Other summer getaways close to home

If you are considering a family vacation this summer, but don’t want the expense of airfare, there are close to home getaways for every budget.  Whether you’re looking for a state-of-the-art water park for your kids or a romantic spot to do some serious star gazing, we’ve got the perfect summer break ideas.

Eagan, Minnesota – Cascade Bay Waterpark

Driving time: practically in your backyard

You don’t even have to pack your tooth brush for this trip. As temperatures rise this summer, enjoy the cool pools, lazy river and water slides at Cascade Bay Waterpark located in Eagan. This waterpark offers endless entertainment for all ages, including Shipwreck Cove and Sandpiper Beach, an interactive play area for children six years old and under. For the older and more adventurous crowd, try the hurricane slides and roaring rapids. Land lovers can take advantage of the zero depth pool or the nine-hole mini golf course. For a refreshing and fun-filled time for the whole family, visit Cascade Bay Water Park.

Brainerd, Minnesota –
Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake

Driving time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Whether you’re going to Maddens to enjoy the beautiful waters of Gull Lake or to play some of the finest golf in Minnesota, this resort offers a classic resort experience. It’s a golfer’s paradise, complete with 63 of the most finely manicured holes in Minnesota. With three stunning 18-hole courses along with a 9-hole executive course, golfers of all skill levels are sure to have an exhilarating and memorable experience. Madden’s Resort offers much more than golf, however. From waters sports of every kind to tennis, biking, trapshooting or lawn-bowling, Maddens has activities for everyone.

Amana, Iowa – Amana Colonies

Driving time: 4 hours 30 minutes

The Amana Colonies are a major tourist attraction and have been listed as a National Historic Landmark since 1965. Until the mid-1930s, the Colonies lived a communal life, maintaining an almost completely self-sufficient local economy. Today, you’ll find shops with Old-World handcrafted items, antiques, furniture, quilts, and boutiques. Eating is a culinary delight at The Ox Yoke Inn or The Ronneburg Restaurant, featuring traditional German meals as well as American fare. With walking trails, museums, wineries, and golf to choose from, the only decision left to make will be where to stay. Choose from a bed and breakfast, RV park, hotel, or condominiums. For a unique family vacation, a trip to Iowa may be what you’re looking for.

Bayfield, Wisconsin – Madeline Island

Driving time: 5 hours 20 minutes

Though Madeline Island is small in size, its charm and abundant natural beauty make it the perfect sport for the vacationer who wants to get away from it all. The area offers some of the best fishing and sailing to be found. To reach Madeline Island, you board one of the four steel-hulled car/passenger ferries. Not only is the ferry ride necessary to reach the island, it is a great scenic cruise on Lake Superior. The Madeline Island Museum provides a glimpse into the storied history of the island. Whether you camp under the stars, book a modern vacation home with glittering lake views, or plan a family reunion in a cozy cabin setting, Madeline Island is a tranquil and idyllic destination for a summer getaway.