Last Minute Summer Fun

While the days get shorter be sure to enjoy the sunlight while you can, patio dining at Quigley’s pub, Potters, and Best of Naperville 2013 winner, Jimmys Grill are a perfect place to chow down while soaking up the sun.

If you’re looking for a more active approach to enjoying the great outdoors the Riverwalk Paddleboats are just the thing.

“The paddleboats are great to enjoy the sights and sound of downtown Naperville, you can take in the sights with your children or whomever you bring along,” said Brad Wilson from the Naperville Park District.

Paddleboats are open daily from 10 to 7, boaters can choose a 20 minute ride in the old query for just $8 or a 40 minute ride for $10.

Centennial Beach is a no brainer for those who enjoy the sand in their toes. The park district is currently offering their “Sun Shine Sale”.

“At Centennial Beach we have held the sun shine sale, for the past ten or eleven years. It’s a great wrap up to summer, It’s a great opportunity for people who may not have gotten a pass this season to enjoy a membership for up to 60% off.
The best thing to do would be go to our website for more information,” Sameera Luthman of the Naperville Park District.

The beach may be a steal during the dog days of summer, but you can’t beat free admission at the Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora.

“We have wolves, mountain lions and river otters, a lot of birds of prey. We also have a reptile house which features a wide variety of reptiles. We have a pair of alligators and a very large snake,” said Randy Thompson of the Phillips Park Zoo.

The zoo is open seven days a week until five at night. Wildlife not your thing? You can get all the fun of the wild without the smell at Wilderness Falls, a mini golf course complete with a waterfall and nine batting cages.

“It’s a great atmosphere and everybody has a lot of fun here. Its great to see people out here having fun even when the weather turns sour,” said Holly Reed, Manager of Wilderness Falls.

The course is open daily until 10 pm. Pricing starts at $8.25 per adult golfer and just $7.25 for kids 12 and under.


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