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Iowa Adventure Spots for Active Seniors

Shona Schmall - Monday, August 21, 2017

If you ask most people in the United States, they most likely don’t know exactly where the state of Iowa is, and some often forget that it is a state. Across the country, folks seem to think Iowa is a fly-over state that doesn’t have much to offer. But those of us in Iowa know that it truly is an unbeatable area with a lot of great opportunities for everyone to enjoy.

If you are an active senior looking for some exciting spots in Iowa, check out these incredible options!

Gray’s Lake

 This small lake is a staple of the Des Moines area. Gray’s Lake offers a great variety of activities so everyone can find something they will enjoy. There are plenty of grassy areas to relax on, a wonderful trail with a bridge over the lake, and numerous water activities (including rentable paddle boats, paddleboards, and more!).

Not only is it a great place for outdoor activities, but it is right next to downtown Des Moines. Before or after you are at the lake, you can swing by some popular downtown restaurants for a meal or snack! In fact, many people would say that one of the best views of Des Moines’ skyline can be seen from Gray’s Lake.

High Trestle Bridge

Potentially one of the most photographed structures in Iowa of the past decade, the High Trestle Bridge attracts Iowans of all ages! The bridge is 13 stories high and is part of a 25 mile long biking trail in Iowa! If you are not a biker, have no fear, there is a parking lot about a half-mile from the bridge where you can park if you would rather walk.

The bridge is located near Madrid, Iowa and is a great activity for families looking to occupy their kids for a couple hours, seniors looking for a peaceful walk, and everywhere in between. The only way to see its full beauty is to pay a visit!

Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa Caves State Park is located near the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area, making it a lesser known activity for folks in the Des Moines area. Though it is not as famous in Des Moines, it is still a truly beautiful area to explore in Iowa. The caves were discovered in the 1830s and seem to show history of Native Americans for hundreds or maybe thousands of years.

If this trip is a couple hour drive from where you live, it also has great picnicking and camping areas which make it great for a day or weekend trip!

Iowa has so many great outdoor adventures for people of all ages and interests. These are only a few examples for active seniors, and we hope they exemplify the beauty of all that Iowa has to offer!

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