A couple of weeks ago, our family of five took a little mini road trip from Minnesota to Ohio to visit family. I had never been to Ohio before or driven further than Chicago, so we were really unsure of where to stop along the way. Through my research, I use that term loosely, of our route I discovered Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which is just 45 minutes of north of Chicago. The pictures of the lakeshore were beautiful and had me very interested in checking it out more but when I looked into where to stay, the options were pretty slim. We decided to break the trip up by stopping in Wisconsin Dells first, followed by Indiana Dunes and then finish our journey on the 3rd day by reaching our destination in Ohio.
We love to visit Wisconsin Dells both during the summer and winter months and we always stay at the Wilderness Resort. They have many different lodging options to accommodate a wide variety of group sizes and events. There are 3 outdoor pools on property, as well as 2 indoor ones so no matter the weather you’ll find entertainment for the kids! Being that we only had one day in the Dells, we spent out entire day at the pool and just ordered pizza to our room to keep it easy. When we have more time to spend in the Dells, we enjoy going to see the Tommy Bartlett Show, ride the Army Ducks and spend an afternoon walking around downtown. We’ve also eaten at Ishnala many times. The meal is served old school supper club style but my favorite thing about this restaurant is it’s location. The restaurant is actually build into a cliff and one side of the restaurant is completing covered in windows allowing you to see a beautiful view of Mirror Lake.
Our kids are early risers so we were on the road and headed to Indiana Dunes by 8am and reached the Dunes visitor center by noon. Indiana Dunes is on the northern part of Indiana along the Lake Michigan shore. I would totally recommend stopping at the visitor center before you go anywhere else to find out more about the area if you aren’t already familiar. There are many hiking trails, beaches and other ecological points of interest in the area.
There are several beaches in the area but we enjoyed spending our time at Ogden Dunes and West Beach the most. If you forget your beach chairs and sand toys they sell them at their little canteen. We ate lunch at The Port and were sadly not impressed, the food was just not good but we loved the old fashioned diner concept! We ate dinner at El Salto in Chesterton and unfortunately that was not very good either. Our dining experiences in the Dunes were a total bust, so if you’ve been before and have some insider recommendations on where to eat, where to stay and what to do send them my way!
Side note, just before the trip I got Camryn some Keen sandals. I my opinion either these or Native shoes are THE BEST SHOES for kids, you can get them wet, they stay on your feet well and they clean up easy. I’m so glad she had these on the trip! As for me, I lived in my Athleta shortsAthleta shorts and Birks!
On the third day we woke up and hit the road early again, with the time change we didn’t end up getting to our destination until mid afternoon. The kids really enjoyed spending time with their cousins and practically lived at the pool during our stay!
I love to get my morning coffee from local establishements and got a delicious mocha from the Fox in the Snow, it was delicious and so was their blueberry galette. I would totally recommend treating yourself if you ever find yourself near a Fox and the Snow!
Before we headed out for the day, we had lunch at Hot Chicken Take Over. My sister-in-law thought we had to stop there because Parker LOVES friend chicken and let me tell you, this place did not disappoint! So. Good!!
Next we visited Legoland Columbus and although the kids love legos and enjoyed their time at Legoland I don’t think I would go again.
After Legoland, we went to Johnson’s Ice Cream. It was amazing, so good that the kids devoured their cones so fast I didn’t get a chance to take a pic!
On our last day we once again spend the day at the pool until late afternoon when we packed up and headed for home. The drive was a bit too long for our youngest, she just couldn’t find a comfortable way to sleep…I don’t blame her after a 12 hour drive. Next time, we’d probably break the trip home up too!
Thanks for stopping by and reading about our little trip! I always enjoy having some type of adventure on the calendar, where is your favorite place to take your family or what have been your favorite road trips? I’d love to hear!
Melissa @ Finding My Mojo