Now that school is out for the summer and the warmer weather is here, families may be looking for outdoor activities that cost little to no money. All throughout Muscatine, there are many sights to see and free activities for people to do.
Walking Club: Muscatine Parks and Rec sponsors The Walking Club. Club members walk and record their minutes at the Walking Club Information Center located in the Muscatine Mall center court. Members will become more active and have chances to win prizes each week. Interested individuals or groups can register online at muscatineiowa.gov.
Weed Park: Weed Park is a 72-acre park and it is full of activities for all ages. Weed Park is home to the Muscatine Aquatic Center, featuring slides, a water play area, and a swimming pool. Open every day from noon to 8 p.m., the Aquatic Center costs just a few dollars per person and is an affordable option for families to enjoy. The Aquatic Center also offers seasonal passes.
Weed Park offers fishing for ages 14 and under, picnic shelters, playground equipment, restrooms, a rose garden, tennis courts, the zoo garden, a walking trail, and sand volleyball courts.
Muscatine Skate Park: The Muscatine Skate Park features a flat track area, a stunt area with a variety of ramps, and an in-line hockey rink.
Trails: Muscatine has more than 10 miles of walking and hiking trails throughout the city. A map of the trails can be found at muscatineiowa.gov.
Kent Stein Park: Kent Stein Park is a 66-acre park which includes baseball and softball diamonds, horseshoe courts, picnic areas, restrooms, and an 11-acre slough available for fishing.
Discovery Park: The 85-acre Discovery Park consists of a reclaimed farmstead, fishing ponds, walking and biking trails, picnic shelters, and the Environmental Learning Center. The Environmental Learning Center is free to visitors and contains birds, river fish, turtles, snakes, and learning exhibits.
Next door to Discovery Park is the Muscatine Arboretum, where visitors can walk and enjoy the scenery. Within the Arboretum is a labyrinth built as an Eagle Scout project by Braeden Kurriger in 2013. The labyrinth is a large, circular, twisting path with only one way in and out of the center. The path is made of about 10,000 Purington Paver bricks which were formerly used to pave Muscatine’s city streets.
Near Discovery Park is Fuller Park, which is the home to a disc golf course.
Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area: The Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area features camping, public hunting, fishing, picnic areas, volleyball and horseshoe courts, hiking trails, and canoe and kayak rentals.
Wildcat Den State Park: Wildcat Den features many trails, camping, bird watching picnic areas, restrooms, and is home to the historic Pinecreek Grist Mill. Check pinecreekgristmill.com for a schedule of events and educational programs.
West Liberty City Parks: West Liberty has many public city parks, including softball and baseball fields, playgrounds, basketball courts, trails, volleyball pits, and a skate park. Kimberly Park is home to the West Liberty public pool.
Wilton City Parks: Wilton has four city parks which include playgrounds, baseball fields, tennis courts, and picnic areas.
Durant City Parks: Durant has three public parks, along with a skate park, softball and baseball fields, picnic shelters, and walking paths.
Local farmer’s markets: Muscatine and the surrounding cities hold farmer’s markets in the summer, which are a great place for people of all ages to walk around, find some fresh produce, and socialize with members of the community.
Bike, Hike, or Walk: There are many trails in Muscatine County to bike, hike, or walk individually or with a group. Many of the trails are located in scenic areas and are a great chance to enjoy nature.
Monsanto’s Community Butterfly Garden: Enjoy the beauty of Monsanto’s Community Butterfly Garden on Wiggens Road.
Deep Lakes Park: Once a rock quarry, Deep Lakes Park is now a fun swimming area for everyone. Deep Lakes Park is also a great place for boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking
MuscaBus: MuscaBus offers free route rides for students during summer. For families, this can be a great way to save money in the summer while also getting out of the house.
This list provides activities or things to see, but there are many more events happening throughout Muscatine County during the summer. A complete list of events in the area can be found in the Community Calendar on page 5 or online at voiceofmuscatine.com.