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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, Six Flags and Mayan Adventure Indoor Waterpark.  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, K1 Speed racing and Thunder Wolf Trail Rides!

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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  • Discovery Center Museum

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    (0 miles)Rockford

    The amazing Discovery Center Museum is full of over 250 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area. Out in the museum's backyard, visitors can explore Rock River Discovery Park, a giant, ...

  • Burpee Museum of Natural History

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    (1 miles)Rockford

    Welcome! Burpee Museum is a natural history museum specializing in paleontology, geology, biology, and Native American life. We have three floors of exhibits.

  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum

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    (1 miles)Rockford

    one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the United States from the 1800s. The Cottage is filled with Victorian Era furnishings and artifacts, plus campus contains an Indian Burial ...

  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden

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    (2 miles)Rockford

    Come and get back to nature by exploring a beautiful botanical garden at Klehm Arboretum.

  • Messy Palette Art Studio

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    (2 miles)Rockford

    Fun and creative art classes for kids aged 18 months all the way to 13 years, as well as kids birthday parties and kids gallery nights!

  • Midway Village Museum

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    (6 miles)Rockford

    Interpreters in authentic period clothing bring Northern Illinois history to life in authentic Midway Village and engage students through a variety of hands-on activities--from rope making to ...

  • Magic Waters Waterpark

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    (7 miles)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 ...

  • CoCo Key Indoor Water Park

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    (7 miles)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!

  • Summerfield Zoo

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    (14 miles)Boone

    Has everything from Alligators to Zebra! Located just a few minutes outside of Rockford and provide family fun, entertainment, and education. Please note the limited opening details.

  • Donleys Wild West Town

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    (28 miles)Union

    The excitement and charm of the Old West come alive at Donley's Wild West Town in Union, Illinois. Here you can experience life in the style of the Wild West where gunslingers have showdowns, and a ...

  • Illinois Railway Museum

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    (29 miles)Union

    The Illinois Railway Museum, as you see it today, is the result of decades of effort by a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers. All of the buildings, track, locomotives and cars were assembled here ...

  • All Seasons Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze

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    (31 miles)Woodstock

    All Seasons Apple Orchard is a pick your own apple orchard located in Woodstock, IL. We offer more than 11,000 U-Pick apple trees and 12 varieties of apples. We also have a pick your own pumpkin ...

  • Midway Drive In Theatre

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    (40 miles)Sterling

    From the classic retro “spaceship” ticket booth, to the Playground for the kiddies in front of the screen, to the full service concession stand, a trip to the Midway is like entering a time ...

  • CMP Tactical Lazer Tag Lake Geneva

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    (42 miles)Lake Geneva

    Offers an extensive outdoor arena for the live action, zero contact, combat simulation game Lazer Tag played with infra red equipment.

  • Hickory Hills Campground

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    (43 miles)Edgerton

    Welcome to Hickory Hills Campground! Join us for the BEST family camping in a Beautiful Wooded setting! Rental Cottage, Hot Showers, Water & Electric Hookups. Our Well-Stocked Store & Snack Bar help ...

  • Santas Village Azoosment Park

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    (44 miles)East Dundee

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

  • Fox River Trolley Museum

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    (45 miles)South Elgin

    The Fox River Trolley Museum is a great place for the whole family - EDUCATION THROUGH DEMONSTRATION and FUN! There are now two destinations - The Jon Duerr (Blackhawk) Forest Preserve and Castlemuir ...

  • My Town Playground

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    (45 miles)Island Lake

    Indoor playground for children 6 years and under, with ride ons, toys and play areas.

  • Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum

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    (46 miles)Rock Falls

    Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum takes a look into the history of Rock Falls firefighting. It is located in the former Rock Falls Fire Station. Local memorabilia, firefighting tools, pictures, and ...

  • Jump Zone

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    (46 miles)St Charles

    We are the largest indoor play arena in the Fox Valley, offering 8 GIANT INFLATABLES in an indoor, climate-controlled arena. We specialize in children's birthday parties from ages 1 to 10.

  • Clarion Amana Colonies & Wasserbahn Resort

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    (47 miles)Williamsburg

    Get soaked and stoked on our frontier-themed custom rides and attractions! Make The Wasserbahn your personal family playground!

  • Steel Beam Childrens Theatre

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    (47 miles)St Charles

    Daily children's and main stage shows, plus participation theatre in the form of classes, summer camps, workshops and audition-based theatrical productions for children ages 6 to 16.

  • Busy Barns Adventure Farm

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    (49 miles)Fort Atkinson

    A fun place for kids to play with super cute animals, as well as enjoy this educational and playful farm.

  • Goebberts Pumpkin Patch

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    (49 miles)South Barrington

    A true pumpkin patch experience with fun for the whole family: Critter Maze, Petting Zoo, Wagon Rides, 3D Haunted Mine, Corn Stalk Maze, Pumpkin-eating Dinosaur, Pig Races, Pony Rides and much more!

  • East Troy Electric Railroad

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    (50 miles)East Troy

    The East Troy Electric Railroad runs from East Troy to Mukwonago in southeast Wisconsin. Regular weekend service begins May 10th and continues every weekend and holiday through October 26th. Weekday ...