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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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  • Carbondale Fun Park

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    (13 miles) Carbondale

    This great family amusement park features go-carting, miniature golf and a games center with lots of video games and fun! One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do ...

  • Kidz Play Zone

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    (14 miles) Carbondale

    Fun indoor play with inflatables to bounce and bounce on! Kids can also enjoy the games table with foosball and air hockey.

  • Lazy L Safari Park

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    (44 miles) Cape Girardeau

    Lazy L Safari Park is a walk-thru zoo featuring animals from Alligators to Zebras! Visitors can get up close and personal with over 50 different species of exotic animals. You'll also find a ...

  • YaYas Island

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    (47 miles) Paducah

    Yayas Island is a Tropical Island Themed Playground with Soft Play System, Bounce Houses, and Redemption Games.

  • The Museum of the American Quilters Society

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    (48 miles) Paducah

    The Museum of the American Quilter's Society (MAQS) is a non-profit institution established to educate, promote, and honor today's quiltmaker.Throughout the year, MAQS offers a variety of educational ...

  • Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland

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    (57 miles) Calvert City

    Only in America! A weird, wacky and wonderful folk art roadside attraction with it's own Toyland toy museum!

  • Kentucky Shores Family Fun Center

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    (64 miles) Gilbertsville

    Zip lines, go-karts, rock climbing, laser tag....amazing family fun in Kentucky perfect for active kids!

  • Venture River Family Water Park

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    (64 miles) Eddyville

    Welcome to Western Kentucky\'s Only Water Park! Come and join the fun at Venture River Water Park. Your little ones can safely slide, splash, squirt at the Pleasure Island Kiddie area. For family ...

  • Holiday Hills Resort

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    (64 miles) Eddyville

    A great location on Lake Barkley, this resort gives you the option to "rough it" camping or enjoy more comfortable accommodations. The great outdoors is waiting!

  • American Obstacle

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    (71 miles) Kinmundy

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

  • Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden

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    (75 miles) Evansville

    Situated on 50 acres of rolling hills on Evansville's north west side. Mesker park zoo is home to over 700 animals, thousands of exotic botanic species and Amazonia , forest of riches!

  • The USS LST Ship Memorial

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    (76 miles) Evansville

    Take a tour of a significant historic amphibious vessel and learn about life onboard from the mess deck to the Captain's cabin! Guaranteed to fascinate imaginative kids on your Indiana family day ...

  • Koch Planetarium

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    (76 miles) Evansville

    A planetarium is a domed theater in which a realistic and scientifically-accurate simulation of the night sky is created, using a highly-specialized "star projector." One of the many fun family ...

  • Koch Family Childrens Museum

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    (76 miles) Evansville

    18,000 square feet of hands on, multi media exhibits and activities encouraging skill development, self expression and the freedom to explore.

  • Patchwork Central

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    (76 miles) Evansville

    Fills a significant place in the local community and beyond, offering free arts class places to children considered vulnerable in a super nurturing creative environment. Other families are welcome to ...

  • Canvas and Conversation LLC

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    (78 miles) Evansville

    Everyone wants to have fun! We offer art entertainment sessions using acrylic paints and a 16 x 20 inch canvas. We give guided instructions so no artistic skills are necessary. We meet entertainment ...

  • Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

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    (79 miles) Evansville

    Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is an Indiana State Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark featuring nearly 200 acres of virgin bottomland hardwood forest. This old-growth lowland forest is of ...

  • Stars and Stripes Museum

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    (80 miles) Bloomfield

    Founded in 1991, the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library Association, Inc. is a dedicated group of men and women committed to preserving the history of the United States Armed Forces military newspaper, ...

  • Gattitown Evansville

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    (80 miles) Evansville

    Gattitown Evansville offers complete Family Entertainment! Over 20,000 sq. ft. of FUN! Our All-You-Care-To-Eat-&-Drink Buffet includes delicious pizzas, pastas, fresh salad bar over 50+ items, ...

  • Adventure Land Golf

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    (80 miles) Evansville

    Spend an adventurous day at Evansville, Indiana's most unique and exciting miniature golf course. AdventureLand has two 18 hole courses surrounded by caves, waterfalls, and streams. One of the many ...

  • Land Between The Lakes

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    (82 miles) Golden Pond

    Biking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, camping, hiking...all fun activities the family can do in this nature filled recreation area in Kentucky!

  • Lazer Force Lazer Tag Caseyville

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    (86 miles) Caseyville

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

  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

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    (88 miles) Collinsville

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

  • Maryville Fun Tyme

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    (89 miles) Maryville

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

  • The Gateway Arch

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    (92 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!

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