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Fun Day Trips Around Chicago for Families

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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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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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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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...