Spring is just around the corner! After this year’s incessant
snowfall, not to mention the polar vortex, we didn’t think warmer weather would
ever get here! Knowing Chicagoland weather there is still a chance of snow in
the upcoming weeks, but for the most part it seems like temperatures are
finally starting to trend up. No need to stay cooped up in your apartment any
longer! Check out these Naperville and DuPage County outdoor locations and
activities to do this spring.
Want to enjoy nature without
having to deal with everything that comes with hiking? The Naperville River
Walk is for you! Walk up and down 1.75 miles of brick paths featuring
fountains, bridges, outdoor sculpture and artwork, memorials, and meeting and
event places. Created to commemorate Naperville’s 150th anniversary
in 1981, it has offered beauty and tranquility along the West Branch of the
DuPage River ever since.
Established in 1969 by the
Naperville Heritage Society, Naper Settlement is an outdoor history museum fit for
the whole family. It’s located in downtown Naperville and has 12 acres of
learning and interactive opportunities. Become immersed in history and learn how
the past relates to the present, from pioneer times to today. Stop by this
weekend and experience what brings nearly 150,000 guests every year to
Carillon in Moser Tower
If you want a truly spectacular
view, climb the 253 steps to the top of the majestic Millennium Carillon in
Moser Tower. If you go on a clear day you’ll even be able to see the Chicago Skyline
in the distance. Only one of 600 carillons worldwide, Naperville’s is the
fourth largest and was built to commemorate the new millennium in the year
2000. The visitor center is only open late-April through late-October, so it’s
the perfect place to celebrate the arrival of spring!
Are you an animal lover? If so,
take a short drive to Glen Ellyn to the Willowbrook Wildlife Center! Located in
the Willowbrook Forest Preserve, the Wildlife Center is a rehabilitation
facility that cares for injured and orphaned wild animals. They also serve as a
resource to help DuPage County’s residents live in harmony with local wildlife.
A great place for animal lovers of all ages, you can get a peek into the
kitchen and nursery as well as outdoor exhibits, a butterfly garden, and nature
Glen Forest Preserve
Regarded as one of the most
ecologically impressive areas in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County,
the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is 2,503 acres of native plants, savannas,
woodlands, and (unsurprisingly) waterfalls. The gently rolling to hilly terrain
offers trails for hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders, not to mention the picturesque
Rocky Glen waterfall and Sawmill Creek bluff overlook.
What are some of your favorite Naperville spots to enjoy
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