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Feel stuck inside because of COVID-19? No problem. Central Iowa is full of unique experiences and attractions that the whole family can enjoy throughout the summer months across all of central Iowa. From the world’s largest garden gnome, to a 21-foot tall ice cream cone, Central Iowa still has plenty for Iowans to explore and enjoy even with COVID-19 still lurking around.

Here are some fun activities and places to check out in Central Iowa during an uncertain summer.

Marshalltown trails

Marshalltown is well known for the trails it offers its residents to explore. TheLinn Creek Recreational Trail stretches about eight miles on the linear path throughout the city of Marshalltown and passes by Riverview Park, Nicholson-Ford OHV Park, the Marshalltown Family Aquatic Center and the Grimes Farm and Conservation Center with its loops. Trail users can also see beautiful marshes, ponds and wildlife throughout the trail. Another trail that passes through Marshalltown is the 34 mile Iowa River Trail. This trail has the unique luxury of connecting seven cities and two counties to the Iowa River Greenbelt and Central Iowa Trail Network. It is located in an area known for its diverse wildlife and wetlands.

High Trestle Trail Bridge

In Madrid, the High Trestle Trail Bridge stands over 130 feet tall and lights up the Des Moines River Valley in some of the most amazing displays of architecture in the state. Traveling through five towns and four counties, the bridge lights up its neon blue lights to illuminate all 41 steel frames on the bridge. From now until October, the bridge is lit up from sunset until midnight. You can travel the 20 mile trail and see one of Iowa’s most unique trails and pieces of architecture.


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