From running up and down the "crookedest street in the world" to swimming in circles at FunCity, plan a family vacation that will make lasting memories for your kids - whether they're toddlers or teens.
Take the kids to this first-class buffet near the Catfish Bend Casino. Their massive Sunday brunch is not to miss. You're sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater and parents can load up on coffee to prepare for a high-energy, excitement-packed day.
After breakfast, head downtown to take a stroll down Snake Alley, dubbed the "crookedest street in the world" by Ripley's Believe It or Not. The Alley consists of five half curves and two quarter-curves and drops 58 feet over a distance of just one city block.
Des Moines County Heritage Center
Located on 4th Street, the Des Moines County Heritage Center offers nine galleries on three levels, each addressing a different aspect of county history. Be sure to visit "Catfish Corners," an interactive learning space for children.
Mississippi Riverwalk and Jefferson Street
Take a scenic walk and see the Mighty Mississippi up close! Then, visit the shops on Jefferson, which include a local toy store.
After exploring downtown Burlington, head to Roosevelt Avenue for lunch. Happy Joe's features salads, pastas, sandwiches, ice cream and a huge selection of pizza. There is also a fun, interactive game room for the kids and an affordable lunch buffet.
FunCity & Huck's Harbor Water Park
The kids are guaranteed to be tired after this one - this event center features over 100 arcade games, go-karts, a multi-level laser tag arena and Huck's Harbor water park - with more than 70,000 square feet of slip-slidin' fun!
Burlington Bees Baseball
End your day with a minor league baseball game at newly-remodeled Community Field. When the team is in town, games begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays, April through September. Grab a hot dog and nachos and enjoy the game!
Dinner by Henry
Start your day with a delicious homemade breakfast. This local restaurant prepares all of their food in-house using only fresh, local and healthy ingredients.
Starr's Cave Park & Preserve
After breakfast, enjoy a nature hike at Starr's Cave. This 184-acre park offers two miles of hiking trails and is rich with natural and cultural history.
Burlington RecPlex and Kenny's Roller Ranch
If the kids still have energy to burn, head out to the Burlington RecPlex for fun in batting cages. The cages feature a six-station automatic batting cage system with dual softball/baseball pitching machines. Hours vary from March to August. Or try Kenny's Roller Ranch for year-round skating, a mini golf course, batting cages and basketball.
Stop in for lunch at The Broadway, located in downtown West Burlington. This casual venue boasts a comfortable, open atmosphere with a warm and inviting ambiance.
Wildlife Lakes Elk Farm
After lunch, tour the Wildlife Lakes Elk Farm, located just outside of Burlington, where the owners have been raising elk for more than 10 years. This unique farm is a great place to get up close and personal with elk and sample some elk sausage!
Burlington's city park has a beautiful arboretum and botanical garden alongside the Mississippi River. The park has walking paths, Lake Starker, the Hawkeye Natives Log Cabin and Black Hawk Spring and Cave.
End your Burlington adventure at The Drake on the riverfront. The restaurant offers fine wine, family entertainment and a casual dining experience. Try the Wildlife Elk steak or the Elk Rachel, fresh from the farm you visited earlier!
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