Though the traditional spring break season is often characterized by overcrowded beaches and high-priced amusement parks, many Midwest families are increasingly finding vacation alternatives for the whole family in Iowa.
“Iowa is quickly – and not so quietly – becoming the destination of choice for Midwesterners seeking family-friendly spring break options that won’t bust the budget,” said Shawna Lode, Manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “Stay-and-play resorts, indoor water parks, rock climbing adventures, trampoline parks and an array of museums, arts and cultural attractions for every interest are available throughout our state. We encourage every Midwestern family to find their next spring break destination at traveliowa.com.”
Lode cited a number of outstanding spring break destinations located throughout Iowa:
Big 12 Gymnastics Championships, March 23 (Ames, www.cyclones.com)
The Iowa State University Cyclones will compete against Oklahoma and West Virginia as they host the 2013 Big 12 Gymnastics Championships. This marks the third time the event has taken place at Hilton Coliseum.
FunCity (Burlington, www.thepzazz.com)
In addition to an indoor waterpark, this family-friendly complex includes a bowling alley, indoor go-karts, arcade, laser tag and restaurants all under one roof. Special room rate packages available in the adjoining hotel.
Kings Pointe Resort (Storm Lake, www.kingspointeresort.com)
Guests at King's Pointe can stay in the hotel or family sized cabins, splash and slide in the indoor and outdoor water parks rent numerous types of watercraft and enjoy outstanding dining options.
Long Lines Family Recreational Center (Sioux City, www.sioux-city.org/llfrc)
The Long Lines Center features a world-class 53-foot climbing wall and free-standing boulder where visitors can practice their rock-climbing techniques, and a Tiny Tot Indoor Gym with toys, games, and activities for children ages 1-7.
The Port of Dubuque (Dubuque, www.americasriver.com)
The historic Port of Dubuque area features shopping, restaurants, sightseeing tours, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (www.rivermuseum.com), and the Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark (www.grandharborresort.com).
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (Grimes, www.skyzone.com/DesMoines)
Sky Zone features wall-to-wall, interconnected trampolines that form a massive trampoline surface. More, Sky Zone is enclosed with angled trampolines so visitors can literally bounce off the walls.
A T. Rex Named Sue at the Science Center of Iowa (Des Moines, www.sciowa.org)
Discovered in the cliffs of the Cheyenne River in western South Dakota, Sue is the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. At 42 feet long and 12 feet high at the hip, Sue was one of the largest flesh-eaters to have ever inhabited the earth, and a dramatic, life-sized skeleton is the centerpiece of this special exhibition.
Union Pacific Railroad Museum (Council Bluffs, www.uprrmuseum.org)
The “Building America” exhibit incorporates video game technology to put visitors to work at the scene of the transcontinental railroad construction. From entering a tunnel at Donner Summit to trying their hand at driving a spike, visitors will see the 19th century feat of technology and engineering come to life like never before.
World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids (downtown Waterloo, www.worldsgreatestspringbreak.com)
Eight locations, including the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, Phelps Youth Pavilion and Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, team up to provide families with the world’s greatest spring break. Extended hours, $1 admission to each location and special events from March 18-22.
For more information Spring Break travel ideas, visit www.traveliowa.com.
Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7 billion in expenditures and employs 63,400 people statewide. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
For more information, contact:
Jessica O'Riley, Iowa Tourism Office