While daydreaming of heading to Hawaii, the Bahamas or some other beach-centric area, it is easy to forget about the great resources right in your backyard.
Many local park districts offer a variety of resort-style activities, from refreshing water parks to expansive natural areas for hiking, fishing, bird watching and more, as well as camp opportunities, special events and summer programming.
These local treasures offer you great staycation opportunities, saving you both travel time and money, while experiencing the beauty of your local community.
Within the expanses of St. Charles Park District, you can spend a day cooling off at Otter Cove Aquatic Park, 3615 Campton Hills Dr. It features diving boards, drop slides, body slide s , tube slide s , water geysers, a dome waterfall, interactive water features, the largest lazy river in the Fox Valley area and even a safety splash park for the youngest “stay-cationers.”
The recently renovated Swanson Pool, at 8 North Ave., offers diving boards, drop slides, a braided rope canopy and water cannons for all the splashing fun your family can handle.
Check out the River View Miniature Golf Course, 8 North Ave. Offering putt-putt fun for all ages, It boasts the most challenging course in the Fox Valley and you’ll have 18 holes (par 42) to see if it lives up to its reputation.
For those looking to get away for a game of golf, look no further than Pottawatomie Golf Course, 845 N. Second Ave., ranked 15th Best Nine-Hole Golf Course in America by Golf World Magazine. It offers scenic views with lush landscapes along the shore of the Fox River.
Don’t forget about the bike paths. With miles of trails throughout St. Charles connecting to adjacent communities, there is ample opportunity to explore the Fox Valley area.
For more information on all St. Charles Park District has to offer, visit www.stcparks.org