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Where 2 play in the Aurora Area


OUTDOR RECREATION


Aurora Riverfront


Pedestrian walks and bike paths along the Fox River and Stolp Island, public sculptures and heritage signs, access to Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, RiverEdge Park, Hollywood Casino, museums, shops, fine and casual dining. auroradowntown.org


Batavia Riverwalk Centerpiece of downtown Batavia. 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia 630.879.5235 bataviaparks.org


Batavia Skate Park 411 S. River St., Batavia 630.879.5235 bataviaparks.org


Beecher Community Park Baseball fields, playground and picnic area. 901 Game Farm Rd., Yorkville 630.553.2582 yorkville.il.us


Ben’s Giant Pumpkins Giant pumpkins, heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, berries and fall decorations. Open seasonally. 43W200 Jericho Rd., Sugar Grove 630.466.1331


bensgiantpumpkins.com


Bicentennial Riverfront Park Overlooks the Marge Cline Whitewater Course and the Glen D. Palmer Dam. 301 E. Hydraulic St., Yorkville 630.553.4350 yorkville.il.us


Big Rock Forest Preserve Wooded trails and stone quarry lake. Horseback, fish, canoe and kayak.


46W072 Jericho Rd., Big Rock 630.232.5980 kaneforest.com


Discover wetlands, Fox River shoreline and special events year-round. 630.897.1808


foxvalleyparkdistrict.org


Bliss Woods Forest Preserve Rare geologic feature, the last remnant of the Kaneville Esker, a snaking ridge formed by a glacier. Trails, shelters. 5S660 Bliss Rd. at Rt. 47, Sugar Grove 630.232.5980 kaneforest.com


Dick Young/Nelson Lake Marsh Nature Preserve Nelson Lake Marsh, nature preserve, equestrian trails. Nelson Lake Rd. (West of Randall Rd.), Batavia 630.232.5980 kaneforest.com


Fermilab Science & nature at its best! The only lab of its kind in the world that is free and open to the public. Performing arts and lectures. Self-guided tours. Groups by appointment. Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia 630.840.3000 fnal.gov


Fox River Trail 43 miles of scenic trails either side of the Fox River in Aurora, North Aurora and Batavia and on the east side of the river in Montgomery. 630.897.0516 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org


Hall Quarry Beach Zero-depth sand beach, two islands, youth water slide, drop slide and diving tower. 400 S. Water St., Batavia 630.406.5275 bataviaparks.org


Hannaford Woods – Nickels Farm Forest Preserve Bike and nature trails, nature preserve and picnic areas. Merrill Rd., 1 mile east of Rt. 47, Sugar Grove kaneforest.com


20 Aurora Area Go Guide


Nature Center North Aurora


Red Oak


Harris Forest Preserve Lake, horse arena, picnic shelters, sled hill, baseball diamond. 10460 Rt. 71, west of Rt. 47, Yorkville


630.232.5980 co.kendall.il.us


Harvey Creek Conservation Area Wetlands, prairie grasses, trail, bridge, picnic shelter, interpretative signs. ADA accessible. 1025 Lions Rd., Sandwich 815.786.8044 sandwichparkdistrict.org


Hide-A-Way Lakes Recreational Park & Campground Secluded wetlands surrounded by lakes. 8045 Van Emmon Rd., Yorkville 630.553.6323 hideawaylakes.com


Hoover Forest Preserve Trail, scenic overlooks, oak- wooded bluffs, steep ravines, unique prairie remnants, educational center, recreated Pottawatomi Village. 11285 Fox Rd., Yorkville 630.553.4025 co.kendall.il.us


Hupp Skate Park 2390 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora foxvalleyparkdistrict.org


Illinois Prairie Path Red Oak 16-mile loop, includes Fox River Trail, Illinois Prairie path Aurora and Batavia branches. Batavia, North Aurora and Aurora 630.897.0516 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org


Larson’s Family Farm Pumpkins, gourds, hayrack rides and home décor in the fall and cut your own Christmas tree in winter. 4404 Somonauk Rd., Sandwich 815.786.2249 larsonfamilyfarm.com


Les Arends Forest Preserve Wooded preserve on the Fox River Trail. Picnic, fish, hike. 2S731 Rt. 31, Batavia 630.232.5980 kaneforest.com


Maramech Forest Preserve Northern flatlands with diverse native flora and vegetation. 14780 Griswold Springs Rd., Plano 630.553.4131 co.kendall.il.us


Marge Cline Whitewater Course Whitewater paddle destination featuring 1,100 feet of whitewater, scenic river walk and picturesque bridge. Bicentennial Riverfront Park and Fox River Water Trail. 301 E. Hydraulic St., Yorkville 630.553.4357 yorkville.il.us


McCarty Park Aurora’s first park features an interactive fountain. 350 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora 630.256.3730 aurora-il.org


Milestone Park & Skate Park Softball, tee ball, tennis, playground, skate/BMX, splash pad. 1375 North Castle St., Sandwich 815.786.8044 sandwichparkdistrict.org


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