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10 Must-Do Activities in Pottawattamie County This Summer

Summer in Pottawattamie County is bursting with fun activities for everyone! Whether you're a local or just visiting, here's a list of ten must-do activities to make your summer memorable.

1. Enjoy Local Ice Cream!

Beat the summer heat with a visit to Scoops Ice Cream Shop in Underwood. Their wide variety of flavors will delight your taste buds. And don’t miss out on Sasshole Donuts & Ice Cream in Crescent for a unique combo of delicious donuts and creamy ice cream.

2. Go Camping in the Great Outdoors!

Cabin at Hitchcock Nature Center

Connect with nature by camping at one of Pottawattamie County’s beautiful parks. Hitchcock Nature Center offers scenic vistas and great hiking trails. Arrowhead Park is perfect for family camping with a lake for fishing and boating. Botna Bend is known for its bison and elk herds, providing a unique wildlife experience.

3. Kayak or Canoe the Day Away

family kayaking at Arrowhead Park

For a serene water adventure, rent a kayak or canoe at Arrowhead Park. Paddle through the tranquil waters, enjoy the surrounding nature, and perhaps even spot some local wildlife.

4. Enjoy a Lake Day!

Carter Lake is a haven for water enthusiasts. Spend your day boating, fishing, or simply relaxing on the shore. The lake is perfect for a family picnic and offers plenty of recreational activities.

5. Visit All of the Eagle of Honor Statues

Family observing the Eagle of Honor statue in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Take a patriotic journey and visit the Eagle of Honor statues across Pottawattamie County. Each statue honors local veterans and offers a unique glimpse into the county’s history and community spirit.

6. See a Movie at a Small-Town Theater

Enjoy a classic summer activity by catching a movie. The Dreamland Theatre in Carson and the Phoenix Movie Theater in Neola offer cozy atmospheres and a selection of the latest films. It’s a great way to unwind after a day of adventure.

7. Go Bowling! 

For some indoor fun, head over to Minden Bowl. Challenge your friends or family to a friendly game of bowling. It’s the perfect way to spend an evening and create lasting memories.

8. Sip & Savor Wine

Wine selection at Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery in Treynor, Iowa

Relax with a glass of wine at Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery. Enjoy a tasting session and explore their range of locally produced wines. The vineyard’s peaceful setting makes it a perfect spot for a summer afternoon.

9. Visit a Local Museum

Dive into local history with a visit to the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum or the Walnut Creek Historical Museum. These museums offer fascinating exhibits that showcase the rich heritage of Pottawattamie County.

10. Cool Off at the Avoca Splash Aquatic Center!

When the summer heat gets intense, the Avoca Splash Aquatic Center is the place to be. With its fun water slides and zero-depth entry swimming pool, it’s ideal for families looking to cool off and enjoy some aquatic fun.

Make the most of your summer in Pottawattamie County by exploring these fantastic activities. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, there's something here for everyone. Happy summer!

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