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Top 8 Kids Camping Ideas for The Midwest


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The Midwest of the United States is filled with fantastic activities for families, and kids. There are fun museums and zoos in the cities, and lots of outdoor fun in the parks and lakes of the region. No matter what your child loves to do there are plenty of options in the Midwest. Here are a few top picks for kids in the region.

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore

Kids love beaches and this Michigan destination has 35 miles of beaches for your kids to explore. While enjoying the sandy beaches and the nice water, children can have a treasure hunt looking for Petoskey Stones, fossils of coral. Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes is also a great park for enjoying the sand dunes of the area as well as plenty of hiking and more.

The Wisconsin Dells

The Wisconsin Dells are known as the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” and they have many great water parks for the whole family to enjoy. There are all sorts of indoor water parks, as well as the largest outdoor water park in the country, the largest indoor water park resort, and even the largest water and theme park in the country. In addition to the water parks the region also has petting zoos, the International Crane Foundation, which is home to the Whooping Crane, and even an assortment of different festivals and events held in the area each year. Children are sure to love all of the excitement in the Wisconsin Dells.

South Dakota’s Black Hills and Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore located in the stunning Black Hills of South Dakota is a great destination for kids interested in the history and values of America. The memorial celebrates four of this nation’s greatest presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. Each of these presidents contributed to the values and culture of our country and today visitors come from around the world to enjoy this symbol of the country. Visitors to Mount Rushmore can take guided ranger tours, and watch the evening program with the lighting of the faces.


This Midwest big city is filled with kid friendly attractions. There is nothing like a big city to fill up the days of a vacation with activities. Throughout Chicago children are sure to find  plenty of fun. The Lincoln Park Zoo is a wonderful destination for the whole family. Chicago also has some great pro sports, kids are sure to love watching a game at Wrigley Field or Comiskey Park.

Arkansas Hot Springs

Even kids enjoy some relaxation, and what better way to soak it up than at the hot springs. Hot Springs National Park offers visitors a wide variety of activities as well as plenty of relaxation in the springs themselves. The historic town is filled with points of interest, which even kids can find interesting, including  the Fordyce Bathhouse, now restored, which was during its time one of the most amazing bathhouses. Today the Fordyce Bathhouse is the park’s visitor center and museum as well. Visitors to Hot Springs can also enjoy exploring the park’s many trails. Of course, no trip to Hot Springs would be complete without a bath, within the park, visitors can stop for a traditional experience at the Buckstaff Baths, or try a more modern experience at the Quapaw Baths and Spa.

Cedar Point and Sandusky, Ohio

Theme park enthusiasts looking for lots of rides and thrills will be delegated with Cedar Point. The park has 75 rides, a water park and much more. Overall, Cedar Park packs more thrills and roller coasters into it’s area than any other theme park. Not only is Sandusky home to Cedar Point, but there are even more amusement options, including more indoor water parks and rides. Children always love the excitement of the theme park and when they start to get tired of all of the rides there are plenty of parks and outdoor recreation in the region to enjoy as well.

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis is an excellent family destination and is full of things to do. When you visit St. Louis you have to take the time to stop at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The Memorial is home to the Gateway Arch, which at 630 feet is the tallest man-made monument. At the Gateway Arch you can even take a tram to the top of the arch to enjoy the views of the city. In addition to lots of entertainment and dining, St. Louis is also home to the Museum of Westward Expansion, and the National Museum of Transportation, which has a carefully reconstructed piece of the Coral Court Hotel. Another great attraction in St. Louis is Forest Park, at 1,300 acres is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At the park, people enjoy biking, jogging, skating at the rink and much more.

The Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair held in Des Moines is a great Iowa tradition, and is widely considered to be one of the best in the country. What better way for children to experience the Midwest than to experience one of it’s great traditions. One fun attraction at the fair is the Butter Cow. This is a life-sized cow sculpted from butter. It takes about 600lbs of butter and every year one of the main breeds of dairy cows is the model for the sculpture.

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