For the Outdoor Enthusiast
Macbride Nature Recreation Area offers a host of activities, one of which is the Raptor Center, which currently displays 17 unreleaseable birds of prey historically found in Iowa. Take a self-guided tours or opt for a guided tour for a small fee. A partnership of University of Iowa Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College, staff share a great deal of knowledge about raptor populations and habitats to visitors.
Terry Trueblood Recreation Area offers picnic area, multi-use trails and equipment for rent for water activities seasonally on Sand Lake. Kayak, try your hand at standup paddle boarding or take out a paddle boat for the afternoon or take a stroll around the lake. Located just a few minutes drive from downtown, you can enjoy getting away without traveling far at all.
The Devonian Fossil Gorge is a completely unique geological site that explorers of all ages can enjoy. Stop inside the site’s welcome center, learn about the history of the gorge and see the fossils and coral firsthand. Camping sites, disc golf and shelters are also nearby.
Behind the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center lies the Iowa River Landing Wetlands Park a two-acre pond surrounded by five acres of wetlands. It features three distinct types of wetlands in addition to a cascading waterfall and viewing tower.