Zoos in DAVENPORT with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Davenport 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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    (9 miles) Coal Valley

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

  • Wildlife Prairie Park

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    (70 miles) Hanna City

    2,000 acre of beautiful parkland with a wildlife park home to 150 creatures over 50 species. With a fishing lake, mountain bike tracks and hiking tracks, this really is an outdoor adventure for the ...

  • Peoria Zoo

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    (76 miles) Peoria

    Explore the animals of Africa, Asia, Australia, yet next leave Illinois! Peoria Zoo features amazing learning opportunities for kids, and great animal fun!

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  • Monkey Joes

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    (4 miles) Davenport

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

  • The Playstation

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    (64 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!

  • Indian Creek Nature Center

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    (60 miles) Cedar Rapids

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

  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden

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    (90 miles) Rockford

    Come and get back to nature by exploring a beautiful botanical garden at Klehm Arboretum in Illinois!

  • Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

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    (67 miles) Dubuque

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

  • Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort

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    (82 miles) Utica

    Great indoor water fun at this resort, with day passes available. 24,000 square feet of play zones, slides and lazy rivers! Great Illinois water fun all year round!

  • Midway Drive In Theatre

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    (54 miles) Sterling

    Sterling, Illinois brings you that classic retro “spaceship” ticket booth, a playground for the little ones, and full service concession stand - have a 1950s movie experience with the family!

  • Lil Mississippi Golf Davenport

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    (3 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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    (9 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!

  • Sass Family Farm

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    (51 miles) Riverside

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

  • The Potters Obsession

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    (66 miles) Cedar Rapids

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

  • Bloomsbury Farm

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    (74 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!

  • Wizard Of Oz Garden

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    (79 miles) Mapleton

    Follow the yellow brick road into this fun themed garden in Illinois, where kids can travel through forests, Munchinkland, and castles!

  • Field of Dreams Movie Site

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    (72 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!

  • Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science and Imax Theatre

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    (1 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 ...

  • Family Museum of Arts and Science

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    (4 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 ...

  • Discovery Depot Children's Museum

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    (41 miles) Galesburg

    Diverse exhibits encouraging hands-on learning at this children's museum in Illinois, perfect for those inquisitive minds up to 12 years!

  • Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum

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    (49 miles) Rock Falls

    Take a look into the history of Rock Falls Firefighting at this fun fire museum in Illinois - great for kids who love big trucks and learning!

  • UI Museum of Natural History

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    (50 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 ...

  • Old Capitol Museum

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    (50 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 ...

  • Iowa Childrens Museum

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    (54 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, ...

  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

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    (67 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!

  • National Farm Toy Museum

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    (71 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! ...

  • Geology Museum

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    (74 miles) Macomb

    A museum part of the University to allow the general public to understand, learn about and be enriched by Earth Sciences. A fascinating and educational experience for the kids and the parents in ...

  • Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences

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    (75 miles) Peoria

    The museum features exhibition galleries, Planetarium, Illinois Folk Art Gallery, Discovery Center, valuable collections of fine arts, folk arts and natural history, and educational programming for ...

  • Caterpillar Visitors Center

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    (77 miles) Peoria

    Self guided experience exploring the history of the brand's development which includes a motion simulator ride, heritage gallery, vintage vehicles and future concepts.

  • Peoria Riverfront Museum

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    (77 miles) Peoria

    An interdisciplinary extravaganza blanding art, history, science and achievement to an educative thrill that will get everyone seriously thinking. Plus 3D Giant Screen Cinema and Dome Planetarium.

  • Dickson Mounds State Museum

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    (85 miles) Lewistown

    The Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum and a National Historic Site, is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. It offers a unique opportunity ...

  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum

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    (91 miles) Rockford

    A step back in time at one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the USA from the 1800s. Filled with Victorian Era furnishings and artifacts, it also has a fascinating Indian Burial ...

  • Discovery Center Museum

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    (93 miles) Rockford

    The amazing Discovery Center Museum is full of over 250 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area. Out in the museum's backyard, visitors can explore Rock River Discovery Park, a giant, ...

  • Burpee Museum of Natural History

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    (93 miles) Rockford

    Welcome! Burpee Museum is a natural history museum specializing in paleontology, geology, biology, and Native American life. We have three floors of exhibits.

  • Pzazz Fun City

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    (57 miles) Burlington

    A 70,000 square foot water park, full-service restaurants, award-winning bowling center, large indoor speedway, golf course, laser tag arena - all in a resort with day admission!