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Fun-filled vacations in Naperville

Travelers flock to Naperville for its parks, museums and historic attractions in northern Illinois. The city is a suburb of bustling Chicago, so endless cultural sites, athletic events, high-end shopping and dining opportunities are just a few miles away on the shores of Lake Michigan. But Naperville boasts its own waterfront charms, too, along the winding DuPage River. Once you've picked out your ideal Naperville vacation rental, it's off to the local swimming beach for friendly games of volleyball on the shore and family picnics in the park, or to the historic district for walking tours and the chance to discover 100s of fascinating old buildings.

Things to do

Step back in time in Naperville

For a look back at the heritage of the area, there are 2 spots in the city that are filled with historic structures. The Naperville Historic District spans several blocks of the old part of town, where 100s of buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Elsewhere, be sure to check out the interactive museum experience at Naper Settlement, a 12-acre park where historic structures have been relocated to recreate a pioneer settlement, complete with a meeting house, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse and more. Some of the buildings have exhibits and hands-on activities for kids, while costumed characters wander the grounds.

Activities

Riverfront attractions in Naperville

The DuPage River runs through the center of Naperville, inviting visitors for waterside strolls along its banks. The Naperville Riverwalk offers nearly 2 miles of brick paths, beautified by fountains, covered bridges, historic-looking light posts and public sculptures and artworks along the way. Bring the family on a warm summer afternoon for a picnic in the park, followed by a paddleboat ride on Quarry Lake. There are cafes and attractions around the Riverwalk Park area that you'll want to check out, too, including a swimming beach with family-friendly amenities and a tower you can climb for views over the city.

Weather

Naperville in the sun and snow

Naperville experiences all 4 seasons, with summers that average in the 80s and winters that bring blankets of snow and freezing temperatures. If you plan to spend time outdoors at the local parks or strolling along the riverfront, visits in late spring through early fall are generally warm enough to enjoy the sunshine. Evenings typically cool off quite a bit, so if you plan a visit for any season but summer, why not look for a Naperville vacation rental with a fireplace for cozy nights in, especially during the chilly winter months?

Natural features

Get back to nature in Naperville

Riverwalk Park is a popular place to enjoy the waterfront surrounds of the city, but there are other spots not far from your Naperville vacation rental to connect with nature, too. The Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve is an 1,829-acre parkland, with fields of wildflowers and creeks running through. There are lots of trails to walk, bike or ski, where you might spot some of the local birdlife, like meadowlarks and short-eared owls, and plenty of grassy spots that are ideal for picnics, too. Nearby, the Greene Valley Forest Preserve has a scenic overlook, with views of the Chicago skyline and 100s of resident wildlife species.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Naperville

Fly into Chicago, IL (DPA-Dupage), the closest airport, located 11.2 mi (18 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.), which is 20.5 mi (33 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Naperville Station or Naperville Route 59 Station and explore the city from there.

Where to stay around Naperville?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 153 vacation rentals near Naperville. From 68 Houses to 64 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Naperville for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Naperville?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Naperville. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Naperville Route 59 Station: 103 vacation rentals
  • Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church: 121 vacation rentals
  • Naperville Station: 121 vacation rentals
  • Naper Settlement Museum: 114 vacation rentals
  • Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon: 113 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Naperville listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Naperville?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 68 Houses in Naperville. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Naperville include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 64 rentals available
  • Cabins: 3 rentals available
  • Cottages: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Naperville?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 27 vacation rentals with pool available in Naperville. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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