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Amazing Nature Spaces for Fun and Social Distancing in the Quad City Area

As more information is coming out about COVID-19, it seems pretty clear that the risk of contracting it is very low when you’re outdoors. It’s important to be out in nature anyway and get plenty of vitamin D for optimal health. A bonus is enjoying amazing nature spaces for fun and social distancing in the Quad City area. Adventure is just around the corner. We are happy to share some of our favorite local nature preserves.

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photo by Nicky

Nahant Marsh in southwest Davenport is a gorgeous place to hike and spot birds. You can even wade into the wetlands if you’re brave.  There is a lovely visitors and science center, which is a lot of fun and educational.  They offer unique programs for kids throughout the year. Nahant Marsh has lots to explore and is one of our favorite amazing nature spaces for fun and social distancing in the Quad City area.

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photo by Nicky

Wildcat Den State Park in Muscatine is another local treasure worth exploring for enjoying amazing nature spaces for fun and social distancing in the Quad City area.  Expect to see unique rock formations, hiking trails, and caves. Your kids will be especially fond of the excellent frog hunting and creek walking opportunities. Be sure to pack your Summer Preparedness Kit!

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photos by Nicky

Maquoketa Caves State Park  near Maquoketa is a magical place to take the little ones. There are intricate cave formations, which are accessible and lit up, so families can enjoy them without special equipment. There are plenty of challenging caving adventures for older kids, too. The caves themselves are currently closed, but the trails offer plenty of entertainment. Even on a busy Memorial Day weekend, there was still the opportunity to enjoy an amazing nature space for fun and still practice social distancing in the Quad City area.

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Photos by Nicky

Smith’s  Island Nature Trail in Pleasant Valley is a unique park off of the Mississippi River. On the National Register for excellent bird watching, it is a year-round bird watcher’s paradise. A local Quad City mom tells us they have seen hummingbirds up close on their visit. The short hike is perfect for little legs and lends itself to plenty of stops and exploration.

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Devonian Fossil Gorge in Coralville is a dried riverbed, which features ancient fossils. To say your kids will love this place is an understatement. It’s like a treasure hunt and an amazing place to roam and still be practicing social distancing. Your young ones will cheer excitedly every time they find another fossil. As an added bonus, Coralville Reservoir is nearby for recreation.

We’d love to hear what your favorite amazing nature spaces for fun and social distancing in the Quad City area are.

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