Drive time from Chicago 3½ hours, Wisconsin Dells
Reason to go It's one of the largest water parks in the Midwest, and it's spread out into three separate water parks, so there's tons to do. They've got great water slides for the swimmers and tons of shallow areas for the tots.
Restaurants Everything from burgers to pasta to sandwiches to please even the pickiest eaters. You also could rent a condo, which comes with a small kitchen if you want to BYO meals.
Need to know During the off-season, they usually close one of their water parks. Also, due to the sheer size of the water park, expect to do lots of walking, so bring a stroller if necessary.
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