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A Unique Iowan Spring Break Staycation
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A Unique Iowan Spring Break Staycation

After a long winter and being isolated to the indoors, it’s time to get outside and soak up the sun and the fresh spring air. The end of winter is also the start of vacation planning for the spring break. If you and your family are looking for a perfect staycation close to home, look no further than Burlington, Iowa. This historic river town is packed with an array of activities for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Great River Entertainment, a staple to the community, offers an array of dining experiences, entertainment, and lodging options for visitors and residents. The PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex features Sky Trail, FunCity Arcade, Huck’s Harbor and more; there’s never a shortage of activities for the family. With dining options ranging from a 50s style diner, Gasoline Alley, to Edgewater Grille and Boogaloo’s Sports Bar, there are many options available to make sure hunger never stops the fun.

To accommodate your stay, Great River Hotels has six different hotel options with three of those options located right within the PZAZZ! complex. With an array of lodging options, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your family’s budget.

So, whether you’re looking for an experience to satisfy your adrenaline urge, get some quality family bonding, or stroll the downtown and shop till you drop, Burlington is the right place for your long weekend or midweek escape.

Ladies get those toes ready for sandals with a luxurious afternoon at The Catfish Bend Spa. Located on the PZAZZ! campus, it is not only therapeutic, it’s convenient.

Friendly Competitions

Hosting several small competitions throughout April, May, and June, Burlington, will have the perfect event for your family. The PZAZZ!  has a variety of options open all year long. They offer an in-house arcade, a bowling alley, a laser-tag venue, and more. These are perfect for family fun and entertainment.

Everyone in your group 21+? Plan to spend an evening at Catfish Bend Casino. All your favorite games in a player-friendly environment, amazing cocktails, and fast-paced action is a great way to the day.

Catfish Bend Casino provided by Great River Entertainment


On April 13, Burlington will host the Beaster Bunny 5K Kids Run and Egg Hunt from 8am-10am. The event will include a variety of distances depending on age and awards will be given to the top female and male competitors.

Also on April 13, the 34 Raceway will host a Mt. Dew Kick-Start dirt-track race. This fun race is perfect for a family competition on the racetrack.


On May 18, you have the opportunity to participate in the Great River Bridge Race. This race opens the Great River Bridge to foot traffic while also taking you through the famous Snake Alley. This is perfect for the family who appreciates leisurely races with beautiful views. After the race, Burlington Steamboat Days will host an after-party complete with live entertainment, games, and more.

If you have a family of bikers, the May 25 Snake Alley Criterium is the perfect experience for you. Voted the 5th best Criterium in the U.S., this event brings bikers all over the U.S. to the “Unbelievably Crooked” Snake Alley. They offer a 15-block course, along with a kids’ race and Cobble Climb.

Huck’s Harbor, the amazing outdoor water park at the PZAZZ! complex opens on May 24th. Let the summer water fun begin!


On June 23, the Annual Burlington Youth Triathlon will take place at Dankwardt Park from 8am – 10:45am. With three different age groups, kids can bike, swim, and run their way to victory among varying distances.

West Burlington Flea Market

Throughout the spring, the Des Moines County Fairgrounds will host a local flea market. Bring your family for a full day of shopping through aisles of animals, tools, jewelry, antiques, and so much more. The event will take place on April 14, May 5, and June 9 from 6am – 2pm.

Local Tastings

On April 12, PZAZZ! will sponsor the annual Great Tastes fundraiser in their Event Center ballroom from 6pm – 9:30pm. Come enjoy a 2-hour tasting of the area’s local beverage purveyors, an array of food by the PZAZZ! chef, live music, a silent auction, and a raffle all for $50.

Downtown Burlington will be the location for a fun-filled spring evening on April 26 from 5pm – 8pm. The Spring Sip, Taste, and Stroll will coordinate with downtown shops to host an outdoor event that comes with a commemorative glass and location map so that you don’t miss an activity happening at this downtown party.

Snake Alley Art Fair

The Snake Alley Art Fair is the largest fine arts fair in the region. On June 16, come to Burlington’s Snake Alley between 9am and 4pm to stroll through over 80 art vendors. There will be live music, family activities and great food scattered throughout the event. Experience historic Snake Alley in a new light.

What more could you ask for from a Spring Break staycation? Burlington is the perfect place for your family to enjoy the spring air in a unique way.

Burlington, Iowa. Stay here. Play here!

Image credit: Great River Entertainment

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