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Old 01-08-2009, 07:16 PM
 
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We've been here a little over a year and want to take some trips to explore the Midwest. We have teenagers. Looking for something besides waterparks and shopping. I saw white water rafting in Wisconsin and a zipline tour in Ohio. Wanting ideas along that line. We don't mind driving up to seven hours. We've done several things in Chicago so we are wanting something else. Anyone familiar with Indiana, Michigan, Iowa? Love to hear your suggestions!

Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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What about something like sand dune-buggy rides up in Michigan? The Sleeping Bear Dunes are phenomonally cool.
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Old 01-09-2009, 09:30 AM
 
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The Dells in Wisconsin has some great water parks. I could spend a week there and never get tired of the place. The other option is to drive down to the Southwest and enjoy Lake Havasu http://funinhavasu.homestead.com/
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Oak Lawn, Illinois
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there's actually alot of things to do here. You have starved rock, the dunes of indiana and michigan,skiing , mackinac island,........depending on what you are interested in and what time of year it is.
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Old 01-09-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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Things are generally pretty darn unpredicatable weather wise for spring break in this region. It would be pretty disappointing to plan to go skiing and ahve 60 degree weather with no snow or "run the rapids" only to find out they are still choked with ice OR so swollen from excess melt that even Olympic-class kayakers would not dare to venture out...

I'd have a lot of "back up plans" for anything weather related from March to June...
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Oak Lawn, Illinois
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Sorry I just read that it was over spring break, skiing will probably be out. Like the previous poster said, we have some pretty unpredictable weather. All in the same month, we can go from 80's and sunny to 40's and freezing cold. Especially April this seems to happen in.
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Brookfield, Illinois
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Spring break is best planned for indoors activities around here, although I'd say if you can drive a day and a half, Washington, D.C. is a great place and warmer (the cherry blossoms are blooming then). But for closer to home, you could try either St. Louis or Cleveland, both are within a day's drive from here.
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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What about central Illnois? New Lincoln Library and Presidential mueum, rock-climbing wall, Observatory, river cruise, glass blower, hand made cigars, fish hatchery, Native American interactive Indian museum, sleep with the wolves at a state park, State Capital, Reagan museum at Eureka College, bird watching, fishing, hunting, hiking are a few of the things available. The big festivals are later.

I like the thumb of Wisconsin. When we went there in the spring, the Wis. Dells didn't open until sometime in May - but that was several years ago. ,
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