I found a new favorite place to have a bite. A place with good food, a cozy atmosphere and live music. A place where even my five-year-old has fun and isn’t out of place dancing. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the drive.
Nestled on the bank of the Wapsi River in Stone City, IA the General Store is a little piece of history. It’s had many names and provided different services to the community, but the iconic building is as much a landmark in the town as the famous quarry down the street.
We decided to take advantage of the long weekend and take a short trip to Dubuque. We’d visited the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium before when my son was two, but now at age four he really seemed to appreciate the impressive sights he was seeing. Upon entering he rushed to the entrance way tank, following the ducks and turtles with excitement. Then we moved on to the five large aquariums that let us get up close with the giant catfish, an alligator and an ancient sturgeon We were ooing and awing at everything, including what I think was a huge albino turtle.
This summer’s attraction was called Venom that displayed all sorts of wonderfully colorful, intriguing and venomous creatures including Spiders, Jelly Fish, Bugs, Scorpions, Poison Dart Frogs, Snakes, Lizards and Fish. I’ll admit I was a little squeamish, but my son loved it.
We also looked through the riverboat museum, explored some wetlands, and took a tour of large 1934 steamer which included seeing the kitchen, bunk rooms, engine room and pilothouse.
TripAdvisor named the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium one of the top ten aquariums and zoos in the U.S. – and it’s right here in our backyard. I encourage you to take advantage of it!
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Central City showcases two festivals this weekend – CC Rider and the 33rd annual Bluegrass Festival.
The decorated bikes have adorned lawns and businesses for weeks. Some were spray painted purple from rim to rim, some held flower baskets, and others sparkled in the summer sun. Regardless of the artist’s intention, each drew attention and encouraged passersby to participate in Central City’s 8th annual CC Rider festival. Finally, on Saturday, August 23rd, the bid day arrived.
The Central City Main Street organization puts on the CC Rider Community Festival and Bike Ride every year, which began in 2001. The heart of the festival revolves around a number of bike rides. Participants could choose from either a 14, 34, 62 or the new 100 mile route through scenic Grant Wood Country. The Festival also features a 5k Run/Walk for adults as well as kids. There is also a bike safety “rodeo” and scavenger hunt for the kids.
Iowa is famous for a few things. Corn. The Field of Dreams. And the Iowa State Fair. Ok, we’re famous for more things than that, but I’ve traveled enough to know these are three near the top of the list.
Yesterday marked the opening day of the Iowa State Fair.
It’s one of the only places in the world you’ll see such pillars of Americana as