Things to do in ARCOLA with kids

Illinois is a state seeped in history, excitement and adventure. It was also the state that Abraham Lincoln chose to call home, so that makes it pretty special! (You can even visit his home at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site!) 

The Prairie State has thrills and spills ahoy with Pirates Cove Children’s Theme Park, and that classic Six Flags Great America!  There are animals a-plenty with attractions like Brookfield Zoo, Summerfield Zoo and Wildlife Prairie Park, and great adventures perfect for those little kids with Safariland!

Museums are never far away featuring an incredible range of exhibits from the Geology Museum and the Chanute Aerospace Museum, to the Monticello Railway Museum and the historic Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum.

Active kids - you will have a field day with attractions such as American Obstacle adventure park, and the very exciting K1 Speed racing!

Illinois has small towns with charm, and big cities with excitement.  It’s the heart of America with endless places to visit with kids. Enjoy it, and don’t forget to get your kicks because Illinois is the start of Route 66!

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  • Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum

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    Arcola

    The Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum opened to the public in May of 1999, in Arcola, Illinois. We are the only officially licensed Raggedy Ann & Andy museum in the world!

  • Douglas Hart Nature Center

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    (13 miles) East Mattoon

    The Visitor Centre offers some live exhibits, plus interactive exhibits, multi sensory displays and a birdhide and observation area.

  • Monticello Railway Museum

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    (29 miles) Monticello

    A great museum for train lovers, with rail cars on display, exhibits on the history of trains and railroading, as well as weekend trains rides May to October! Choo Choo what a fun family day out in ...

  • Orpheum Children's Science Museum

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    (30 miles) Champaign

    A fun, creative and hands-on science museum in Champaign, Illinois where kids can learn and play through interactive exhibits. A great family day out!

  • Childrens Museum of Illinois

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    (34 miles) Decatur

    Hands-on fun for kids aged 3 years to 12, with interactive exhibits in this children's museum to teach them about science, the arts, and more!

  • Scovill Zoo

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    (34 miles) Decatur

    Animal lovers of all ages can visit South African cheetahs, an Australian wallaby, and golden lion tamarins from Brazil, to name just a few!

  • Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve

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    (36 miles) Mahomet

    900 acres of wooded parkland featuring opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing and sledding, plus the Hi-Tower Observation Deck.

  • Chanute Aerospace Museum

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    (43 miles) Rantoul

    For those aerospace and aviation loving families, this Illinois museum is a great family day out option for you! With real aircraft that kids can get up close to, it's a fascinating look at the ...

  • Kickapoo State Park

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    (43 miles) Oakwood

    A paradise for nature enthusiasts, water sports or boating fans and all kinds of wildlife lovers, plus a great adventure playground, and in winter one may try cross-country skiing, sledding, ice ...

  • Thunder Wolf Trail Rides

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    (44 miles) Oakwood

    Ooffers guided trail and pony rides against some spectacular scenery, plus lessons and classes, with all temperament of mounts available to suit all abilities.

  • Ballard Nature Center

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    (48 miles) Altamont

    Nature Trails and a kids' fishing pond in Illinois, with fun interactive displays, and bird and squirrel watching indoors! Nature fun with handicapped accessible features too.

  • Kennekuk County Park

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    (48 miles) Danville

    Grass prairie areas, oak and hickory forests, lakes, 3 nature preserves and the 170 acre Lake Mingo. The visitor center offers a 1000 gallon aquarium, natural history museum and American Indian ...

  • Forest Glen Nature Preserve

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    (48 miles) Danville

    Canoe the Vermilion River, climb the observation tower, camp, picnic and explore using the River Ridge Back Pack Trail.

  • Terra Haute Children's Museum

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    (50 miles) Terre Haute

    A fun science and tech learning experience for kids in Indiana, with hands-on exhibits that encourage learning through play!

  • Bogeys Family Fun Center

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    (50 miles) Terre Haute

    Great indoor and outdoor family fun in Indiana with mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, a kids playland, and an arcade too!

  • The Bouncin Barn

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    (50 miles) Terre Haute

    Great exercise for the kids on rainy days and in the winter. Also, basketball gym too!

  • Gradys Family Fun Park

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    (64 miles) Bloomington

    Grady's Family Fun Park consists of 12 Batting Cages, 18 Go Karts, 16 Bumper Boats, 16 Bumper Cars, an 18 hole Deluxe Miniature Golf Course, a Video Arcade, and various carnival rides including, Red ...

  • Miller Park Zoo

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    (66 miles) Bloomington

    Offers an extensive collection of well cared for animals, reptiles and birds from around the word, with a daily animal feeding schedule, plus keeper talks and interaction opportunities.

  • Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climb

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    (66 miles) Bloomington

    We have many different rooms and areas for a total of more than 20,000 square feet of variable climbing surface making us one of the largest climbing gyms in North America. Plus massive multi-level ...

  • Childrens Discovery Museum

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    (67 miles) Normal

    3 vast floors full of interactive experiment and hands on learning experiences designed to reinforce love of thought and exploration in all ages. Serious fun.

  • Henson Robinson Zoo

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    (68 miles) Springfield

    Over 90 species from all over the world at this beautiful Springfield Zoo, giving kids a great day of animal-tastic learning!

  • American Obstacle

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    (70 miles) Kinmundy

    A challenging and thrilling outdoor adventure park featuring a 6 different ziplines, team building courses, rock climbing wall, and kayaking!

  • Illinois State Museum

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    (71 miles) Springfield

    The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois' natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. The Museum's extensive collections and research activities provide ...

  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site

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    (72 miles) Springfield

    A historic attraction for kids where they can explore the home where Abraham Lincoln lived before becoming president. A trip back in time!

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

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    (72 miles) Springfield

    A fascinating, historical and educational day with the whole family as you walk through the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

  • Springfield Walks

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    (72 miles) Springfield

    Fun and fascinating walking tours around the wonderful city of Springfield, Illinois. Includes a full haunted history tour! Great for kids aged 5 and up.

  • Knights Action Park

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    (73 miles) Springfield

    Water fun, go-carts, ferris wheels, golf, batting cages and so much more in this Springfield adventure park!

  • Kentukiana Kampground

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    (79 miles) Mackinaw

    Camping fun for families in the heart of Illinois! With fun activities, beautiful nature and LOTS of kids fun!

  • George Rogers Clark Historical Park

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    (81 miles) Vincennes

    History comes back to life at this Historical Park! Your family day out can be fun and educational at this historic site that made a huge impact to the USA.

  • Wizard Of Oz Garden

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    (97 miles) Mapleton

    Follow the yellow brick road into this fun themed garden in Illinois, where kids can travel through forests, Munchinkland, and castles!

  • Peoria Riverfront Museum

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    (97 miles) Peoria

    An interdisciplinary extravaganza blanding art, history, science and achievement to an educative thrill that will get everyone seriously thinking. Plus 3D Giant Screen Cinema and Dome Planetarium.

  • Caterpillar Visitors Center

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    (97 miles) Peoria

    Self guided experience exploring the history of the brand's development which includes a motion simulator ride, heritage gallery, vintage vehicles and future concepts.

  • Peoria Zoo

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    (98 miles) Peoria

    Explore the animals of Africa, Asia, Australia, yet next leave Illinois! Peoria Zoo features amazing learning opportunities for kids, and great animal fun!

  • Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences

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    (100 miles) Peoria

    The museum features exhibition galleries, Planetarium, Illinois Folk Art Gallery, Discovery Center, valuable collections of fine arts, folk arts and natural history, and educational programming for ...