Nature & Outdoors

Naper Settlement

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 Playscape for children ages 2-7 includes Naperville's only splash pad.

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, goats, emus, alpacas, reptiles, deer, rabbits, chickens, pigs, fox and birds, including Red-tailed hawks, peacocks and Great Horned Owls just to name a few. Come and meet all our four-legged, furry and feathered friends! Pony rides are available for $4.50 per person/per ride.

In addition to the Zoo, Randall Oaks Park has 141 acres of open space with three shelters, eight picnic areas, two volleyball courts, three playgrounds and 10-hole disc golf course plus Centerville Schoolhouse Education Tour (reservations only) and hayrides (groups only).

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 October.

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 preserves and shuttle (when available).
We also offer our "Create your own adventure" option. With this option you may rent canoes or kayaks to take on your own adventure.

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. This intimate 1,200-seat theatre is a favorite venue for seeing stars up close. Since 1969, audiences have been treated to such names as B. B. King, Bob Newhart, Phil Vassar, Garrison Keillor, Bill Cosby, The Ides of March, Blue Oyster Cult and many more. Attending a performance at The Hemmens is an experience not to be missed; clear sightlines and wide aisles provide an unparalleled concert and theatre-going experience where patrons get the sense of sitting in a luxury suite. Even the balcony's level of comfort and proximity to the stage rivals that of many other venues' 'club level seating'.

Trout Park Baseball

Providing an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for amateur baseball while promoting healthy competition, positive sportsmanship and community enhancement.

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 Illinois to have its own planetarium. Since its opening in 1963, more than 700,000 school children have attended planetarium programs at the facility.