As spring blooms in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, it's the perfect time to shake off the winter chill and embrace the great outdoors. From scenic hikes to cultural explorations and delightful dining experiences, this vibrant county offers something for everyone. Here are five must-do activities to make the most of the season:

1. Tee Off at a Pottawattamie County Golf Course 

Springtime in Iowa means ideal weather for hitting the links, and Pottawattamie County has several golf courses to enjoy. Swing by Avoca CountryView Golf Course, Oakland Riverside Golf Course, Quail Run Country Club, or Shoreline Golf Course for a day of challenging holes and stunning views.

2. Explore the Walnut Mural Tour

Take a leisurely stroll through Walnut, Iowa, and immerse yourself in the town's mural tour! Admire the impressive outdoor murals that adorn the town's buildings, each telling a unique story of Walnut's rich history and culture. While visiting, make it your project to find them all and find the letter on each one to spell "WALNUT." 

3. Hike the Loess Hills at Hitchcock Nature Center

Lace-up your hiking boots and head to the Loess Hills at Hitchcock Nature Center for an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Explore miles of scenic trails that wind through rugged terrain, dense woodlands, and picturesque prairies. Keep an eye out for native wildlife and breathtaking views of the Missouri River Valley as you reconnect with nature in this tranquil oasis.

4. Discover History at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum

Step back in time at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum and uncover the fascinating history of this charming Iowa town. Explore exhibits detailing Avoca's pioneer roots, agricultural heritage, and contributions to the region's development. With artifacts, photographs, and interactive displays, the museum offers a captivating glimpse into the past.

5. Indulge in Mexican Cuisine at Garcia's Family Mexican Restaurant 

After a day of outdoor exploration, satisfy your appetite with a delicious meal at Garcia's Family Mexican Restaurant in Underwood. Treat yourself to authentic Mexican cuisine bursting with flavor, from sizzling fajitas to savory enchiladas and refreshing margaritas. With its welcoming atmosphere and mouthwatering dishes, Garcia's is a local favorite that's sure to please.

From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences and culinary delights, Pottawattamie County offers endless opportunities to make lasting memories this spring. So, grab your calendar, gather your friends and family, and start planning your perfect springtime getaway in this vibrant Iowa destination.

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This post was originally published on February 22, 2024 on the Watta Way blog.