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Family Day Trips around Chicago

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Families with kids have a wealth of day trip options in the Chicago area. Water slides and roller coasters are a scant hour's drive from Chicago at Six Flags Great America. A slightly longer drive will take visitors to Metropolis to visit Superman and to Garden of the Gods and Illinois Beach State Park for camping and hiking. Or get your kids in the car and take a road trip up historic Route 66.
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1 Lake Front Drive, Zion, IL 60099, USA
Thirty-five miles north of Chicago. The park is 1 mile from the Zion Metra stop, so you don't have to drive. Just pack your gear and take the train. The park is right on the lake, so you can spend the day on the beach or hike through the dunes....
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1015 Howard Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60018, USA
A walking path, golf course, fishing pier, paddleboat rentals, and volleyball courts ensure that everyone gets to experience nature in their favorite way at this 76-acre park. In the summertime, listen to one of the frequent live concerts while...
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7128 Barry St, Rosemont, IL 60018, USA
In the warm months, the Rosemont Park District’s Barry Recreational Center offers a fun, inexpensive way to keep kids cool—by splashing around in a safe play area with lots of fountains. At $5 a head for non-residents, it’s as cheap and easy a...
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House on the Rock, Wyoming, WI 53588, USA
A 14 room house that’s now a museum designed and curated by Alex Jordan to house his vast and interesting collections of stuff, it’s easy to spend a whole day in the House on the Rock and never even get to the rest of the 200 acres surrounding...
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601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173, USA
Only 37 short minutes outside of Chicago, the marvelous land of Legos awaits. Have you ever asked yourself “Can you make Legos into any shape on earth?” Well, I’m here to tell you the answer is “yes.” Yes, you most certainly can. From monkeys to...
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1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031, USA
Roller coasters, oh yeah! Six Flags is a classic theme park with roller coasters, carnival rides, hot dogs and funnel cakes on the midway and evening shows with gunfights and singing contests. But Six Flags also has a 10,000 square foot water park...
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517 Market St, Metropolis, IL 62960, USA
DC Comics proclaimed Metropolis, IL the official hometown of Superman; so, if you or your kids are fans of this superhero, you definitely want to get in the car and spend a day in Metropolis. Visit the Super Museum to see comics, Hollywood props,...
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Picnic Rd, Herod, IL 62947, USA
Get everyone outdoors and spend a day hiking, climbing and picnicking in one of Illinois’ most beautiful parks. Garden of the Gods is part of the Shawnee National Forest and has 5.5 miles of interconnected trailways meandering around beautiful...