Iowa June 23, 2017
10 Things To Do In Iowa When You Just Have To Get Out Of Town
Sometimes, you just need a new adventure. Here are ten things to do in Iowa when you just have to get out of town for a day or two.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Living History Farms, 11121, Hickman Rd., Urbandale
Living History Farms is an educational and interactive outdoor museum that's covers over 500 acres. There's more than enough to entertain and delight visitors of all ages.
2. Surf Ballroom & Museum, 460 North Shore Dr., Clear Lake
The Surf Ballroom was designed to resemble an ocean beach club. With murals that look like pounding surf and swaying palm trees, this giant building has a capacity of 2,100 and is a total of 30,000 square feet of entertainment area, including a 6,300 square foot dance floor. See an amazing performance right here in this historical building.
3. Iowa Cubs, 1 Line Dr., Des Moines
The Iowa Cubs are a Triple-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs: 2016 World Champions. Principal Park is a great place to experience minor league baseball. It's situated at the confluence of the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers and offers incredible views of downtown Des Moines and the Iowa State Capital.
4. Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park, 12196 311th St., Manning
Tour the rescued Hausbarn from the 1600's, see the historic and perfectly preserved German homestead farm, and experience the Manning Heritage Park in all its glory. The town of Manning is a tribute to German traditions and a beautiful place to spend the day.
5. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, 350 E 3rd St., Dubuque
There are six giant aquariums here and you can get close to alligators, giant catfish, sturgeon, and many Mississippi River creatures. There are three main galleries, a 4D theater, River's Edge Cafe, and a massive gift shop.
6. Jester Park Equestrian Center, 11171 NW 103rd Ct., Granger
Jester Park Equestrian Center is located on Saylorville Lake. Enjoy a trail ride through Jester Park on a beautiful Iowa day.
7. King's Pointe Waterpark Resort, 1520 E Lakeshore Dr., Storm Lake
This waterpark has an indoor and outdoor area for the ultimate entertainment. Go for a boat ride, head out for a fishing trip, or just stay and play the day away.
8. Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum, 225 10th St., Boone
Travel in a real steam-powered train from Boone to the ancient coal mining town of Fraser in 1920's era coach cars. Choose an open-air car or a climate controlled one.
9. Charles City Whitewater, 700 Riverside Dr., Charles City
This riverfront park has something for every skill level. Tube, canoe, or kayak the day away. Rentals are available from area businesses. This park is open 24/7.
10. Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, Downtown Cedar Rapids
Various community events, like the BBQ Roundup, performances by the Five Seasons Ski Team, and the Freedom Festival Parade are part of this giant celebration in Eastern Iowa. It all leads up to one of the biggest fireworks shows in the state on July 4. You can find a great fireworks show near you,
What’s your favorite Iowa adventure?