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A Day on the Fox


The birds are chirping. The sun is shining. The trails are calling. Strap on that helmet, get that trailer hooked up to your bike, load the kids, and head out to the Fox River Trail that runs alongside the Fox River!

There are several ways to complete the adventure I mapped out below. You can complete the whole thing in one day, but you will need the entire day (and a ton of energy) to complete it. I would also suggest having a car at both the starting and ending points, especially if kiddos are with you.

You can also use this as several different adventures. Break it down and simplify it however you’d like!

If you need to rent a bike to make this adventure easier, Mill Race Cyclery in Geneva is a great choice. Call them at (630) 232-2833 or visit their website at


Limestone Coffee

Energize your ride with a little help from my friend, caffeine. With so many great coffee drinks, you can’t go wrong! Grab a quick breakfast bite from the bakery before you cruise five minutes away to...

Batavia Riverwalk Park

If the kids are in the bike trailer, they are going to need to burn off some energy. Let them run wild at the park while you finish your coffee. Once the kids have had their fill at the park, take a one-minute ride to...

Peg Bond Pavilion

Lock up your bikes and rent a pedal boat! Pedal Boats can hold four at a time. Have a larger family? Get two pedal boats! After playing on the river for a bit, you’ll probably want to eat lunch at...

River’s Edge Bar & Grill

Classic pub food and daily specials make this restaurant a crowd- pleaser! If you’re lucky, you can land a table on their patio or deck!

Catch the Fox River Trail toward Geneva to continue your adventure!


Island Park

Your first stop in Geneva will be to give the kiddos a play break at this beautiful park that is quite literally an island in the middle of the Fox River! Once the kids tucker out from playing, get on the trail for a one-minute ride to...

Scentcerely Yours

Create a custom scent together to remember this adventure! Scentcerely Yours specializes in pour-your-own custom scented products like candles, room sprays, reed diffusers, lotions, body scrubs, and more. While your candle sets (it takes 90 minutes), head to...


Enjoy lunch at one of Geneva’s hottest (and busiest) brunch spots! If you’re lucky, you may snag a table immediately, but please note Buttermilk’s hours and popularity, and plan ahead! Located just one block west of the river, you’ll be able to relax and fuel up all in one spot! If there is a wait, head west one more block to Little Owl Eatery. After eating, head back to Scentcerely Yours to pick up your custom product before heading to...

Mill Race Cyclery

Yu already have your bikes, so now rent Stand Up Paddle Boards or kayaks (single or double) and get another workout on the Fox River! Located right at the bank of the river, Mill Race offers two-hour rentals and even shuttles you from start to finish if you want to enjoy a longer trip on The Fox! Once you return to your bikes, hop back on the Fox River Trail and head towards St. Charles!


Kava Diem

Cross to the west side of the Fox River at Illinois Street in St. Charles and park your bikes at Kava Diem to enjoy a coffee, smoothie, or other drink and treats. Not only is the entire menu clean and organic, it’s all so delicious too! Kava Diem was lucky enough to get Dawn Phillips, owner of Early Light Cafe in Geneva to help out in the bakery. Although Early Light Cafe isn’t reopening this year, you can still find Dawn’s gluten-free treats and other items at Kava Diem! Once you’ve had your fill, saddle up and head down to...

Pottawatomie Park

The St. Charles Park District acquired the Paddlewheel Riverboat and offers weekday cruises at 1:30 p.m. and weekend cruises at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. (and also at 5 p.m. on Sundays). Cruises are $8.50 for 16 years and older, $7 for children 3 to 15, and free for children 2 and under!

After your 45-minute cruise, disembark the riverboat and walk to...

River View Mini Golf

Anytime between 11a.m. – 7 p.m., play a rousing round of mini golf along the Fox River! Make it interesting and wager some good bets with each other (if kids win, they get a week free from chores, or if they lose, they have to do the laundry for the week). Now that someone is so clearly the sore loser, you should probably feed them at...

Eden on the River

Touting one of the only outdoor eating areas right alongside the Fox River, you need to be sure you are seated outside! Enjoy the sites and sounds and delicious food! Omar, owner and head chef, creates fresh, authentic Middle Eastern cuisine filled with flavor! Get the Dolmeh as an appetizer and the Damascus as your cocktail! You’ve been so active, you earned yourself a drink! After you eat the best Middle Eastern Food in the Tri- Cities, stay on the west side of the river and make one last stop to...

Mt. St. Mary’s Park

Give those kiddos one last play break before heading home! Mt. St. Mary’s is home to “Sculptures in the Park” so if your kids aren’t feeling the playground, walk through the park admiring the unique sculptures!

Before you completely fall apart from your day on the Fox, don’t forget to pick up your vehicle if you left it at the starting point of your adventure!