5 Spring Break Road Trips

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Can we talk about how it’s mid-March already?! Don’t get us wrong, we’re so ready for spring and summer, but February flew by and here we are finalizing spring break plans.

Hopping on a plane and jet-setting somewhere warm isn’t in the cards for everyone, so we’re sharing spring break road trips that are five hours or less we think are worth checking out. Sometimes the hardest part of travel is the planning, we did that part for you!

Five Road Trips for families during spring break


Wisconsin Dells

You can’t go wrong with a trip to the Dells for some water park fun and it’s a go-to destination for a quick little family fun getaway.

Where to Stay: The Wilderness Resort is a MyBAB favorite. The resort has several options for lodging – hotel rooms, suites, condos, or houses. We stayed at Wilderness on the Lake over Winter Break and loved having the full kitchen option, jacuzzi tub, and a condo for the seven of us to share.

Where to Eat: You can’t go to the Dells and not eat at Moosejaw. It’s pizza and paper antlers – what’s not to love? Our kids also love Buffalo Phil’s and have their meals delivered by train. If you’re fortunate enough to have a date night or you want to head somewhere nicer with the kids, Field’s gets our vote.

Where to Drink: Whether you’re into beer, wine or spirits, there are several options to try some local tastes. Take the kids to Sprecher’s for some root beer and cheese curds.

Where to Play: The Wilderness has four indoor water parks, activity center and Sundara Spa right up the road for us moms to have a little R&R. To get away from the resort, head over to Knuckleheads for trampoline, bowling, and arcade fun.


A short drive for Chicagoans to unwind, Milwaukee has a lot to offer families. {Since it’s less than 90 minutes, this would make a great day trip as well}

Where to Stay: With kids and exploring all the downtown has to offer, Aloft gets our vote. Kids ages 2-12 will love camp Aloft, a special program that provides extras like child-sized mattresses and bedding, goodie bags and kid-friendly food options.

Where to Eat: The Milwaukee Public Market is a great option to stop in for a snack before hitting the sites. AJ Bombers is a kid friendly, peanut shells, specialty burger joint for lunch and dinner. Head up to the roof of The Outsider for cheese curds, pork belly tacos, specialty cocktails and a great view of the city.

Where to Drink: Home to a few breweries, stop into the Milwaukee Ale House for happy hour after you visit the children’s museum. Head over to Lakefront Brewery for fresh on-tap beers and a tour. And you must go to Sobelmans for the best bloody mary’s!

Where to Play: Fun all around at the Milwaukee RiverwalkDiscovery World and the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum for the littles.

Grand Rapids, MI

Known for being one of the best cities for craft beer, Grand Rapids has fun-filled activities and was voted 2017  “Best Food City in Michigan” by Thrillist.

Where to Stay: You’ll want to be close to the downtown, and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is a fancy-pants, prime location, kid-friendly hotel and has everything including a spa and a flower shop.

Where to Eat: Steps outside the hotel you’ll find whatever you have a taste for. Market Hall is food court style that will have something to eat even for the pickiest one in your family. While a Michigan based chain (nine locations), Bagger Dave’s is often voted as a top kid-friendly restaurant in the area. Worth the Uber ride is Electric Cheetah with its hip vibe, great kids menu and locally sourced ingredients, its perfect for dinner or Sunday brunch.

Where to Drink: Grand Rapids serves up craft and specialty beers, coffees, ciders, cocktails, and wine with fresh and local ingredients. Founders is a favorite of the MyBAB husbands. CityBuilt Brewing is a newer local brewery worth a stop while you stroll around the downtown. Hop Cat is a favorite brewpub with its selection of local craft beers and their crack fries are a must to try. If you’re in the mood for gin or whiskey, Gray Skies Distillery Sneak Peek Tour comes with a taste of their unreleased whiskeys and a craft cocktail.

Where to Play: Let the littles run around Rosa Parks Circle and check out one of the six museums the downtown area has to offer. The Children’s Museum will keep the kids busy with the imagination playground, bubbles, and fort fun {exhibits may vary during your visit}. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a famous landmark with the largest indoor tropical conservatory in Michigan. Kids will love the outdoor garden that includes a tree house, play boats, and hands-on fun.

Louisville, KY

A five-hour drive from Chicago, you will find fantastic shopping, food, and attractions in Louisville. Wen will be hitting the road to Louisville and have some dear friends who will play tour guide, but here’s what we’re thinking we’ll check out.

Where to Stay: To be able to take advantage of the downtown offerings, the Embassy Suites is a great location, a complimentary full hot breakfast, and snacks and drinks at the complimentary Evening Reception. When traveling with kids, suites are a great option to provide more space.

Where to Eat: Impellizzeri’s is often on the best pizza list, so we’re going to give it a go. Flanagan’s Ale House will be a spot to check out as well and the must eat is a Hot Brown from The Brown which has been described as a heart attack on a plate {use caution when eating}.

Where to Drink: One stop would be to check out Gravely Brewing Co. It has a nice outdoor area and plenty of good beer on draft. While downtown, walk down to Whisky Row, where you can take a bourbon tour of several distillers.

Where to Play: The Mega Cavern is the largest building in America that is underground. A former mine turned amusement park with zip lines, aerial ropes challenge course, and a jeep tour. While you’re there, head to Churchill Downs to see where all the Derby action takes place, the Kentucky Science Center or the Zoo. You can also check out the Muhammad Ali Center and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

St. Louis

The gateway to the west is about five hours from Chicagoland and will give your family some fun {even free}!

Where to Stay: Since an indoor pool is a must during spring break, we suggest staying at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch. The view of the Arch is amazing and some rooms will have a view of the downtown as well. Bonus the pool is heated and they have free popcorn. Kids=Happy.

Where to Eat: Eating on The Hill is a must in St. Louis. If you’re not familiar with neighborhood, it’s where baseball great Yogi Berra grew up and has authentic Italian bakeries, grocery stores, and restaurants. Zia’s on the Hill is kid-friendly and serves up classic Italian dishes. {MyBAB tip: toasted ravioli is a classic STL food, try some!} Bailey’s Range is a downtown family friendly with burgers and shakes. A stop at Ted Drewes for custard is a must as well.

Where to Drink: For the kids and those who love craft sodas, stop into Fitz’s for the best root beer or grape pop {they serve food as well}. International Tap House has over 40 drafts on tap which means there are plenty to try! STL has a good blue’s scene and BB’s is where to go to have a drink while singing the blues.

Where to Play: You will want to go to the City Museum – it’s an “eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects.” Trust us, it is amazing! Grant’s Farm is another attraction with a variety of activities and of course the world-famous Clydesdales are over at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, which is very kid-friendly. The Magic House is massive and engaging for all ages with Several of the attractions in STL are free including the zoo, science center, art museum, and city garden {parking fee may apply}.

Are you road-tripping or jet-setting? Let us know where you are headed and have some fun this spring break!





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