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Bike, hike, ski, snowshoe and marvel at some best trails in the Midwest that intersect here. Paddle the scenic Fox River via kayak or canoe. Play golf on lush green courses and boat, fish or hunt at our state wildlife area. Wade in a natural quarry and sun on a sandy beach. Be amazed by swooping (and nesting) bald eagles along the river. Check out our guide to a green getaway in the Aurora Area, and our bike-share itinerary. Read about kayaking the Marge Cline Whitewater Course and paddling the Fox Riverand learn from a local about landscape photography in the Aurora Area. You can also find tips on where to spot bald eagles in the fall and winter months, a favorite activity for locals and visitors alike. Looking for quick inspiration? Check out our spring & summer outdoor adventure guide

Abbey Farms Abbey Farms
Abbey Farms is a unique family-friendly agri-tourism farm in Aurora, IL that has been growing memories since 1949. Abbey Farms specializes in creating...View Details
All Spoked Up All Spoked Up
All Spoked Up (Aurora) is just off the Fox River Trail in Downtown Aurora. All Spoked Up offers expert service & repairs, hosts group rides, and i...View Details
Aurora Barnstormers R/C Club Aurora Barnstormers R/C Club
Based in Aurora, Illinois, on scenic acres of Kane County Forest Preserve land at Aurora West Forest Preserve, The Aurora Barnstormers R/C Club is a d...View Details
Aurora Riverfront Aurora Riverfront
Downtown Aurora is packed with outdoor adventures, most of them free and family-friendly, with easy access to paved trails, canoe shoots, and outfitte...View Details
Aurora West Forest Preserve Aurora West Forest Preserve
As an ecological mosaic of prairie, marsh, and woodland communities, this 715-acre preserve supports a host of native animals. A multi-purpose trail t...View Details
Batavia Depot Pond Batavia Depot Pond
The Batavia Depot Pond, near the Batavia Historical Society's Depot Museum, is a year-round attraction at the heart of this charming downtown. Enj...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
Beecher Community Center and Park Beecher Community Center and Park
The park is over 22 acres and is the location of several baseball fields and a playground. There is walkway around the play area, beautiful shade tree...View Details
Bicentennial Riverfront Park Bicentennial Riverfront Park
The centerpiece of Downtown Yorkville with views of the Marge Cline Whitewater Course and street-side shopping and dining, Bicentennial Riverfront Par...View Details
Big Rock Campground Big Rock Campground
Located within the 821-acre Big Rock Forest Preserve, there are 100 improved camping sites (RVs or tents), including 10 primitive tent-only sites and ...View Details
Big Rock Forest Preserve Big Rock Forest Preserve
Mature woodlands, high-quality marshes, tallgrass prairie, clear-running creeks and a 65-foot deep lake are just some of the highlights of Big Rock Fo...View Details
Big Rock Park District Community Park Big Rock Park District Community Park
Come see this beautiful park with a 1/2 mile walking trail. Play in the playground or enjoy a picnic in the serene atmosphere!...View Details
Blackberry Farm Blackberry Farm
Nestled on 54 scenic acres, Blackberry Farm is a family-friendly destination that features unique play areas for all ages, live animals, amusement rid...View Details
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve Bliss Woods Forest Preserve
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve has long been a favorite preserve in the south part of Kane County. At this special preserve, visitors can see a unique an...View Details
Charles E. Hoscheit Park Charles E. Hoscheit Park
Also known as: Waubonsie Creek Park & baseball field. This lighted facility has 2 baseball fields and parking for approximately 250. For permittin...View Details
Clark Island Recreation Area Clark Island Recreation Area
Baseball field, BMX skate park, canoe launch, ADA accessible fishing station, limestone shelter and wetland enhancements....View Details
Coach Wilbert Walters Park (May Street) Coach Wilbert Walters Park (May Street)
1/2 block south of Illinois Avenue, between Highland Avenue and May Street. • 5 acres, • 4 informal ball fields, • Sand volleyball cour...View Details
Cool Acres Park Cool Acres Park
Cool Acres – the District’s premiere shelter – is located along the beautiful Fox River on Route 25. This large structure with moder...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
