While many vacationers instinctively head to the mountains or the coast with their families, there is an abundance of things to be discovered in the nation’s heartland. From unique cultural offerings to historical sites, a trip through the Midwest is both entertaining and rewarding. Here are three Midwest cities that you must visit with your kids.
St. Louis, MO
Located along the banks of the Mississippi River, this Midwest gem boasts a number of historical sites. Kids can learn about the Spirit of St. Louis, ride to the top of the famous Gateway Arch and visit the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial to experience where Lewis and Clark set out on their historic expedition westward. Six Flags St. Louis is always a fun day trip with the kids in tow. Or visit the Magic House, the region’s first interactive children’s museum. Featuring a replication of the Oval Office, a three-story beanstalk to climb and much more, this museum will keep kids busy for hours.
Don’t sleep on Indianapolis as a vacation destination. Indianapolis has been nicknamed, “Naptown,” for its relaxed reputation. So have a nice chill day with your kids visiting the Indianapolis Zoo or Eagle Creek Park. As the largest children’s museum in the world, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum features five levels of interactive exhibits. Conner Prairie delivers a glimpse into a variety of eras in time, including the Civil War. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate a trip to the NCAA Hall of Champions. While there, be sure to let the kids run around at the adjacent White River State Park, which offers more than 250 acres of green space.
The Windy City makes the perfect family-friendly vacation destination. Start your trip with a visit to the Shedd Aquarium, which gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with a myriad of marine life. Then head over to the Field Museum, featuring the world’s most complete Tyrannosaurus rex, mummies and more. When the kids need to burn off energy, you will love spending time at the 25-acre Millennium Park. Cap your trip with a cruise down the Chicago River, taking in the splendid architecture and other beauty of this bustling city.
Now is a great time to start planning your Midwest vacation adventure. Regardless of your travel preferences and needs, you can create an itinerary to meet all your specifications.
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