Museums / Points of Interest
Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve
As “a place of inner renewal”, there are ten miles of walking and biking
trails within the park. The visitors center is located in a restored barn and features an exhibit of farm life and pictures of the Adams family which homesteaded the area in the 1870s. The homestead area of the facility includes a restored one-room schoolhouse, a church, a barn, a log-cabin, and the Shay-Adams House which has been restored to a 1930s decor.
Ice Cream Capital of the World
A stop at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum, located in downtown Le Mars, will be sure to please both the young and young-at-heart. The parlor offers an outdoor seating area, indoor first floor ice cream bar and table seating, and a grand staircase that leads to a second level of indoor seating where informal comfortable spaces are available for guests to relax and enjoy their ice cream treats. Historical photos, interactive kiosks and exhibits that highlight the Wells company history are integrated throughout the parlor.
LaunchPad Children’s Museum
Opened in February 2016 in downtown, LaunchPad is an immersive learning environment for children ages 6 months to 10 years. Hands-on exhibits emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles and reflect the history and heritage of the Sioux City region.
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center/Betty Strong Encounter Center
Located on Sioux City’s Missouri Riverfront, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center will begin your journey back in time…back to the days when the Corps of Discovery made its historic journey up the Missouri River, traveling past present-day Sioux City.
MidAmerica Museum of Aviation & Transportation
Take a step back into history and encounter unique artifacts and exhibits that help tell the exciting story of aviation and transportation in our lives. Explore a wide variety of displays and exhibits of full size aircraft and surface transportation from bicycles to vintage automobiles, a fire engine, and even a Boeing 727-200.
Milwaukee Railroad Shops & Museum
Relive history; get up close and personal with everybody’s favorite pastime – TRAINS! Thousands of people every year come to see history under construction at the Milwaukee Railroad Historic Shops.
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
This facility houses a variety of exhibits including interactive prairie, wetland and woodland exhibits, live native reptile and fish exhibits, and natural history dioramas. A discovery area provides opportunity to handle furs, fossils and other artifacts. A resource library covering a variety of natural resource topics is also available to visitors. Two miles of interpretive hiking trails offer spectacular views and connect with other park trails.
Sgt. Floyd River Museum & Welcome Center
The Sgt. Floyd riverboat serves as a welcome center with information and brochures for tourists. It also contains exhibits and interesting artifacts that describe the Missouri River’s historic role in the development of the West. A gift shop is on site.
Sioux City Public Museum
Discover Sioux City in a whole new way! The new Sioux City Museum features large, colorful exhibits, interactive displays, and much more. It’s a must-see destination for residents and tourists alike.