Dickson-Murst Farm Dickson-Murst Farm
Dickson-Murst Farm was in the Dickson family for more than 150 years. Now it is a historical farm, open several times a year, to show farming circa 19...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
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park
20 acres. Shelters. Basketball courts. Site of the annual Juneteenth celebration. Contact the Fox Valley Park District to reserve....View Details
Edith Farnsworth House Edith Farnsworth House
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential modernist architects of the 20th century, the glass-walled Edith Farnsworth House ha...View Details
Fermilab Natural Areas Fermilab Natural Areas
An environmental science program operating exclusively within the boundaries of Fermilab. Their mission is to restore, manage, and conserve Fermilab&#...View Details
Fidler Farm Park Fidler Farm Park
28 acres, barn, playground, picnic shelter, bike trail, fishing lake. Also the site of summer plays. Contact the Batavia Park District for more info....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
Fox Valley Bike Share - Aurora City Hall Fox Valley Bike Share - Aurora City Hall
The City of Aurora aims to be a bicycle-friendly community and promotes bicycling throughout the city. In downtown Aurora, a green dedicated bike lane...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
Fox Valley Bike Share - Montgomery Village Hall Fox Valley Bike Share - Montgomery Village Hall
The Fox Valley Bike Share Program utilizes a system that allows community members to rent bikes for local transportation needs. Bike rental locations ...View Details
Fox Valley Bike Share - Oswego Public Library Fox Valley Bike Share - Oswego Public Library
The Oswego Public Library in downtown Oswego, Illinois, is the newest addition to the Fox Valley Bike Share network. Pick up a bike in beautiful downt...View Details
Fox Valley Bike Share - RiverEdge Park Fox Valley Bike Share - RiverEdge Park
To create a more bike-friendly downtown, in July 2020, the City of Aurora partnered with Koloni to launch its new Fox Valley Bike Share prog...View Details
Fox Valley Bike Share - Santori Public Library Aurora Fox Valley Bike Share - Santori Public Library Aurora
To create a more bike-friendly downtown, in July 2020, the City of Aurora partnered with Koloni to launch its new Fox Valley Bike Share prog...View Details
Garfield Park Garfield Park
Garfield Park is located on 28 acres at Church and Sheffer Roads. Amenities include two Little League fields (Dolan & Andrews), horseshoe courts, a ro...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
Hannaford Woods - Nickels Farm Forest Preserve Hannaford Woods - Nickels Farm Forest Preserve
Hannaford Woods is considered as part of Bliss Woods-Waubonsee College, open space assemblage lying just west of Aurora's expanding boundaries and...View Details
Harris Forest Preserve Harris Forest Preserve
Harris is one of Kendall County’s most popular preserves. Harboring seven picnic shelters, a lake, horse arena, baseball diamond and sled hill, ...View Details
Hoover Forest Preserve & Rentals Hoover Forest Preserve & Rentals
At just under 400 acres, located west of Yorkville and stretching for nearly a mile along the Fox River the 5.5 mile upgraded trail system leads visit...View Details
Hudson Crossing Park Hudson Crossing Park
Enjoy this scenic park, beautifully situated on the Fox River. This green space has sheltered picnic areas, a playground, a sandbox, sculptures a...View Details
Hupp Skate Park Hupp Skate Park
The Fox Valley Park District skate parks are environments built for skateboarding, roller skating and biking. The quarter pipes, handrails, ramps and ...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
Jericho Lake Disc Golf Course Jericho Lake Disc Golf Course
Home of the Fox Valley Metro Disc Golf Club. ...View Details
Keller's Farmstand Oswego Keller's Farmstand Oswego
Family farmstand growing high-quality flowers, sweet corn, vegetables, apples, and pumpkins for five generations. Keller's Oswego Farmstand has a ...View Details
Les Arends Forest Preserve Les Arends Forest Preserve
This small preserve in Batavia has a special focus on the river and the Fox River Trail. It is located on the river just below an old broken dam, whic...View Details
Lippold Park Lippold Park
A 30-acre natural area tucked between the Fox River and Route 25, just north of Red Oak Nature Center – is being developed in phases as an ...View Details
