5 Outdoor Places to Go in Naperville this Spring

It’s finally spring! Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather at these 5 Naperville area outdoor spots.

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.

1.       Naperville River Walk

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.

2.       Naper Settlement

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 Naperville!

3.       Millennium 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!

4.       Willowbrook Wildlife Center

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 trail.

5.       Waterfall 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.

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