101 Trip Ideas: This Season: SUMMER!

Summer time is a great season to enjoy everything outside.  Farmer's markets, fresh produce, flowers and lake area fun are at their peak during the warm days of summer.  The beaches and pools provide some great relaxation from the heat.  Events are going on all over the county, so check out the calendar of event to find something to match your passion.

Discover the Past


The Rural History Buffs of Marion County have identified historical landmarks such as rural schools, roads and coal mines all around the area.  Information can be found in a brochure they have produced which can be picked up at one of the local chambers.  This brochure can help you along a scenic drive that will include places like elevator road, sandridge school and crooked road.  To find out more, email ruralhistorybuffs@yahoo.com.  

Green Thumbs


Start your day off at the Bessie Spaur Butterfly Garden near the Knoxville Hospital on Highway 14 to view a lovely display of blooms.  Don't forget your camera to take ideas back with you for your garden.  After strolling, grab a cup of coffee at Coffee Connection in downtown Knoxville and then on Tuesday afternoons or Saturday mornings head to the courthouse west lawn for the Knoxville Farmer's Market.  641.943.2223 

Beat the Heat


The Pella Aquatic Center features areas for all ages.  There is a zero depth tulip shaped toddler area, with deck sprays that dance at programmed times, a waterfall, water sprouting dragons, animal shaped slides and floatables, and a basketball hoop.

There is plenty of fun for the older crwd too with two diving boards, slides and lap lanes.  Or you can tube the 494 foot Adventure River, encountering waterfalls, geysers, a tidal tank or zoom down  200 foot tube slides.

Calling Kid's of all Ages


Whether you are 6 or 60...everyone enjoys stopping for ice cream and perhaps also a hot dog in the summertime.  At Reed's Kone Korner there is plenty of room to enjoy your special treat at one of the outside picnic tables.  Re-live your childhood this summer.

Rent a Bike


Didn't bring your bike with you?  No problem.  Go to Iowa Bike & Fitness to rent a bike and enjoy exploring around Lake Red Rock.  The 13-mile Volksweg Trail is a great place to start.  

Delve Into History


This summer as you are visiting the Red Rock Area, take a moment to stop at the Marion County Courthouse where you find on the lawn in the southeast corner a memorial honoring Dixie Cornell Gebhardt, creator of the Iowa flag.  Inside the courthouse is a copy of the portrait of Ms. Gebhardt which hangs at Terrace Hill.  

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