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LAKE SUPERIOR The beautiful city (and county) of Racine, Wisconsin, has a lot to offer. Whether you’re looking to bike through the town, explore the architecture of the famous native Frank Lloyd Wright, or peruse through the many boutiques and shops in the downtown area, Racine is a top contender for Midwest- ern summer destinations. On Lake Michigan, you may hear everyone in the area buzzing about Racine’s North Beach. North Beach is a “city beach,” urban in style, but just as relaxing as the real thing, with pure white sand and calming waves. There is plenty of access to nearby shops and restaurants, so you and the whole family can easily make a weekend out of North Beach alone. The beach is a “Certified Blue Wave” clean beach by the National Clean Beaches Council, and has been noted as award-worthy by several publications and organizations. Lifeguards are always on duty in the summer at North Beach, so safety is not an issue for families traveling with small children. The Beachside Oasis is in full swing during the summer months at North Beach as well, and you will be able to sip cocktails and enjoy live music while you’re soak- ing up the summer sun. North Beach does get quite busy in the summer, but the parking is free, so plan your day and head to the best city beach in the Midwest! Not up for sand in your pants? That's perfectly fine. There are plenty of other things to do in Racine, like going to the Racine Zoo! The Racine Zoo houses more than 100 different species of animals, including lions! Purchase tickets now for the summer Animal Crackers Concert Series, which is host- ing four spectacular days of live music and all things jazz, wine, and food. Tickets are about $60, and include access to a variety of dining options, as well as the zoo itself. Doors for the summer concert series will open at 5:30pm, with the shows beginning at 7pm. The four concert days are July 12 th , July 26 th , August 9 th , and August 23 rd . If you are up for a 3-hour drive inland from Racine, head to Wisconsin Dells, “Water Park Capital of the World!” Home to the most water parks per capita than anywhere else on the planet, Wisconsin Dells has a ton of activities that the en- tire family will enjoy all summer long. Wisconsin Dells resorts were the first to ever put a roof over a waterpark, essentially creating an indoor park that could be visited year-round. The indoor waterparks are easy to fall in love with, and many are attached to resorts for convenience. Some of the parks dou- ble as indoor and outdoor waterparks, so a summer vaca- tion here is a no-brainer, but a unique winter escape to an indoor park isn’t a bad idea, which leaves no room for ex- cuses when deciding whether or not you should visit the area. Travel Midwest | Summer 2017 | 29