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Tips for Spending the Perfect Midwestern Summer

18 Aug Tips for Spending the Perfect Midwestern Summer

Your friends on the West Coast may wonder why you choose to live in the Midwest during the winter when most of the region is buried under inches or feet of snow. However, once the snow melts and the weather warms up in the summer, your sacrifice becomes worthwhile. Summer is when the Midwest comes alive. There are so many things to do that you may wonder how you are going to find time to do them all. Consider this your quintessential Midwestern summertime guide, detailing the activities that you just can’t miss.


There’s nothing like eating outdoors when the weather warms up. Somehow the fresh air really seems to make everything taste better. There are probably parks in your town or neighborhood that offer facilities for a picnic trip. However, you don’t have to go anywhere for a picnic. You can spread out a blanket in your own backyard. Just watch out for ants first.

Outdoor Games

These are activities you can also hold in your own backyard, although you may need lawn mowing Omaha first to make sure the space is ready. It can be something as simple as a game of catch, as complicated as croquet, or something that falls somewhere in the middle, such as bean bag toss, affectionately known in the Midwest as “cornhole.”

Weekend Trips

The Midwest offers many destinations for a memorable weekend getaway. Some are well known, such as Mount Rushmore in the magnificent Black Hills of South Dakota or the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Others are more obscure, such as Hocking Hills, Ohio, which dramatically puts to rest the belief that the Midwest is entirely flat.

State and County Fairs

Originally, exhibitions such as these were agricultural affairs, allowing farmers to display their products and talk about advances in the field. Today, almost every state has a fair, even those not strongly associated with farming or ranching. While agriculture remains an important aspect to state and county fairs, there is plenty for you to do even if you have never set foot on a farm in your life. There are carnival rides, lots of delicious food, games, and concerts to take in. Some state fairs are so large and popular that they draw literally millions of visitors every year. However, there is also plenty of fun to be had at smaller county fairs.


Sleeping out under the stars is something that everyone should experience at some point. You can take a tent and/or sleeping bag outside and camp in your own backyard. However, if you live in an urban area where there is a lot of light pollution, you might not get the full experience that way. Fortunately, there are campgrounds available all over the Midwest. It is up to you to decide the extent to which you want to rough it. If you want to maintain the comforts of home, you can buy or rent a motorhome that offers lots of amenities. In either case, you can find a space in a Midwestern campground that can accommodate you.


The Midwest is home to some of the largest and most popular state and national parks in the country. There may be a state park closer to your home than you think. These parks often feature miles of hiking trails that range from challenging climbs to gentle strolls. Some trails are even accessible to people with disabilities so no one in your family has to feel left out. Some parks have campgrounds so you can take an overnight hiking trip. However, if a day trip is all you have time for, the parks can accommodate that too.


A cookout involves a little more pre-planning and effort than a picnic, but it can be well worth it. There are many different grilling options available, including charcoal, propane, and electricity. No matter what method you use, food cooked outside seems to have a special flavor that you can never get indoors.

These are Midwestern summer essentials. However, if you are creative, you can think of more unique activities that your family can enjoy.

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