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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.

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. 

All Spoked Up - Batavia All Spoked Up - Batavia
Located on the Fox River Trail just south of Downtown Batavia, All Spoked Up - Batavia offers group rides, expert service, and retail to meet the...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
Crabby Boil Crabby Boil
Crabby Boil offers a unique seafood dining experience that engages your senses and satisfies your cravings. Crabby Boil keeps it simple: Your favorite...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
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
Whether you're interested in science or just fishing in the ponds near the American Bison herd you're welcome at Fermilab. Take a self-guided ...View Details
Fox River Trail Fox River Trail
The Fox River Trail features 43 miles of scenic biking, hiking, jogging or cross-country skiing. Paved and sometimes hilly this trail is a favorite be...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
Gaetano's Gaetano's
Ever since owner Wendy Reed DiBenedetto opened her comfortable downtown Batavia eatery in 2014, satisfied patrons have returned for the wide selection...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
Illinois Prairie Path Illinois Prairie Path
Former right-of-way for the old Chicago Aurora & Elgin electric railroad was converted in the 1960's and has become a favorite among visitors....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
River's Edge Bar & Grill River's Edge Bar & Grill
The gem of Batavia's River Street promenade is the River's Edge Bar & Grill, a gastropub masquerading as a local watering hole, with a foo...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
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
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

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