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Museums in Edwardsville, IL

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!

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.

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This 12,000-square-foot museum tells the story of Great Rivers like the Mississippi River, and how it affects our lives!

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This St. Louis museum is one of the most unusual in the country, with multi-level madness, a rooftop Ferris Wheel and 3 stories of creativity - including caves!

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A fascinating museum looking at the life, work and times of children's poet Eugene Field, all set in his childhood home

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The World Chess Hall of Fame presents world-class exhibitions that explore the connection of chess to art, culture, and history

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Located in the heart of historic Forest Park, the Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period

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A trip down memory lane in a beautiful historic building, taking you through the history of the telephone!

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Hands-on learning experiences in St. Louis that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills for kids!

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One of the best places to visit in Springfield with kids is the Illinois State Museum, with both permanent and temporary exhibitions that showcase the rich history of the state!

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A museum to identify, preserve, and portray outstanding achievements in African American history and culture.

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Children’s Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum, with exhibits & activities that encourage learning, particularly in arts & sciences

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A fascinating exploration of local Williamson County history, located in a former 20th century jail!

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The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties includes eight buildings (six historically significant buildings and two exciting), & interactive museums offering the chance to explore Samuel Clemens' childhood and experience the beloved stories he c....

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Explore what life was once like on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River at the Cape River Heritage Museum is located at the old police & fire station!

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Crisp Museum is located at the Missouri State University, and features exhibits displaying fine art, and local history

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Auto World Museum in Fulton, Missouri displays some of the most memorable automobiles known, with a 18,000 sq ft facility, housing not only vintage cars but some of the more modern classic cars as well!

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A great museum for train lovers, with rail cars on display, exhibits on the history of trains and railroading, as well as weekend trains rides May to October! Choo Choo what a fun family day out in Illinois!

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A museum part of the University to allow the general public to understand, learn about and be enriched by Earth Sciences. A fascinating and educational experience for the kids and the parents in Illinois.

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3 vast floors full of interactive experiment and hands on learning experiences at the Children's Discovery Museum in Illinois!

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Orpheum Children's Science Museum is a fun, creative and hands-on science museum in Champaign, Illinois where kids can learn and play through interactive exhibits. A great family day out!

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The Museum of Art and Archaeology is free & open to the public, with a host of treasures covering history, culture & art!

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Peoria Riverfront Museum not only features changing exhibits on various historic people and events, but also planetarium fun & theater shows!

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Self guided experience exploring the history of Caterpillar which includes a motion simulator ride, heritage gallery, vintage vehicles and future concepts.

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Stars and Stripes Museum is a dedicated to the official newspaper of the US Armed Forces!

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The National Quilt Museum in Kentucky is the largest quilt and fiber art museum in the world, with over 600 quilts in their collection, and rotating exhibits to offer new things to see with every visit!

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For those aerospace and aviation loving families, this Illinois museum is a great family day out option for you! With real aircraft that kids can get up close to, it's a fascinating look at the history and crafts of the aviation past.

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

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A fun science and tech learning experience for kids in Indiana, with hands-on exhibits that encourage learning through play!

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Diverse exhibits encouraging hands-on learning at this children's museum in Illinois, perfect for those inquisitive minds up to 12 years!

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All things Santa! Take the kids on a stroll through history at the Santa Claus Museum and Village, and visit various part of Santa's festive and magical world!

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Explore the life of artist Grant Wood, and THE house that inspired the painting American Gothic! Creative and historical family day out in Iowa!

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Founded in 1867, the Putnam is home to over 150,000 artifacts and specimens, the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science offers permanent and changing exhibits,and houses Iowa's only 3D IMAX Theatre.

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A great child friendly place to visit if you're searching for fun places for kids in Iowa is the Family Museum, whose aim is to inspire life-long learning in children through interactive arts and science activities and exhibits

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A fun interactive museum in Illinois where kids can climb inside a medieval castle, fly a jet plane, and sail on a ship - all part of the hands on discovery experience.

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Enjoy hands on science exhibits including nanotechnology, archeology, microscopes and kaleidoscopes, plus a Mars Rover simulation!

