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Zoos in Iowa

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Iowa because The Hawkeye State 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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  • Blank Park Zoo

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    Des Moines

    The Blank Park Zoo manages 49 acres of land. Of that, 22 acres have been developed into animal exhibits or facilities. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in ...

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  • The Lost Island

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    Waterloo

    The Lost Island Waterpark is just minutes away from everything you need if your just visiting for the day, or planning to stay a week! This waterpark features a huge pool, five water slides, Lazy ...

  • Kings Point Waterpark

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    Storm Lake

    Situated on the shores of Storm Lake, King\'s Pointe Waterpark offers indoor and outdoor entertainment for all ages. Multiple waterslides, water playgrounds, water channels and lap lanes and much, ...

  • Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

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    Dubuque

    Located in the Port of Dubuque, Iowa, Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is the perfect spot for enjoying this beautiful and exciting destination area. Gather with friends for a relaxed conversation ...

  • Clarion Amana Colonies & Wasserbahn Resort

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    Williamsburg

    Get soaked and stoked on our frontier-themed custom rides and attractions! Make The Wasserbahn your personal family playground!

  • The Beach Ottumwa

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    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.

  • Cascade Falls Aquatic Center

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    Ankeny

    A family friendly outdoor aquatic center in Iowa with heated water, kiddie slides, lap pools and water slides!

  • Field of Dreams Movie Site

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    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!

  • Kids Club At MacNider Museum

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    Mason City

    Kids' Club is an activity-based exploration of the visual arts and the treasures of the MacNider Museum for children ages 5 through 12 ! The Charles H. MacNider Museum is a non-profit, municipally ...

  • Sanford Museum and Planetarium

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    Cherokee

    The Sanford Museum offers a variety of educational programs for groups on subjects including Astronomy, Geology, History, Natural History, and Prehistory.

  • Bluedorn Science Imaginarium

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    Waterloo

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

  • Grout Museum of History and Science

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    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 ...

  • Sioux City Public Museum

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    Sioux City

    The Sioux City Public Museum preserves and shares the heritage of Sioux City through a variety of exhibitions, programs and historic structures. We tell the stories of our community through ...

  • Family Museum of Arts and Science

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    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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    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 ...

  • National Farm Toy Museum

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    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! ...

  • Danish Windmill Museum and Welcome Center

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    Elk Horn

    The Danish Windmill Museum is for all people interested in Denmark, Danish Customs, Scandinavian traditions and, of course, windmills. Elk Horn's Danish Windmill is America's only authentic working ...

  • Iowa Aviation Museum

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    Greenfield

    A fascinating way to celebrate Iowa's aviation heritage, from 1910 through to modern day.

  • Old Capitol Museum

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    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 ...

  • Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum

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    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 ...

  • Railswest Railroad Museum

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    Council Bluffs

    The construction of the transcontinental railroad played a major role in the development of southwest Iowa, and vice versa. The history of this era is well preserved in the former 1899 Rock lsland ...

  • Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

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    Le Mars

    Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Iowa Cream Capital of the World, home of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, in Le Mars, IA.

  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

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    Dubuque

    The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is where fun and learning flow together! This sprawling campus along the Mississippi River is family-focused with lots of hands-on features, ...

  • Iowa Childrens Museum

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    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, ...

  • UI Museum of Natural History

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    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 ...

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