Klatt Park, Plano, IL.
Klatt Park, Plano, IL.
I've been excited to keep my son pretty busy with fun things to do this summer. We've been to the local splash parks, horseback riding, go-karting, fishing, and more. 

I wanted to share the local hot spots we go to with you. *Be sure to add to this list if there are places you frequent that we should check out! 

1.) Yorkville's Riverfront. We love it there. Visit the island- walk along the river. Go fishing. Skip rocks. Hunt for turtles (we've found quite a few.)Then go to River City Roasters for an ice coffee or Foxy's for icecream. If you are looking for local dining, hit Casa Santiago and sit outside next to their fish pond. 

2.) Raging Waves Water Park in Yorkville. This is a no-brainer. TO SCORE FREE TICKETS, friend their facebook page. They post quiz questions. Be the first to answer and you get 2 free Adult all day admission passes. FREE. https://www.facebook.com/ragingwaves?fref=ts

3.) Klatt Park in Plano, IL. It's the only park I know of that has a merry-go-round. Cool Stream next to it for wading on a hot day. (New sign says no swimming. We've swam there before.) Nice place to pack a picnic and spend a few hours. https://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=Plano,+IL+60545&gl=us&panel=1&fb=1&dirflg=d&geocode=0,41.666253,-88.525409&cid=0,0,2716156787351489978&hq=klatt+park&hnear=0x880ec15d8e305abd:0x16c34955efda9892,Plano,+IL&t=m&z=16

4.) Prairie Point Community Park in Oswego. Big hill to climb. Nice picnic area. HUGE splash pad. (FREE water fun for kids on a hot summer day.) https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Prairie+Point+Community+Park,+Plainfield+Road,+Oswego,+IL&hl=en&sll=41.691117,-88.273773&sspn=0.209201,0.445976&oq=prairie+point+&gl=us&hq=Prairie+Point+Community+Park,+Plainfield+Road,+Oswego,+IL&t=m&z=16

5.) Reimenschneider Park in Yorkville. We kindly refer to this one as Firemen Water Park. Smaller splash pad (again, free.) Not very busy ever. Nice little park. in Yorkville behind the post office. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Prairie+Point+Community+Park,+Plainfield+Road,+Oswego,+IL&hl=en&ll=41.665026,-88.431616&spn=0.00327,0.006968&sll=41.691117,-88.273773&sspn=0.209201,0.445976&oq=prairie+point+&gl=us&hq=Prairie+Point+Community+Park,+Plainfield+Road,+Oswego,+IL&t=m&z=18&iwloc=11048802184291865361

6.) Horseback riding in Millbrook. THIS IS THE BEST PLACE EVER. www.millbrooktrailrides.com  Millbrook, IL. Kids under 9 get rides led around the arena by an employee. Half hour for $20. My son LOVED this. It was a mini-lesson. It was amazing. Adults (ages 9 and up) can go on trail rides for an hour for $25. Or two hours for $40. VERY COOL. 12 minutes from Yorkville. 

7.) Go down the rapids in Yorkville. Rent a 6 person raft or an individual tube to go down the rapids. I think a tube was $20. for 2 hours last Summer. The raft was about $60. Both are a ton of fun. genevakayak.com 

8.) Sugar Grove Family Center in Sugar Grove. www.sugargrovefamilyfuncenter.comMy son is 6 and old enough to ride the go karts, bumper boats (both solo). In addition, there's mini golf, and a water wars game. For rainy days, visit their indoor arcade. 

9.) C & M Canoe in Ottawa. cmcanoerental.com I am sure you can canoe closer to Yorkville, but perhaps not as scenic as this route. You can choose 8 or 11 miles. I think it's $50. for a canoe. You get in a bus and they drive you up stream. Then you canoe back to their place at your own pace. 11 miles takes us 5 hours at a leisurely pace. There's even a spot for cliff jumping. 

10.) Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora. www.phillipsparkaurora.com FREE zoo. And they have a splash pad for hot days. The flowers are simply gorgeous. They have a beautiful sunken garden you can walk through. 

11.) Harris Hill in Yorkville. This was the sighting of bigfoot. (Really. This was in the Kendall County Record, front page last June.) It's a great place year round. A huge hill for sledding or hiking. Lots of trails and a few ponds. Great for picnics. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Harris+County+Forest+Preserve&hl=en&ll=41.615282,-88.457944&spn=0.01309,0.027874&cid=6385680469594895366&gl=US&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A

12.) Silver Springs in Yorkville. Walk around the ponds and visit the spring. On weekends, you can rent a paddleboat. They also have a sledding hill for winter. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Silver+Springs+State+Park,+Yorkville,+IL&hl=en&ll=41.626093,-88.518133&spn=0.026176,0.055747&sll=41.630506,-88.521255&sspn=0.001636,0.003484&oq=silver+springs&gl=us&hq=Silver+Springs+State+Park,+Yorkville,+IL&t=m&z=15&iwloc=7059876392860748603

13.) A place I have not yet taken my son to, but I have been to: HI TIDE Camp ground in Leland, IL. www.hitidecampground.comI was sold when I saw the pics on their website of a trampoline on the pond. They also have a pool and campsites. Nice beach. From what I read on their website, $6. a person gets you a day pass to play. 

14.) Hoover Center, Yorkville. There are great paths for long walks and a nice lookout over the fox river. Cool cabins to rent. Wide open spaces to explore and play. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Hoover+Forest+Preserve&hl=en&cid=17046460414219577754&gl=US&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A

I hope to add to this list and if you have places to suggest, please add them. There's still a lot of summer left to enjoy. I hope you can visit these places that we love. 

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Ady Max July 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM
We are building a house and moving at the end of the year in Yorkville. Thank You for great info you provided.
Jen Slepicka July 11, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Thank you Ady and welcome to Yorkville. I've lived many places and Yorkville is by far my favorite. I hope you enjoy it here.
Stephanie Weber July 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM
I think the Yorkville Tourism Bureau should hire you to redo their website AND continue to blog for them. What a wonderful array of fun things to do! I have to leave my office soon and head to that waterpark!
Susan Mosey July 12, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Great article! Loved it!
jean July 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM
There are so many great parks in yorkville. I take my daughter and a couple of her friends and go park hopping. Bring a sack lunch, basketball, tennis rackets, towel, skateboard and make a day of it!!!
Natalie Stevens (Editor) July 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Just checked out Raging Waves myself this weekend. That lazy river is lovely! Thanks for the great list! Will definitely be checking some of these out!
Jen Slepicka July 16, 2013 at 01:08 PM
I found a full list of all of Yorkville's parks and printed it to be sure we visit them all. http://www.yorkville.il.us/depts_parks_fac.php Also, I learned that Freeman Sports rents canoes from downtown Yorkville to Silver Springs. $25. if you don't need a ride back (grab a friend and leave a car at Silver Springs) or $45 if you need them to pick you up. www.freemanssports.com Hope everyone is enjoying Summer. :)


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