6 Educational sites in Iowa That You Shouldn't Miss

November 28, 2021 Nicolette Lion

History and monuments dot this landscape almost as often as the golden farmlands. Learn about America’s 31st president at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. In northeast Iowa is the Effigy Mounds National Monument, a group of prehistoric American Indian burial and ceremonial mounds. This part of Iowa is also home to the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage. The 37-county region tells the story of American agriculture, agribusiness and farm life and is affiliated with the National Park Service. In addition, there are five national wildlife refuges here. If you love history, imagine seeing the Amana Colonies, consisting of seven historic villages in 1855 by German immigrants as a religious communal society. Here you can also buy antiques, hand-woven baskets, furniture and clocks and locally made wine and beer. In Ames, take the family to see the Christian Petersen Art Museum, a newer structure that exhibits works of art by Christian Petersen and contemporary artists. You won’t want to miss the state capital of Des Moines, home to Blank Park Zoo with its naturalistic exhibits and more than 800 animals from five continents. You also should enjoy the Brenton Skating Plaza, an outdoor family entertainment venue.

1. Iowa Culinary Institute

2006 S Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023-8995 +1 515-964-6532
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5.0 based on 17 reviews

Iowa Culinary Institute

Reviewed By bpspurlock - Ankeny, United States

We went to one of the special events they hold periodically featuring wine and western cuisine. It was a great experience albeit pricey. They explained every dish, where the ingredients came from as well as each unique wine served at each course. It was a great experience, wonderful service and paced just right.

2. Lost Island Nature Center

3267 350th St, Ruthven, IA 51358-7764 +1 712-837-4866 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lost-Island-Nature-Center/118279081520020
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Lost Island Nature Center

3. Hurstville Interpretive Center

18670 63rd St, Maquoketa, IA 52060-9155 +1 563-652-3783 http://jacksonccb.com/hurstville_interpretive_center
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5.0 based on 21 reviews

Hurstville Interpretive Center

Reviewed By grannymaryp - Franklin, United States

Highly recommend a visit by all ages. The guide, Jenny was so knowledgeable, patient with the children - made the experience a learning one for all. Center has walking rails and hands on exhibits.

4. University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 52242 +1 319-335-3500 http://www.uiowa.edu/
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4.5 based on 198 reviews

University of Iowa

This Big 10 school's 1,900 acres are centered in downtown Iowa City.

Reviewed By cassandramayb

This is a great campus! The streets are always clean and the people are friendly. I moved here from another state without visiting first and was extremely shocked. This campus is set in a nice location with a nice downtown area. The buildings are all very beautiful and historic looking. If it's a football home game weekend, everyone gets into it. The fan base here is awesome and there is so many places to cheer on the Hawkeyes from if your not in the stadium. You should give Iowa City a visit and look into this School.

5. Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011 +1 515-294-4111 http://www.iastate.edu
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4.5 based on 328 reviews

Iowa State University

Reviewed By beachball42 - Carmel, United States

Came here on a college visit and really enjoyed ISU. We had never been and only done the virtual tour online. The virtual tour doesn't do this campus justice. A large campus set in a small town in the Midwest and a nice mix of old and new. After our visit our daughter said this is where she wants to go. We originally were looking at this as a back up option but we all loved the campus. Having done many college visits I would rank ISU right up there with one of the prettier campuses we've seen.

6. Kanesville Tabernacle

222 E Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-4407 +1 712-322-0500 http://www.lds.org/locations/kanesville-tabernacle
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Kanesville Tabernacle

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