Springfield, Illinois: A Family Guide to the Land of Lincoln

Illinois is proud of its ties to Abraham Lincoln, which explains why their state slogan is Land of Lincoln. This is obvious when you pay a visit to the capital city, Springfield. With so many Lincoln related activities, you won’t have a problem keeping busy.

Explore the many sites dedicated to the 16th President and use this family guide to the Land of Lincoln to help you make the best of your visit to Springfield, Illinois. We have included many free sites, as well as some that are well worth paying for. There are also several things to do that aren’t Lincoln related, but we’ll get to those later.

A Family Guide to the Land of Lincoln, Springfield Illinois

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The Kids Volunteer to Clean Cathedral of Saint Paul (of Legos)

Isn’t it great when kids want to volunteer? As parents we all want to teach our children how to give back to the community. So when the kids volunteer to clean the Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul Minnesota how could we not think it was a terrific idea.

Three kids in front of the Cathedral of Saint Paul lego model

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Baseball and Camping: I Love Summer in River Falls WI

Wouldn’t it be great to combine baseball and camping all in one place? Well at Hoffman Park in River Falls Wisconsin you can do just that. This small college town makes a great place to stay awhile and enjoy these favorite summer pastimes.

Hoffman Park Campground

Finding a great, family friendly place to camp is not always easy. Especially when you also want one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. City Parks are some of our favorite places to stay because they are both family friendly and inexpensive. Hoffman Park in River Falls Wisconsin is a great location, it’s convenient to get in and out of St. Paul/Minneapolis, yet far enough you get a good rate as well as a peaceful camping experience.

Don’t you love when you get a great deal and have a wonderful experience? Well if you do then I highly recommend staying at Hoffman Park. Whether you want to visit St. Paul/Minneapolis or just want a quiet park to go camping, this place is perfect for both.

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A Small Town Fourth of July in Sibley Illinois

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Boy holding frog on the Fourth of JulyWho would ever think that a small town Fourth of July celebration would be the best place to be? Last year we spent the holiday watching the fireworks go off over the Empire State Building. It was unforgettable, amazing, incredible, but the small town experience may be even better.

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Exploring Little Rock Arkansas with Kids

Little Rock, Arkansas is the capital city and has tons to offer a traveling family. Some people may not consider this place when planning their next family vacation. With so much to do you will surely be planning to come back soon once you have been here.

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Exploring Oklahoma’s National Parks with Kids

Oklahoma's National Parks

There are three National Park Service sites in the state of Oklahoma. Each one of Oklahoma’s National Parks provide a unique and interesting experience. They also provide a glimpse into the history of this unpredictable land.

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

The National Park Visitor center at Washita

The visitors center in Washita is fairly new and is a great place to begin exploring the area. Watch the video shown here because it really explains it’s importance historically. Explore the museum, it is small, but does a great job showing what happened at the site.

Once you have finished drive down the road a short distance. There is a wonderful self guided walking tour of the battlefield. Make sure to grab the book available at the entrance to the trail. It will help you to understand the event that occurred at this site. Take turns reading it aloud as you walk the trail, there are numbers in the book that correlate with numbers along the trail.

Although what happened here was very tragic, it is an important part of American history. Children, as well as adults, can learn from our nations past mistakes. It is a beautiful landscape and once you see it you might understand why the Native American Tribes fought so hard to keep it natural. The trail is easy, our six year old had no problem walking the entire length.

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West Virginia, A Family Adventure Worth Taking

Yes, there was a bit of a cold spell while we were in the state of West Virginia, but we still had a great time.

Often when visiting an area we have a few plans for what we will see and do while we are there, but other than a tour of the capitol building, we had no idea where life would take us in West Virginia. It is nice to not really plan too much sometimes because it leaves us open to do what the locals recommend.

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Go With The Flow

Often when traveling we find that places are not always what we expect them to be. In our minds we have a picture or idea of how a place will look, but once we arrive we find that it is very different from our original sentiment. Upstate New York is a perfect example of this. While I knew that this part of the state was going to be rural, it was still very different from what I had pictured.

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Journey’s A-Mazing Birthday in Vermont

The Great Vermont Corn Maze

A corn maze that you could actually get lost in always seemed like a fun thing to do. I have been in several corn mazes, but never one that was challenging and definitely not one I could get lost in. They are usually pretty small and only take a few minutes to get through. Our daughter Journey had a birthday coming and we wanted to do something different that would be fun for the whole family. When we found out that Vermont was home to New England’s largest corn maze, The Great Vermont Corn Maze, we decided it would be a great place to spend her birthday.

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