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Spring Vacation: Think Wisconsin Dells where family fun is serious business

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You don't have to board a plane to find warm water during spring break.

In the metropolitan Chicago area where spring vacation varies from the first week to the third week of April, it’s baseball, not beach season. And even baseball home-openers typically require rain slickers or warm jackets.

Instead of worrying about outdoor activities in the Windy City, think Wisconsin Dells. Often thought of as a summer escape, the Dells is also family-friendly in the spring and fall regardless of the weather.

Several indoor waterpark resorts fill vacation time with waterslide-fun but also other indoor activities.

You don’t even have to stay at those resorts. As an example, even though water and other indoor activities such as bowling and arcade games and the food are superb at Kalahari, you can purchase day passes.

In addition, April is also the beginning of the tourist season so some attractions such as nearby Circus World, offer deeply discounted prices. The Circus World's Ringling Bros. and parade wagons collection is about 10 minutes south of the Dells in Baraboo.

If anyone in the family likes photography or history stop in at H. H. Bennett's historic photo studio, downtown. The famed photographer brought fame and tourists to the Dells with his “Stand Rock” leap picture.

At about 195 miles, the Dells are an half-day drive northwest of Chicago.