Explore the natural beauty of the Northern Fox River Valley in Illinois. Parks, trails nature centers and forest preserves nestle along the beautiful Fox River, and you can bike or hike along the river on 36 miles of trails. Discover the rural charm of the Northern Fox River Valley’s at farms and stables, or take the children to one of our family friendly attractions and entertainment centers
Disc Golf at Rolling Knolls Forest Preserve
Bluff Spring Fen
Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary
Hampshire Forest Preserve
Bartlett Nature Center
Bowes Creek Greenway Forest Preserve
Bowes Creek Wood Forest Preserve
Brunner Family Forest Preserve
Burnidge Forest Preserve
Cardinal Creek Forest Preserve
Eagles Forest Preserve
Santa’s Village Azoozement and Water Park
Binnie Forest Preserve
Randall Oaks Park
Villa Olivia Winter Sports
The Pumpkin Wagon
Do you have fall on your mind? Come out and see over 30 different kinds of pumpkins, gourds & squash, along with corn shocks, broom corn, mums, straw, and fall decor. All our products are grown right here in Elgin on our family farm. If you are interested in working with us on a large… Read more »
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch – Pingree Grove
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch is a 200 acre farm that is open to the public in mid August when our U-Pick fields open. In late September, we open as a fun fall festival for the family. Goebbert’s has been in the farm market business since 1948. George Goebbert started a roadside vegetable stand in Arlington Heights… Read more »
Enjoy Pioneer Farm
Pumpkins, Fun, Free Admission. Grab a wagon and pick your own pumpkins from the 2 acre field. Also winter squash, gourds, specialty pumpkins, cornstalks and straw bales. Pre-picked pumpkins are in the farmyard for your convenience. Also eggs, meat.
Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions. Judson offers degrees in more than 50 different majors/minors for traditional, graduate, and adult students.
The Hemmens Cultural Center
Located in the Center City area along the banks of Elgin’s award-winning Riverwalk, The Hemmens Cultural Center is the cornerstone of Elgin’s growing arts community.
Hemmens Cultural Center
The Hemmens Cultural Center offers Chicagoland a 1,200 seat acoustical gem that Harry Belafonte described as a “jewel”.
Designed in 1950 by renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Muirhead Farmhouse is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime.
Arts in Bartlett Center for the Arts
The purpose of Arts in Bartlett is to improve the community by providing access to the arts.
Serosun Farms is a Premier Luxury Home Agrihood Community
Elgin Farmers Market
The Elgin Farmers Market is a large open air fresh market that takes place every year from early June through early October. Shoppers can find fresh locally grown produce and other locally sourced fare like, fresh honey! You can also find body care products, baked good and items for your pet. The Elgin Farmers Market… Read more »
NENA Butterfly Garden
The NENA Butterfly Garden is located at the corner of Ann Street and Douglas Avenue in the northeast neighborhood. Formally a vacant lot, volunteers and local residents worked with the City of Elgin to create a natural, tranquil, and butterfly friendly space for the entire neighborhood to enjoy. The project was built in 2008, and funded through… Read more »
Fox River Shores Forest Preserve
Lush riverside nature preserve featuring a boat launch, bike trail & a picnic shelter.
Fox Valley Trolley Museum
The Fox River Trolley Museum offers a great educational experience for visitors to learn about the old-time trolley car and also experience it. They also have special events throughout the summer and fall season to create great, fun atmospheres for the whole family to enjoy.
Goat Yoga at Reverse the Kerrs Farm allows you the opportunity to be one with nature, one with goats, and one with your soul. We are a unique farm in that we sit on the edge of a beautiful wetland full of a variety of birds and other wildlife that provide a beautiful chorus of sounds… Read more »
Elgin Bike Hub
Elgin Bike Hub is a community oriented project to support and grow bike riding for transportation and recreation in Elgin. They accomplish this through bike rides and bike education events. Elgin Bike Hub is a project to support the bike riders and bike culture of Elgin. Bikes can change the world and Elgin can be… Read more »
South Elgin Canoe
Canoe & Kayak Rentals on the Fox River. Our unguided 6.5 mile trip begins below the dam in South Elgin and ends at Ferson Creek Park in St. Charles (1 mile north of route 64 on route 31). A great trip for families, friends and groups up to 20! Rental includes a canoe, paddles, life… Read more »
Disc Golf at Randall Oaks Park
Disc golf is one of today’s fastest growing sports! Disc golf is similar to regular golf; however, instead of using golf clubs and balls aiming for a hole, disc golf players use golf discs and aim for a disc pole hole, a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the… Read more »
Huffman Park Splash Pad
Dundee Township Park District is committed to providing quality park areas, facilities and services for the present and future benefit and enjoyment of our entire community. For more information visit our website: www.dtpd.org Rakow Center 665 Barrington Ave. Carpentersville, IL 60110 (847) 428-7131 x1101 Randall Oaks Recreation Center 500 N. Randall Rd. West Dundee, IL 60118… Read more »
Santa’s Village Azoosment & Water Park
Santa’s Village Azoosment Park is Chicagoland’s place for families to have fun! Located in west suburban Chicago we feature lots of rides for kids and families, petting zoo loaded with animals, and edutainment where we feature shows about the animals and other entertaining things! Santa’s Village Azoosment Park is open May thru December.
