If you are traveling to Aurora, chances are it’s because you have a tournament at Stuart Sports Complex. This facility is extremely versatile in terms of how many sports it can accommodate. You’ll find numerous baseball and softball fields, as well as some multipurpose fields which can be used for soccer, football, lacrosse, or ultimate Frisbee. After playing a tournament here, you aren’t going to want to play anywhere else. Competing won’t be the only thing you and your team do on the trip though. You’re going to want to see the sights. While Aurora is a smaller city right outside Chicago, you and your team will be pleasantly surprised with how many amusing activities you have to take advantage of.


Things to Do

Phillips Park Zoo

Walk on the wild side and visit Phillips Park Zoo. This zoo’s admission is extremely cheap, so cheap in fact it’s free! While enjoying a day at the zoo your team will get the chance to see a diverse collection of animals. Watch some playful river otters dive in and out of water or appreciate the ferocity of cougars and gray wolves. Bald eagles, elk, and alligators are among some of the other animals you will encounter at while you’re there.

Guided tours are offered, but must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance to your visit. For some added fun, print out the zoo’s scavenger hunt sheet and compete amongst the team to find out who can solve all of the clues the fastest. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know all of the answers yourself, the zoo provides an answer sheet. 1000 Ray Moses Dr, Aurora, IL 60505


SciTech Hands on Museum

Over 200 interactive exhibits await you and your team close by Stuart Sports Complex. Visit SciTech Hands on Museum to check them all out. Housed in a historic post office building, SciTech Hands on Museum may not be the largest science museum, but they optimize the space they have extremely well. Stand in a simulated two story tornado and feel the raw power of the wind. You can ride in their hot air balloon simulator, or explore the sky in another way with Scitech’s 3D galaxy journey. Test out your arm strength with the museum’s speed pitch machine. SciTech requires you to fill out a form if traveling with a group of 10 or more. If traveling with 20 or more, you qualify for discounted tickets. 18 W Benton St, Aurora, IL 60506


Sky Zone

Stuart Sports Complex - Travel - Hotels4TeamsLooking for a surefire attraction near Stuart Sports Complex that the whole team will love? Look no further than Sky Zone. This popular trampoline park chain has locations throughout the country, but Aurora’s goes above and beyond the Sky Zone standard. Most Sky Zones have four or five activities, this one has eight! Like all Sky Zones, Aurora has the free jump section, Sky Slam, ultimate dodgeball, and foam zone.

Also included in Sky Zone Aurora are lesser seen trampoline park attractions. Sky Joust pits you against an opponent and arms you with a gigantic lance. You are then tasked with maintaining your balance on the pedestal and knocking the opponent off of theirs. Last one standing wins. The warrior course and warped wall will challenge your strength and endurance in different ways, but rest assured you will have to give them everything you have if you want to overcome them. 87 Executive Dr, Aurora, IL 60504


Chaser Laser Tag

Chaser Laser Tag takes laser tag very seriously. So serious in fact that Chaser has two types of laser tag to choose from. Kids under 12 only have the option: classic laser tag. Chaser does an awesome job assuring that you will have a fun time playing. Armed with your laser gun you must hunt down and tag the other team as much as possible in hopes of scoring more points.

For those who are 12 or older, an entire new kind of laser tag is available. Called iCombat, this is a mission driven style of laser tag. You and your squad will receive military looking weapons and armor and will be sent on your way to accomplish your mission. Once you get your fill of laser tag, if that’s even possible, the entertainment can continue because the team can head to Chaser’s arcade or climbing room. 1811 High Grove Ln, Naperville, IL 60540


Splash Country Water Park

Visiting Stuart Sports Complex in the summer time? Than take a trip to Splash Country Water Park. This is the ideal summer activity to get away from the heat and have tons of fun while doing it. Make some big splashes and zip down the park’s two log flumes or chill out on the lazy river. Splash Country throws a few curveballs in their lazy river that you might not be expecting. Watch out for dump buckets, sprayers, jets, and rapids while you gingerly float down the river. If you start to feel a little too pruney, jump out of the water and play a game of volleyball on one of their two regulation sand courts. 195 S Barnes Rd, Aurora, IL 60506


Blackberry Farm

On paper, a farm/park may not seem like the most exciting place to stop, but you’d be wrong in thinking so. At Blackberry Farm, there’s plenty to keep the team busy, or simply relax and slow down after going a mile a minute all trip. Go visit some cute animals in the barn, like piglets, baby goats, sheep, and chickens. If your team has some pent up energy, they can play around on the climbing decks, slide, ropes, and zip line. Blackberry Farm is also a good spot to have a picnic. With several picnic areas available to visitors, you are bound to find a spot for your team to gather and eat a meal. 100 S Barnes Rd, Aurora, IL 60506


Aurora Skate Center

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been roller skating before or this is your first time. Aurora Skate Center brings all the fun of skating for an affordable price. Don’t worry if you are new to skating, because the staff is there to help you get the feel for it. Before you know it, you’ll be rolling around like everyone else. You have the choice of renting three types of skates when you visit: roller skates, speed skates, or inline skates (rollerblades). While you skate, Aurora Skate Center will be pumping tunes to make the experience even better. You can expect to hear a solid mix of older classics and newer songs while you skate. It doesn’t matter if you’re 7 or 97, Aurora Skate Center will show you a good time. 34 W 113 Montgomery Rd, Aurora, IL 60504


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Places to Eat

South Moon Barbeque

When you think of states with really good barbeque, Iowa most likely isn’t one of them. That’s what makes South Moon Barbeque an enjoyable surprise. Just a short drive from Stuart Sports Complex, you can eat some awesome barbeque for affordable prices. A lot of South Moon’s menu consists of appetizers, which makes this restaurant an ideal one if you want to order a lot of sharables to pass around. Pulled pork tacos, corn beef burnt ends, and something called BBQ Sundae are just begging to be ordered. For an entrée, you can order one of many barbeque sandwiches or a traditional dish like baby back ribs. 211 N River St, Montgomery, IL 60538


Taco Madre

Anyone who eats a meal at Taco Madre leaves with nothing but glowing things to say about the place. There are three locations in the area, but the closest one to Stuart Sports Complex is the one in Montgomery. For extremely cheap, you can order all kinds of tacos stuffed with many different ingredients. Some are filled with chorizo, beef, or grilled chicken. Others feature shrimp or Mahi Mahi. Taco Madre serves enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas too. 2112 Baseline Rd, Montgomery, IL 60538


Riverview Diner

What can compete with cozy diner?  They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is comfortable seating, and serve tons of classic meals that everyone loves. Riverview Diner is no different. Some breakfast highlights include stuffed French toast, pancakes, and a meatlovers omelet. For lunch and dinner, you have a selection of sandwiches, steaks, chicken, and pork. Riverview’s fresh desserts are nothing to skimp on either. 1420 SE River Rd, Montgomery, IL 60538


Select Restaurant

Stuart Sports Complex - Travel - Hotels4TeamsYou’ll find a hodgepodge of meals at Select Restaurant, but rest assured they’re all good. Many of the dishes are Greek inspired, so expect a fair amount of seafood. Pasta, chicken dishes, pizza, and even some vegetarian options are also available. Select Restaurant’s diverse menu is a winner because everyone on your team will be happy with the selection. 29 Boulder Hill Pass, Montgomery, IL 60538


After you visit Aurora, the city’s nickname, “A city second to none” will make sense. Stuart Sports Complex is a facility second to none as well. You can count on a memorable trip thanks to all of the amusing attractions and popular restaurants nearby.