Indoor Nature: State Historical Museum of Iowa

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The State Historical Museum of Iowa is so much fun! It might sound crazy to take a 1.5 year old to a museum, but I loved taking my son here when he was that age and my daughter had just as much fun. This is a great spot to enjoy and learn about nature/outdoors-y things without actually being outdoors. Admission and parking are free and there is a ton to look at; it is stroller friendly with lots of open space and stairs for toddlers to climb.

Editing to update – they have a new exhibit just for little Iowans, see our visit there!

You can see more specific details on the State Historical Museum of Iowa page or check out its location on the interactive map.

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Center Grove Orchard and Pumpkin Patch – Cambridge, Iowa

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[Photos courtesy of Center Grove Orchard]

Center Grove Orchard and Pumpkin Patch has seasonal apple picking and pumpkins, but is most well known for its large play area with a ton of different play options. There are the usual suspects like a corn maze, corn pit, jumping pillow, hayrack ride, and animals but also several other unique things like barnyard shows, a miniature train to ride, and a combine slide. There are several different food options and a large store; you can easily spend an entire day there!

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