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Things to do in Quincy, 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!

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

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.

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!

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!

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

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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!

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

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....

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Take a look into the history of Rock Falls Firefighting at this fun fire museum in Illinois - great for kids who love big trucks and learning!

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.

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!

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

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

Sterling, Illinois brings you that classic retro “spaceship” ticket booth, a playground for the little ones, and full service concession stand - have a 1950s movie experience with the family!

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

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!

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.

Camping fun in the oldest campground in Illinois, with 50 acres set for all campers and tents!

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

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.

7 major slides, wave pool, lazy river, 2 shallow interactive play areas for kids, giant sandbox, family shows PLUS zip line adventure course and Outback Road Rally!

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

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.

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

Come and get back to nature by exploring a beautiful botanical garden at Klehm Arboretum in Illinois!

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