Five Road Trip Ideas Perfect for Families

Chicago is still a hot spot for tourism, but what if you are looking to get out of town?  Need a nearby road trip or a mini-vacation that is perfect for families?

I don't know about you, but those radio and television ads for "Pure Michigan" always tempt me! Even the new one about fishing up in Michigan makes me want to pack up the bags and get the family on the road. (I don't even fish!)

School Zone has put together a few suggestions for families that can be adapted for young children to teens. Some of these road trips have teachable moments and others are just plain fun. Check out the pictures in the gallery below---

Wisconsin:  An obvious choice for a Wisconsin trip is the Dells but ...the state parks are great for hiking, rock climbing, swimming and camping. You can find a circus museum for little ones in Baraboo.

Pennsylvania:  This year is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and you can visit the official tourism site for special upcoming events.  The museum and visitor center is very well done. One stop you won't want to miss with kids is Jenny Wade's home.

Indiana:  Fair Oaks Farm is a dairy lover's delight- homemade ice cream and cheeses.  Take a tour bus to see how the dairy farm runs and possibly witness the birth of a calf! Next stop an amusement park on the water- Indiana Beach Amusement park.

Missouri: Ted Drewes custard is a perfect summer stop on your way to the Arch. Children will be enthralled with City Museum.  Designed by an artist and sculptor, it is extremely unique with areas to climb, work with clay and paint, and watch a magic show.  Even older kids ask to go back because it is NOT your typical museum.

Michigan:  Our family and my sibling's families have taken trips to the beaches of Michigan together several times and we always come back relaxed. For a bit of extra fun, don't miss a dune buggy ride- exciting for all ages.


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  • Great post - thanks so much! My tween adores the City Museum and has been asking to go back for a year. Will definitely stop for custard the next time we go!

  • Reminds me of past trips. Good ideas and worth trying.

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