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7 SPECTACULAR | Destinations for a One-Day Get Away


Sometimes summer brings on a new kind of busy–from sports for the kids to family birthdays and holiday celebrations, like July 4th. Most summers many just do not have the availability to plan a full blown vacation. This month’s list has just the right answer with one-day destinations that are perfect for a quick get away. They won’t break the bank and they won’t take up all of your time, but they will fulfill you and your family, giving you that much needed break. Here are 7 Spectacular Destinations for a One-Day Get Away. Enjoy!

1. Swim with the Dolphins

INDIANAPOLIS, IN–The Indianapolis Zoo is the only place in the Midwest where you can get in the water with dolphins! This 90-minute Dolphin In-Water Adventure program includes 30 minutes of poolside and in-water time with the trainers and dolphins to sample feeding a dolphin, signaling for behaviors and lots of up-close, hands-on animal interactions.

2.. Wine and Hop Tasting Tours

GALENA, IL–The Wine Tasting Tours all visit three of six vineyards including Rocky Waters, Fergedaboudit, Massbach, Stone Cliff, Sunset Ridge or Galena Cellars, and you will receive 5-9+ tastings per each of the locations. Hop Tours visit three of four locations: one vineyard and one or two unique drinking establishment from the 1850's and/or a distillery, receiving one drink at each location.

3. See the Mississippi

MUSCATINE, IA–One of the most photographed Iowa state parks, at Wildcat Den State Park, you can hike, explore, or camp. Wildcat Den State Park is one of the most unique parks in Iowa, combining natural beauty and solitude, unique trails and preservation of historical structures. Trails wind through a variety of terrain, leading to geological formations along the trail’s sandstone bluffs, such as “Steamboat Rock,” and the “Devil’s Punch Bowl." Visit the Pine Creek Grist Mill, the oldest working grist mill between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, for a glimpse into Iowa’s past.

4.. Mediate at the Japanese Gardens

ROCKFORD, IL–The Anderson Japanese Gardens have been carefully designed and constructed using elements of stone, water, plants, pagodas, bridges, water basins, and more. All elements work together to inspire calm and tranquility in guests. The placement of every rock, alignment of every tree, and layout of all paths has been made with careful consideration to provide many wellness opportunities throughout such as Sound and Gong Bath, Yoga and Pilates, Mindful Art, Tai Chi, Mediation, and more.

5.. Horseback Riding Along the Trails of Oregon

OREGON, IL–Ride 200 acres of wooded trails at White Pines Ranch. Conveniently located just 90 miles west of Chicago and only 30 miles south of Rockford, their bridle trails have rolling hills, creek crossings, lots of beautiful hardwood trees, and wildlife. Deer and other wildlife are often spotted. Their trails are suitable for beginners but beautiful enough to be interesting for more experienced riders. Our riders just enjoy nature and being on the back of a horse! Riders must be 14+ and no pony rides available.

6. Enjoy a Tour of Lake Delavan

DELAVAN, WI–Climb aboard the Lake Lawn Queen, Delavan Lake’s two-level 76-foot cruise boat! The Queen will take you on a tour of Delavan Lake and its shores, which boast five Frank Lloyd Wright homes and other historical landmarks. The open-air top deck offers comfortable lounge seating and amazing lake views from every angle while the climate-controlled main level provides various seating options and panoramic windows.

7. Visit The Bahai’i House of Worship

WILMETTE, IL–One of only eight continental Baha’i Houses of Worship in the world. It is the second Baháʼí House of Worship ever constructed and the oldest surviving. A unique experience both inside and throughout the outdoor


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