Carnival on the Muscatine Riverfront
We frequently have events going on in the area; in addition to those here are examples of things to do.
Discovery Park is Muscatine County's newest recreation area. The park is home to the Environmental Learning Center, the Muscatine Arboretum, and a beautiful pond encompassed by hard surface trail affording access to everyone.
3300 Cedar Street
Environmental Learning Center
The Environmental Learning Center is a place with lots of fun things to do, where kids are encouraged to explore and learn about the Mississppi River Valley. The Center's exhibits are hands-on and interactive allowing children of all ages to take part. Several examples of the fish and animal species native to the area are on display. The Environmental Learning Center is open daily and there is no charge for admission.
3300 Cedar Street
Fairport Fish Hatchery
The Fairport fish Hatchery was originally built by the federal government to research and propagate mussels to be used in the production of mother-of-pearl buttons, as the once abundant raw material began to disappear, threatening an entire industry. Today, the Fairport Fish Hatchery is charged with hatching and rearing several species including bass, bluegill, and wall-eye.
3390 Highway 22
Muscatine Art Center
The Muscatine Art Center showcases the 1908 Musser Mansion and the contemporary Stanley Gallery. The Muscatine Art Center offers eastern Iowa both decorative arts associated with the original home and exciting changing gallery exhibits. Admission is free.
1314 Mulberry Avenue
Muscatine History & Industry Center
Muscatine, once known as "The Pearl Button Capital of the World", annually produced 1.5 billion pearl buttons a year. Learn more about this one thriving industry and its role in Muscatine' history, when you visit the Muscatine History & Industry Center. View a short video and get a feel for the many hands-on exhibits to discover what life was like for the workers in Muscatine's button factories. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Requested donation $5 per person.
117 West Second Street
On Muscatine's riverfront, this park offers family fun activities with a river view! Children will love getting wet while playing in the interactive water feature. Others may enjoy shooting hoops on the basketball counrt. Riverside Park is a natural place to access Musatine's Running River Bike & Pedestrian Trail System which links many parks together. River access is easily gained from the boat launch at the east end where there is plenty of parking. In the evening it's the best place to view Muscatine's colorfully lighted bridge.
100 Harbor Drive
Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area
Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area, which covers 675 acres along the Cedar River, offers hiking and equestrian trails, boat ramps, picnic shelters and public campgrounds. Outdoor enthusiasts will want to try their luck locating the perfect fishing spot or hunting in the timber bottoms.
8 miles NW of the City of Muscatine
Weed Park's amenities include a state of the art playground, an amazing public Aquatic Center complete with giant water slides, and several picnic shelters with nearby grills perfect for family cookouts. Visit Weed Park's lagoon to feed the ducks or stroll through the spectacular rose garden.
Wildcat Den State Park
Wildcat Den State Park is home to the historic Pine Creek Grist Mill, the pioneer-era Melpine School, and a trail system that winds past the unique sandstone structures like Steamboat Rock and the Devil's Punch Bowl. The Mill is Iowa's oldest operational mill and is capable of grinding grain much the way it did a century ago. Wildcat Den also offers picnic areas and non-electrical campsites.
18884 Wildcat Den Road
Wilton Candy Kitchen
Founded by R.A. McIntyre in 1860, The Candy Kitchen is the oldest ongoing Ice Cream Parlor / Soda Fountain in the world and has been serving visitors ice cream, lunches, and candy for over 150 years. Under the ownership of the Nopoulos family since 1910, it is currently run by George and Thelma Nopoulos. The Wilton Candy Kitchen is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
310 Cedar Street
There's a wide variety of shops throughout the community to please all tastes. Choose yours to explore from our Shopping Districts.
Visit Our Dining Guide for list of area restaurants.