Finally the time of the year that everyone craves is almost here with weeks of gorgeous weather to go swimming with friends, finishing that hot girl summer bucket list, and enjoying those lazier mornings. Summer becomes the most memorable time of the year so why would anyone want to sit on their phones all day scrolling through TikTok or watching Netflix shows when you could be outside or trying new things and making the best out of this summer. Taking a road trip to somewhere you’ve never been before could be the perfect way to start the summer! I don’t know about anyone else but going outside always brings up my mood so going on vacation and going exploring or running off a deck to jump in a lake would be the perfect aesthetic for this summer. However, not everyone can always ditch this small town of Iowa and go on vacation so here are so more ideas to have the best summer.
Explore Caves at Maquoketa State Park
One way to beat the rising temperatures approaching this summer is by driving up to Maquoketa to explore the caves. All of the caves are climate controlled with over 12 caves to explore. I personally enjoy going here because this park has a lot of unique cave options where some of them its so dark that you can even see, and others you have to crawl on your hands and knees to get through and if caves aren’t for you, there is also a lot of trails and a pretty sunflower field that would be perfect to take pictures at.
Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo is a 49-acre park that is located in Des Moines where you can enjoy a visually stunning festival and explore the world of animals and nature. What’s unique about this park is that they have an annual Wild Lights Festival that brings 40 lantern displays of pandas, dinosaurs, and dragons.
Villisca Axe Murder House
This is the site of the largest unsolved crime in Iowa. In 1912, six children and two adults were murdered in this house suddenly and it now known as being haunted and has became a huge tourist attraction for exploring the mysteries of the house. It’s located about 4 hours away from Eldridge but why not leave and take a small roadtrip with your friends and family to check out for yourself if the house is truly haunted.
Vander Veer Botanical Park
Nature is such a beautiful thing to be surrounded by and this park has a bunch of varieties of nature like their outdoor gardens,fountains, duck ponds, and plenty of trails surrounding the park to get a breath of that calming environment of nature so why wouldn’t you want to go here to get away from reality for a short bit.