Picture this: It's a 60-degree day gazing over the Mississippi River with the smell of fresh cut grass lingering in the air. Gone is the bitter cold wind piercing your face or the sight of a frozen body of water. You watch the large barges float by slowly. Welcome to your relaxing getaway right here in Greater Burlington, Iowa.
How about we make it a reality? Choose a date to bring your friends or family on a spring adventure. Reserve a rental kayak or canoe from River Basin Canoe & Kayak for the day. Big Hollow Lake and various spots on the Mississippi River are great locations to take the boats for a stroll. Even if boating isn’t your thing, you can explore the city by bicycle! The Port of Burlington Welcome Center rents out bikes by the hour, half day, or full day.
For those who prefer just taking in the scenery, Starr’s Cave Park & Preserve offers an excellent hiking trail. Make up your own scavenger hunt to find Iowa’s common wildflowers like the Pasque or Prarie Dandelion. Some rock formations in the park are found nowhere else in the world and are filled with fossilized remains. The park is a popular picnicking spot in Southeast Iowa.
Why not stay the night after all the rigorous activities? Big Hollow offers a two-bedroom cabin for public rentals! The cozy place features a covered porch, campfire ring, charcoal grill, and much more.
If you prefer to sleep out under the stars, that's an option too! Sixteen primitive campsites are carved right into the mature oak-hickory forest. Some sites can only be reached via a short hike for a more secluded stay. Regardless of what you choose, there will be plenty of action-packed (or relaxation-packed) stories to take with you back home.
For more adventure ideas visit the Greater Burlington CVB’s website.