If Bolingbrook was a painting, then it would definitely be a colorful one because it is full of experiences you can venture on. In your kids’ eyes, it is full of fun with waterparks, interesting golfing areas, farms and play lands. From your view, it will be an enjoyment and discovery journey with natural hidden gems and movie and shopping experiences. No matter what age you are, the Bolingbrook experience will not disappoint.
1. Go wild with water fun at Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park
Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park is a place for all ages, whether you are a wild one or a gentle one, an adult or a kid. If you are the outgoing one, go for the thrilling water speed slides: two tube slides and two body slides in the outdoor area. If you just want to relax and hang out with your friends or family, chill on the Lazy River. If you want to challenge your fear of heights or simply want to experience the thrill of diving, head to the diving well. Or a friendly beach volleyball game with your friends might be good. In the indoor area, there are also two slides, Trumble Buckets for kids, a hot tub for adults and more. Prepare some food baskets so you can have a picnic at the picnic area.
Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park
Address: 200 Lindsey Ln, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Website: Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park
2. Golfing on top of a waterfall at Wilderness Falls
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Ever play golf on top of waterfalls? Try it here at Wilderness Falls! There are two courses for you to choose from. One is The Bear Course where you will play on top of a 35 foot (10.7 meter) waterfall and through Big Foot’s Cave. Along your way you will have to cross a shaky bridge which adds a little fun to it. The other is the Eagle Course where you have to climb a 40 foot (12 meter) mountain and cross rivers of the Wilderness Falls. Besides golfing, play a game of baseball or softball at the batting cages and challenge yourself with a variety of speeds.
Address: 145 S. Clow International Pkwy, Bolingbrook, IL 60490
Website: Wilderness Falls
3. Jump Zone, a wonderful play land for kids
Jump Zone is filled with differently themed inflatables, obstacle courses and bounce houses like Superman, Tweety Bird and Sylvester, Batman, jungle zone and more where they can jump, climb and bounce. Your kids can play crazily and safely as there will be coordinators watching after them. There are also interactive games and a toddler area. This place is suitable for kids aged from 2 to 12. Dads and mums can rest and relax in the arena with several flat screen TVs to keep you entertained.
Address: 490 W. North Frontage Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Website: Jump Zone
4. Watch a movie with a special experience in iPic Theaters
For a high-class movie experience at iPic Theaters, you have to choose the Premium Plus seating which is much pricier than the normal premium seats. But your money will be well worth it as you will be provided with a reclined seat where you can find a most comfortable position, a pillow and a blanket where you can snuggle down, free popcorn and in-cinema food, beverages and waiter service. The sound system of the cinema is great and the service is top notch. There is plenty of leg room so feel free to move around and be comfortable. Dine in while enjoying a nice movie at the cinema - it will be a whole new experience for you.
Address: 619 E Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440-2486
Website: iPic Theaters
5. Catch the blooming annuals at Johansen Farms
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Looking for flowers and plants to decorate your house or garden? Pay a visit to Johansen Farms as they grow the biggest hangers, baskets, pots and containers of blooming annuals such as begonias, petunias, impatiens and geraniums and perennials like polemoniums and pulmonaria, heucheras and dicentras with a variety of vibrant colors. You will be satisfied by all kinds of flowers in baskets that are both pleasing and appealing which would definitely look well in your garden or house. While shopping, bring home some wild and interesting ideas on how to decorate your garden. During certain times, they will have activities for kids like the zoo where you can hold and feed the animals, a pumpkin patch, corn maze, bouncy houses, slides and more. So be sure to check out their website for the activities that are available.
