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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.

  • 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.

  • Americas Incredible Pizza Company

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    (95 miles) St Louis

    Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf, Bumper Cars, Go-Karts, Bowling + loads more fun

  • 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 ...

  • Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center

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    (99 miles) Hopkinsville

    Featuring impressive solo and passenger tube slide rides and a large interactive water playground.

  • 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 ...

  • 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!

  • World Aquarium

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    (93 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 ...

  • St Louis Zoo

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    (97 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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, ...

  • Edwardsville Children's Museum

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    (92 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.

  • City Museum

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    (93 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 ...

  • Saint Louis Art Museum

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    (97 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.

  • The Magic House Museum

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    (99 miles) St Louis

    The Magic House will engage all children in hands-on learning experiences that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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!

  • Missouri Botanical Garden

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    (94 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.

  • The Earthways Center

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    (94 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 ...

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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 ...

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