Maramech Forest Preserve Maramech Forest Preserve
86-acre preserve of northern flatlands with diverse native flora and unique vegetation....View Details
Marge Cline Whitewater Course Marge Cline Whitewater Course
The paddling community is all abuzz about the Marge Cline Whitewater Course. This new, state of Illinois recreational facility is centrally located in...View Details
McCarty Park McCarty Park
Aurora’s first park recently underwent a $700,000 renovation and now features an interactive fountain & splash pad in which to cool off in t...View Details
McCullough Park McCullough Park
Located at the corner of North Lake Street and Illinois Avenue, beside Prisco Community Center. Fox River Trail passes through it and it is also the l...View Details
Montgomery Park Montgomery Park
Montgomery Park is located in downtown Montgomery and has a playground and picnic area with a pavillion. It is also the setting of free summer co...View Details
Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Oakhurst Trail & Patterson Lake Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Oakhurst Trail & Patterson Lake
Explore the acres of woods and lakes, with scenic trails, shelters and beautiful views of Aurora and surrounding areas. Premier example of environment...View Details
Oswego Cyclery Oswego Cyclery
You can depend on Oswego Cyclery’s trained expertise to assist you in purchasing and maintaining the best cycle for your needs. They are full se...View Details
Pedal & Spoke Pedal & Spoke
Bicycles for sale, bike repair and accessories. See their web site for the latest ride: Pastry-Brest-Pastry and Werewolf Rides....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
Phillips Park Phillips Park
Located on over 325 acres, popular attractions include the Mastodon Visitors Center, the gorgeous Sunken Garden, an 18-hole golf course/driving range,...View Details
Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center
Co-owned with the City of Aurora this family-friendly aquatic center features zero depth entry leisure pool, two drop-off slides, twisting enclosed bo...View Details
Pioneer Park Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park is located on Route 30 at the far west end of the village, adjacent to the Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School is a nostalgic villag...View Details
Plano Synergy Outlet Store Plano Synergy Outlet Store
Plano Synergy is a wholesale distributor, whose foundation is built on a dream and a passion for the outdoors. As a newly created family of high perfo...View Details
Plowman's Park Plowman's Park
Rural park with buildings and mini train track. Location of the annual Big Rock Plowing Match. Photo credit: Joshua Schultz....View Details
Prairie Path Cycles Prairie Path Cycles
Bicyle retail and repair shop....View Details
Prairie Point Community Park Prairie Point Community Park
Park features over 66 acres for soccer, football, basketball, lighted softball/baseball fields, sand volleyball, skate park, shelter, walking trail, s...View Details
PrairieFest Park PrairieFest Park
Home to the PrairieFest annual festival, this 29-acre park offers soccer fields and open green space....View Details
Raging Waves Waterpark Raging Waves Waterpark
At Raging Waves, you'll find 58 acres of family-friendly water attractions. With 32 different waterslides, experience gravity-defying thrills on r...View Details
Red Oak Nature Center Red Oak Nature Center
Nestled on the east bank of the Fox River, the Red Oak Nature Center (On Route 25, one mile north of Route 56 • 630-897-1808) is surrounded by 40...View Details
Richard Young Forest Preserve Richard Young Forest Preserve
Richard Young Forest Preserve and the adjacent Lyon Forest Preserve protect 177 acres of open space, and 2.88 miles of trails. The shelter at Richard ...View Details
Riemenschneider Fire and Spray Park Riemenschneider Fire and Spray Park
It's time to SPLASH and have a BLAST this Summer! Yorkville's water spray park is open from 10 am - 7 pm Memorial Day to Labor Day (weather pe...View Details
RiverEdge Park RiverEdge Park
RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., in downtown Aurora, Illinois, is an idyllic outdoor summer concert venue, serving up live music, delicious festiv...View Details
Riverfront Park Riverfront Park
Enjoy a free live, evening concert while relaxing by North Aurora's beautiful Riverfront Park. Bring your lawn chair, blanket and picnic basket or...View Details
Rocktown Adventures Rocktown Adventures
