Looking for things to do with your family near St. Charles, Illinois? You’re in luck. The Greater St. Charles area is an ideal destination for locals and tourists alike.
Enjoy hearty soups in the winter and ice cream on a hot summer day in the heart of downtown. Experience stunning sculpture gardens in the park or take an inspirational art class.
From sweet treats and delicious lunches to outside activities and family-friendly concerts in the Chicagoland area, we’ve got you covered. Our easy-to-read-guide highlights local businesses.
Treat yourself to Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream
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Raise your hand if you have a sweet tooth. Then you’ll want to pop by Graham’s Fine Chocolates in the St. Charles, Illinois area for handmade chocolates and ice cream. Your kids will love watching candy being made in the huge picture window in front of the shop. Graham’s is a Downtown Geneva staple, and a must stop when you’re in the area. You’ll feel just like a kid in the candy shop.
Besides making homemade batches of ice cream, Graham’s makes custom logo chocolate bars for businesses, ships anywhere within the United States, and offers gift cards.
Located only two miles south of St. Charles, Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream is located at 302 S. 3rd Street in Geneva, Illinois.
What do Don Rickles, Kevin Costner, and Eddie Money have in common? They’ve all dined at Smitty’s on the Corner in downtown St. Charles, Illinois. Smitty’s on the Corner is friendly, quaint, family friendly and family owned. Moreover, the sandwiches are to die for, especially the Turkey Berry. They claim to have the best gourmet deli sandwiches, soups, and ice cream in the Fox Valley. Find out for yourself.
Besides eating at Smitty’s on the Corner, this hometown restaurant will customize a menu for local business meetings and corporate events. Smitty’s on the Corner is located at 15 E. Main Street in St. Charles, Illinois.
Take a cruise on a St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboat
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All aboard the St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboat. Voyage up and down the Fox River on an iconic boat that will make you feel like you’re experiencing the days of Mark Twain. Your trip will be narrated as you learn the history of the area and take in the beauty of St. Charles, Illinois.
With views of the unspoiled banks of the Fox River, the Fox River Queen Paddleboat departs daily in the afternoons. Even though the boat doesn’t operate during winter months, you can book your reservations for next season ahead of time.
To book your reservation on St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboat, call 630.584.2334.
Dine and browse at Town House Books & Cafe
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Kids young and old will enjoy browsing titles at this independently owned bookstore in St. Charles, Illinois. When you’re done looking at books you can eat freshly made soup and sandwiches. Visit the bookstore on the first Tuesday of the month for “Town House Giving Tuesdays” when 15% of all book sales are donated to local charities. Fresh food and fresh reads, not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Town House Books and Cafe is located at 105 North 2nd Avenue in St. Charles, Illinois.
See a show at The Arcada Family Theatre at Pheasant Run
Remember the good old days of going to the theater when the whole family would dress up for a show and entertainment was appropriate for all ages? That’s what you’ll get at The Arcada Family Theater at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, Illinois. You’ll enjoy concerts and musicals reminiscent of the “good old days.”
To see the events calendar for The Arcada Family Theater at Pheasant Run, visit: http://www.arcadalive.com/arcada-family-theatre-pheasant-run-resort/
Go for a ride on the Fox River Valley Bike Trail
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With over 40 miles of bike trails, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible day of bike riding, fresh air, and laughter on the Fox River Bike Trail. You can also stop to fish, kayak, hike, and visit forest preserves, bird watch or visit the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.
The Northern Fox River Valley is only 30 minutes northwest of Saint Charles. If you are looking for one of the most convenient spots to access the Fox River Bike Trail, go to East Dundee, by The Depot. 319 N. River St., East Dundee, IL 60118.
Another family-friendly access point to get on the trail is in downtown Elgin. Park on the Riverside Drive Promenade. One of the greatest things about living in a Midwest town is the friendly people. Just ask a passerby who will surely point you in the right direction