- TripBuzz found 71 things to do with kids in or near Council Bluffs, Iowa, including 56 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion and Missouri Valley.
- From Kids Quest to Lake Manawa Beach, the Council Bluffs area offers 46 different types of family activities, including: Movie Theaters, History Museums, Other Adventures and Children's Play Area.
- Located on the east bank of the Missouri River is the city of Council Bluffs. The city is known as the historical starting point of the Mormon Trail and part of the Oregon Trail Route. The downtown district is home to many historical buildings and is the most frequented area by tourists for its selection of museums, shops and eateries. Also popular are the water recreation opportunities along the river.
Union Pacific Railroad Museum 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, IA MoreLess Info
Museum in historic Carnegie Library celebrates the history of the Union Pacific Railroad including artifacts that belonged to Abe Lincoln
Kids Quest is a children's play area and supervised day-care facility located on the grounds of the AmeriStar Hotel & Casino. Trained workers lead children through karaoke, video games, and craft projects while their parents partake of the casino games.
With 15 go-karts to choose from, Joes Karting provides visitors with an indoor track filled with twists and turns. Visitors with the best lap times each month are invited back to compete in a yearly 16 lap competition.
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200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503 MoreLess Info
The Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa is a popular destination for rail fans. Its extensive collection of railroad memorabilia includes photographs, antique tickets and rail schedules, railway uniforms, maps and other media. It is an excellent destination for anyone interested in the history…
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226 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA MoreLess Info
Open February through December, the Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail & Museum is a historic former jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The nickname 'Squirrel Cage' is a reference to the jail's unusual design, which resembles a segmented rodent cage with a wheel on top.
A 17-screen movie theater, AMC Council Bluffs 17 displays first-run feature films using digital projection. The theater offers an IMAX auditorium, reclining chairs, a bar with adult beverages, stadium seating, reserved seats and a snack bar.
Situated along the Missouri River, River's Edge Park preserves over 80 acres of parkland. The park provides a pedestrian bridge that crosses the river, paved walkways and open areas while also holding concerts and sporting events.
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3434 Richard Downing Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 MoreLess Info
Iowa's Western Historic Trails Center is an organization dedicated to preserving information about American westward expansion in the State of Iowa. The Center maintains many of the original trails forged by explorers and covered wagon caravans.
AMC Star Council Bluffs 17 is a movie theater that features fresh hot foods, plush reclining seats, special military discounts, and sensory friendly films. The theater also has a bar that serves beer, wine, and cocktails.
A wealth of unusual native plants and animals are found at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Center never closes and is a popular destination for nature lovers, bird watchers, hikers, mountain bikers, cross-country ski enthusiasts and tobogganers.