I saw a sign for Little Bridge Park in De Soto, Iowa on our way down to Winterset and thought we’d stop by and take a peek! I just snapped some pictures from my car – this park would be a fun stopping point to catch some fresh and we’ll stop by to explore more sometime soon. It had a lot of open space and a cute little bridge, a nice playground, and covered shelter for a picnic.
Redfield City Park has a bunch of unique, old-fashioned play elements that are hard to find. Traditional teeter totters and lots of animals make this a fun park to stop and play at; there is a shaded shelter with picnic tables for a meal as well.
Margo Frankel Woods State Park is a hidden gem with minimal internet presence, but I have been there myself and can promise it’s worth the trip! The first playground, right as you drive in, is fun, with a shaded shelter tucked back in the woods. The trail is a little hidden, tucked behind the red gate on the south side of the parking lot. Along that trail, you’ll see a long wooden staircase going up, and there is another playground and shelter up there.
Brenton Arboretum is a true gem, acres of rolling hills and prairie, with a unique natural playscape that kids love to play on. They have a shelter with a “green roof” that is growing prairie on top as well, perfect for picnics.