Got a case of wanderlust that won’t quit? Your next Midwest family holiday is a click away. Our moms have bounced around the globe testing out family vacation spots from campgrounds to African safaris and they’re dishing the dirt on what works, what doesn’t and what you need to know before you go. Get all the family travel information essentials you need (from a traveling mom's perspective, natch!) to dive into your next Midwest family vacation.
Here you'll find family holiday ideas for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, and Missouri.
There is only one place where you can find Santa Claus, holiday music, a Crayola-themed playland, Shrek the musical, and a 100-ft Christmas tree all within walking distance. That place is Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Now more than ever, Crown Center is the place where families can create memories for a lifetime. From underwater sea attractions and a LEGOLAND Discovery Center to theatrical shows for kids of all ages. Crown Center truly is your Christmas headquarters. Traveling with a toddler to Kansas City during the holidays has never been so easy … and fun!
Tired parents can rest and recharge at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, in northern lower Michigan. Situated on 900 acres just outside of Traverse City, Mich., the resort has something for everyone – even the kids, should you bring them along.
Beauty, convenience, luxury, comfort, and location are all terms that best describe Westgate Branson Woods in Branson, Missouri. Nestled on 145 acres in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, this family-friendly resort offers numerous activities on and off site as well as exceptional accommodation all in a stunning natural environment.
BRANSON, Missouri: Silver Dollar City celebrates “Old Time Christmas” with a five-story special effects Christmas Tree and millions of lights. Nov. 3-Dec. 30.
Here are resorts and lodges in the Northeast offering good bets and great deals for families this winter:
APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB in New England offers snow-loving families a different kind of winter outdoor adventure, cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, and ice-skating. You can even plan a winter adventure with experienced AMC guides. Custom adventures are available at both AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge and Highland Lodge in the White Mountains and families can pick the activity, time and skill level at a cost of just $75 for a guide for the family. There is an exclusive “Learn to Snowshoe Weekend” for adults and children at Joe Dodge Lounge Jan. 11-13, which includes lodging, meals, guided activities, and snowshoes.