Midwest Family Vacation Ideas

Midwest Family Vacation Ideas #1:

Albuquerque, New Mexico is a great vacation spot for families. One spot that the kids will enjoy is the aquarium at the Albuquerque Biological Park. They can tough hermit crabs and starfish in the touch pool and watch sharks in the 285,000-gallon shark tank.

Learn and have fun at the Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum. With over 250 hands on scientific exhibits about various aspects of technology.

A popular place to visit for kids is the American International Rattlesnake Museum with 30 species of rattlesnakes plus rattlesnake and and Native American artifacts.

The Rio Grande Zoo is another top vacation spot in Albuquerque with over 1,200 animals from 300 species. Many animals are housed in naturalized habitats with open moats for easy viewing.

Midwest Family Vacation Ideas #2:

By Stanly, Ohio - For the past decade or more I have tried to set aside a week each July to visit my favorite little corner of the country, the tiny town of Isanti, Minnesota.

This quaint Midwestern town of just a couple thousand people comes alive each July during its annual Rodeo Days event.

But this event is not only about its world class rodeo event; it is really about celebrating disappearing small town American values.

The whole town gets together for a solid week of events ranging from the uniquely wacky outhouse races (where the local Redbirds baseball team is a perennial winner) to donkey baseball games, turtle races, corn-cob feed, carnival rides and more.

The real highlight of the week is the impressive parade, with neighbors opening their lawns to anyone with a folding chair, turning the event into a town-wide block party.

Be sure to arm your kids with buckets because they will be filled with candy tossed to the onlookers by the parade participants. If you don't come from a small town yourself, you will feel like you are part of this one when you visit.

If you do plan to make the trip, check the dates because the event is held in July, but the exact date can vary. Often the timing of the event coincides with the fourth of July, which is also celebrated with a whole week's worth of fireworks displays. Of course the long mild summer evenings in this northern state are a welcome respite from the summer's heat in the rest of the country.

Midwest Family Vacation Ideas #3:

The Flying L Guest Ranch in Bandera, TX has a water park, 18 hole championship golf course, horseback riding, children's activities, western entertainment and campfire and smores each night.

This is a wonderful vacation idea for families or for couples. The woods around the Flying L Guest Ranch has lots of trails which are great for hiking as wells horseback riding.

You can also participate in a primitive rustic cowboy experience on the overnight horseback ride to the ranch's Hilltop Gazebo. The Kid's Club has lots of fun chidlren's activities for all the smaller cowpokes. Things like target shooting with a Red Ryder BB Gun, Junior Cowboy Olympics, arts & crafts and lots more. There's Putt Putt Golf and bike rentals and the western flavored water park.

The is family fun at it's best. The ranch can accommodate small and large families with rooms that have 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms, a 12 person bunkhouse or individual cabins with full kitchens and porch. You can even sleep in a tepee if you want.

Midwest Family Vacation Ideas #4:

Tucson, Arizona is a very popular spot in the Midwest for bicycling. Bring your bikes with you and have a biking vacation in Tucson. Or leave your bikes at home and rent some in town when you arrive. You will find lots of roads and trails for you to ride on.

Oracle Road is a favorite riding spot because it has nice wide road shoulders and offers cyclist great mountain scenery. A more challenging ride is Sunrise Road which runs along the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Santa Cruz River Park has a nice multi-use asphalt trail that's great for bicycling along the Rillito River. For trails that are good for both road bikes and mountain bikes, go to the Saguaro National Monument and Tucson Mountain Park.

Midwest Family Vacation Ideas #5:

Chicago, Illinois is always a great Midwest vacation idea for families. Here's a few of the top attractions in Chicago.
  • The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the few free zoos left in the country. It has over 1,000 animals and birds, it's family friendly and conveniently located in downtown Chicago.
  • Shedd Aquarium is another popular place to visit with kids. Marine life from around the world is on display and a favorite exhibit is the floor-to-ceiling windows in the "Wild Reef: Sharks at Shedd" display.
  • The Navy Pier has been a Chicago landmark for a hundred years. This is a recreational spot that kids will love with a huge Ferris wheel, an IMAX theater, kiddie rides, a children's museum and lots of other fun things to do.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago has artwork that dates back as far as 3,000 B.C. as well as works by famous artists like Picasso, Chagall and others.

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