IG-Worthy SPOTS
in the Tri-Cities

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BLACKHAWK WATERFALL

PHOTO BY | @ang.cummins

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | Found just past the intersection of McLean Blvd. and Rt. 31. Park off of Rt. 31. Get on the trail and turn right. Hike less than 1/4 of a mile; you'll hear and see the running water off to the right.

WHAT TO BRING | Water shoes, towels, bug spray, camera

POTTAWATOMIE PARK SPLASH AREA

PHOTO BY | @amandamcronin

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | This water play area is hidden right in the open! Directly north of the Historic Pavilion + Tower, almost touching it on the north side, is this little water feature. Several natural rocks with a creek running towards the river.

WHAT TO BRING | Water shoes, towels, change of clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, camera

FOX RIVER PARTY COVE

Fox River, St. Charles

North of Red Gate Bridge

PHOTO BY | @pattyskii

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | Rent a kayak from River View Mini Golf at Pottawatomie Park and head north on the Fox River towards South Elgin. Party Cove can be up to hip deep water, but the bottom of the river is sand + mud. Wear water shoes!

WHAT TO BRING | Swimsuit, waterproof phone cover, sunscreen, water shoes, dry clothes in a waterproof bag

FABYAN FOREST PRESERVE

1925 S Batavia Avenue

Geneva, IL

PHOTO BY | @flywithnimbus

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | Park in the main lot closest to the pavilions. Once you start walking, you will notice the Fabyan Villa Museum on the hill to the right, but down below are the gardens. Public gardens (where this pic was taken) are open year round, while the Japanese Tea Garden is open seasonally.

WHAT TO BRING | Camera

FABYAN WINDMILL

1500 Crissey Avenue
Batavia, IL

PHOTO BY | @ugsmichael

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | Situated on the top of the hill, this spot is extremely popular for sledding in the winter, 5Ks throughout the year, and picnics in warm months.  The windmill will be open for tours on weekends in the summer (stay tuned)!

 

BONUS: Walk across the bridge to get the the Fabyan Forest Preserve gardens listed above!

WHAT TO BRING | Camera

TEAL WALL AT BELL JAR VINTAGE

PHOTO BY | @belleontrend

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | This beautiful building is a standout on State Street! Located a few doors down from the big "Geneva Marquee" sign, parking is ample! There is an alley which makes for great lighting and LOTS of blue wall to work with!

WHAT TO BRING | Camera

OLD BARN

PHOTO BY | @ava.barabasz

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | This beautifully distressed old girl sits waiting just west beyond the light where Fabyan Parkway dead ends into Main Street. We are unsure of it's public or private title, so please proceed with caution when stopping to snap pics! It seems to be an abandoned barn.

WHAT TO BRING | Tall boots, camera

BATAVIA RIVERWALK BRIDGE

PHOTO BY | @marianna_fashion_adviser

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | This truss bridge connects you from one side of the Fox River to the other, but the structure and serene flow of the river make it a peaceful spot to sit and be present... and to snap a pic while in the moment!

WHAT TO BRING | Camera

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HM HAIR BAR MURAL

PHOTO BY | @hairbyc.h

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | A beautifully colorful mural that encourages visitors to "Find beauty in everything."

WHAT TO BRING | A camera

PRIMROSE FARM

PHOTO BY | @orca1062k

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | This is a live functioning farm with several farm animals including chickens, cows, sheep, horses, donkeys, and pigs. Several hands-on classes throughout the week!

WHAT TO BRING | Covered toe shoes (gravel + grass paths), camera

IVY WALL AT SHOPPES AT 127

PHOTO BY | @stayandplay.tricities

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | Around the corner of Shoppes at 127 on Campbell + Third Street, you'll find this beautiful ivy wall with steps to a teal door. If you want straight ivy with no door, just walk around to the back of the building!

WHAT TO BRING | Camera

ISLAND PARK

PHOTO BY | @kimritchiephoto

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | Park either on River Street and walk across the bridge, or park by Mill Race Cyclery. A beautiful playground and open space on a small island located on the Fox River. Bridge connecting you to Historic Downtown Geneva can be found under the train trestle. There are NO guard rails between the island and the river, so beware! 

WHAT TO BRING | Camera

"THE GROTTO" AT GUNNAR ANDERSON FOREST PRESERVE

PHOTO BY | @riverpeakapothecary

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | Located south of Route 38, at the intersection of 1st Street (Route 31) and 3rd Street in Geneva, park in the farthest south lot behind the government buildings. Follow the signs and path along until you get to "The Grotto." This shrine was donated by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

WHAT TO BRING | Camera, bug spray

THE CAVE AT RED OAK NATURE CENTER

PHOTO BY | @lalaelizz

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | Found via a short 1/4 mile hike from the Nature Center at Red Oak, this cave - the only natural one in our area - is one every local and visitor HAS to see! It's situated right on the Fox River, though not accessible with a stroller.

WHAT TO BRING | Camera, shoes suitable for hiking

BATAVIA DEPOT POND

PHOTO BY | @stretchruncoaching

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | This pond is protected from the Fox River by the the island that juts out. Perfect for ice skating in the winter, rent a paddle boat in the summer, and enjoying in the spring and fall! There is an awesome playground on the island as well!

WHAT TO BRING | Camera

BATAVIA BOARDWALK SHOPS

PHOTO BY | @aprildudaphotography

WHAT YOU'LL FIND | 10 different small businesses nestled together,, testing out a 10x10 brick and mortar location in the community. Each shop is filled with artisan crafted and curated goods and treats, but each shop is a photo-worthy stop!

WHAT TO BRING | Camera, wallet (because you'll likely want to buy all the things)

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