The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is located within the Port of Dubuque and is actually the area's most important attraction. It aims to take visitors on a journey along the Mississippi River through dynamic aquariums, wetlands, a boatyard, and historical exhibits. During your trip, you can pilot a barge, tour William M. Black, a famous steamboat on the National Historic Register, and even get close to live critters. Take a walk along the Woodward Nature Wetland Trail and stop by the Pfohl Family Boatyard during your trip. Admission is $15, with discounts for children and seniors.
As one of the most commonly photographed places in the state, it is no surprise that Pikes Peak State Park is a top Iowa attraction. During your trip, climb the bluff 500 feet to get breathtaking views of where the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers meet. There is a half-mile boardwalk that will take you to the Bridal Veil Falls, well worth several minutes of observation. You can also walk through the park along the 11.5 miles of hiking trails or spend the night camping at the campground.
Okoboji is a larger area of Iowa and filled with too many attractions to count. The biggest attraction in this zone are its glacier-carved lakes that cross the Minnesota border and travel southwest of it, covering around 15,000 acres. Water sports are the main activity in Okoboji and you can do anything from boating to fishing to parasailing to kayaking. There are also multiple golf courses, an amusement park, over 20 miles of trails, picnics, camping, museums, live music, antique shopping, and more. Give yourself at least a few days in Okoboji to experience all it has to offer.
The Field of Dreams is the actual baseball field and farm that appeared in the 1989 movie of the same name. While this particular attraction is particularly popular among those who love the movie, it has been attracting thousands of visitors for over 25 years. The farm dates back to 1906 and when you visit, you will see feed corn planted all around the field. If you take a closer look, you will notice that a nearby family actually plants their corn carefully - they make sure that every row faces the outfield so visitors can get the best view possible.
Many people consider the Grotto of Redemption to be the "Eighth Wonder of the World" and in 2001 this "miracle in stone" was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Grotto is made up of nine different grottos which portray different scenes in Christ's life. It is also the largest of all man-made Grottos in the world and has the most gems and precious stones to be found in one location. Admission is $8 per adult and $5 per child and you can also stay at the on-site campground if you prefer to get the most out of your visit to this attraction.
With historic colonies, water parks, outdoor adventures, and more, Iowa is an ideal destination for your next family vacation. There are no shortage of water and amusement parks in the state or if you prefer to spend your time outside doing a different...