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Water park fun in Collinsville, Illinois for the whole family with this seasonal outdoor waterpark!

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

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

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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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Over 10,000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at this St.Louis aquarium, with interactive fun for kids too!

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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 and waste reduction practices. Today this handsome e....

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

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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 environment. The Discovery Room helps children focus on the....

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St Louis Zoo offers FREE admission, with additional fee-based activities great for kids, including carousel, railroad, 4D theater, Safari Tours and more!

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We Rock The Spectrum is a fun, colorful and safe indoor gym for kids up to 12yrs with open play, summer camp & birthday parties.

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Mini golf with a difference where it's all glow in the dark! Fun arcade too for those family days out in St. Louis!

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Fun in the sun over summer at this family friendly Illinois water park! With wave pools, rivers, slides and swirlpools...great fun for all ages!

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High standard indoor karting in St Louis for kids as young as 6 years! Walk-ins available, and electric karts too!

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Animal fun and history at Missouri's Grant's Farm, with over 900 animals, a historic cabin, carousel, pony rides and more!

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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!

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

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Zip, swing and climb through the ONLY treetop adventure course in Missouri! Great fun for active kids!

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Amazing kids fun in St. Louis with roller coasters, laser tag, tiny town, go-karts, bumper cars, and of course....pizza!

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A fun community style aquatic facility in St. Charles, with family nights, water slides, kids area and concessions!

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A family friendly water park in St. Charles with water slides, swimming pool, water activities and tasty concessions for the whole family!

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A beautiful and educational day out in Missouri, where kids can enjoy time surrounded by colorful creatures in the Butterfly House!

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Six Flags St. Louis has it all - with those screaming coasters to those charming kiddie rides! With water rides too, get ready to enjoy this family classic theme park!

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

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Water fun, go-carts, ferris wheels, golf, batting cages and so much more in this Springfield adventure park!

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Over 90 species from all over the world at this beautiful Springfield Zoo, giving kids a great day of animal-tastic learning!

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Nature Trails and a kids' fishing pond in Illinois, with fun interactive displays, and bird and squirrel watching indoors! Nature fun with handicapped accessible features too.

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A historic attraction for kids where they can explore the home where Abraham Lincoln lived before becoming president. A trip back in time!

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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.

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

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Natural wonders to explore in Meramec Valley, with cave tours for the whole family - and handicap accessible!

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Boo Castle Park is a private park opened to the general public, complete with a Dungeons and Dragons theme!

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Animal lovers of all ages can visit South African cheetahs, an Australian wallaby, and golden lion tamarins from Brazil, to name just a few!

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Fun for the family at Pirate Pete's with arcade, laser tag and an indoor play space for kids!

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A beautiful wildlife refuge in Marion, filled with incredible wildlife from bobcats, eagles, & turtles, with forests and lakes too!

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Mandala Gardens is 7 acres of gardens to explore in Marion, with seasonal flora, stonework and plenty of fun for kids!

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Outdoor seasonal fun in Marion with this refreshing swimming pool with recreational swimming, swim classes and more!

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Giant City State Park has over 4,000 acres of outdoor adventures for the family in Illinois, with forest, bluffs, ponds, & lots of outdoor fun!

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Fascinating 55 minute tours into the Mark Twain Caves, as well as fun activities like special seasonal tours and Mark Twain shows.

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Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Water Wars, a Bounce House and much more at this Missouri family fun park!

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The Mark Twain has been a unique feature on the Hannibal riverfront for more than twenty years. We strive to offer visitors and residents of Hannibal a uniquely authentic riverboat experience on the "Mighty Mississippi".

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The Visitor Centre offers some live exhibits, plus interactive exhibits, multi sensory displays and a birdhide and observation area.

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Africa comes to Missouri with this walk-thru zoo, with over 50 different species from all over the world, with a petting zoo and gemstone mining too!

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A family friendly campsite where you can enjoy not only the on-site activities, like the swimming pool, but also the fun adventures to be had nearby, such as fishing!

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2 acres of kids fun in Illinois with go-karts, roller skating, laser tag, bumper cars and more!

