Staying close to home but still looking for a renewed sense of adventure? You can DuMore in DuPage. DuPage delivers much needed space and small, yet unique, offerings. We’ve compiled an enticing list – a little something for everyone depending on your comfort zone. Find warmth in the comfortingly familiar, and delight in the completely unexpected.
- Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
With its numerous locations to walk, jog or cycle while taking in the beautiful summer foliage, pathways, and manicured gardens, this recreational playground offers plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors while pursuing health and wellness. Find your inner peace and life balance today.
- Stroll our Charming Downtowns
Main Street is alive and well in DuPage – with picture-perfect charm. We welcome you to shop local! Our businesses are the fabric of our communities, set amidst brick-paved walkways and beautiful tree-lined streets. Take a stroll and enjoy local award-winning restaurants, inviting outdoor patios, boutiques, bookstores, and old-fashioned ice cream stores. There are plenty of pedestrian-friendly and easily accessible shopping destinations in DuPage County. Even better - parking is free!
- Elmhurst History Museum
Now open through October 11, 2020 - The Great Midwestern Road Trip exhibit takes you on a nostalgic journey to explore the classic Midwest summer vacation experience. See the iconic destinations Chicago area families visited and encountered along the way following World War II through the 1970s. View family photographs, videos, scrapbooks, road signs, kitschy souvenirs, travel gear, and more. Reservations are required for a free timed one-hour ticket with a limit of 15 people per hour touring the Museum.
- Naperville Riverwalk
Explore 1.75 miles of brick paths, wood covered bridges, outdoor bronze sculptures and artwork, a child’s dream playground, and historic memorials. Spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic under a shady tree while watching the activities along the Riverwalk. Birdwatch or lay on the cool green grass and relax with a good book.
- Ty Warner Park
Explore the great outdoors at Ty Warner Park. Grab the tennis rackets and play a few matches. Play a game of volleyball in the sand court. Have the kiddos get some needed exercise on the giant playground. Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the walking path. Play some catch and practice batting on the baseball field. There are plenty of activities to experience at this park.
- Cantigny Park
Soak up the splendor and tranquility of nature. The Fountain Garden, an anticipated element of Project New Leaf is now open and is considered the crown jewel and centerpiece of the spectacular grounds. Walkthrough the park’s extraordinary garden vignettes and savor the elements breathing new life and perspective to this beautiful 500-acre landscape. Cantigny Park is without a doubt a special gem of DuPage County. *Admission free - $5 Parking fee
- Illinois Prairie Path
DuPage is home to the first successful rail-to-trail conversion in the United States – the Illinois Prairie Path (IPP). The path spans over 40 miles in DuPage, and it is a main artery connecting communities, quaint downtowns, forest preserves and recreational trails. Hop on the trail and enjoy a section of path, or embark on a longer journey as the IPP connects to the Great Western Trail to make a full loop.
- DuPage River
This is one of DuPage County’s surprisingly natural setting in the suburbs. The river flows calmly through scenic forest preserves with several easy access launch areas. The West Branch of the river provides a peaceful kayaking experience. On foot or boat, fishing is permitted along both West and East branches of the DuPage River. Pack a picnic, gather up the kiddos, load up the car and head out for an adventure that will have you feeling rejuvenated.
- Sheldon Peck Homestead, Lombard History Museum
Re-opening on July 7, 2020, The Sheldon Peck Homestead built in 1839, is the oldest house in Lombard and was originally home to Sheldon Peck, a nationally-known folk artist and abolitionist. The home is registered on the National Park Network to Freedom as a verified stop on the Underground Railroad. Step into the humble abode and learn about the life of Sheldon Peck as you tour each room. The local landmark hosts outreach and educational programs and is a must experience for kids. A small parking lot is on the property along with street parking as an option.
*Please plan ahead. Visit websites for current hours of operation, social distancing and mask guidelines, and ticketing information (where applicable).