Your US Bucket List: Top Family-Friendly Destinations in Iowa!

Top Family-Friendly Destinations in Iowa!

Whether you’re looking for an Educational Field Trip or a Fun Day Out with the Kids…

Or if you are planning a Family Vacation for Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter Break…

Or maybe you’re a Full-Time Family touring the US in your van or RV….

Perhaps you are an International Traveler planning your next major excursion into the United States…

Whatever your reason for exploring the world with YOUR Family…

SPGFAN has THE BEST LISTS of Top Family-Friendly Destinations in Each of the 50 United States!

Load YOUR Itineraries with THE COOLEST Kid-Centered Adventures and Create Fabulous Memories to Last Their Entire Lives!

Learn, Play, Experience, Relax, and Enjoy Yourselves with These Great National Parks, State Parks, Theme Parks, Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, Nature Centers, Factory Tours, Historic Sites, Notable Homes, Cultural Attractions, Art Events, Live Performances, Sporting Events, Beaches, Mountains, Cities, Towns, Farms, and MORE!

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Top Family-Friendly Destinations in Iowa!


Ackley Heritage CenterAckley
Albert City Historical MuseumAlbert City
Monroe County Historical MuseumAlbia
Camp Algona POW MuseumAlgona
Pharmacists Mutual Companies MuseumAlgona
Butler County MuseumAllison
Alton Public Library & Historical MuseumAlton
Altoona Area Historical Society MuseumAltoona
Amana Heritage MuseumAmana
Ames History CenterAmes
Brunnier Art MuseumAmes
Christian Petersen Art MuseumAmes
Farm House MuseumAmes
Hoggatt SchoolAmes
Octagon Center for the ArtsAmes
Anamosa State Penitentiary MuseumAnamosa
Grant Wood Art GalleryAnamosa
National Motorcycle MuseumAnamosa
Ankeny Art CenterAnkeny
Ankeny Area Historical Society MuseumsAnkeny
Armstrong Heritage MuseumArmstrong
Abbie Gardner Sharp CabinArnolds Park
Iowa Great Lakes Maritime MuseumArnolds Park
Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music MuseumArnolds Park
DeBoer Grocery Museum and Little House MuseumAshton
Audubon Public Library & Cultural CenterAudubon
Nathaniel Hamlin Park and MuseumAudubon
Richardson-Jakway HouseAurora
Farmall-Land U.S.A.Avoca
Taylor County Historical MuseumBedford
Belle Plaine Area MuseumBelle Plaine
Young House MuseumBellevue
Belmond MuseumBelmond
Jenison-Meacham Memorial Art MuseumBelmond
Family MuseumBettendorf
Blakesburg Community MuseumBlakesburg
Davis County Historical Society MuseumBloomfield
Boone and Scenic Valley RailroadBoone
Boone County Historical CenterBoone
Mamie Eisenhower BirthplaceBoone
Armstrong HouseBritt
National Hobo MuseumBritt
Des Moines County Heritage Center MuseumBurlington
Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and MuseumBurr Oak
Dairy CenterCalmar
Camanche DepotCamanche
Camanche Historical MuseumCamanche
Antique Tractor ShowcaseCarlisle
Carlisle Area Historical Society MuseumCarlisle
Carroll County Historical MuseumCarroll
Behrens-Rapp Service Station Museum and Tourist CenterCedar Falls
Hearst Center for the ArtsCedar Falls
Ice House MuseumCedar Falls
Little Red School HouseCedar Falls
Marshall Center SchoolCedar Falls
University of Northern Iowa Gallery of ArtCedar Falls
University of Northern Iowa MuseumCedar Falls
Victorian Home and Carriage House MuseumCedar Falls
Abbe Creek SchoolCedar Rapids
African American Museum of IowaCedar Rapids
BrucemoreCedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Museum of ArtCedar Rapids
History CenterCedar Rapids
Iowa Masonic Library and MuseumCedar Rapids
National Czech & Slovak Museum & LibraryCedar Rapids
Ushers Ferry Historic VillageCedar Rapids
Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining MuseumCenterville
Belinda Toy And Antique MuseumChariton
Lucas County Historical MuseumChariton
Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood HomeCharles City
Floyd County Historical MuseumCharles City
Sanford Museum & PlanetariumCherokee
Clarinda Carnegie Art MuseumClarinda
Glenn Miller Birthplace MuseumClarinda
Nodaway Valley Historical MuseumClarinda
4-H Schoolhouse MuseumClarion
Heartland MuseumClarion
Rock Island Depot MuseumClarion
Clear Lake Arts CenterClear Lake
Clermont Historical Society MuseumClermont
Montauk MansionClermont
Catholic Historical Center at St. BonifaceClinton
Clinton County Historical MuseumClinton
Curtis MansionClinton
Felix Adler Children’s Discovery CenterClinton
The Sawmill MuseumClinton
Clive Historical Society – Swanson CampusClive
Trainland U.S.A.Colfax
Columbus Community Heritage CenterColumbus Junction
Conrad Heritage Hall and MuseumConrad
Antique Car Museum of IowaCoralville
Iowa Children’s MuseumCoralville
Johnson County Historical Society MuseumCoralville
Adams County House of HistoryCorning
French Icarian Colony Living History MuseumCorning
Johnny Carson BirthplaceCorning
Correctionville MuseumCorrectionville
Prairie Trails MuseumCorydon
Historic General Dodge HouseCouncil Bluffs
RailsWest Railroad MuseumCouncil Bluffs
Squirrel Cage JailCouncil Bluffs
Union Pacific Railroad MuseumCouncil Bluffs
Western Historic Trails CenterCouncil Bluffs
Howard County Historical Preservation & Education CenterCresco
Kellow HouseCresco
Union County Historical VillageCreston
Humboldt County Mill Farm Historical MuseumDakota City
B.J. Palmer MansionDavenport
Figge Art MuseumDavenport
German American Heritage CenterDavenport
International Fire MuseumDavenport
Palmer Museum of Chiropractic HistoryDavenport
Putnam MuseumDavenport
River Music ExperienceDavenport
Locust SchoolDecorah
Porter House MuseumDecorah
Vesterheim Norwegian-American MuseumDecorah
Donna Reed Heritage MuseumDenison
McHenry HouseDenison
Des Moines Art CenterDes Moines
Fort Des Moines Museum and Education CenterDes Moines
Iowa State CapitolDes Moines
Salisbury HouseDes Moines
Science Center of IowaDes Moines
State Historical Museum of IowaDes Moines
Terrace HillDes Moines
Wallace House MuseumDes Moines
Central Community Historical Society MuseumDeWitt
Dexter Historical MuseumDexter
Dow HouseDow City
Quasdorf Blacksmith and Wagon MuseumDows
Vernon Schoolhouse #5Dows
Dubuque Museum of ArtDubuque
Mathias Ham HouseDubuque
National Mississippi River Museum & AquariumDubuque
Old Jail MuseumDubuque
National Farm Toy MuseumDyersville
Dysart Historical CenterDysart
Eagle Grove Historical MuseumEagle Grove
Hockett House MuseumEarlham
Old Schoolhouse MuseumEarlham
Eddyville Historical MuseumEddyville
American Gothic HouseEldon
Eldon Depot MuseumEldon
Hardin County Farm MuseumEldora
Gilbertson Conservation Education AreaElgin
Bedstemor’s HouseElk Horn
Danish Windmill MuseumElk Horn
Museum of Danish AmericaElk Horn
Carter House MuseumElkader
George Maier Rural Heritage CenterElkader
Ellston Pioneer MuseumEllston
Indian Creek Historical MuseumEmerson
Palo Alto County Historical MuseumEmmetsburg
Victorian Museum on MainEmmetsburg
Emmet County Historical Society MuseumEstherville
Audubon County Historical Society MuseumExira
Carnegie Historical MuseumFairfield
Maasdam BarnsFairfield
Fonda MuseumFonda
Fort Atkinson State PreserveFort Atkinson
Blanden Memorial Art MuseumFort Dodge
Fort MuseumFort Dodge
North Lee County Historical MuseumFort Madison
Old Fort MadisonFort Madison
Garnavillo Historical MuseumGarnavillo
Matchstick Marvels MuseumGladbrook
Mills County Historical MuseumGlenwood
Grafton Heritage DepotGrafton
Greene Historical MuseumGreene
Adair County Heritage MuseumGreenfield
Iowa Aviation MuseumGreenfield
Schildberg Antique Car MuseumGreenfield
Faulconer GalleryGrinnell
Grinnell Historical MuseumGrinnell
Iowa Transportation MuseumGrinnell
Cass County Historical MuseumGriswold
