THINGS TO DO
The Great Outdoors
Carpentersville offers countless ways to enjoy the outdoors and natural resources unique to the area. Whether it’s a quick stroll in Carpentersville Park, a full-day adventure in one of several forest preserves, or making a splash along the river, outdoor activities abound.
“Find the Fox” Tours
Discover the Fox River on the river. Friends of the Fox River leads a series of 10 guided, informative canoe trips on five different sections of the Fox River from spring through late fall. These trips explore the river and its relationship with the land that creates it, and special natural areas along the Fox River, including the Carpentersville dam. It’s a unique and enjoyable educational experience for ages 6 and up.
Raceway Woods Forest Preserve
Love horses? Then trot on over to the riding area of Raceway Woods Forest Preserve. Just be on the look-out for mountain bikers making their way to dust up the nearby trails. For a little less of an adrenaline rush, bikers can pedal towards the Fox River and cruise along its canopied network of intertwined paths. Before you hit the trails or paths, check in with the amazing team at Main Street Bicycles who will have you rolling safely and in style.
Fox River Shores
Fox River Shores comes alive in summer, turning into the hub of river activity. Explorers trek the hillsides for “hanging fens,” formed by the local springs and seeps. Rare plants flourish in the fens while flowering plants cover the hills in the springtime. Make the Fox River Bike Trail your base since it runs the length of the property.
Brunner Family Forest Preserve
The Brunner Family Forest Preserve boasts woodlands and wetlands along 3.5 miles of the Fox River and is part of over 1,000 acres of adjoining open space. Adventurers of all types enjoy hiking on 5 miles of trails, fishing, and birding. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars for sightings of bald eagles soaring overhead during winter migration - the area is renowned for eagles making the territory a stop on their journey.
In town, head over historic Carpenter Park for nearly 20 acres of open space in the geographic center of the city. It’s literally in the middle everything and hosts activities ranging from public ceremonies to pick-up sports games to festivals like Burger Fest and El Grito. It’s also home to Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Park, and the Veterans Garden. Meanwhile over at Keith Andres Park, catch some serious air on its wild series of mountain bike jumps, managed in conjunction with CAMBR (Chicago Area Mountain Bikers).