Randall Oaks Zoo
Situated at the top of a hill, Randall Oaks Zoo offers a variety of kid-friendly farm animals for viewing, petting and feeding. A stroll through the barn gives visitors an opportunity to meet alpacas, goats and a few of our other animal friends. Some highlights of the zoo include: cows, mini horses, a Clydesdale, sheep,… Read more »
We are Chicagoland’s premier paintball theme park! Located under 40 minutes West of Chicago, we are housed within the historic Santa’s Village Amusement Park that you all remember from our childhoods. Numerous fields (many based on video games) plus laser tag, indoor speedball & a bar with TVs. Now share new memories with your family… Read more »
The Elgin School District U-46 Planetarium began life as the Elgin National Watch Company Observatory. It was in 1959 that the Elgin National Watch Company donated its observatory to the Elgin U-46 School District. The school district added a planetarium to the facility in 1963, making it the first school system in the state of… Read more »
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to enjoy rich fall colors, snow-frosted trees, spring wildflowers, summer amphibians, and an ever changing host of birds near the pond, in the woods, or even from the comfort of the nature center. The 67-acre natural area that flanks both sides of Brookside Drive has a wheelchair… Read more »
Lords Park Zoo
Located on Elgin’s east side, at the south end of Lords Park, the zoo has had a long history and has undergone many changes. Currently, the fenced in outdoor area includes: Buffalo, Elk, and White Tail Deer, which can be seen all year long. During the summer the farm zoo will open to provide visitors… Read more »
Pro Boxing Fitness – Elgin
Downtown Elgin’s exclusive boxing gym provides training in Olympic style boxing, as well as Insanity, Yoga, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Strength & Conditioning and Personal Training. With programs designed for men, women and children of all fitness levels, everyone will experience an unmatched workout while perfecting their fighting skills.
Fox Valley Bicycle & Ski Club
The Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club (FVBSC) is centered in the beautiful Fox River Valley region of Northeastern Illinois. Located thirty miles west of Chicago, the FVBSC provides a focal point for group bicycling and skiing activities for the communities in, and surrounding the Tri-Cities of St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia. The club enjoys… Read more »
Kayak Myak Rentals
Kayak rentals on the beautiful Fox River, 3 trips to choose from. Relax and enjoy yourself as you paddle down the Fox and become one with nature.
The Highlands of Elgin
The original nine holes flow over beautiful rolling terrain, creating a diverse collection of holes. The new nine holes reclaim an old stone quarry, and take maximum advantage of the unique and dramatic landforms that were left behind, including a twelve acre quarry lake. Four holes hug the top of the bluff thirty to forty… Read more »
Dundee Township Park District
The Dundee Township Park District, located in Kane County, Illinois serves the communities of Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, and portions of Algonquin, Gilberts, Elgin, Barrington Hills and Hoffman Estates. This is the location of the administration building.
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Our goal is to preserve and restore the nature of Kane County, Illinois. Nature is our business.
Dundee Township Visitors Center
The best rest stop on the Fox River trail! Stop in and say hi. Free maps, water, and smiles, plus snacks and t-shirts for sale.
Bartlett Park District
Winter Skiing at Villa Olivia or Golfing in the Spring, Banquet Facilities, Bartlett Aquatic Center.
City of Elgin Parks & Recreation Foundation
From award-winning golf course to open parks, City of Elgin Parks & Recreation Foundation has something for everyone.
Trout Park Baseball
Providing an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for amateur baseball while promoting healthy competition, positive sportsmanship and community enhancement.
Celebrating 50 years in the bowling business. League and open bowling, billards, bar with video gaming, game room and snack bar. Group and fundraiser rates available. Birthday party packages.
Naper Settlement is an outdoor museum with historic buildings including a Victorian mansion, log cabin, blacksmith shop, law office, post office and one-room schoolhouse. A regional attraction, Naper Settlement is a gathering place to over 125,000 annual visitors who enjoy hands-on programming and special events within a magnificent 12-acre campus. The new Harvard Early Learning… Read more »
Fox River Trolley Museum
Welcome to the Fox River Trolley Museum! Here, you will enjoy a nostalgic trip back to an era when the electric trolley car was a vital part of American life. Experience the sights and sounds of this unique part of American history aboard a genuine old-time trolley car which takes you on a four mile… Read more »
Bowlero Randall Road
Welcome to Bowlero, the bowling/dining/nightlife lovechild that’s stirrin’ up fun for everyone in the US of A.
Haunted Hometowns Corp./Historic Ghost Hunts of Elgin
Since 2004, Haunted Hometowns have been the first and best ghost tours in Chicago’s far west suburbs-the only known ghost tours where YOU are the ghost hunter, providing our guests genuine EMF Ghost Meters to use free of charge during all our lantern-lit tours. Our ELGIN: CEMETERY VAN TOUR of haunted history takes you exploring… Read more »