Fresh Air, Tubing, and Flowers..Oh My!

So it’s officially summertime now, and you want to spend a day or a weekend doing some summer activities. Well I have a few of the top choices in Boone County, IA that allow you to take in the fresh air and sunshine laid out in this post.

Seven Oaks is home to a long list of fun, recreational activities: canoeing, kayaking, river tubing, and paintball.

Canoeing, kayaking, and river tubbing have two different trip options. Trip #1 is approximately 8 miles long, taking 2-4 hours by canoe or kayak and 3-5 by river tube. This is a great option for large groups, groups with smaller children, or those who are interested in stopping on sandbars. Transportation from Seven Oaks departs at 10 AM and non Monday-Friday and at 9:30 AM, 11 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Trip #2 is a longer 15 mile float taking 5-8 hours by canoe or kayak. River tubes are not offered for this trip option. If you prefer to paddle over floating, plan to be on the river most of the day, in the boat the most of the trip, or want to see more of the river, consider this option. Transportation departs from Seven Oaks at 9:30 AM and 11 AM with the first pick up at 3 PM.

The off-the-river time is 5 PM Monday-Friday and 6 PM on Saturday, Sunday, or holidays with both trip options. These trips are open seven days a week Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend.

Paintball ball is another excellent way to have some fun with a large group of friends or family. Fields are opened with reservations only, so get a group together, pick a date, and get your reservation made. For prices, waivers, and more information on any of Seven Oak’s recreational activities visit their website: Now it’s time to smell the roses…

The Iowa Arboretum has been going strong since 1966 when it first opened. The 415-acre facility offers a variety of family-friendly activities. The grounds are open daily throughout the year sunrise to sunset. You can schedule a guided tour by appointment. The beautiful nature includes wonderful plant collections full of colorful flowers, trees, and shrubs. The restored prairie and woodland trails that offer a chance to enjoy some silence as you wind in and out of the canopy trees. In addition, they have special events such as plant sales, educational classes, gardening symposiums, and more.

Visit their website for gift shop hours, photos, contact information, and more information:

There you have it folks, take this and run with it as you plan your own fun-filled summer day here in Boone County.

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