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Explore Iowa — outdoors or at home

Backbone State Park
Hikers take advantage of an unseasonably warm spring day to explore a cave at Backbone State Park near Strawberry Point. Iowa's state parks remain open, but visitors are encouraged to distance themselves at least 6 feet apart from others. PHOTOS BY GARY FANDEL
Explore an Iowa state park, or visit Iowa museums without leaving your couch through virtual tours.

By now it is no secret: COVID-19 has proven to be a life-changing situation for almost everyone. Our lives have been disrupted and the “new normal” continues, at least for now. 

Iowans of all ages may feel cooped up and looking for things to do. If this sounds like you (or your family), here are a few suggestions. 

Iowa’s state parks have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pan­­demic. Campgrounds and other park facilities (like restrooms) have been closed, and visitors are still asked to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines, but this shouldn't stop you from enjoying a multitude of outdoor activities in any of Iowa’s 68 state parks or four state forests — all of which equals roughly 90,000 acres of opportunity. 

“Spring is a great time to get out to the parks and see the new flowers and growth after a long cold winter. There are few things better than breathing in the fresh air and looking out over some of Iowa’s most stunning and picturesque landscapes and views,”...



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