IowaIowa is a rural state covered in farms, but there are family attractions scattered throughout. Referred to as the “Food Capital of the World” it is known for plentiful and diverse agriculture. The state is also proud of its economy, culture, and landscape.

Explore the state from the capital, Des Moines, to Cedar Rapids and Davenport. The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines features 22 acres of animal habitats with 800 animals from five continents. Visit the Iowa State Fair, the most popular summer attraction near Des Moines, to enjoy several entertainment acts, livestock competitions, and the best fair rides. The Science Station in Cedar Rapids features traveling exhibits of new science experiments, so every visit is a new experience.

Dubuque is a quaint little town located off the Mississippi River with plenty of fun diversions. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium highlights the various species of fish that live in the river. Another great stop near the Mighty Mississippi is Eagle Point Park, which sits atop a bluff over the river.

The Family Museum in Bettendorf, near Davenport, has interactive exhibits that will entertain kids and parents alike. Visitors can touch a tornado, explore the human body, discover a beautiful garden, and much more. The games of the Quad Cities River Bandits Baseball team, a minor league team out of downtown Davenport, are perfect for sports lovers or hot dog lovers, with competitive matches and comical between-inning entertainment.

Iowa is home to many more fascinating attractions, including the Antique Car Museum of Iowa, located in Coralville outside of Iowa City, and the John Deere headquarters in the Quad Cities, where you can view exhibits about the history of the green and gold tractors.

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