You're right – the work is never done. But all of the work will never be done. Isn't it time for a break? “One farmer told me he had a time-share for 30 years before he ever went there with his family,” says Deborah Reed, University of Kentucky researcher. “Now he wouldn't miss it. The work still gets done – maybe even better because he's rested mentally.”
If you're ready for some R&R, here are six getaways from Midwest Living magazine's annual list of 25 attractions (www.midwestliving.com/travel/interest/discoveries/2012-new-midwest-attractions/).
“It's a great mix of sophisticated splurges, engaging attractions, destination dining, and free trips in the countryside,” says senior travel editor Kendra Williams.
1. TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, is the new home of the NCAA Men's College World Series. The 24,000-seat $131 million brick stadium next to the CenturyLink Center boasts a panoramic view of the diamond and downtown. The Old Market entertainment and shopping district is within walking distance, and The Children's Museum and Henry Doorly Zoo are nearby. www.tdameritradeparkomaha.com/
2. Conner Prairie's Civil War Journey is a living history park north of Indianapolis, in Fishers, Indiana. It blends traditional storytelling by townspeople in costumes with video screens that bring to life the day in July 1863 when Confederates raided homes and businesses there. www.connerprairie.org/
3. Headlands International Dark Sky Park of Mackinaw City, Michigan, offers 600 acres of starry skies without light pollution on the shores of Lake Michigan. This county park is the world's ninth International Dark Sky Park. Enjoy free programs delving into sky phenomena, as participants cluster beside a bonfire. www.emmetcounty.org/headlands/
4. Kings Island in Mason, Ohio (just north of Cincinnati), is a renown amusement and water park. New this year is a walking path winding through 12.5 acres of woods populated by animatronic dinosaurs. They even growl when visitors set off hidden sensors. www.visitkingsisland.com
5. High Trestle Trail is a 25-mile paved trail with a ½-mile-long 13-story trestle bridge over the Des Moines River in central Iowa. The bridge's square steel arches glow blue at night. The trail is open to bicyclists, walkers, skaters, and runners. It connects to the Heart of Nature and Neal Smith trails. www.hightrestletrail.com
6. Flint Hills Discovery Center showcases Midwestern native tall grass prairies and is found in Manhattan, Kansas. A 67-foot-wide movie screen immerses visitors in the region's thunderstorms and prairie fires. Interactive exhibits make learning fun. www.flinthillsdiscovery.org