Whether your family wants to commune with nature, take a thrill ride or discover a new city, there are plenty of family vacation options within a half-day's drive of Chicago.You might also like:
Wisconsin Dells has an indoor water park to fit every family's needs. For younger children, choose a smaller water park where the water is shallow, the slides are gentle and the thrills are minor. Before you know it, they'll be big enough for Wisconsin's largest indoor water park: the Kalahari Resort.
The biggest challenge comes for parents who have kids of varying ages. The little ones get lost in the big water parks and the big ones get bored in the little water parks. If that's your family, head to a larger park (all of which have areas for little ones), but bring along another adult or two so you can divide and watch-one to splash with the tots in the gentle part of the park while another follows the older kids to the top of the steepest slides. And always check the Wisconsin Dells website for deals and details before heading to the Dells. For a water park adventure closer to home, try KeyLime Cove in Gurnee or Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort in Utica, which has both an indoor water park and an indoor amusement park.