Attractions in Lisle, Illinois

by Jennifer Gibbons
Lisle, Illinois is 27 miles west of Chicago.

Lisle, Illinois is 27 miles west of Chicago.

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Named one of the top twenty "Best Places to Live in America" by Money Magazine in 2007, Lisle, Illinois is a small village that has served as a business center since 1832. Chicago is approximately 27 miles to the east, offering easy access to the many allures of a big city. If you're visiting Illinois and want to experience the charm of a small town, consider Lisle -- it offers the best of both worlds.

Lisle Depot Museum

The Lisle Depot Museum (lislemuseum.wordpress.com) takes visitors on a trip through history when life centered around the depot and the area was known as Lisle Station. The Museum is comprised of five buildings including the centerpiece that was once the depot and home to the stationmaster. Exhibits in the museum include a photographic timeline of the history of Lisle and a tribute to Lisle's armed forces of World War II. Volunteer blacksmiths offer lessons in the century-old shop and events are scheduled throughout the year such as Movies in the Park After Dark and Ghost Stories in the Park.

Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum (mortonarb.org) is a living museum with trees and plants from all over the world filling its 1,700 acres. The campus is made up of several gardens including the Children's Garden, Fragrance Garden and the Herb Garden. Paved walking trails meander through the landscape where visitors can see the work of local and international artists in an outdoor display. The Arb also creates a habitat for hundreds of wildlife species including a variety of birds, frogs, snakes and turtles. Visitors can tour the grounds on the open-air tram or explore the 16 miles of hiking trails. Tickets start at $8 with a discount on Wednesdays as of date of publication.

Sea Lion Aquatic Park

The Sea Lion Aquatic Park (no website address; 630-964-3410) has something for every age including a shallow, fenced pool for the little ones. Water slides and a play pool were designed for older kids. Restroom, changing and concession facilities are available. Visitors can also enjoy sand volleyball, picnic areas and a sun-bathing hill.

Lisle Community Park

Lisle Community Park (/lisleparkdistrict.org/communitypark) has a variety of activities that the whole family can enjoy. There are ponds for fishing, open green areas for free play and walking trails. There also are various sporting fields, an indoor fitness center and a sled hill for the winter months.

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