Things to do in Iowa

1. Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption

Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption

The Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption is a religious shrine in West Bend, Iowa, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City. A conglomeration of nine grottos depicting scenes in the life of Jesus, it contains a large collection of minerals and petrifications and is believed to be the largest grotto in the world. It is considered the world’s most complete man-made collection of minerals, fossils, shells, and petrifications in one place. It includes a museum with precious and semi-precious stones from throughout the world.


2. Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa Caves State Park


Maquoketa Caves State Park is a state park in Iowa, United States, located in Jackson County. It stands northwest of the city of Maquoketa. The park contains more caves than any other state park in Iowa. There are several attractions at the park to explore including a scenic river trail that has two bridges and a bird hide. The park was once featured on an episode of Rescue 911.


3. Adventureland (Iowa)


Adventureland Resort is a theme park in Altoona, Iowa. It is marketed as featuring over 100 rides, shows, and attractions. Adventureland also offers an excellent selection for families, with rides for all ages. There are also plenty of rides for less adventurous guests including great water rides as well as a full complement of children’s rides spread throughout the park. The park features snack stands and sit-down counter service locations.


4. Iowa’s Largest Frying Pan

Iowa's Largest Frying Pan

It is one of the most popular attractions in Iowa. It is located near Spirit Lake. This giant frying pan was built in 2004 to promote Brandon’s popular cowboy breakfast. It is one of the best tourist attractions. Many people come from various countries to see this pan.


5. Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

The Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a beautiful destination. It features over 140 pieces of artwork from both regional and international sculptors. Some of the pieces are actually interactive. It is considered one of the most significant collections of outdoor sculptures in the United States. The sculpture park is administered by the Des Moines Art Center and contains works by artists such as ‘Louise Bourgeois’, ‘Jaume Plensa’, ‘Ai Weiwei’, and ‘Barry Flanagan’.

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