Zoos in CEDAR RAPIDS with kids

It’s animal time in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Cedar Rapids because this The Hawkeye State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Niabi Zoo

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    (73 miles) Coal Valley

    900 animals representing 160 species on 40 acres. Includes children's zoo, carousel, playground and miniature train. Animal fun in Illinois!

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  • Planet Fun Family Fun Center

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    (4 miles) Cedar Rapids

    We offer the largest selection of activities in the area from our under water adventure mini golf course to our 2500 ft laster tag arena we are able to entertain all ages. One of the many fun family ...

  • The Playstation

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    (4 miles) Cedar Rapids

    3 level indoor playland in Iowa, to entertain and exhaust kids under 12 with all the classic features like crawl tubes, climbing nets, slides, balls, tunnels and more!

  • Monkey Joes

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    (66 miles) Davenport

    offers a large facility filled with inflatable adventure from giant slides and obstacle courses to classic bounce houses and beyond.

  • Indian Creek Nature Center

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    (4 miles) Cedar Rapids

    Vast 210 acre site with hiking and biking trails, educational centre with numerous natural history exhibits, fishing, and more.

  • Grimes Conservation Farm

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    (64 miles) Marshalltown

    Partly a nature preserve, partly a farm, partly an education center, and partly a recreation area, Grimes Farm is an unusual public space that combines a working agricultural operation with the ...

  • The Lost Island

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    (46 miles) Waterloo

    Water fun in Waterloo at The Lost Island! With slides, a lazy river, and even go karting and 18 hole mini golf! Great family fun in Iowa.

  • Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

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    (63 miles) Dubuque

    25,000 square feet of indoor waterpark in Iowa, with daily admission, and tons of water fun to be had!

  • The Beach Ottumwa

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    (77 miles) Ottumwa

    The Beach Ottumwa is a beautiful indoor / outdoor waterpark located in Ottumwa Iowa. The facility encompasses 13 acres and over a million gallons of safe family fun.

  • The Potters Obsession

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    (4 miles) Cedar Rapids

    Create your own art pottery studio suitable for all ages and abilities.

  • Cedar Rapids Science Station

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    (4 miles) Cedar Rapids

    Interactive science fun including an Early Childhood Exploration Area which provides entertainment for children 2-8 years old, and an Elementary Gallery provided for children 5 years and up.

  • Bloomsbury Farm

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    (10 miles) Atkins

    So much more than a farm for this family day out, as the kids will love the petting zoo, haunted houses and an adventure play park!

  • Sass Family Farm

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    (39 miles) Riverside

    A beautiful family farm with fun activities and cute animals for those budding farmers from pre-K to 3rd grade to enjoy!

  • Phelps Youth Pavillion and Fun Space

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    (50 miles) Waterloo

    Using imaginative programs, visual adventures and interactive experiences to cover such subjects as Creativity Across Cultures, Farm, Construction Zone, Artists' Studio, Fun Stage, Time Machine and ...

  • Airline Amusement Park

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    (53 miles) Waterloo

    Bumper cars, goofy golf, a driving range and batting cages are all on offer at this fun family park. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do with kids in Iowa

  • Palmers Family Fun

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    (53 miles) Waterloo

    Outdoor family fun for kids of all ages in Iowa, with zooming Go Karts, mini golf and even a driving range.

  • Lil Mississippi Golf Davenport

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    (63 miles) Davenport

    18 hole championship mini-golf with fun obstacles geared towards kids, but still perfect for the whole family!

  • Lil Mississippi Golf Hampton

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    (71 miles) Hampton

    A fun and challenging mini golf for the whole family, with elevations, ponds and waterfalls. Geared towards kids but just as fun for adults!

  • Field of Dreams Movie Site

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    (48 miles) Dyersville

    Is this Heaven? No...it's Iowa. Those infamous words from the movie "Field Of Dreams" can be re-lived at this movie site location!

  • Iowa Childrens Museum

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    (20 miles) Coralville

    A family fun attraction with kid friendly, hands-on fun with over twelve interactive exhibits and 28,000 square feet of space that inspires all children up to 12 years old to imagine, create, ...

  • Old Capitol Museum

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    (23 miles) Iowa City

    A national historic landmark located in the center of Iowa City, Old Capitol served as the first state capitol from 1846-1857 and the University of Iowa's founding building. In 1976, Old Capitol ...

  • UI Museum of Natural History

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    (23 miles) Iowa City

    Get to understand the planet and it’s wonderful nature in the UI Museum of Natural History with its five major exhibit areas: Iowa Hall, Hageboeck Hall of Birds and Mammal Hall, Biosphere Discovery ...

  • National Farm Toy Museum

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    (44 miles) Dyersville

    The National Farm Toy Museum welcomes kids of all ages to explore the thousands of tractors, implements, farm dioramas, toy-manufacturing displays, and pedal tractors on exhibit around the museum! ...

  • Grout Museum of History and Science

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    (50 miles) Waterloo

    Unearth the treasures of the past and gaze into the future at the Grout Museum District. You'll be surrounded by history and astounded by what is yet to come as you explore the world through ...

  • Bluedorn Science Imaginarium

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    (50 miles) Waterloo

    Described as a 'playground for the imagination', this interactive science center provides fun hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how science affects everyday life.

  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

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    (63 miles) Dubuque

    Fun and learning flow together along the Mississippi River! Hands-on features and interactive exhibits ready for kids to explore in both indoor and outdoor spaces!

  • Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science and Imax Theatre

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    (63 miles) Davenport

    Founded in 1867, the Putnam is home to over 150,000 artifacts and specimens, the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science offers permanent and changing exhibits,and houses Iowa's only 3D IMAX ...

  • Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum

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    (67 miles) Oskaloosa

    Founded in 1844, the Nelson homestead is one of the premier historic attractions in Mahaska County. The property now features historic buildings from all over Mahaska County, providing visitors a ...

  • Family Museum of Arts and Science

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    (67 miles) Bettendorf

    he Mission of the Family Museum is to inspire life-long learning in children through interactive arts and science activities and exhibits. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking ...

  • Brucemore

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    (2 miles) Cedar Rapids

    You can't experience Brucemore by looking at a screen. Grab the family, take a tour of the mansion, stroll the gardens, pack a picnic, and attend outdoor theatre. Brucemore, a National Trust Historic ...

  • Herbert Hoover Historic Site

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    (27 miles) West Branch

    Whether you have half an hour or half a day, there are many things to see and do at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The future president was born in a small, two-room cottage in 1874. ...

  • Pella Historical Village

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    (75 miles) Pella

    Whatever your idea of a vacation is, you\\\'ll Experience it in Pella. Immerse yourself in the old-world charm of the Netherlands as you stroll along our brick streets visiting our Dutch storybook ...

  • Morwood campground

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    (43 miles) Hazleton

    Family owned and operated campground in Iowa with a playground, mini golf and heated pool! Family fun all round!

  • Guttenberg RV Park

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    (62 miles) Guttenberg

    Guttenberg RV Park is a relaxing campground for the whole family nestled in historic Guttenberg. A great place to take some time away together and enjoy what nature and the mighty Mississippi River ...

  • Palace Campgrounds

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    (70 miles) Galena

    Camping fun in the oldest campground in Illinois, with 50 acres set for all campers and tents!