National Parks / Natural World in SIOUX CITY with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Sioux City 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 Sioux City, 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 Sioux City 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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  • Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

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    (5 miles) Sioux City

    A visit to Stone Park would not be complete without a visit to the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. The center features a variety of interpretive displays, including a "walk-under" prairie, a 400-gallon ...

  • Woodbury Conservation Area

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    (5 miles) Sioux City

    Welcome The Woodbury County Conservation Board invites you to explore nearly 5,000 acres of unique conservation lands. You will find a tremendous variety of outdoor recreational opportunities ...

  • Missouri National River

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    (60 miles) Crofton

    Kids who visit the Missouri National Recreational River are in for a treat! Recreational activities abound here. They include hiking, fishing, canoeing, boating, and picnicking, just to name a few.

  • Loup Parks

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    (89 miles) Columbus

    The District owns, operates and maintains five parks and recreation areas containing 265 acres of land and 1,100 acres of water. These facilities are open to the public from May 1 to November 1 ...

  • Omaha Botanical Gardens

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    (90 miles) Omaha

    Gained from a visit to Lauritzen Gardens today are tranquility, appreciation of nature's beauty and wonder, inspiration for visitors' own gardens and the pleasure of watching the seasons change and ...

  • Marble Beach State Recreation Area

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    (93 miles) Spirit Lake

    Marble Beach\\\'s campground is the largest in the Iowa Great Lakes region.Spirit Lake is the largest natural lake in Iowa and provides some of the best fishing in the state. Crandall\\\'s Beach ...

  • Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

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    (95 miles) Bellevue

    Walking or hiking the trails of Fontenelle Nature Association is an experience unlike any other within the Omaha metro area. FNA owns and manages 2,000 acres of conservation land and 26 miles of ...

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  • Sioux City Public Museum

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    (1 miles) 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 ...

  • Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

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    (23 miles) 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.

  • W H Over State Museum

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    (33 miles) Vermillion

    At the W. H. Over Museum we are rich in the history of the land. From its early beginnings the museum has collected and exhibited the natural history materials of the state and region. The ...

  • Sanford Museum and Planetarium

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    (47 miles) Cherokee

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

  • Pierce Historical Museum

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    (61 miles) Pierce

    Visitors to the Pierce Historical Society Museum enter the complex through a new 3,000 square foot building. The main part of this large building is a virtual main street of of Pierce's past.

  • Shelby County Historical Museum

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    (80 miles) Harlan

    Welcome to the Shelby County Historical Museum, located at the corner of Pine Street and Morse Avenue in Harlan. Opened in 1975 as a Bicentennial project, the facility has grown to four buildings ...

  • Mormon Trail Center

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    (84 miles) Omaha

    A historical experience at the Mormon Trail Center, where you can re-live the lives of those part of the great "Mormon Migration"

  • Joslyn Art Museum

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    (89 miles) Omaha

    As Nebraska's largest and most distinguished art museum, Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has served as the premier center for visual art since opening in 1931. Joslyn's collection features work from ...

  • Platte County

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    (89 miles) Columbus

    Travel Thru Time! History Gallery containing discoveries of fossils, Indian stone tools, artifacts and photographs of early Platte County, settlers and communities. Rooms of Victorian clothing, ...

  • Omaha Childrens Museum

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    (89 miles) Omaha

    A fun and hands-on experience for kids, where they can challenge themselves, learn, explore, and discover how the world works and learn through play!

  • The Durham Museum

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    (90 miles) Omaha

    Fascinating exhibits on the history of Omaha, and amazing rotating exhibits on the cultures of the world!

  • Railswest Railroad Museum

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    (90 miles) 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 ...

  • El Museo Latino

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    (92 miles) Omaha

    One of only eleven Latino museums in the entire USA, El Museo Latino is an educational experience on the history and culture of the Latino Heritage.

  • Danish Windmill Museum and Welcome Center

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    (93 miles) 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 ...

  • Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum

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    (74 miles) Sioux Falls

    Home to 1,000 amazing animals – from anteater to zebras – the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, SD offers up-close views of animals including giraffes, tigers, rhinos and a jumping, hooting array ...

  • Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo

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    (91 miles) Omaha

    Step into the rainforests, deserts, wander through an ocean and more all through total immersion exhibits at this family friendly Nebraska zoo!

  • Arnolds Park

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    (88 miles) Arnolds Park

    Classic amusement park FUN in Iowa for the whole family! Built in 1889, this historic theme park has classic rides and attractions, as well as dining, shopping, and live concerts - all on the shores ...

  • Fun Plex

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    (92 miles) Omaha

    Thrilling rides, water park fun, as well as go-karts and mini-golf: an exciting family day out in Nebraska!

  • Kings Pointe Waterpark

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    (63 miles) Storm Lake

    Indoor and outdoor fun for all ages at this Iowa waterpark next to Storm Lake. All year round swimming fun!

  • Wild Water West

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    (74 miles) Sioux Falls

    Your ticket to summer fun with this splashing water park in Sioux Falls, as well as go karts, batting cages and paintball!

  • Columbus Aquatic Center

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    (88 miles) Columbus

    The Aquatic Center is one of the finest indoor public pools in Nebraska. The pool is open seven days a week, 12 months out of the year. A variety of programs are offered to meet the needs of the ...

  • Pawnee Plunge Water Park

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    (90 miles) Columbus

    Nebraska's family water fun park, offering terrifying plunge slides, fun family rides, interactive water play zone and more.

  • Coco Key Waterpark Omaha

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    (90 miles) Omaha

    Waterpark fun at Coco Key Water Resort slides, a kiddie pool, water attractions and lots of family fun to cool you down!

  • Fun-Plex Waterpark

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    (92 miles) Omaha

    A water and amusement park which includes wave pools, kids' pool, waterslides, go-cart track, tilt-a-whirl, bumper boats and cars, miniature golf, and batting cages.

  • Play All Day

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    (2 miles) Sioux City

    Offer over-the-top fun for under 10s with awesome inflatables and age zoned play stations that engage young imaginations and exercise little bodies!

  • Gobs and Gobbs of Fun

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    (61 miles) Norfolk

    Featuring a multi level climbing structure, Air Hockey and Ping Pong tables, ride on toys, wooden trains, Lego, pretend play, toddler toys, Wii and XBOX w Kinect!

  • BounceU Omaha

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    (91 miles) Omaha

    Offers it's trademarked standard of inflatable fun, with offerings ranging from classic bounce houses and slides to mazes, obstacle courses and more including organised games, music, toys and other ...

  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Sioux Falls

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    (72 miles) Sioux Falls

    Wall to wall trampolines, with open jump, dodgeball, foam pits and lots of bouncing fun in Sioux Falls!