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Fun things to do in Illinois

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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  • Six Flags Great America

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    Gurnee

    Those infamous thrill rides and family fun is waiting at this iconic Illinois theme park - Six Flags! From wet rides to dry and the gentle to the terrifying, they're bigger and better than ever with ...

  • Pirates Cove Childrens Theme Park

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    Elk Grove Village

    Buried treasure fun for the kids aged 1 to 9, with the hands-on amusements and entertainment to shivvvvver their timbers! From pirate ships to paddle boats...a great family day out for those little ...

  • Legoland Discovery Center Chicago

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    Schaumburg

    An indoor family entertainment destination and play center with over three million LEGO® bricks and nine attractions!

  • Santas Village Azoosment Park

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    East Dundee

    Great family fun spending the day in three amusement parks in one...as well as a zoo!

  • Magic Waters Waterpark

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    Cherry Valley

    Magic Waters Waterpark is WAVES OF FUN! Rockford Park District operates this family-friendly waterpark with high standards for safety, cleanliness, and friendly customer service. We're close by ...

  • Raging Rivers Water Park

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    Grafton

    Raging Rivers WaterPark is cool when it's hot! From our zoomin' Cascade Body Flumes to our lazy Endless River, there's something for everyone. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort

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    Utica

    Come enjoy skin-drenching fun in Illinois favorite year-round indoor water park! Your familys vacation starts at Grand Bear Falls, our 24,000 square foot indoor waterpark. Splash all day in the wave ...

  • Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park

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    Woodridge

    The exciting water attractions and green open space of Cypress Cove offer thrills and relaxation for all ages. Morning and evening swim lessons are offered.

  • Joliet Splash Station

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    Joliet

    Splashing family fun with this Illinois water park, with tunnels, slides, rapids, ravines, and tubes!

  • Raging Waves

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    Yorkville

    7 major slides, wave pool, lazy river, 2 shallow interactive play areas for kids, giant sandbox, family shows PLUS zip line adventure course and Outback Road Rally!

  • Splash Valley

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    Kankakee

    Splash Valley Aquatic Park’s attractions range from Rip-Roaring waters, to a zero-depth play ground, to a tropical sand pit. With all this and more, Splash Valley promises to be the hottest place ...

  • Skokie Water Playground

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    Skokie

    A fun place for the family to cool off in summer, this community water park has slides, play areas and a spray ground!

  • Pavilion Aquatic Center

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    Elk Grove Village

    Sure to be a big hit for all ages, the South Sea Lagoon Pool features a 72-foot waterslide set amid the ambiance of grassy huts and palm trees. Also, you'll find a: 25-yard Indoor Pool, Dry Sauna, ...

  • Rainbow Falls Waterpark

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    Elk Grove

    A tropical paradise of thrills and excitement. Fun house, giant water slides, tot pool, lazy river and more. Concessions and picnic areas.

  • Belvidere Park and Ganster Pool

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    Waukegan

    105 acre parkland with plenty of sporting opportunities and play areas. Within it is a small waterpark, including fun features, toddlers' wading pool and multi level diving boards.

  • The Water Works

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    Schaumburg

    Splashtastic family fun for the day at this indoor water park loved by kids!

  • CoCo Key Indoor Water Park

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    Rockford

    CoCo Key is Northern Illinois' ONLY all indoor water park! Splash-tastic attractions, a fun arcade with redemption prizes, birthday party rooms, private cabanas, snack bars…get ready to cool down!

  • Coral Cove Water Park

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    Carol stream

    A fun, beach-themed water park with multiple pools and water play features: Two awesome tube waterslides, A deep-water plunge pool with a drop-slide and diving board, large walk-in swimming pool, ...

  • Aquatics and Nature Museum

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    Round Lake

    offer 2 beach entry pools, 1 with interactive water play features including water slide, the other for more serious swimming. Also on site is the interactive Prairie Grass Nature Museum and ...

  • Shedd Aquarium

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    Chicago

    Shedd aquarium has over 32,000 animals you can come and see (with plenty you can touch!) Underwater family fun in Chicago!

  • Lincoln Park Zoo

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    Chicago

    Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal ...

  • Brookfield Zoo

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    Brookfield

    216 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with lots of beautiful animals waiting for families to visit them! An animal-tastic family day out in Chicago - both fun AND educational!

  • Glen Oak Zoo

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    Peoria

    The zoo aims enhance the greater Peoria area and its appeal by providing environments for people to discover, explore, preserve and enjoy the wonders of our natural world.

  • Henson Robinson Zoo

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    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. ...

  • Summerfield Zoo

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    Belvidere

    From the Alligators to the Zebra, this sweet Illinois zoo and farm has family fun, education, and entertainment! Great for those personal animal experiences!

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