- TripBuzz found 71 things to do with kids in or near Altoona, Iowa, including 65 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Des Moines, Urbandale, Newton and West Des Moines.
- From Prairie Meadows to Adventureland of America, the Altoona area offers 49 different types of family activities, including: Amusement Parks (All Ages), Horse Races, Theaters and Parks.
- Within close proximity of Des Moines, Altoona offers many opportunities for fun and recreation. This includes an amusement park known as Adventureland, along with a racetrack, casino and aquarium. The city is also equipped with several bike trails, golf courses and parks, and provides an array of shopping opportunities including a Bass Pro Shop for outdoorsmen.
Botanists and plant lovers flock to the Iowa Arboretum in Madrid. The Arboretum includes riots of colorful blossoms, unusual exotic plants, sculptured gardens, elegant creeping plants and plenty of other delights. This attraction is best visited in dry weather.
Near the beautiful Iowa State campus, Veenker Memorial Golf Course is surrounded by beautiful Iowa trees and is constructed on flat and sloping land for variation. The course includes walking paths, a driving range, and the ability to ski, snowboard, or sled in over 4 inches of snow.
Located along the South Skunk River, Inis Grove Park provides open green space and nature areas along with basketball and tennis courts. The park has picnic facilities including shelters, tables and grills, a playground, restrooms and horseshoe pits.
Located on the site of a former dairy farm, Moore Memorial Park features open grass fields and paths that take visitors into a nature area bordered by a creek. It provides a playground, restroom facilities, picnic tables, grills and shelters.
Motorsport fans come to the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa for hours of hi-octane, adrenaline-fueled fun. The Raceway hosts a variety of races, monster truck rallies, demolition derbies and concerts.
Featuring the 6.5-acre McFarland Lake, McFarland Park provides 5.5 miles of trails suitable for hiking and biking. It can be used for fishing, picnicking, camping and exploring the woodland, tallgrass prairie and stream habitats located in the park.
Iowa's largest lake, Lake Red Rock, is located within an hour's drive from Des Moines. The lake spans 15,000 acres, with an additional 35,000 acres of coastland. It is a popular destination for hiking, swimming, fishing and kayaking.
Golfers at the Bos Landen Golf Resort in Pella, Iowa enjoy a tranquil, serene experience unmatched by most other golf resorts. The public course has 18 holes. The Bos Landen Golf Resort is also available for group golfing, corporate meetings and weddings.