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Fun things to do in HILLSBORO

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 State 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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  • Edwardsville Children's Museum

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    (35 miles) Edwardsville

    All things fun and play in this colorful Illinois children's museum, with hands-on exhibits perfect for those little ones to learn through play.

  • Maryville Fun Tyme

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    (38 miles) Maryville

    18 hole lighted miniature golf course, heated indoor batting cages and arcade room.

  • Henson Robinson Zoo

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    (39 miles) Springfield

    The zoo is now home to more than 300 animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Over 90 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. ...

  • National Great Rivers Museum

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    (40 miles) East Alton

    This 12,000-square-foot facility is the result of a collaboration of the Corps and the nonprofit Meeting of the Great Rivers Foundation and tells the story of the Mississippi River. The Museum ...

  • Knights Action Park

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    (41 miles) Springfield

    Slides, Rides, Games, & Fun! Illinois Favorite Family Fun Park Is "...Where The Action Is!" Feel like practicing your batting swing? Come to where the action is. Ready to cool down from the summer ...

  • Illinois State Museum

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    (42 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 ...

  • American Obstacle

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    (44 miles) Kinmundy

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

  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site

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    (45 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!

  • Springfield Walks

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    (45 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.

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

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    (45 miles) Springfield

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

  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

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    (46 miles) Collinsville

    A fascinating UNESCO site of what was once one of the greatest cities in the world!

  • Lazer Force Lazer Tag Caseyville

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    (48 miles) Caseyville

    A super atmospheric two storey lazer tag arena with full arcade and even indoor mini golf!

  • The Gateway Arch

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    (53 miles) St Louis

    The nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is an iconic attraction for kids to experience! They can visit the very top on a super fun tram, and even watch movies! Iconic St. Louis!

  • World Aquarium

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    (53 miles) St. Louis

    Over 10,000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at the World Aquarium as well as unique land animals like sloths, alligators, two headed snakes and two-headed turtles. You can ...

  • City Museum

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    (53 miles) St Louis

    Treat yourselves to a trip into the multi level mind of artist Bob Cassilly, from the rooftop Ferris Wheel down through 3 jam packed floors of creative and exhilarating fun to actual caves beneath ...

  • The Earthways Center

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    (54 miles) St Louis

    The EarthWays Home, a three-story Victorian residence built in 1885 at 3617 Grandel Square, was renovated in 1994 to showcase practical demonstrations of energy efficient systems, recycled products ...

  • St Louis Science Center

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    (56 miles) St Louis

    Explore science and learning with your children as they begin to understand the world around them. Families can experience the remarkable natural world together in a nurturing child-friendly ...

  • Scovill Zoo

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    (56 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.

  • Childrens Museum of Illinois

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    (56 miles) Decatur

    The Childrens Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum for children ages three to twelve! Its exhibits and activities complement and enhance childrens educational opportunities, ...

  • Missouri Botanical Garden

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    (56 miles) St Louis

    Visit the country's OLDEST botanical garden in continuous operation! An oasis in St. Louis, with 79 acres of beautiful displays and gardens.

  • Saint Louis Art Museum

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    (56 miles) St Louis

    The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums, containing more than 30,000 works of art.

  • St Louis Zoo

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    (56 miles) St Louis

    he Saint Louis Zoo has educated, entertained and earned a place in the hearts of St. Louisans for generations. With the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, there began a long and slow process to ...

  • Blanchette Park and Aquatic Center

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    (59 miles) St Charles

    The Blanchette Aquatic Center is complete with two waterslides, an otter slide, a children's water playground, lily pad walk, diving area, lap swimming, and more. Added in 2004 is a drop slide sure ...

  • Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center

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    (59 miles) St. Charles

    Near the Missouri River is this historical attraction featuring exhibits all about that famous Lewis & Clark expedition!

  • Go Ape Creve Coeur Park

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    (61 miles) St. Louis

    Zip, swing, and climb through the trees! Go Ape Treetop Adventure is a highly interactive 2-3 hour outdoor experience featuring zip lines, tarzan swings, and awesome obstacles at heights of 40-50 ...

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