Top Ten Spring Activities in the Midwest

Arts, culture, and outdoor activities abound in the Midwest

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Visit America’s Largest Mall

Not many shopping centers boast hundreds of shops and restaurants, plus an aquarium and an indoor amusement park. You’ll find them all at Minnesota’s Mall of America.

See a Basketball Game

Witness amazing feats of athleticism by your region’s professional basketball team. See the Chicago BullsCleveland CavaliersDetroit PistonsIndiana Pacers, or Milwaukee Bucks. Or you might happen to see the next great superstar getting prepared for the big leagues at an NBA Development League game.

Tour Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was a world-famous American architect who lived and worked for many years in Chicago. Tour his home, studio, or one of his many iconic buildings.

Go Dancing in Chicago

From hip-hop to electronica, the music in the dance clubs of Chicago will get you moving. Head out at dusk into a world of disco balls, DJs, and dance floors that keeps going all night long.

Discover North Dakota

Yes, there IS a lot to do here! For starters check out the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. More than 100 Medicine Wheel rock structures built by Native Americans have been found in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada, and there’s a great one with a surrounding park to explore in Valley City, North Dakota. Another cool place to see in the area is the Native American Burial Grounds, built 1,500 to 2,000 years ago.

Hike Elephant Rocks in Missouri

Get a sense of what Earth might have been like 1.5 billion years ago by exploring unusually large boulders known as Elephant Rocks.

Take a Riverboat Tour in Chicago

On a riverboat tour in downtown Chicago, get the scoop from your guide about remarkable architectural works by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Explore the history of aviation and the U.S Air Force at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. It’s the largest museum of its type in the world.

See Mount Rushmore

See Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where the faces of four U.S. presidents were carved into rock. The sculptured faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are each about 60 feet tall.

Watch a Baseball Game

Hear the crack of the baseball bat against the ball and the roar of the crowd as you see what one of America’s favorite sports is all about. Enjoy a hot dog with ketchup and mustard. Cheer for the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Detroit Tigers, the Minnesota Twins, or the Kansas City Royals. And there’s nothing like seeing baseball truly up close and personal at one of the many great Minor League parks around this region. 


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