Rocktown Adventures is a specialty outdoor retailer and adventure club. They offer sales, rentals, lessons, guided trips and related apparel for kayak...View Details
Saw Wee Kee Park Saw Wee Kee Park
Riverside wildlife park with water activities and multi-use trails for BMX and mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and more. If mountain bi...View Details
Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area
A pool of clear bubbling water sparkles like silver at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area, the host location each year for Northern Illinois ...View Details
Solfisburg Park Solfisburg Park
Solfisburg Park, at Ohio Street and Indian Avenue, provides one Little League field (Frett), one Pony League field (Lancaster) and one Legion League f...View Details
Splash Country Water Park Splash Country Water Park
Spend a fun-filled day at Splash Country Water Park. This deluxe water park features six-lane zero-depth pool with children’s play features, the...View Details
Spring Bluff Nursery Spring Bluff Nursery
U-pick Christmas trees, fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs, honey, pumpkins, harvest decorations, nursery/greenhouse for over 160 years and six ge...View Details
Steven G. Bridge Park Steven G. Bridge Park
3 lit baseball diamonds with clay infields -up to 90’ bases. Concession stand, bathrooms, shelter and picnic area. Parking for 150 cars....View Details
Stuart Sports Complex Stuart Sports Complex
As one of the largest sports complexes in the Midwest Stuart Sports Complex is a premier location for hosting local regional and national tournaments....View Details
Subat Forest Preserve Subat Forest Preserve
Subat is a 71-acre preserve located 4845 Eldamain Road, Plano, south of Route 34. A picnic shelter, trails and an overlook deck allow the visitor to e...View Details
The Archery Place The Archery Place
The Archery Place is a 48 target, dual archery facility, retail and repair shop, plus offers compound bow classes, recurve, compound, and crossbow ren...View Details
The Growing Place The Growing Place
Started from bare ground in 1989, The Growing Place has grown into a garden oasis for all who visit. The trees are maturing and the gardens are thrivi...View Details
Veterans Memorial Island Park Veterans Memorial Island Park
Remember the Veterans at this beautiful scenic island overlooking the majestic Fox River....View Details
Veterans Memorial Walk Veterans Memorial Walk
It’s a humbling experience to take the Veterans Memorial Walk in downtown Oswego. The Walk stretches from just outside the downtown Oswego Publi...View Details
Virgil L. Gilman Trail Virgil L. Gilman Trail
This trail is 9 miles from Ohio Street, south of Montgomery, northwest to Bliss Woods on Bliss Road, north of Sugar Grove. The Fox River is crossed on...View Details
Volunteer Park Volunteer Park
Three baseball fields, paved pathway and native plantings. Location of the annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil festival and fireworks. ...View Details
Waubonsie Lake Park & Trail Waubonsie Lake Park & Trail
Waubonsie Lake Park is an outdoor gem. A winding paved trail encircles a beautiful lake. Amenities include modern pavilion, playground, trails, restro...View Details
West Main Community Park West Main Community Park
58 acres with baseball and softball fields, two basketball courts, hiking or running trails, roller hockey court and 100-car parking lot....View Details
Wilbert Walters Park Wilbert Walters Park
1/2 block south of Illinois Avenue, between Highland Avenue and May Street. • 5 acres, • 4 informal ball fields, • Sand volleyball court, • Bas...View Details
Wilder Park Wilder Park
In 1839, this land was donated to the Town of West Aurora by Roswell Wilder, a well-known hotel-keeper for the “town square.” Roswell and ...View Details
Windy City Soaring Windy City Soaring
Windy City Soaring Association is a non-profit organization (club) dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of soaring (flying sailplanes aka gliders)...View Details
Woody's Orchard & Family Fun Farm Woody's Orchard & Family Fun Farm
Woody's is filled with activities for all ages, with fun farm features for kids including cedar playhouses, wooden tractors, duck races, hamster r...View Details
Yak Shack Yak Shack
Yak Shack makes paddling possible. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner looking for lessons or an expert looking to gear up, they've got...View Details

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