My perfect summer Sunday: Naperville

A place to eat

To me, easy like Sunday morning means that I’m not working in the kitchen. My ideal of Sunday fabulousness includes some sort of breakfast or brunch to fuel you for a day of fun.

The Riverwalk Café opened just last month and is already a big hit. It opens at 7 a.m. so it’s great if you have early risers. The breakfast menu isn’t large, but the muffins are. They also offer items like egg and cheese bagels and sausage burritos, as well as fresh fruit and yogurt.

If you visit later in the day, there are more lunch and dinner offerings and you can even enjoy a glass of wine or beer. I also love that there’s a section of the menu for dogs. Sitting outside near the Millennium Carillon is lovely if it isn’t too hot. (There are Millennium Carillon concerts at 4 p.m. on Sunday.)

Places to play

There are a few different ways to hit the water in downtown Naperville.

It’s a ton of fun to take a paddleboat or kayak on the Paddleboat Quarry, which is located along the Riverwalk, southwest of the corner of Jackson Avenue and Eagle Street. From 10 a.m. until an hour before dusk, you can rent them. You can find more information on watercraft rentals here.

If you’re looking to get in the water, hit the beach. Yes, there’s a beach in Naperville. Centennial Beach is located at the historic stone quarry at 500 W. Jackson Ave. It starts with zero depth and goes as deep as 15 feet, and it’s big, holding 6.2 million gallons of water.

Places for a rainy day

I love when children’s authors come to Anderson’s Bookshop. My daughter still talks about getting to meet Kate DiCamillo, one of her favorite writers, there. You can check their schedule here or just pop into 123 W Jefferson Ave. and pick up a schedule.

The DuPage Children’s Museum is a great place to visit any time, but it’s a great indoor option. You can never go wrong with the Bubbles exhibit, and exhibits like ‘Math + Motion’ and ‘Make It Move’ are a great way to keep little minds working all summer long while having a ton of fun, too. You can read what Senior Editor Elizabeth Diffin loves about it here and find details for planning your visit here. It’s located at 301 N Washington St..

Places for a treat

In my family, there’s a raging debate about the best place to grab a frozen treat in downtown Naperville. Lucky for us, there are a lot of good options. I’m a big gelato fan and am always happy to duck into Frost Gelato and try fun flavors like Crema Di Biscotti and Stracciatella. It’s at 50 South Main Street. My daughter loves Forever Yogurt, where she enjoys a little frozen yogurt with her many tasty toppings. It’s at 22 Chicago Ave. (You can read more about frozen treats in Naperville and Bolingbrook here.)

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