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US: Great Lakes, Spring Break Family Vacations with Waterparks, Museum Encounters, and a Pizza Party.Indigo Hotel Family Fun Getaway ideas to cure spring fever may be found through the Heartland States. From Minnesota and Illinois to Indiana and Ohio, we have ideas that spell fun. Whatever your family’s passion, we have spring break vacation ideas to fit the quest. Need to feel warm sunshine and the crunch of snow underfoot? Want the excitement of splashing the kids at a state-of-the-art water park?
How about riding the trails before breakfast or star gazing with the kids? Take in a show; shop ‘til you drop; discover a museum. The good stuff awaits – take a break. Have we missed something? Our Vacation Directory has at least 101 more ideas for the perfect spring break.

Illinois: Chicago, Hotel Indigo - Spring in the City Family Fun.  This zenful urban hotel offers families a comfortable family vacation base. Just beyond the front doors, you'll find exciting entertainment, art galleries, shopping, museums, historic landmarks, parks, beaches, sightseeing tours, events and wonderful dining - from sidewalk bistros to gourmet dining to deep dish pizza. Guests enjoy access to video library, and complimentary free wireless high-speed internet. A short walk from the hotel is the famed Lincoln Park Zoo. Walk over to Navy Pier and explore the Chicago Children’s Museum. Family fun continues at Dave and Busters, ESPN Zone, Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History. Bonus points: Refresh body and soul with one of our luxuriating hotel spa treatments customized by our spa staff. Here’s the scoop. Chicago Family Fun Package includes: deluxe spacious double room, discount Chicago museum passes, special offers for attractions at guest services. Location on the planet. Hotel Indigo Downtown Gold Coast 1244 N. Dearborn Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610. Make it happen. Toll-free 1-866-521-6950, (312) 787-4980 or

Minnesota: Brooklyn Park - Splish, splash, it’s a blast. Grand Rios Indoor Water Park Hotel has plenty of warm water, tropical music and bubbles for guests. In addition to a pleasant sleeping place not far from Minneapolis, the resort has a 45,000 sq. ft. indoor waterpark. The excitement includes a water ride dubbed The Hurricane Plunge; a four-story water tower with body and tube slides; two whirlpool spas; Coconut Island interactive play area with dumping bucket and a 535-foot lazy river. This is one of the largest resort waterparks in Minnesota and where the action is for tens and even preteens. Here's the scoop. The resort offers several vacation packages that include the water fun. Check out their website for more details. Location on the planet: Grand Rios Indoor Water Park Hotel 6900 Lakeland Ave Brooklyn Park, 55428. Make it happen. Call (763)566-8855 or  visit

Illinois: Galena - Golf, Wilderness Trails, and a Private Lake. Located within 6,800 tranquil acres in northwestern Illinois once known as the Galena Territory, Eagle Ridge defines what makes a terrific family vacation spot. An easy jaunt from Dubuque, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin or Chicago, Illinois, the location means less car time with our kids and more time for fun. Eagle Ridge offers a variety of accommodation choices for families including spacious rooms at the Inn; one, two, and three-bedrooms vacation villas; vacation homes with one to eight bedrooms. Bonus Points: Every Friday night they offer a big screen pool side movie for the whole family to enjoy. Here's the scoop. This family vacation package inlcudes: accommodations for three nights and four days, $70 Eagle Ridge Dollars to be used anywhere at the resort, large family pizza and soda from Paisanos (dine-in, carry-out or delivery), $5 discount on pontoon boat rental / Unlimited use of sledding hill and access to cross country skiing, 20% discount on any spa service at Stonedrift Spa Location on the planet: Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa. 444 Eagle Ridge Dr. Galena, IL 61036. Make it happen. Call toll-free 1-800-240-1681, (815) 777-5000 or 2444 or

Illinois: St. Charles, Pheasant Run Resort and Spa - Golf, Nature, and Entertainment. Experience the Midwest’s largest entertainment resort located amid 250 beautiful rolling acres in historic St. Charles just an hour west of downtown Chicago. Enjoy a family vacation spot with luxury, live entertainment, organized programs for children, two outstanding golf courses and a renowned spa. For children ages 3 to 11 years we conduct organized activities at our Kids Klub. Activities include playing games, watching movies, and making crafts to take home and every Saturday afternoon families may create seasonal crafts together. Bonus points: This is the current home of the award winning Nobel Fool Theatricals Theater Company. They deliver excellence on stage from “James and the Giant Peach” to “Every Christmas Story Ever Told”, each season will be worthy of applause. Here's the scoop. The resort has several family getaway packages: S’mores-N-More, Spooktacular Family Getaway, Winter Family Escape, Shop & Stay Getaway and Family Fun Package. Location on the planet: Pheasant Run Resort and Spa 4051 East Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Make it happen. Go to

 Indiana: Indianapolis -Splash on the prairie. Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park at Holiday Inn-North at The Pyramids has an indoor tropical island full of surprises, splashes, squirts, sprays, slides and waterfalls. One of the main attractions is Kastaway Kidz Island featuring a 700-gallon bucket dumping station that soaks guests every 6-8 minutes. The dumping bucket sets high atop a highly interactive shipwrecked boat play scape designed for little tykes. Catch a ride on a raft and drift lazily around Caribbean Cove in our leisure river. Afterward relax in one of two spas. Then hold on tight for the ride of your life on two 40-feet tall by more than 267-feet long aqua whiz tube slides. Need to know: Along with the waterpark there is the CoCo Kid's Club which features lots of fun out-of-water activities for the kids. Location on the planet: Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park Holiday Inn Select North at the Pyramids. 3850 De Pauw Boulevard, 46268.  Make it happen. (317) 872-9790 or

Michigan: Sterling Heights - Take the long slide. Water, water everywhere even with snow outside, that’s the first impression at the Best Western Sterling Inn. Not a typical hotel by any means but part of a new breed of hoteliers combining water fun and sleeping places. Not just a larger pool with a longer slide, at this location the indoor water park spans 32,000 sq. ft. and includes a large, zero-entry swimming pool, three-story waterslide, lazy river, and 2,300 sq. ft. interactive Splash Play Park for tiny tykes. Bonus points: Additional features include poolside free wireless Internet access, indoor running track, and video game arcade. Here's the scoop. From time to time they offer a “Sleep, slide and splash” package which includes: two nights for four people; four wristbands per day for the water park; continental breakfast; one large pizza each day poolside and four souvenir cups for free refills. Location on the planet: The Best Western Sterling Inn 34911 Van Dyke Avenue, 48312. Make it happen. Call toll-free 1-800-953-1400, (586) 979-1400 or

Content researched and written by FTF staff.  Copyright 2013.
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