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Suggestions for weekend trips from Chicago

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Suggestions for weekend trips from Chicago

Hi all,

Having exhausted all vacation time, I am looking for day trips or overnighters from Chicago to places in WI (other than the Dells).

I want to get away from cities/commercial places. Hiking/biking options will be best. We have 3 kids - 9y, 7y and 3y.

Appreciate any suggestions,

Naperville mom

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1. Re: Suggestions for weekend trips from Chicago

I just discovered at place called Camp Wandawega...google it for the website. Very cute!!

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2. Re: Suggestions for weekend trips from Chicago

Check out some of the state parks. We used to always head all the way north to Rhinelander and Nicolet, but there are some very nice state parks in the southern and central parts. Governor Dodge and Blue Mounds come to mind. One of the more memorable canoe trips we did was of the Pecatonica River. Our labrador came with us and refused to sit in the canoe. Instead, poor Happy, braced all four legs on the side of the canoe and barked all the way down the river. She was out like a light when we got back in the car and couldn't be tempted awake even by a hamburger.


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3. Re: Suggestions for weekend trips from Chicago

get out of this hot, dry drought and go to the northwoods for a coupla nites:


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4. Re: Suggestions for weekend trips from Chicago

Cave of the mounds and governor dodge state Park in WI

Kenosha- free jelly belly factory tour and the Kenosha museum I. Believe is also free, has dinosaur skeletons.

Port Washington WI - kids can climb the lighthouse on weekends May - Ocotber, lakefront marina has shipwreck displays, could fish from the pier and 15 minutes away can hike and picnic at the Lion's Den County Park on Lake Michigan.

Lake Geneva- hike the 33 mile round trip path past mansions also visit the small Yerkes observatory for programs.

Take your kids for a day trip up toEvanston/ Wilmette to climb the lighthouse and visit the BahaiiTemple

fort Atkinson WI area has a small museum the Hoard Museum free displaying Indian arrowheads and exhibits about Abe Lincoln and the BlackHawk war. Nearby is Aztalan state Park and also nearby is a county park Koshkonong(spelling?) Indian mounds. A small hike there

And chance to see Indian mounds in shape of birds turtles,circles etc

If you get interested in Indian Mounds then head over to the Missiippi River. To Effigy Mounds NationalMonument nearDubuque.

Near that area also Wyalusing State Park in WI which has great views and hiking

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5. Re: Suggestions for weekend trips from Chicago

Door County!!!


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6. Re: Suggestions for weekend trips from Chicago

Thanks, all! Just what I was looking for.. multiple quick, easy options.

Camp Wandawega sounds like fun.. and not too far from Chicago. Will check them.. their website is fancy, but doesn't clearly say what they offer. The treehouses/tents, etc are not even listed. Need to call and find out.

The mounds and lighthouse ideas are doable too...

Will save the Door county for a longer vacation..


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