Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Naperville River Walk Tour

We are having some really nice weather here in the midwest this weekend, so I thought it would be nice to visit Naperville, Illinois, a quaint historic town about 30 miles from Chicago.  They have a beautiful riverwalk with several small ponds and a meandering river along with a beautiful bell tower, rustic bridges, quaint shops and fabulous restaurants, one of the largest outdoor swimming pools with a sand beach, and it's also a great place to people watch.  I love coming here, especially in the summer, where you can also rent paddle boats and they have various events and concerts going on throughout the year.   It's an artistic community and they have bronze statues, beautiful murals and sculptures made by different artists.
A great place to spend the day!

one of my favorite spots!
one of several bridges
meandering paths
so picturesque!

native wildflowers
duck, duck...
delicate flowers
sweet robin
this bridge takes you over to... 

the bell tower!

This beautiful tower is 160 ft tall and has 72 bells and there is an observation deck you can go up to.  It chimes beautifully and they hold concerts in a small park area from time to time.

some fun benches made out of mosaic tiles by area artists.

another bronze statue

an artist painted this beautiful mural on one of the building's walls.

this bronze dick tracy statue is pretty darn cool!


A concrete wall with faces molded by local artists representing the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001

 an eternal flame

 some kayaking
another one of my favorite overlooks the area that you can rent pontoon boats 
~ always a lot of fun!

quaint shops...
fabulous places to eat!

You can easily spend the whole day here, and if you're ever in the area it's definitely worth checking out!
Hope you enjoyed the tour!


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