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North Aurora Activities and More

Need some ideas on what to do around North Aurora? We got you covered.

At Randall Highlands, there is no shortage of community. Whether it be with the residents of the Randall Highlands community or the community of North Aurora, there's no doubt you'll have lots to explore. You can easily access walking trails as well as bike trails, shopping centers, entertainment and museums, all within a 20 minute radius of each other. Here are four aspects of Downers Grove for you to explore! 

1.Outdoors, Hiking and Golf 

For nature lovers, North Aurora has a number of sites to enjoy the outdoors. Red Oak Nature Center is home to 40 acres of wildlife and lush greenery flanking the east bank of the Fox River. Explore the area by hiking or biking the Fox River Trail or visit the 'Sense the Seasons' gallery for hands-on education on the local environment in Aurora. At Phillips Park you can find the Mastodon Gallery, the signature Sunken Garden, and the Phillips Park Zoo, where 41 different species are represented. If you like to take in the outdoors with a round of 18 holes, the area has great golf at Valley Green Course and Bliss Creek Gold Course located less than 10 minutes from home. 

2. Shopping & Entertainment

For all your shopping needs, the Chicago Premium Outlets, one of the Midwest's largest outdoor outlet shopping centers, and Fox Valley Mall are conveniently located approximately 15-20 minutes away. Between both shopping centers, you'll have 300+ brands to choose from. For other entertainment, check out the historical Paramount Theater to see featured films, plays live music and comedians. 

3. Fresh from the Farm 

Explore and enjoy the rural side of North Aurora by checking out Abbey Farms. With its focus on community and growing seasonal produce, residents can enjoy this working farm all year round. In the fall, you can participate in pumpkin picking from the Abbey Farms' pumpkin patch as well as sip on apple cider AND their famous apple cider donuts! When the holidays come around, make a visit to choose your own Christmas Tree. For more family fun, take a trip to Blackberry Farm for playgrounds, a hay wagon and petting zoo. In the winter, you'll want to come back for the farm's Holiday Express train and ice skating rink. 

4. Tour the Town! 

Aurora's local museums are an excellent place to start exploring the town. Aurora's former Central Fire Station has become the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, located near central Aurora, which features a variety of vehicles, diagrams, fireman suits, photos and more on display for a visual history of the area's fire stations. Take a tour of the William Tanner House, an Italianate building that is home to the Aurora Historical Society, where you'll find photos, books, documents and maps covering Aurora's history dating back to the 1830s. In a historic post office building in downtown Aurora, the SciTech Hands-On Museum offers over 200 interactive science and technology exhibits that are a perfect for younger minds. Kids are sure to enjoy exploring the center's three floors of exciting science, where they can imagine standing inside a tornado or learn about both ancient and modern day technologies. 

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