecar Supper Club & Beer Garden (formerly River's Edge Bar & Grill), a gastropub masq...View Details
Six + Cypress Six + Cypress
Six + Cypress is more than an online boutique. It is a passion for all things beautiful, the love between two very new friends & families, and a d...View Details
The Albright Theatre The Albright Theatre
This company has gained a reputation for producing cutting-edge dramas and comedies as well as family-friendly shows for over 40 years. Located on the...View Details
The Book Shop Batavia The Book Shop Batavia
You can visit The Book Shop Batavia every week Thursday through Sunday to find thousands of homeless used books just waiting for new homes. Come on in...View Details
Villa and Farm Villa and Farm
Villa and Farm offers Modern Farmhouse, vintage and vintage-inspired decor. We source farm, barn and estate sales to re-purpose and reinvent hard-to-f...View Details
Water Street Studios Water Street Studios
Housed in a renovated 16,000 sq. ft. limestone historic building, Water Street Studios is a comprehensive nonprofit community art center featuring 26 ...View Details
WindMill Grille & Pizzeria WindMill Grille & Pizzeria
WindMill Grille provides Batavia residents with quality ingredients in a welcoming modern casual environment.  We want you to be comfortable as y...View Details

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