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    Family Vacation Ideas...

    Here's the deal. I have a 3 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. (I am accepting sanity donations) and the wife and I are trying to come up with a good first family vacation. Want it to be something within a one state radius that has swimming, boats, fishing, type activities.

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    Re: Family Vacation Ideas...

    There is a new indoor waterpark/Hotel right next to the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Great place for vaction with the little ones. You can take them there while your wife shops, she can take them to the water park while you go to a Twins game.

    As well there are plenty of lakes for fishing, boating, and swimming around the Twin Cities.


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    Re: Family Vacation Ideas...

    Quote Originally Posted by CyGuy33 View Post
    There is a new indoor waterpark/Hotel right next to the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Great place for vaction with the little ones. You can take them there while your wife shops, she can take them to the water park while you go to a Twins game.

    As well there are plenty of lakes for fishing, boating, and swimming around the Twin Cities.
    Is that place called something Lodge???



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    Re: Family Vacation Ideas...

    I believe so


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    Re: Family Vacation Ideas...

    The bad lands in South Dakota has all those things. Been there a couple of times and had a blast. I'd reccomend Custer State Park.



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    Re: Family Vacation Ideas...

    Valley Fair in Shakopee is another attraction, bigger then Adventureland, with an outdoor water park and quite a few rides. I haven't taken any youngsters there so I am not sure what it has to offer on that regard.


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    Disney world. Our kids were 4 and 2 the first time we went and they had a ball.



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    Re: Family Vacation Ideas...

    I think the Wisconsin Dells have alot of stuff like that. I've never been there before, but never really heard anything bad about it.


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    Re: Family Vacation Ideas...

    I believe there's a place in KC called The Great Wolf Lodge, sounds similar to the one described above--indoor waterpark, hotel, restaurants, etc. Of course you'll also have Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun in the KC area too.

    Also recommend St Louis--6 Flags Amusement Park and Water Park. You must get some frozen custard at Ted Drewes if you go to STL. Seriously. They also have an awesome City Museum, not sure if the kids would be old enough though. I was fascinated when I first went when I was 17--it's 100% interactive, with things to climb on or through, puzzles, games, funhouse, and most of the displays are fully recycled products. I remember going outside on one of the top levels and crossing a bridge made completely out of old wire farm fence, and in the middle was a gutted-out old helicopter. You have to be there to believe it and do it. Just checked the website, ages 3+ are $12.

    Ozarks?
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    Re: Family Vacation Ideas...

    Quote Originally Posted by rworkman83 View Post
    I think the Wisconsin Dells have alot of stuff like that. I've never been there before, but never really heard anything bad about it.
    The Dells got hit really hard with flooding.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    The Dells got hit really hard with flooding.
    I think the Dells are gone.


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    Re: Family Vacation Ideas...

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    The Dells got hit really hard with flooding.
    Quote Originally Posted by CyGuy33 View Post
    I think the Dells are gone.
    Unless they haven't been able to update their website, this is what it says.

    While a small number of businesses were adversely affected by last week's severe weather, and we do wish those properties well this summer and hope you'll support them too, some 94% of Wisconsin Dells' tourism businesses were never affected and currently over 99% are open and accessible. We encourage you to keep your travel plans, and look forward to hosting you in Wisconsin Dells.
    If you are planning a stay on Lake Delton, click on the "Lake Delton Details" button below for more information. Or, simply call one of our Visitor Services Representatives at 1-800-223-3557 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., daily.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rworkman83 View Post
    Unless they haven't been able to update their website, this is what it says.
    Thanks for the update, I guess I thought it was alot worse from the reports I heard.


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    Lake Delton is gone, but the majority of the Dells were spared.



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    Re: Family Vacation Ideas...

    We're renting a cabin for a week near Leach Lake. We'll be there in about a week and a half.



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