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Things to do in Makanda, IL with kids

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!

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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

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!

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!

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

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

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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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