Can’t-miss summer activities in Southeast Iowa

It may already feel like summer, but the official summer solstice kicks off on Monday. Thanks to some help from our friends at Travel Iowa, we compiled a list of a few can’t-miss activities to check out in Southeast Iowa this summer!

Bentonsport National Historic District

Located along the Des Moines River, Bentonsport National Historic District is home to artisans, antiques, jewelry, craft, and fudge shops in restored buildings from the 1840s. Enjoy the stunning architecture, shopping, and delicious eats (and even stay at the Bentonsport Village Bed and Breakfast) during your perfect summer weekend.

Blue Heron Eco Cruises

Travel down the Mississippi River on the Blue Heron, a 26-passenger pontoon that gives cruisers a chance to tour the backwaters, sloughs, and main channel. During the cruise, you’ll learn about the many different things that make up the ecologic puzzle of the river. Did we mention the cruises are free of charge? Call today to make your reservation!

Burlington Bees Baseball

What’s summer without baseball? The Burlington Bees, a single-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels has games all summer long! Check out the schedule here to see when they’re in town.

Clinton Area Showboat Theatre

Where else can you say you’ve experienced a musical on a historic boat? The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre performs your favorite musicals on the showboat, which was originally built in 1935! Click here for shows you can catch this summer.


With kids out of school for the summer, FunCity is the perfect place for them to burn off some energy. With an entertainment facility that features an indoor/outdoor waterpark, bowling, go-karts, arcade, and laser tag, there is no shortage of fun to be had!

Mississippi Paddleboat Cruises

Looking for a unique wedding, reception, or party idea? The Pearl Button Paddlewheel Riverboat sets the perfect stage for any event. The authentic three-deck paddleboat is available for rent from May to October. Book your event today!


Did we miss your favorite summer activity? Tell us what you like to do in Southeast Iowa in the summer and we’ll add it to the list!

Happy summer!

The Restoring Iowa Jobs Team

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