Cruise Out of Town - Family Style

Written by: Elisa Drake

Fuel up and hit the road on one of these quick family-friendly road trips! BONUS #1: NPN Parent Perk - get the book for just $8 (ltd. availability) - Email to order. BONUS #2: RSVP for an adventure story time with Elisa at Kookaburra on 7/18 (space is ltd.).

GURNEE AREA, ILLINOIS

Stop Here:

Lambs Farm. Pygmy goats (and more) sidle up for rubs and kisses. Mini golf, kiddie train, old-fashioned carousel and cow bounce house too.

Six Flags Great America. Haven’t been in awhile? There’s plenty for everyone including Wiggles World and Hurricane Harbor water park. Discount package deals online.

Tempel Lipizzans. Performances by the graceful, Prince Charming-worthy white horses. Wed. and Sun., June–October.

Wildlife Discovery Center. On the historic Elawa Farm, check out the largest reptile exhibit in northern Illinois. Open Fri., Sat. and Sun.

Eat Here:

D.W. Anderson’s Eatery and Ice Cream Parlor.

KeyLime Cove Water Resort. An ice cream creation called the Kitchen Sink arrives at the table literally in a kitchen sink.

Saluto’s Italian Restaurant. Local family-friendly favorite known for its homemade buttercrust pizzas and family-size pasta.

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN

Stop Here:

Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Kids dig in at simulated excavation sites most Saturdays. Open Tue.–Sun.

Jelly Belly Center. Tours of this confection factory are free, with freebie Jelly Belly beans to boot.

Kenosha’s Electric Streetcars. Ride a 1951 refurbished fleet of streetcars.

Southport Lighthouse Museum. Test your stamina with a climb to the top of this 55-foot historic 1866 lighthouse.

Eat Here

Frank’s Diner. Kitschy train car diner serving famous five-egg Garbage Plate meals for more than 80 years.

Mangia Trattoria. Tony Mantuano’s hometown hit specializes in authentic Italian pastas and pizzas.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

Stop Here:

Edelweiss Boats. Year-round boat trips tour past sights along the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan shoreline.

The Bronze Fonz. Immortalizing Henry Winkler’s iconic super-cool Happy Days character.

Milwaukee County Zoo. Don’t miss the Apes of Africa exhibit where 15 endangered bonobos make their home.

Milwaukee Public Museum. Live butterfly exhibit, planetarium, IMAX, Hebior Mammoth skeleton and more.

Eat Here:

Kopp’s Frozen Custard. A must-try treat in Milwaukee since 1950.

Sobelman’s Pub and Grill. The website says it all, doesn’t it? Black Angus beef patties and rolls baked just for the restaurant.

Happy travels! To read more, check out Day Trips from Chicago and visit www.elisadrake.com.  Get more excerpts from Parent to Parent articles. Are you getting Parent to Parent at home? If not, login and visit My Account to update your preferences.

Chicago families share fantastic advice on how to navigate parenting in the city in our NPN Parent to Parent Newsletter.  Thanks to Elisa, our very own NPN Board Member and the author of Day Trips from Chicago, for this great article. Download the full NPN summer issue to read more! 

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM