Iowa Nature June 16, 2019
9 Water Wonderlands In Iowa That Will Take Your Summer To A Whole New Level
When it comes to summer in Iowa, we’re always looking for ways to cool off. The Midwestern sun can be brutal! When you need an idea for a day, or even a weekend of hanging out in the water, visit any of these perfect destinations in the Hawkeye State.
1. King's Pointe Resort, Storm Lake
King's Pointe Resort is a perfect summertime destination if you need to cool off. Enjoy state-of-the-art slides and rides in their pristine water - and hang out on Storm Lake, too!
Address: 1520 E Lakeshore Drove, Storm Lake, IA, 50588
2. Lost Island Waterpark & KOA, Waterloo
Lost Island KOA is an amazing place for a getaway. Enjoy a secluded and fun campground that's attached to an amazing waterpark! This is one of Iowa's best kept secrets.
Address: 2225 E Shaulis Road, Waterloo, IA, 50701
3. Adventureland Park, Altoona
Adventureland is a great place for adrenaline junkies! Not only can you enjoy their exciting waterpark with slides and a lazy river, but the main part of the park features roller coasters, thrill rides, and plenty of carnival games.
Address: 3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona, IA, 50009
4. Lake Okoboji
Okoboji is the most popular of the Iowa Great Lakes, and for good reason! You'll find everything you could possibly want to do around this lake - from paddling, to sailing, to splashing along at a shoreside water park resort.
Address: Okoboji, IA, 51355
5. Clear Lake
Clear Lake is another beautiful lake town, and it's a dream for fishermen! Hit the water on your own boat, or rent one, and enjoy the breeze coming across Iowa's most underrated natural lake.
Address: 15296 Raney Drive, Clear Lake, IA, 50428
6. Upper Iowa River
If you're looking for a relaxing float or paddle, visit the Chimney Rock campground and head in to the Upper Iowa River. The scenery is gorgeous, and it makes for a truly wonderful way to relax in the heat of the Iowa summer.
Address: 3312 Chimney Rock Road, Cresco, IA, 52136
7. Charles City Whitewater Park, Charles City
The Charles City Whitewater Park is the perfect place to test your kayak skills on the water. These rapids make for an adrenaline-filled afternoon of flipping and spinning on the Cedar River.
Address: 106 Chapel Lane, Charles City, IA, 50616
8. Elkader Whitewater, Elkader
Elkader has a thrilling whitewater park as well. Join them in the roaring Turkey River, just steps away from the charming downtown district.
Address: 211 S Main Street, Elkader, IA, 52043
9. Ashby Park Splash Pad, Des Moines
Enjoy 11 acres of fun and adventure in Des Moines' Ashby Park. The splash pad is the perfect way to cool off under the hot summer sun without having to leave the city!
Address: 3200 38th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50310
All of these places and more make for amazing summer adventures in the Hawkeye State! Where will you head when the temperature rises?
For more things to do underneath the Iowa summer sun, keep reading