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Burlington, Iowa

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Burlington, Iowa

We are visiting friends for several days in Mid August and are wondering what is within a day trip of Burlington and around Burlington itself.

Am aware of Snake Alley, the Mississippi, the bald eagles across the river. The Casino and 'water park' has been mentioned.

Our two teenage girls are active and also enjoy water based activities.

Is there a cycle path now up and running around Star's Cave?

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1. Re: Burlington, Iowa

I'm not sure about the bike trail at Starr's Cave, but there'sseveral bike paths around here. Nauvoo, IL offers an old time village depicting a lot of Mormon history. Nauvoo State park is lovely. Check out activities in Davenport, IA area. It's about a 90 minute drive and offers a better city life. If you aren't used to attending zoos, there is a nice one just eat of the Quad Cities called Niabi Zoo. It's small, but nice. You can even bring in your own picnic lunch. The West Point Sweet Corn Festival is the second weekend in August. All the free corn you chose to eat along with a small town block party. A handful of rides, merchandise vendors, and local entertainment. A unique experience.

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I second JulesinBtown's advice. Nauvoo, Illinois is the premier attraction in that area. Bald eagles are less common in the summer, although birders would know where to find some in the area. I am from the Quad Cities (Davenport, Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline) and am not as familiar with the Burlington area. We have 60 miles of bike trails in the Quad Cities plus the Great River Trail runs all the way from Rock Island to Savanna. Bike rental is available.

Kalona, Iowa is an Amish community with horse drawn buggies and an old country store type place. I have not been there in ages, but my daughter liked it recently at age 20. Riverside, IA, the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, is on the way to Kalona. There is a canoe rental place in Riverside, although I have not used it or canoed that river.

Hannibal, Missouri is 1.5 hours away from Burlington and features Mark Twain attractions.

The Iowa State Fair runs from August 8, 2013 to August 18, 2013 in Des Moines. It is a big deal in the state, but is a three hour drive away.

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There are some state parks in the area, Lake Geode comes to mind first as we used to go there when I was younger to swim and camp, plus there are hiking trails. Burlington is the kind of community that you can ride your bike easy enough in the residential areas with no problem. Lots of hills. Burlington also has a very minor league baseball team (Burlington Bees) which could be fun to take in a game. They also have a racetrack (?) like derby races or something like that, not my thing but its not too far from the mall/community college area on the north side of town I think. I think they also have an indoor sports complex out near SCC?

Just south of Burlington about 20 minutes is the town of Fort Madison which features the bridge over to the Nauvoo area, but also the replica of the Fort for which its named. They have re-enactors and such for tours, or at least used too when I lived there. Plus after Nauvoo, you could drive the scenic Mississippi River Road over to Hamilton, IL, then cross bridge back to Keokuk, IA and back north to Burlington on Hwy 61.

I forget when Old Threshers Reunion is, might be August, in Mt Pleasant, IA and they have the carnival atmosphere and some big name Country music concerts and such as well and its not too far, maybe 45 minutes?

Here is a link to their Chamber site for more info on Burlington and the other cities would have their own as well if you do an online search.


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Ditto on Lake Geode. My husband and I have hiked there a lot. It's a hilly 8-mile hike around the pond--a great workout. We always see boats on the water, so it looks like a good water sports location, too.

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How about a Minor League Baseball game? Burlington Bees play in town, the games are fun and if they are having fireworks after the game stay and watch. Have been to 5 myself, good times. There is a very nice river walk, after you drive down Snake Alley turn left and it will take you right to the riverfront. They have bike races in Burlington to there are markers to follow through town. Whatever you do you will have a great time.

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