National Parks / Natural World in DUBUQUE with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Dubuque has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Dubuque, Iowa offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Dubuque itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Effigy Mounds National Monument

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    (54 miles) Harpers Ferry

    There are numerous opportunities for you to enjoy a self-guided tour or join a ranger for a hike, walk, talk or historic demonstration. Most trails are moderately strenuous, however, there are some ...

  • 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.

  • Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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    (67 miles) Cross Plains

    An incredible 1,200 miles of trail that traces the glaciers edge which existed 15,000 years ago! A great historical family adventure in Wisconsin!

  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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    (79 miles) Madison

    16 acres of outdoor natural beauty and gardens for the family to explore, with exotic plants, birds, and even a waterfall - all for FREE!

  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden

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    (81 miles) Rockford

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

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  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

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    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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    (23 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! ...

  • Family Museum of Arts and Science

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    (66 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 ...

  • Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science and Imax Theatre

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    (67 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 ...

  • Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum

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    (70 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!

  • Old Capitol Museum

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    (73 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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    (73 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 ...

  • Iowa Childrens Museum

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    (74 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, ...

  • UW Geology Museum

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    (75 miles) Madison

    Take a journey into the deep history of Wisconsin at this fascinating Geology Museum, with hands-on learning for kids!

  • Madison Childrens Museum

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    (76 miles) Madison

    Features include art studio, interactive gear and water exhibits, restored log cabin with period activities, and two unique and highly imaginative eco play areas with one for under 5s and one for ...

  • Mid Continent Railway Museum

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    (77 miles) North Freedom

    Experience this outdoor, living museum recreating the "Golden Age of Railroading" back in the 19th century! Locomotive fun for kids in Wisconsin!

  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum

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    (81 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 ...

  • Circus World Museum

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    (82 miles) Baraboo

    A fun and interesting collection of fascinating circus artifacts - it might even be the largest in the world! Historic circus fun for the whole family in Wisconsin!

  • Discovery Center Museum

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    (82 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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    (82 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.

  • MacKenzie Environmental Education Center

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    (89 miles) Poynette

    Feaures include hands on in and outdoor live wildlife exhibits, self guided nature trails, museums, a fire tower and large picnic area.

  • Childrens Museum of La Crosse

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    (95 miles) La Crosse

    Learning and fun rolled into one! Three floors of hands-on exhibits, birthday parties, gift shop, field trips, summer day camps, special programs, and more. For ages 1-12 with adult companions.

  • Niabi Zoo

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    (74 miles) Coal Valley

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

  • Henry Vilas Zoo

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    (74 miles) Madison

    Free entry family zoo including multiple children's zoo features, discovery centre, herpetarium, plus train and carousel rides.

  • Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue

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    (77 miles) Rock Springs

    Offering self guided tours of the rescue facility, plus 3 varying led-tour types for a more intensive experience, including Morning Feeding and the thrilling Night Tour.

  • Timbavati Wildlife

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    (88 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Experience an up close and personal encounter with a variety of animals guaranteed to give you memories for a lifetime. Enjoy the new Camel Ride or a take stroll around the Storybook Gardens, this ...

  • Monster Truck World

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    (88 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Monster Truck World is designed to offer calm seats toward the front and mid to extreme THRILL seats behind axel in rear and outer thrill seats for the visually brave and persons with no vertigo ...

  • Wisconsin Dells Army Ducks

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    (88 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Dells Army Duck Tours pilot and guide you on an expedition through our wilderness in WWII amphibious vehicles, called ducks. It's fun, entertaining and a must tour when visiting Wisconsin Dells!

  • Mt. Olympus and The Bay

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    (89 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    With an indoor AND outdoor theme park, outdoor water park, AND indoor water park all waiting to be enjoyed - Mt Olympus is certainly an exciting place to visit for all ages!

  • Timber Falls Adventure Park

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    (90 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    How can you go wrong at an amusement park that measures fun in screams per second! Rides for all ages in this exciting Wisconsin attraction.

  • Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

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

  • Bear Foot Bay Indoor Waterpark

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    (46 miles) Prairie du Chien

    Come check out our body slide, waterfall spa, activity pool with water basketball, children's pool with water geysers, kids' slide, prehistoric fish and much more!

  • Kalaharis Indoor Outdoor Waterpark

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    (87 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Indoor AND outdoor fun with these water parks at Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin, with and indoor theme park too!

  • Rain Tree Resort

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    (88 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    With our indoor and outdoor waterparks, huge arcade, lounge and cafe. The RainTree Resort is the perfect Wisconsin Dells getaway for parents and children.

  • Noah's Ark Waterpark

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    (88 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Make a splash at America's LARGEST water park, with waterslides, wave pools, tube rides, mini golfs, arcades, and much more!