Downtown Aurora is packed with outdoor adventures – most of them free and kid-friendly. With easy access to bike trails, canoe shoots, and more, urban meets nature here. Take a picnic lunch or a soccer ball and enjoy a break at one of downtown’s many parks. Bike downtown via the Fox River Trail and enjoy several dining and shopping options, or push kayaks into the water just north of New York Street along the Fox River Trail. Go further north and enjoy live music, food and more at RiverEdge Park. It’s where it’s @!
Mundy Park at Water Street Mall
Mundy Park is a small pocket park in downtown Aurora that faces Broadway and opens up to Water Street Mall near Aurora’s City Hall. The park has picnic tables and benches and is the perfect place to picnic or relax in the shade of the locust trees. Local musicians perform in the park on the last Saturday of August during Alley Art Festival. The park is also adjacent to Louche Puce Market on the Second Summer Saturdays – so bring a picnic blanket and enjoy!
Millennium Park Plaza
Millennium Plaza is situated along Stolp Avenue behind the historic Leland Tower in downtown Aurora. The public park is a landmark with its Millennium tower that points to the North Star. Wide stairs that look out to the Fox River descend to a gazebo perfect for live music or performance – kids love it!
The 30-acre park was designed in a way that would serve many purposes. From the canoe/kayak launch and natural landscaping to the VIP Rooftop Deck and 10-acre music venue, this is the new recreation and entertainment destination of the suburbs. Bring your kids and fly a kite. Enjoy a local band in the music pavilion with friends. Spread out a blanket and watch fireworks with the family on the 4th of July. RiverEdge Park is your backyard away from home.
Spend the afternoon kayaking the beautiful Fox River just north of downtown Aurora. Visit Rocktown Adventures for kayak rentals and more.
Want to fish in the Fox River? HERE is a great guide with lots of info!
Bicycle Tour & Fox River Trail
We have lots of bike paths ready for you to use and enjoy! If you are in need of bike repair or maintenance, then stop by All Spoked Up located at 14 W. Downer Pl. just one block from the Fox River Trail.
If you are in downtown without a bike, then you can rent a Zagster bicycle at one of the following stations:
RiverEdge Park on Broadway (Route 25)
City Hall/Water Street Mall, 44 E. Downer Pl.
Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.