The Best Midwest Family Weekend Getaways And Vacations

20 Family-Friendly Weekend Getaways In The Midwest

September 29, 2020 Updated November 6, 2020

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We get it, you need a getaway. Brownie points it it’s a kid-friendly getaway. If you live in the Midwest, or plan on visiting, there are so many cool and fun travel options for parents and kids. If a family weekend getaway is in order, let the internet (and Scary Mommy) be your friend. No need to travel to exotic lands — explore the many Midwest family vacations spots where the shores of the Great Lakes reach five different states. Beyond the Great Lakes, the Midwest is covered with rivers, inland lakes and absolutely stunning greenery offering boundless outdoor adventures. Looking for an urban retreat? The Midwest is home to some of the nations most exciting cities (hello Chicago!) with deep culture, adrenaline pumping attractions (ever heard of Kings Island) and some of the best Children’s Museums and Zoos in the country!

Even if it’s only for a few days, here are some of the best spots you and your family will love. Because sometimes, we all deserve a retreat away from real-life (yup, kids included — it’s not like they’re enjoying remote learning in 2020 more than you are).

The best family-friendly weekend getaways in the Midwest:















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