Few weekends ago, I got a crazy idea to take my family for a little getaway. Since my son’s terrible twos started, we haven’t done too many road trips. The plan was to go to Lake Geneva, a well known destination for Chicago residents. I don’t know what I was expecting to see there, but Lake Geneva greeted us with endless traffic, crowded beaches, and overpriced food. We only stayed there for couple hours, and I couldn’t wait to leave.
My little boy has a lot of crazy energy – he doesn’t stay still, he has to grab everything, and he always has a great idea what he needs to do next (I only wish he would let me know he is going somewhere, when he suddenly takes off). Crowds of people and cars can only make it worse. On top of it, the hotel prices in Lake Geneva are not budget friendly at all- I ended up booking a room at Comfort Suites at Delavan, WI (15 minutes away from Lake Geneva).
Let me tell you: going to Delavan was the best idea ever. Without many tourists around, it was a great place for the kids and us. Our rooms were amazing, the area was quite, and we found lots of activities for our short stay. Also if for whatever reason I would have to go back to Lake Geneva, it is only 10-15 minutes away.
We went to the fare that just happened to be across the street (and hotel staff was even nice enough to print us some web coupons).
The hotel breakfast was awesome. Even if I could eat more, I wouldn’t be able to try everything they had to offer. I believe in breakfast, and this one was a great surprise.
Both of my kds found something to their taste and ate plenty of different things.
Our next stop was at the Animal Gardens Petting Zoo. You cannot possibly compare it to a big city zoo, however the parking is free, the admission is a fraction of what you would pay at the big Z, you don’t have to fight crowds of people, and you can actually have a lot of contact with farm and wild animals.
There are a lot of baby animals in the barn. My kids spent quite a bit of time there. Here the farm life found us outside of the barn. Baby goat got especially attracted by my daughter flowery flip flop.
We also took at tour to see some wild animals and even got to feed them. Would we be able to do this at the city Zoo? Probably not
There was also a a parrot show, camel and pony rides, and we even took few rides around the zoo on the little fire truck and choo choo train. The staff at the zoo was very accommodating, happy to answer any questions and made sure you are happy with your visit.
I asked my family if they would like to come back here again, I got loud “YEAH!”
Thank You Delavan, WI, we loved every minute of our visit.