IL Posted in Illinois June 27, 2016 by Laura 9 Boardwalks In Illinois That Will Make Your Summer Awesome There is something very exciting about walking down a boardwalk. Even though we don’t have an ocean, we have quite a few boardwalks to walk down in Illinois. 1. The Grove (Glenview) Eden, Janine and Jim/Flickr The Grove is an area of gorgeous prairie and wooded lands. The boardwalk goes over the swampy areas. 2. North Park Nature Center (Chicago) auntjojo/Flickr This center is a 46 acre nature preserve featuring woodland, prairie, savanna and wetland. This nice boardwalk goes over water. 3. Starved Rock State Park (Oglesby) Jason and Kris Carter/Flickr Starved Rock offers quite a bit of variety of types of trails. One of the best is this boardwalk. 4. Springfield Matt Turner/Flickr When you head to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, there is a boardwalk going around. 5. Volo Bog State Natural Area (Grant) Justin Meissen/Flickr This bog was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973. The boardwalk trail goes through the tamarack zone to the bog. 6. Lincoln Marsh (Wheaton) Daniel X O'Neil/Flickr This 150 acres is quite the retreat. Woodchip, limestone and boardwalk trails make their way through this park. 7. Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago) Jeramey Jannene/Flickr The Lincoln Park Zoo has a boardwalk, just built within the last few years. It runs through the pond and exhibits the natural habitat. 8. Millenium Park (Chicago) foto4lizzie/Flickr The Lurie Gardens are bisected by a diagonal boardwalk. It represents the Lake Michigan seawall that bisects Grant Park. 9. Heron Pond (Vienna) Anthony George/Flickr This boardwalk is incredible because it allows you to walk right among the giant cypress trees. Some of the trees are over 1,000 years old. Have you been to any of these?