Find an energy in DuPage that feeds health and happiness, especially as spring brings new life, beautiful greenery and a renewed sense of adventure. 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. And with these all being free, you can truly DuMore in DuPage.
- Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
DuPage is a recreational playground, and at its core are the forest preserves. With numerous locations each with their own terrain and varying activities, create your list of must-see preserves and start taking in the beautiful landscapes, pathways and manicured gardens. With plenty of opportunities for exploration, your wallet will be happy as will your mind – we know how important nature remains to finding peace and balance now and after the pandemic.
- 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
Open May 14 through August 29, 2021 - To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA exhibit, organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, highlights how the beloved beagle and Peanuts characters became ambassadors for the U.S. space program. Displays feature a 1969 series of NASA-themed comic strips, photographs, video footage, and reproductions of artifacts from the Schulz Museum’s collection. Reservations are required for a free timed one-hour ticket with a limit of 15 people per hour, five people per group, and masks required.
- 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. Let the kids 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 of this timeless estate and tranquil setting. The new Fountain Garden is considered the crown jewel and centerpiece of the spectacular grounds. Walk through 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 and head out for an adventure that will have you feeling rejuvenated.
- Lilacia Park
May 1 through May 16, 2021, Lilacia Park will celebrate Lilac Time, the magnificent blooming of 25,000 tulips which complement the park’s historic draw: 700 lilacs. This 8.5-acre horticultural showcase is an annual tradition, in which the Village of Lombard takes great pride. Guests are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines to ensure the park can remain open to all who want to appreciate the display.
*Please plan ahead. Visit websites for current hours of operation, safety guidelines, and ticketing information (where applicable).