Looking for some fun family activities to round out the summer? We’ve assembled a list of places to go in the Aurora area for some great family fun and entertainment. As an Aurora Illinois resident, all of these activities make the yearly list of outings for the whole family. If you’re interested in moving to the Aurora area, you can use this list to learn more about our local community.
Enjoy the benefit of outdoor 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 on Farnsworth Avenue and it’s just South of the tollway.
In addition to the Outlet Mall, and the Fox Valley Mall, there are plenty of small quaint shops in the Fox Valley area. Aurora, Naperville, Geneva, Batavia, 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.
Catch a Movie
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.
Visit our Museums
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.
You can also 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.
Another great local attraction is the Naper Settlement which 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.
The Aurora to Downtown Train
Take a Metra train trip to downtown Chicago in the summer. The BNSF Railway Line will take you directly to 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 Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, the Field Museum, or Navy Pier. Go to the Metra website to find your nearest train station
Enjoy Fresh Fruit
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.
There is no better way to cool off from the summer heat than in a family fun water park. Fortunately, you do not need 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 family which you will enjoy all time during your stay.
Have questions or looking for a particular family activity? Let us know and we’ll include it in our list!