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Updated 3:39 pm, July 9, 2014

Explore the great outdoors in these hidden gems and nearby parks.

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Arcada Theatre Local and national music acts stop by this charming St. Charles theater regularly. Shows rotate between theatrical productions, stand-up comedy, musicians and other live entertainment.

Fabyan Forest Preserve Head to this Geneva park to see beautiful design, from the zen-like Japanese garden to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fabyan home. The park also offers jogging, fishing and biking along the Fox River.

Fermilab This national physics lab hosts cultural events in addition to educational programs, scientific lectures and tours. Science enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to attend the arts events and concerts as well as the lecture series.

Island Park Follow the Fox River Trail down to this scenic park, a perfect place for kids to play and parents to relax. In addition to a large playground, ziplines are available for kids of all ages to take a ride on while enjoying the view of the river.

Josef's Elegante Meat Shop Carnivores, rejoice! This butcher shop and deli serves classic Italian sausage, steaks and 50 different kinds of pastas to go, as well as hot sandwiches made with Boar's Head meats and cheeses

Mill Race Cyclery Head to this downtown Geneva bike shop for friendly service and knowledgeable recommendation for bicycles. Bike rentals are available for locals and out-of-towners to take to the bike paths all over town and along the Fox River.