summer 2017 10 The Great Outdoors 28 Summer Hot Spots Unforgettable Nature Vacations From Brown County to the Badlands, come experience the wonders of the natural world by exploring caves, prairies, rock formations, and more. Fun in the (Midwestern) Sun Whether you’re looking for a waterpark adventure or a relaxing day spent soaking up the sun, these hot spots are more than ready to accommodate! 36 Family Fun! Must-Visit Amusement Parks From Six Flags to Cedar Point, these amusement parks have something to oﬀer everyone in the family. 44 Heritage & Culture Midwestern History Get out and explore these historical representations that give true meaning to the Midwest’s “Heartland” nickname. 54 “Univer-Cities” Exploring the Best Midwest College Towns These cities are oﬀering up so much more than higher education! 60 BBQ & Brew Blue Ribbon Cities An array of summer events will have you sinking your teeth into slow-smoked ribs and sipping on a cold one in no time. 66 Happy Hour in the Heartland If you’re a fan of craft brews, small batches, and perfectly-aged vino, then these destinations should be at the top of your list!