Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve, Rockford Iowa
Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve, Rockford

Discover the beauty that Butler, Bremer, Chickasaw and Floyd counties have to offer. This family roadtrip introduces you to northeast Iowa with unique outdoor recreation, museum and educational experiences that will surprise the whole family. This roadtrip also offers a special treat for animal-lovers!

New Day Dairy GuestBarn, Clarksville Iowa
New Day Dairy GuestBarn, Clarksville

Where to Go

1. Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve

Explore Iowa's natural history with a visit to this unique Rockford attraction. Originally the site of Rockford Brike & Tile, the original kilns are still available for exploration. On your hike to the kilns, you're sure to find fossils right out in the open. Also be sure to hike the restored natural prairie trails to experience what Iowa looked like hundreds of years ago.

2. Floyd County Museum

Did you know that some of the first tractors were made in Charles City? Explore the Floyd County Museum to see tractors through the years. Take time to explore and imagine living in an 1850's log cabin or visit a Drug Store that operated from 1884 to 1962.

3. Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch

American Bison have roamed the Iowa plains for centuries. Today, Iowa farmers like the McFarlands and their Fredericksburg ranch still raise buffalo and share the experience with visitors. Take a tour of the farm and hand feed buffalo from their special wagon.

Where to Eat

1. East Bremer Diner

A staple on Waverly's Main Street since 2001, East Bremer Diner serves up local Wagyu beef (and cheese curds) from Hansen's Dairy in Hudson. This restaurant's specialty dishes of broasted chicken, prime rib or pizza will satisfy the whole family.

2. The Pub at Pinicon

Enjoy one of Iowa's classics at it's best at The Pub at Pinicon in New Hampton. As the winner of the Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin in 2019, you can't get much better than this.

Where to Stay

New Day Dairy GuestBarn

Immerse yourself in a modern family dairy farm when you sleep with the cows at this unique Clarksville lodging option. Cow gaze 24/7 out two large loft windows to see over 150 cows living life at the Bolin's farm. Kids will enjoy the Intro & Farewell Tours included in every stay that lets them get up close to the cows, calves and Rita the milking Robot.