Four Hours of Fun: Carroll, Denison, Kimballton & Council Bluffs

A vacation doesn’t have to take up days and days of your time! Explore a corner of the state in just one morning or afternoon.


Swan Lake Educational Center, Carroll
Swan Lake Educational Center, located in Swan Lake State Park, is a great place to learn about the outdoors. Check out the nature displays, children's activity area and historical maps.


Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts, Denison
Make your way to Denison to visit the Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts. This 1914 German opera house is located in the hometown of the award-winning actress. Your family can stroll through the museum, theater and soda fountain.


Cronk's Cafe, Denison
Ready to refuel? Stop at Cronk's Cafe for diner fare and generous portions to keep the family happy. This local favorite is a frequent stop for politicians on the campaign trail. Make sure to save room for the pie!


Little Mermaid & Danish Attractions, Kimballton
The Little Mermaid Statue and Danish attractions in Kimballton and nearby Elk Horn offer the perfect place for your family to explore Danish traditions. The Little Mermaid statue is a beautiful replica of the original, located in Copenhagen. You can also visit an authentic farmer's cottage, Danish Village Church and the General Store Museum.


Union Pacific Railroad Museum, Council Bluffs
Extend your trip and trek over to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, where you can explore 150 years of American railroad history, sure to please every rail lover!


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