One of the benefits of travelling with Route 66 Tours is that it's a family affair. Mum, dad and the kids are all welcome to explore this special part of the United States, soaking up the various sights, sounds and smells.
If it's one of your kids' first overseas trips, landing in Chicago before embarking on Route 66 will be an experience unlike any other – the bright lights, the tall buildings, the weird accents. However, Chicago is a very kid-friendly city. Here are three must-see locations for children in the Windy City.
Opened in 1930, Shedd Aquarium is home to more than 32,000 animals including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. The aquarium has a clear focus on both conservation and education, working hard to ensure animals are kept in the best conditions and offering the general public fascinating insights.
Make sure you get the kids to the Caribbean Reef and the Polar Play Zones, where there is tons of interactive fun to be had and species that are not found in Australia. Shedd Aquarium is well worth a trip on rainy Chicago day – offering something for the whole family!
For kids of all ages, it can be difficult to imagine what a city looks like when you're surrounded by a concrete jungle. Thankfully, you can show them by taking the family sky-high at the iconic John Hancock Tower's 360 Chicago experience – free for children under the age of 11.
Situated 94 floors up in the air, you and your family will enjoy widespread views of all the Chicago landmarks including Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and the outer suburbs.
Navy Pier Centennial Wheel and Rides
If the kids were fascinated by the Centennial Wheel when they were up on 360 Chicago, it will give them even more joy up close. Reaching a height close to 60 metres, the wheel is a historic piece of Chicago's history.
Once the kids have recovered from the dizzying heights, you can all explore Navy Pier – home to classic boardwalk eats, amusement rides and climbing walls.
Keen to take the family on a trip of a lifetime? Reach out to the team at Route 66 Tours for trip and booking information today.