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The Discovery Playhouse has 2 floors filled with exhibits designed for families to play, learn and discover, with more to come!

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The Dickson Mounds Museum is a branch of the Illinois State Museum and a National Historic Site, is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States, with a unique opportunity to explore 12,000 years of human history!

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Glenn House is a historic home built in 1883, and today is open to the public to experience like in 19th century Missouir!

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Experience a HUGE indoor playground, with bouncers, slides, play structures, toddler area, and arcade...where kids AND adults can play!

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Visit one of the remaining Civil War forts in Cape Girardeau at Fort D Historic Site, via self-guided tours, guided tours & re-enactments!

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An insight into the life and times of one of the world's most memorable political leaders in an accessible way for kids. Fascinating day of history in Missouri.

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Fall fun in Callaway County, Missouri on this working farm that loves to have kids enjoy their corn maze, hayrides, campfires and more!

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The Zone is not just roller skating, but a ton of other fun activities for kids to spend the day! Laser Tag, Laser Maze, and a play area bouncers, as well as an arcade!

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Camping fun for families in the heart of Illinois! With fun activities, beautiful nature and LOTS of kids fun!

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Follow the yellow brick road into this fun themed garden in Illinois, where kids can travel through forests, Munchinkland, and castles!

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Miller Park Zoo features an extensive collection animals, reptiles & birds from around the word, with daily animal feeding, keeper talks & more!

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Family fun galore with kiddie rides, batting cages, go-karts, bumper boats and bumper cars, as well as pizza too!

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We have many different rooms and areas for a total of more than 20,000 square feet of variable climbing surface making us one of the largest climbing gyms in North America. Plus massive multi-level bouldering cave and training area.

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Great fun for active kids in Missouri with bowling, laser tag, and an arcade. Who is up for the challenge?

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900 acres of wooded parkland featuring opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing and sledding, plus the Hi-Tower Observation Deck.

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Explore one of the longest rail-to-trails in the entire USA in this Missouri state park. Some of the sections are even part of the history Lewis & Clark Historic Trail!

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Amazing indoor fun in a HUGE play structure, with an arcade too, perfect for toddlers, right through to the grandparents! Everyone can play!

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Papa's Cat Café gives you the chance to pet cats, play with cats, and enjoy delicious food & coffee too!

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History comes back to life at this Historical Park! Your family day out can be fun and educational at this historic site that made a huge impact to the USA.

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Explore the animals of Africa, Asia, Australia, yet next leave Illinois! Peoria Zoo features amazing learning opportunities for kids, and great animal fun!

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2,000 acre of beautiful parkland with a wildlife park home to 150 creatures over 50 species. With a fishing lake, mountain bike tracks and hiking tracks, this really is an outdoor adventure for the whole family.

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4,000 feet of simulated street-life for kids to practice the rules of the road on, plus a toddler playground! Bike fun in Illinois!

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Indoor fun in Kentucky for active and curious kids with a tropical themed indoor playspace, with bounce houses, slides, and a waterfall!

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Situated on 50 acres of rolling hills, Mesker Park Zoo is home to over 700 animals, thousands of exotic botanic species and Amazonian forest of riches!

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In 1979, two guys had many antique and collector autos stored in various places in the Peoria, Illinois area. They started thinking about storing them in one place, such as a building on the north edge of the city. Nothing could be found that suite....

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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 places to go if you're looking for things to do with kid....

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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 out. Ahoy maties!

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Great indoor and outdoor family fun in Indiana with mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, a kids playland, and an arcade too!

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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 at a modest charge.

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10,000 sq ft of inflatable fun at The Bouncin Barn, with gym, toddler area and birthday party rooms too!

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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 exceptionally high quality.

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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.

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Those active kids will love to bounce the day away with wall to wall trampolines at this Indiana Trampoline Park!

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Family water park and fun centre with lots of different fun slides for the whole family.

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Kickapoo State Park is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, with water sports and all kinds of wildlife. Adventures in Illinois!

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Ooffers guided trail and pony rides against some spectacular scenery, plus lessons and classes, with all temperament of mounts available to suit all abilities.

