Naperville, Illinois, is home to the Naper Settlement. The city is a suburb of Chicago on the west side. This open-air museum of the history of the region is a popular destination for historians and others interested in learning more about the pioneer outpost of the 19th century. If you are planning to take a trip to Naperville, and this is your first visit, there is so much to see and do that you may not know where to start. We have prepared a guide to point out the most interesting places to visit. Here are the top 20 things to do in Naperville for beginners.
20. Visit the Naper Settlement
The Naper Settlement is an open-air museum that sits on 12 acres of grounds. You can learn about the life of the pioneers and what it might have been like to live during the time. The Naper settlement is a border post. It is preserved to retell the history of the area. This is a family-friendly activity that will take you back in time with villagers dressed in frontier-era costumes with tons of special displays. Visit the new Agricultural Interpretation Center while you’re there.
19. Catch a show at the Bright Side Theater
The Bright Side Theater is Naperville’s professional theater. You can check the schedule in advance to find out what will be played and reserve your admission tickets. The theater is located in the downtown district. The theater is known for its various offerings, so you never know what will be featured unless you check the schedule in advance. If you are going to be in Naperville for several days, an entertaining evening at the theater followed by a delightful dining experience could be the perfect evening.
18. Take the family to Odyssey Fun World
Odyssey Fun World is the ideal place to go if you have a family with young children. This place is packed with a variety of entertainment options including carnival rides, an inflatable playground, paintball, laser tag, arcade games, and more. You can also get a bite to eat at the cafeteria on the premises. During the fall, Odyssey Fun Farm is up and running with a pumpkin patch, carriage rides, a corn maze, and more activities for the whole family.
17. Take an art class and enjoy Pinot’s Palette
Pinot’s Palette is a picturesque place to visit if you want to take an art class and enjoy a glass of wine or beer. You can check the website in advance to find out if there will be a painting class during the time of your visit. It’s a great place to learn a new skill and have a great time doing it. The studio sponsors open studio painting days and you can order your preferred drink to make the class even more enjoyable. Instructors are available or you can paint on your own without instructions.
16. Visit the Millennium Wall
The Millennial Wall is another popular tourist attraction in Naperville. The structure was built to recognize Naperville’s sense of pride and togetherness. It honors many who contributed to the Celebration 2000 festival in the city. The wall is located in the Riverwalk amphitheater at the top. While you’re there, you can watch free performances that are scheduled at various times of the year.
15. Go on a field trip to Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve
Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve has nearly 2,000 acres of land with a 200-acre lake that is shaped like a dragon. If you visit Naperville in the warm months, you can enjoy staying at camp and frolicking on the beach. This is a reserve that has several hiking trails. Guests enjoy horseback riding, dog walking, biking, and walking the trails. There is also an area reserved for flying model airplanes.
14. Walk the Naperville Century Walk
The Century Walk is another popular tourist attraction for those who enjoy public art displays. The Walk was launched in 1996 to showcase sculptures, murals, and other works of art. There are more than 40 works of art on display on the walk through downtown Naperville. The Century Walk features art from the 1900s. Community members worked together to create each piece by hand with pieces depicting Naperville’s formative years.
13. Go to a concert at the Wentz Concert Hall.
If you like fine arts and going to a concert, then you will want to visit the Wentz concert hall. The venue features musical performances of various genres, including contemporary, jazz, and classical. The Hall is renowned for its world-class acoustics. It is advisable to check the website before your trip to …