Lockmaster’s Heritage House MuseumGuttenberg
Franklin County Historical MuseumHampton
Harriman Nielsen FarmHampton
Old Stone HouseHampton
REA Power Plant MuseumHampton
Hanlontown Community Bank MuseumHanlontown
Shelby County Historical MuseumHarlan
Effigy Mounds National MonumentHarpers Ferry
Matthew Edel Blacksmith ShopHaverhill
Calliope VillageHawarden
Amana Community ChurchHomestead
Homestead Blacksmith ShopHomestead
Homestead Store MuseumHomestead
Delaware County Historical Museum ComplexHopkinton
Moorehead House MuseumIda Grove
Moorehead Stagecoach InnIda Grove
Heartland Acres Agribition CenterIndependence
Independence State HospitalIndependence
Wapsipinicon MillIndependence
Farnham GalleriesIndianola
National Balloon Museum and Ballooning Hall of FameIndianola
Old Capitol MuseumIowa City
Plum Grove Historic HouseIowa City
University of Iowa Athletics Hall of FameIowa City
University of Iowa Medical MuseumIowa City
University of Iowa Museum of ArtIowa City
University of Iowa Museum of Natural HistoryIowa City
Pat Clark Art CollectionIowa Falls
Greene County Historical MuseumJefferson
Jefferson Telephone MuseumJefferson
Iowa Gold Star Military MuseumJohnston
Kalona Historical VillageKalona
Kalona Quilt & Textile MuseumKalona
Kellogg Historical MuseumKellogg
Kensett Community Church MuseumKensett
George M. Verity River MuseumKeokuk
Samuel F. Miller House and MuseumKeokuk
Franklin Pearson HouseKeosauqua
Twombly MuseumKeosauqua
Van Buren Historical Society MuseumKeosauqua
Marion County Historical Village & MuseumKnoxville
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & MuseumKnoxville
FFA Historical and Ag MuseumLa Porte City
Country School MuseumLake Mills
Lake View Historical MuseumLake View
Graceland University GalleriesLamoni
Liberty HallLamoni
River History MuseumLansing
Buffalo Bill MuseumLe Claire
Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and MuseumLe Mars
Plymouth County Historical MuseumLe Mars
Hitchcock HouseLewis
Lidtke MillLime Springs
Johnny Clock MuseumLockridge
Walnut Grove Pioneer VillageLong Grove
John L. Lewis Memorial Museum of Mining and LaborLucas
Wagaman MillLynnville
Madrid Historical MuseumMadrid
Jackson County MuseumMaquoketa
Marble Rock MuseumMarble Rock
Granger House MuseumMarion
Marion Heritage Center & MuseumMarion
Marquette Depot MuseumMarquette
Glick-Sower HouseMarshalltown
Marshall County Historical MuseumMarshalltown
Taylor#4 SchoolMarshalltown
Cannonball 457Mason City
Kinney Pioneer MuseumMason City
MacNider Art MuseumMason City
Music Man SquareMason City
Stockman HouseMason City
Buffalo Bill Cody HomesteadMcCausland
Froelich VillageMcGregor
McGregor Historical MuseumMcGregor
Melcher-Dallas Coal Mining and Heritage MuseumMelcher-Dallas
Communal Kitchen & Cooper Shop MuseumMiddle Amana
Clark Museum Of Area History/ Clark’s Antique AcresMilford
Voas Nature Area & MuseumMinburn
Harrison County Historical VillageMissouri Valley
Wisecup’s Farm MuseumMissouri Valley
Kate Shelley DepotMoingona
Monona Historical MuseumMonona
Wabash Depot MuseumMoravia
Rural Free Delivery MuseumMorning Sun
Grundy County Heritage MuseumMorrison
Moulton Historical SocietyMoulton
Mount Ayr Depot MuseumMount Ayr
Harlan-Lincoln HouseMount Pleasant
Midwest Old Threshers Heritage MuseumsMount Pleasant
Midwest Central RailroadMount Pleasant
Theatre Museum of Repertoire AmericanaMount Pleasant
Muscatine Art CenterMuscatine
Muscatine History and Industry CenterMuscatine
Pine Creek GristmillMuscatine
Old Bradford Pioneer Village MuseumNashua
Carnegie Cultural CenterNew Hampton
Dover MuseumNew London
Allee MansionNewell
Jasper County Historical MuseumNewton
Worth County MuseumNorthwood
Old Creamery MuseumNorthwood
Pixley Log HouseNorthwood
Swensrud SchoolNorthwood
Worth County Machinery MuseumNorthwood
Nishna Heritage MuseumOakland
Iowa Rural Schools MuseumOdebolt
Odebolt Historical MuseumOdebolt
