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10 Must-Do Summer Activities in Council Bluffs

Summer is in full swing, and Council Bluffs is buzzing with excitement! Whether you're a local resident looking for new adventures or a visitor exploring the area, there's no shortage of fun-filled activities to enjoy. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, Council Bluffs has something for everyone. Here are ten must-do activities to make the most of your summer in Council Bluffs:

  1. Splash Pad Fun: Beat the summer heat by taking the kids to the splash pads at Fairmount Park and Bayliss Park. Let them splash around and cool off while you relax and soak in the sunshine.

  2. Live Music Extravaganza: Experience the vibrant music scene at Stir Concert Cove. With a jam-packed 2024 lineup, there's always a concert to enjoy under the stars. Grab your friends, kick back, and let the music move you.

  3. Farmers Market Delights: Indulge in the freshest produce and local goodies at one of Pottawattamie County's farmers markets. Shop for seasonal fruits, vegetables, artisanal crafts, and more while supporting local farmers and vendors in Council Bluffs, Treynor, Crescent, Underwood, and Avoca. 

  4. Poolside Paradise: Dive into summer fun at Katelman Water Park and Pirate Cove Water Park. Whether you're swimming laps or simply lounging by the poolside, these refreshing oases are perfect for beating the summer heat.

  5. Sweet Treats Galore: Treat yourself to delicious ice cream delights from Christy Creme, Tastee Treet, Doozies, Zaltes, or Sugar Makery. With an array of flavors and toppings, satisfy your sweet tooth and indulge in summer sweetness.

  6. Beach Day Bliss: Escape to Lake Manawa for a day of sun, sand, and serenity. Pack a picnic, build sandcastles, and take a refreshing dip in the lake waters. It's the perfect destination for a beach day getaway.

  7. Golfing Getaway: Tee off at Council Bluffs' premier golf courses, including Bent Tree, Dodge Riverside, or Whispering Woods. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice golfer, enjoy a leisurely round amidst scenic landscapes and challenging courses.

  8. Bike Adventures: Explore Council Bluffs' picturesque trails by renting Heartland Bike Share bikes. Pedal along the Iowa Riverfront Trail or Wabash Trace Nature Trail and discover hidden gems, lush greenery, and breathtaking views.

  9. Patio Pleasures: Unwind with drinks and appetizers on the inviting patios of Barleys, 712 eat + drink, Tish's, Cellar19 Wine & Deli, Glory Days, or Caddy's Kitchen & Cocktails. Savor delicious bites, sip on refreshing cocktails, and soak up the summer ambiance.

  10. Indoor Escapes: Beat the heat with indoor activities at The Hub, Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, Historic General Dodge House, or the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Immerse yourself in art, history, and culture while staying cool and comfortable indoors.

From outdoor adventures to culinary delights and cultural experiences, Council Bluffs offers a diverse array of activities to make this summer unforgettable. So, gather your friends and family, pack your sunscreen, and embark on a summer adventure in Council Bluffs!

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