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 Discover DuPage.

  1. 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. Popular Forest Preserves in DuPage include, but are not limited to Danada Equestrian Center; Fullersburg Woods; Kline Creek Farm, Mayslake Peabody Estate, and St. James Farm. 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 in your daily life.

     
  2. 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!

     
  3. Elmhurst History Museum
    Visit this award-winning regional history museum and be engaged in history through an extensive collection of archives, enlightening exhibits and diverse educational experiences. Visit the new exhibit; People of the Prairie: 12,000 Years in DuPage County. The exhibit shares the story of the Native people who lived in DuPage from an archeological perspective. The Elmhurst History Museum is located in a historically significant landmark known as the Glos Mansion, the former home of Elmhurst’s first village president, Henry Glos, and his wife, Lucy.

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  4. 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. After enjoying the sights and sounds of the Riverwalk, head into the bustling downtown featuring restaurants, unique boutiques, coffee shops, bookstores and more.

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  5. 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.

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  6. Cantigny Park
    Cantigny Park is the former estate of Chicago millionaire, Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Step into the First Division Museum and be immersed in the history of the U.S. Army’s famed 1st Infantry Division. Be captured by the sights, sounds and soldiers’ stories from the First World War through a virtual reality experience. Outside, explore the iconic tank park featuring 100 years of armor and walk through the park and gardens for a sensual delight. There’s no looking past the beautiful 500-acre landscape. Cantigny is a special gem of DuPage County. *Admission free - $5 Parking fee

     
  7. 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.
     
  8. 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.
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  9. Lilac Time Festival, 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).