Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook, Illinois, is a well-established village, despite its comparatively short age as city histories go. The Village of Bolingbrook incorporated in 1965, and community spirit has blossomed along with the population. Throughout the city of 74,000, innovative recreational venues provide dozens of family-friendly things to do. With varied shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities centered in an open-air, Main Street-style mall, Bolingbrook invites visitors to discover just how much fun a village vacation can be.

A main Bolingbrook attraction is Illinois' only indoor/outdoor water park. Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park, on the west side of town, offers a place to float, splash, soak and swim all year long, regardless of inclement weather. Outdoor highlights feature a lazy river, seven water slides, a diving board, zero-depth entry pool and even beach volleyball. Inside, watery fun is found at the beach-entry pool, three slides, lap pool and hot tub.

Water is also the big attraction at Bolingbrook's Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm, a serene, 15-acre wildlife sanctuary. Anglers of all ages will be reeling from four lakes stocked year-round for sport fishing. Located off West Boughton Road, Hidden Lakes features fishing piers, a grassy picnic area and a biking/jogging path. Stop by the Tackle Box Bait Shop for fishing licenses and permits, live bait, tackle and snacks.

After fishing, visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center, also West Boughton Road. Nearly 80 acres of trails connect to Hidden Lakes and feature activity stations and outdoor exhibits, including a full-size wooly mammoth sculpted from reclaimed steel. Park-goers can investigate the 7,000-square-foot educational facility, built to resemble a tree stump on a grand scale. Kids will love the interactive nature displays and two-story rooftop garden, where families can picnic at café tables.

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