Fun this Summer in Aurora, Illinois by Alex Lee
If you are looking for some
fun activities for the whole family to round out the summer, I have assembled
a top ten list of places to go to have some fun. As a local Aurora Illinois
resident, all of these activities often make up a yearly outing for my
family. If you are interesting in the Aurora area, you can also visit my
website to find out more about the Aurora Community.
10. Enjoy the benefit of
outlet shopping at the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall in Aurora. This mall
has it all! Located at 1650 Premium Outlets Boulevard. Just exit the I-88
tollway to Farnsworth Avenue North.
9. Cool off from the heat
by taking in an IMAX movie at the Randall 15 IMAX movie theater. This Goodrich
movie theater is located at 500 N. Randall Road in Batavia.
8. Investigate the history
of Aurora and other surrounding area fire departments, at the Aurora Regional
Fire Museum. This museum is located at 53 North Broadway in downtown Aurora.
The museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00-4:00.
7. Take a Metra train trip
to downtown Chicago in the summer. The BNSF Railway Line will take you
directly into the heart of downtown Chicago at Union Station. Hop a free
trolley from Union Station to a variety of fun locations downtown, such
as the museum campus or Navy Pier. Go to the Metra website to find your
nearest train station
6. Take a break from cooking
a hot meal in your kitchen and explore the fresh fruits and vegetables
at the local Farmers Markets this summer. Kane county Farmers Markets are
found in Aurora, Batavia, Elgin, Geneva, St. Charles and Sugar Grove. DuPage
county Farmers Markets can be located in the towns of Naperville, Lombard,
Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove and Lisle.
5. Visit the SciTech Hands-On
Museum in Aurora - SciTech's mission is to engage people in experiencing
and learning science and technology in a fun and interactive way. This
fun museum is located at 18 W. Benton Street in Aurora.
4. Explore small quaint shops
in the Fox Valley. Naperville, Geneva and St. Charles are just a few of
the many great cities in our area that exhibit the small hometown feel
with their downtown shopping opportunities. History, charm and treasures
await your next shopping adventure in these local venues.
3. The Naper Settlement offers
history and fun in Naperville. Located at 523 S. Webster St. in downtown
Naperville, the Naper Settlement is a museum village of 19th century homes,
shops and public buildings that exhibit a collection of historical facts
and furnishings. Visit their website or call the Settlement at 630-420-6010
2. Visit the Philips Park
Zoo for free! This zoo features Bald Eagles, Gray Wolves, Cougars, a Fox,
an Arctic Fox, a Platinum Red Fox, North American River Otters, Llamas
and a lot more. The Philips Park Zoo is located at 901 Ray Moses Drive
1. Water parks! There is
no better way to cool off from the summer heat than in a family fun water
park. Fortunately, you do not have to travel far to find relief, as the
Fox Valley Park District sponsors two local parks. Splash Country Water
Park is located at 195 S. Barnes Road in Aurora and the Philips Park Aquatic
Center is located at 828 Montgomery Road in Aurora. These parks feature
pools, water slides and fun for the whole family.