Peterson Pioneer HomeOdebolt
Hub City Heritage Corporation Railway MuseumOelwein
Higgins Museum of National Bank NotesOkoboji
Okoboji Classic CarsOkoboji
Pearson Lakes Art CenterOkoboji
Westport Rural School MuseumOkoboji
Kiwanis Railroad Depot Museum ComplexOnawa
Monona County Historical MuseumOnawa
Monona County Veteran’s Memorial MuseumOnawa
Country Life CenterOrient
Mitchell County Historical MuseumOsage
Clarke County Historical MuseumOsceola
Nelson Pioneer Farm MuseumOskaloosa
Airpower MuseumOttumwa
Wapello County Historical MuseumOttumwa
Oxford Junction Heritage MuseumOxford Junction
Guthrie County Historical VillagePanora
Pella Historical VillagePella
Scholte House MuseumPella
Vermeer MuseumPella
Forest Park Museum and ArboretumPerry
Big Creek Historical Society MuseumPolk City
Prairie Learning CenterPrairie City
Kline MuseumPrescott
Heritage Park MuseumPrimghar
Cedar Rock State ParkQuasqueton
Quasqueton Area Historical Society MuseumQuasqueton
Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Memorial MuseumRed Oak
Montgomery County History CenterRed Oak
Lyon County Historical Society Museum ComplexRock Rapids
Fossil & Prairie CenterRockford
Calhoun County MuseumRockwell City
Pocahontas County Historical MuseumRockwell City
Roland MuseumRoland
Russell Historical Society MuseumRussell
Sac City Museum VillageSac City
Lewelling Quaker MuseumSalem
Vander Haag’s Yesterday’s MemoriesSanborn
Edinburgh Pioneer VillageScotch Grove
Carstens 1880 FarmsteadShelby
Sheldon Prairie MuseumSheldon
Shell Rock Historical MuseumShell Rock
Greater Shenandoah Historical Society MuseumShenandoah
McCallum MuseumSibley
Dumont MuseumSigourney
Dorothy Pecaut Nature CenterSioux City
Mid America Museum of Aviation & TransportationSioux City
Peirce MansionSioux City
Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome CenterSioux City
Sioux City Art CenterSioux City
Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive CenterSioux City
Sioux City Public MuseumSioux City
Sioux City Railroad MuseumSioux City
Communal Agriculture MuseumSouth Amana
Arts on GrandSpencer
Clay County Heritage CenterSpencer
Parker MuseumSpencer
Bily Clocks Museum & Antonín Dvořák ExhibitSpillville
Dickinson County MuseumSpirit Lake
St. Ansgar Heritage MuseumSt. Ansgar
St. Lucas German American MuseumSt. Lucas
Watson’s Grocery Store MuseumState Center
Buena Vista County Historical Society MuseumStorm Lake
Harker HouseStorm Lake
Witter GalleryStorm Lake
Story City MuseumStory City
Iowa Civilian Conservation Corps MuseumStrawberry Point
Wilder Memorial MuseumStrawberry Point
Swedish American MuseumSwedesburg
Todd HouseTabor
Meskwaki Cultural Center and MuseumTama
Tama County MuseumTama
Cedar County Historical Society MuseumTipton
Toolesboro Indian MoundsToolesboro
Traer Historical MuseumTraer
Living History Farms MuseumUrbandale
Bob Feller MuseumVan Meter
Villisca Axe Murder HouseVillisca
Depot and Rail MuseumVinton
Horridge HouseVinton
Ray HouseVinton
Iowa 80 Trucking MuseumWalcott
Andy Williams Birthplace HomeWall Lake
Peterson Point Historical FarmsteadWallingford
Louisa County Heritage CenterWapello
Grout MuseumWaterloo
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable MuseumWaterloo
Waterloo Center for the ArtsWaterloo
Allamakee County Historical MuseumWaukon
Bremer County Historical Society MuseumWaverly
Waldemar A. Schmidt Art GalleryWaverly
Wayland & Midwest Memories MuseumsWayland
Grotto of the RedemptionWest Bend
West Bend Historical MuseumWest Bend
Herbert Hoover National Historic SiteWest Branch
Bennett SchoolWest Des Moines
Jordan HouseWest Des Moines
Hemken CollectionWilliams
Winfield Historical Society MuseumWinfield
History on the HillWinterset
John Wayne Birthplace MuseumWinterset
Calkins SquareWyoming
Hotel Williams MuseumWyoming

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