Highest-rated things to do in Iowa, according to Tripadvisor

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December 26, 2021
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Highest-rated things to do in Iowa, according to Tripadvisor

Whether you’ve lived in Iowa your whole life or are planning a trip there for the first time, there are plenty of things to do no matter your tastes. From historic landmarks and museums to stunning parks and hiking trails, Stacker compiled a list of the highest things to do in Iowa on Tripadvisor.

The list includes must-see sites, unusual activities off the beaten path, iconic buildings and museums, and plenty of places you’re likely to have heard of and still others that may be new to you. Whether you’re a seasoned local or looking for something fun to do during your visit, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for the highest-rated things to do in Iowa.

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#25. Brucemore

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (265 reviews)
- Category: Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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#24. Lost Island Water Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (246 reviews)
- Category: Water Parks
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#23. Lewis and Clark Monument and Scenic Overlook

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (135 reviews)
- Category: Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues
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#22. Old Capitol Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (158 reviews)
- Category: Historic Sites, History Museums
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#21. John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (175 reviews)
- Category: Speciality Museums
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#20. Buffalo Bill Museum

- Rating: 4 / 5 (311 reviews)
- Category: Speciality Museums
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#19. Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (190 reviews)
- Category: Distilleries
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#18. Downtown Farmers Market

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (415 reviews)
- Category: Flea & Street Markets
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#17. Union Pacific Railroad Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (294 reviews)
- Category: Speciality Museums, History Museums
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#16. Principal Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (230 reviews)
- Category: Arenas & Stadiums
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#15. Pappajohn Sculpture Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (687 reviews)
- Category: Parks
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#14. Gray's Lake Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (319 reviews)
- Category: Parks
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#13. Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (262 reviews)
- Category: History Museums
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#12. The Putnam Museum & Science Center

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (222 reviews)
- Category: Natural History Museums, Science Museums
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#11. Nile Kinnick Stadium

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (130 reviews)
- Category: Sports Complexes
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#10. Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,134 reviews)
- Category: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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#9. Devonian Fossil Gorge

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (147 reviews)
- Category: Geologic Formations
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#8. Blank Park Zoo

- Rating: 4 / 5 (627 reviews)
- Category: Zoos
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#7. Vander Veer Botanical Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (171 reviews)
- Category: Parks
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#6. National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (346 reviews)
- Category: Speciality Museums
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#5. Figge Art Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (306 reviews)
- Category: Art Museums
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#4. Iowa State Fairgrounds

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (868 reviews)
- Category: Arenas & Stadiums
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#3. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,566 reviews)
- Category: Speciality Museums, Aquariums
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#2. Maquoketa Caves State Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (207 reviews)
- Category: State Parks
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#1. Capitol Building

- Rating: 5 / 5 (839 reviews)
- Category: Government Buildings
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