The Best Family Attractions in Iowa

Looking for something fun to do that the entire family can enjoy on your trip to Iowa? These family-friendly attractions will entertain and amaze every member of your family as you each learn something new to appreciate about the Hawkeye State.

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Blank Park Zoo

There is so much to discover at Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo. Recently the family has grown to include three new lion cubs born in November 2017. This zoo is home to dozens of cute and cuddly creatures for you and your family to admire. See the Red Panda, Magellan Penguins, African Lions, Rhinos, and Sea Lions just to name a few. Special events held all throughout the year such as the Sweetheart Dance in February, and Zoo Brew held in the summer. Admission to the zoo is $14 for Adults and $8 for Children. Blank Park Zoo is open from 10AM to 4PM.

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Adventureland

Adventureland Resort is one of the very best locations in the State of Iowa for family oriented fun and excitement. Stay at the resort during special events such as the New Year’s Eve Celebration. Adventureland is home to exciting roller coasters, kiddie rides, and a large water park. The latest attraction, Bernie’s Barnyard is scheduled to open in 2018. It will feature a farm-inspired playground with two new kid’s rides. Tickets and Season Passes may be purchased online. Single day passes are $35.

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Amana Colonies

For more than 150 years, the Amana Colonies have provided locals and tourists with an unforgettable experience. The seven villages allow visitors to take a step back in time and see first-hand how our ancestors lived, worked, and spent their downtime. Guests of the Amana Colonies can sample hearty meals and craft beer or wine. And children will enjoy visiting the many museums located in the area. Stay in one of the local motels or at the campground area to get the most out of your visit.

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Maquoketa Caves State Park

Visitors to Maquoketa Caves State Park get to experience exploring various caves in the area. Take a guided tour of the caves, or stay in one of the campsites surrounded by pine trees. There are several scenic hiking trails at the park that provide access to the caves. This park contains more caves than any other in the state of Iowa and the unique trail system gives explorers the chance to visit each one. There are also overlook spots where you can get a fantastic view of nearby Maquoketa.

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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

One of the greatest natural sites to visit in all of Iowa would be the banks of the Mississippi River. After you have experienced that, it’s time to learn more about this majestic river by visiting the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. This attraction features historical artifacts that tell us all about the history of the Mississippi, while the Living Collections showcase some of the impressive sea animals that live in the river and beyond. Enjoy exploring the Flooded Bottomland Forest or the Backwater Marsh where dozens of birds, turtles and fish reside. You can also check out the Sturgeon Touch Tank and get up close to a real Shovelnose Sturgeon.