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

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35,000 sq ft of family fun with rides, games and simulators, PLUS 12,000 sq ft of high-tech playground for kids to enjoy!

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A 70,000 square foot water park, full-service restaurants, award-winning bowling center, large indoor speedway, golf course, laser tag arena - all in a resort with day admission!

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Grass prairie areas, oak and hickory forests, lakes, 3 nature preserves and the 170 acre Lake Mingo. The visitor center offers a 1000 gallon aquarium, natural history museum and American Indian display.

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Canoe the Vermilion River, climb the observation tower, camp, picnic and explore using the River Ridge Back Pack Trail.

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Painless, mess-less action combat game, with blacklight, fog, flashing lights and heart pumping music! Perfect for those active kids over 5.

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Kooky mini golf with live animals included, plus the Jungle Run awaits the brave and the swift, aided of course by your golf cart!

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Make a SPLASH in Kentucky with this fun water park, with tubes, wave pool, lazy rivers, and even zip lines!

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

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The biggest, fastest, funnest, safest, cleanest, number one-en-est family fun at the Lake of the Ozarks! For any age, for anybody, Big Surf Waterpark has a variety of rides and attractions! The only thing missing is you!

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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!

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Guided tours around one of the most scenic caves in the country, with the Bridal Cave in Missouri. With trails, lakes, and picnic areas too!

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Lincoln Amphitheatre is a completely covered outdoor theatre featuring the musical drama Young Abe Lincoln in 2009's bicentential of his birth.

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Explore the boyhood of Abraham Lincoln in this fascinating and historic attraction in Indiana. Show kids they can be anything they want to be!

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An amazing family campground with a waterpark, mini golf, sports fun, kayaking and gem mining....just to name a few!

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Scream your head off riding some of the top coasters on the planet! Whether you like to spin, bump, fly, or bounce, your family will laugh yourself silly on these great family rides.

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

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Great indoor water fun at this resort, with day passes available. 24,000 square feet of play zones, slides and lazy rivers! Great Illinois water fun all year round!

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Enjoy 40,000 sq ft of big splash water park fun in Indiana, with a host of water park fun for the whole family!

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Indoor trampolining fun for active kids in Bloomington, as well as slam dunk zone, obstacle course, dodgeball & more!

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Older kids will love these tours along an underground river, surrounded by great chambers that are millions of years old! Great fun in Indiana!

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900 animals representing 160 species on 40 acres. Includes children's zoo, carousel, playground and miniature train. Animal fun in Illinois!

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WonderLab is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for people of all ages, especially children, to experience the wonder and excitement of science through hands-on exhibits and programs that stimulate c....

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Spanning over 200,000 acres, Hoosier National Forest has camping, hiking, horseback riding, historic sites & more!

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Paoli Peaks is a fun Ski Resort in Southern Indiana offering alpine skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing during the winter months.

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A fun and challenging mini golf for the whole family, with elevations, ponds and waterfalls. Geared towards kids but just as fun for adults!

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A fun family aquatic center featuring impressive solo and passenger tube slide rides and a large interactive water playground!

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A beautifully secluded family oriented campground & RV park, with golfing, fishing and lakes.

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18 hole championship mini-golf with fun obstacles geared towards kids, but still perfect for the whole family!

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Southfork Resort is known as "The Family Place" so what better way to test that out than to visit! They offer cabins and camping sites, and RV's are more than welcome! Great for fishing and rafting on the famous Southfork River in Arkansas.

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A fun water park within a community center featuring a seasonal outdoor water park, with year round indoor aquatic center

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A historic look at where the Union victory occurred in 1862. Civil war history right at your feet, at this fascinating Tennessee national battlefield!

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Underground adventure in Indiana for the whole family with tours through incredible natural wonders, as well as gem stone mining!

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Columbian Park Zoo is home to over 190 animals and offers FREE admission! This Indiana favorite is where kids can visit amazing animals from all over the world!

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A beautiful family farm with fun activities and cute animals for those budding farmers from pre-K to 3rd grade to enjoy!

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Enjoy a real life wild animal safari and get to experience feeding the animals. Exotic animals will literally eat right out of the palm of your hand!

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