5 Must-Do Adventures in Iowa

Whether by sea or land, there is fun to be had in Iowa.

Kevin Litwin
On Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 19:56
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1. Iowa Great Lakes

The Iowa Great Lakes is a group of six glacier-carved lakes that are ideal for boating, waterskiing, jet-skiing and swimming, as well as popular fishing destinations. The cities of Milford, Okoboji and Spirit Lake provide easy access to these popular vacation destinations in northwestern Iowa.

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2. Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Open 365 days a year, Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens offers guests free admission and guided tours. Over 300 community volunteers maintain the 52-acre site, with highlights such as a Rose Garden, English Garden, Japanese Garden and the Packard Pavilion.

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Get Outside in Iowa

Iowa’s parks, waterways and trails provide residents and visitors with a constant connection to the great outdoors.

3. Field of Dreams Movie Site

Transformed from a cornfield into a baseball diamond, the Field of Dreams attraction in Dyersville was built in 1989 for the movie of the same name. Summer/fall visiting hours at the site are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Field of Dreams is scheduled to host a Major League Baseball game in August 2021.

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4. Pikes Peak State Park

Named for explorer Zebulon Pike, Pikes Peak State Park is located near McGregor and highlighted by a 500-foot bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River. Visitors also enjoy a beautiful view of bridges connecting Iowa and Wisconsin. The park offers mountain biking trails, campgrounds and 11.5 miles of hiking trails.

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5. Maquoketa Caves State Park

Located in Jackson County, Maquoketa Caves State\ Park boasts more caves than any other state park in Iowa. A 6-mile trail system links the caves, and the most popular destinations include Dancehall Cave, Hernando's Hideaway and Shinbone Cave. A modern interpretive center is located at the park's entrance.

If you'd like to learn more about Iowa, check out the latest edition of This is Iowa


Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.