May 21, 2012

Summer in Iowa Bucket List

Only 8 days of school left! YAY! Each summer, I take the girls (and hesitant husband) on "Mommy Adventures"... small day trips or outings.  A year ago, a "Mommy Adventure" resulted in my husband breaking his leg.  Oops!  I decided to make a Summer in Iowa Bucket List to guide us this summer.  It will also be useful on those days when we just stare at each other with nothing to do. Some of these things are free and some will cost money. What did I leave off? What would you add?  I will cross things off as we accomplish them! Wish us luck!

Swinging Bridge in Columbus Junction

Sunset Park in Washington  
Usher's Ferry Fairy Tale Festival in July
American Pizza Company in Davenport
Lagomarcino's in Davenport (I am a sucker for an old fashioned soda counter!)
Circa '21 Dinner Theatre in Davenport
The Button Factory Woodfire Grille in Muscatine
Skyora Bakery in Cedar Rapids
Adventure Land
Crystal Lake Cave in Dubuque
Zombie Burger in Des Moines
See a movie in a drive in theater
Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines
Botanical Garden in Des Moines 
Grand Harbor Resort Water Park in Dubuque
Fenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque 
Freddie's Popcorn Company in Dubuque
Mississippi River Museum
Star Brewery Building (For husband, not children) in Dubuque
Spook Cave in McGregor
Tanager Place Summer Fest in Cedar Rapids
Chimney Rocks in Creston 
Villisca Axe Murder House
James Kennedy Aquatic Center in Tipton (Hello, Lazy River!) 
Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo

My 8 year old has asked me to add:
Iowa Children's Museum (we live 2 blocks from it) in Coralville
Coralville Pool

My friend Carrie (you might know her as Mrs. Gordon), had some ideas for our list!
The Field of Dreams in Decorah
Snake Alley in Burlington (Never heard of this before!)
Hotel Manning in Keosauqua
Lake Lacey in Keosauqua 


  1. i definitely recommend Maquoketa Caves it is sooo much fun! and field of dreams is really fun to!!


  2. Living History Farms is SO cool!

  3. Love this, thank you for sharing. Gave me a few ideas as well.