Address: 680 N. Bolingbrook Dr., Bolingbrook, IL 60440 (Johansen Farms Nursery & Garden Center); 710 W Boughton Rd., Bolingbrook, IL 60440 (Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo & Pumpkin Farm)
Website: Johansen Farms
6. Find all kind of pleasures at The Promenade Bolingbrook
The Promenade Bolingbrook is an open air shopping mall where you can find different entertainment and enjoyment, from fashion, movies, food, beauty to books. You can find a perfect outfit from the choices of stores of American Eagle, Forever 21, New York & Company, Charlotte Russe, Hollister Co. and more. There are also children brands like Justice, Gymboree and The Children’s Place. Get some books, cards and gifts from Barnes & Noble, Yankee Candle and more. Plenty of food choices are available at Porkchop, The Beer Market, Bd’s Mongolian Grill, etc., with indoor and outdoor seating.
The place is often livened up by all kinds of events including Fun Friday where everyone joins in a dance of Zumba, Sunset Concert Series that host different kinds of music performances from classic rock to country and The Market Place, where you can get fresh fruits and vegetables and meats without nitrates and antibiotics.
The Promenade Bolingbrook
Address: 631 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Website: The Promenade Bolingbrook
7. Indulge in the nature of Hidden Oaks Conservation Area
Hidden Oaks Conservation Area offers you different hands-on activities to get close to nature. In the Nature Center, interact with lively exhibits like Habitat Tree where you search for animals and have a better understanding of the inner-life of a tree, Animal Sound and Scent Wall, where you use your senses to discover different types of plants and animals and the Discovery Room, that holds different themed activities every month. Balancing and climbing on the playground outside will be fun for your kids. Learn about the benefits of bees and honey from the three bee hives on-site. Local honey is harvested from the bee hives and is available. Trails around the center allow you to walk and enjoy the scenery of the area.
Hidden Oaks Conservation Area
Address: 419 Trout Farm Rd, Bolingbrook, IL
Website: Hidden Oaks Conservation Area
8. Illinois Aviation Museum: enhance your love for flying
For those aircraft fans out there, Illinois Aviation Museum will deepen your passion for flying. They hold a number of collections from historically significant aircraft to artifacts you can admire and gain knowledge from. Besides that, they give you a chance to enjoy a flying experience in the general aviation aircraft, ranging from light planes to corporate jets through The Young Eagles program. Flying in the sky and looking down from above, you will gain a different outlook on the world.
Illinois Aviation Museum
Address: 130 Clow International Parkway, Hangar One, Bolingbrook, IL 60490
Website: Illinois Aviation Museum
9. Hike, bike or ski through Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is a 10 minute’s drive from Bolingbrook. Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is formed by mountain ranges, potholes, prairies, savannas, and oak-maple woodlands. But what makes it famous is the breathtaking waterfall in its ravines. This forest preserve has 740 native plant species and you can find birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, reptiles and invertebrates, hiding or wondering in the forest. Four map trials covered by limestones and turf are made for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. Trail markings, signs, and maps are everywhere so you won’t get lost. Enjoy the scenery and spot some wildlife along your way. Your day will freshen up after hiking, biking or skiing in this natural treasure.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
Address: Lemont, IL 60439
Website: Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
10. Greene Valley Forest Preserve deepens your love for nature
Greene Valley Forest Preserve is a 17 minute drive from Bolingbrook. The forest preserve is full of red oak woodland, scattering timber, wetlands and a wide grassland on top of the hill. In autumn, you get to see oak trees blushing with colors of red, orange, and yellow. During spring, enjoy the view of wild flower displays. 12 miles (19.3 km) of marked trails are built for hikers, bicyclers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. There are 370 different kinds of native animals living in the forest with waterfowl, herons, egrets and other aquatic life living in the wetlands.
The Greene Valley offers several picnic spots for people where you can bring your own grills and make use of the hot-coal disposal containers. Catch a panoramic view of DuPage County and the Chicago skyline from the scenic overlook which is 190-feet-tall (58 meters) while having a picnic there. It is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from May to October.
Greene Valley Forest Preserve
Address: Naperville, IL 60565
Website: Greene Valley Forest Preserve
Things to take away from your journey
These activities allow you to bring back some of the best things from Bolingbrook, like clothes, books, flowers and most importantly the memories and the experiences that will last a lifetime.
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