Looking for some great Midwest vacation ideas? We track some great family vacation ideas in each of the American Midwest states including the great lake states.
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See the best things to do with kids from the Illinois official website - click here
Listed below are a few top ideas to get you started: See more Illinois accommodation and travel ideas on TripAdviosor
Visit the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial or Lincoln Pioneer Village. Indianapolis Motor Speedway or the nearby water park. Explore the Summer Festival Tours including Charley Creek Arts Fest, Circus City Festival, Three Rivers Festival, and more. In Evansville visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Mesker Park Zoo and more.
In the South see Mesker Park Zoo, Children's Museum of Evansville, Holiday World and more. Take a tourist train in the north or the south
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The best Indiana family vacation ideas fro the official website - click here
Iowa includes both the historic Mississippi and Missouri rivers and another state with a fantastic tourist rail-road. This one travels through the magnificent Des Moines River Valley.
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Visit Amana Colonies and the seven authentic German villages. Iowa vacation ideas from the official website - click here
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Kansas has many historic attractions along the I-70 including Superman's or Dorothy's homes (which is only a made up stories). Some other attractions include the Chisholm Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail, and the the cowboy gun slinging Dodge City.
Vacation ideas in Kansas from the official tourism office - click here
Michigan is great to visit in fall with 10,000 miles of scenic trails, 14,000 acres of vineyards, and lots and lots of forest of gold. If you don't like crowds avoid the Cherry Festival in Traverse City which takes place in Summer. Otherwise enjoy the teddy bear teas and parades.
Also don't miss the pretty beach towns which scatter the shoreline of the lake with their sand dunes and assorted water activities to boot. Warren Dunes State Park is as good a place as any to sample the best of this.
From the headwaters of northern Mississippi to crystal lakes Minnesota has a lot to offer in the outdoors.
Come with us as we explore Mark Twain's boyhood home of Missouri including all the top family friendly attractions across the state. Some of these include Silver Dollar City, Gateway Arch, Titanic Museum, Forest Park, Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden, City Museum, Table Rock Lake, Grant's Farm, Liberty Memorial, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
For families in Nebraska try the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff. There are also water parks in Columbus, Lexington, Lincoln, Omaha and Hastings.
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In Medora, play the Bully Pulpit Golf Course, visit South Unit or in Theodore Roosevelt National Park or take the Caprock-Coulee Trail through the wilderness.
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Lake Erie Shores and Islands the nearby islands in Ohio is home to lots of family activities. Take a ferry to a nearby island or visit the infamous Cedar Point amusement park. This area also has its share of lighthouses to visit and a Merry Go round museum.
The Kalahari Resort in Sandusky Ohio has an African look and is the largest indoor waterpark in the U.S.A. See more information on this outstanding family resort - Kalahari Resort Sandusky Ohio.
No doubt, the family-friendly heart of Ohio's Lake Erie shore is Sandusky (60 miles east of Toledo). It's home to gigantic (pictured), as well as four indoor water-park resorts.
With Aerials views of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Badlands National Park, and the Missouri River there is not any shortage of family attractions in South Dakota. This is one of your best chances to catch a glimpse of one of the thousands of roaming buffalo in the wild.
Wisconsin Dells resorts is known as the water park capital of the world. You have a huge 250,000 square feet of water park at the Wilderness Hotel and also the Noah's Ark. This is the largest outdoor water-park in America,
Door County, Wisconsin also offers an interesting old school seaside / lakeside way of life which the kid swill thrive in. Beautiful little bay townships, and lighthouse trails are sure to keep mum and dad satisfied as well.
The vacation town of Minocqua, Wisconsin has thousands of little lakes is a great place for kids to jump of the jetty and the odd opportunity to build a sand castle.
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Weather you are touring a great lake or visiting the largest water park in the United States (located in Wisconsin Dells), we have got it covered.
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