Nature & The Outdoors

DuPage is a sought out urban escape for outdoor enthusiasts, and there’s good reason why. Studies show that spending time outdoors has a positive effect on your mood, your physical response to your environment, and your overall well-being. More importantly, studies show that the very act of being barefoot in contact with grass or soil helps release tension and spending just 10 minutes a day outdoors can prolong your life and make you feel more connected with yourself and the world around you. So, whether you’re into kayaking, snowshoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, or simply walking – we invite you to venture outdoors in DuPage. #DuMoreAdventuring Explore our Nature & Outdoor venues!


Naperville Riverwalk
Urban Escapes

It’s well known that spending time outdoors has a positive effect on our health – physically and mentally. Whether seeking serenity or adventure, you will find your place of restoration in DuPage County, with nearly 500 miles of recreational trails, and a myriad of classes and excursions. DuPage is your destination for a dose of nature – 365 days a year....

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Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum

Journey through the far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Marvel at 15- to 30-foot-tall (and one 60-foot long) sculptures that have been created to serve as guardians of the forest. ...

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Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society

Open daily to inspire guests through extraordinary connections with animals, nature and each other. Brookfield Zoo features more than 216-acres and mo...More!

Cantigny Park

This 500-acre park offers vast formal gardens, picnic grounds, a top-ranked public golf course and two museums: Robert R. McCormick Museum and First D...More!

Centennial Beach

Jump into summer fun at Centennial Beach! Four shaded acres, sand beach, water play features, diving complex & water depths catering to swimmers of al...More!

Cosley Zoo

Cosley Zoo exhibits native Illinois wildlife and domestic farm animals in an accessible manner for children. The zoo is open year-round and also featu...More!

DuPage County Trail System

DuPage County has 490 miles of recreational trails for cyclists, hikers, runners and equestrians. Trails scenically pass through forests, farms and do...More!

Fischer Farm

The Bensenville Park District and the DuPage County Forest Preserve have been working to restore this property and land. Fischer Farm is believed to ...More!

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Get your daily dose of nature at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. We offer 60 forest preserves and five education facilities. Visit onli...More!

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

A 226 acre Forest Preserve offering visitors and residents 6 miles of trails, historic buildings, a nature center and outdoor recreational opportuniti...More!

Illinois Prairie Path

The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) was the first successful "rail-to-trail" conversion in the United States and inspired a national rail-to-trail movemen...More!

Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge

Designed by architect, R. Harold Zook and built in 1927, the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge is located on 52 beautiful acres of woodland, a perfect se...More!

Mayslake Peabody Estate

Tour Mayslake Hall, a Tudor Revival style mansion, once owned by coal baron F.S. Peabody. Witness restoration in progress at this nationally registere...More!

Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower

The Millennium Carillon, a unique musical instrument consisting of 72 bells, is one of only four Grand Carillons in the world. Carillonneurs from arou...More!

Naper Settlement -- Outdoor History Museum

History comes to play at Naper Settlement, a 12-acre museum village with 30 historic structures, including a Victorian mansion, fort, chapel, one-room...More!

Paradise Bay Water Park

Check out the Lombard Park District's award-winning aquatic facility! State-of-the-art amenities are endless and include a 140,000-gallon leisure pool...More!

Raging Waves Waterpark

Outrageous Fun Awaits at Raging Waves -Illinois' Largest Waterpark! In Yorkville, IL - just minutes southwest of the Aurora Outlet Mall - 45 acres o...More!

Sheldon Peck Homestead

The home of nationally-known folk art painter Sheldon Peck, this 1839 house is listed on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Fre...More!

The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is the champion of trees, a living museum and scientific center that is also an engaging 1,700-acre garden that protects trees an...More!




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