Monday, February 15, 2010

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

The kids had been itching to visit the NMRMA again lately, so we decided it was high time we took a Saturday afternoon and made the drive down to Dubuque to spend a couple hours there.

Now, the kids and Lincoln have been a few times, but this was a first for me. We decided to go ahead and get a membership ($80 for the family, daily admission for a family our size is $50. One more trip and it has paid for itself!)

First of all, let me say again how much I enjoy visiting Dubuque. I'll link you to an old blog post so I don't have to repeat myself, but we really enjoy visiting this old river town on the banks of the Mississippi.
The Museum and Aquarium are pretty fun. It's perfect for a young family- things to see and do without being overwhelming.

We especially enjoyed this "log run".

There are mirrors on each end so it creates an infinity effect with the logs.

My favorite thing was the frogs. I love how they just sit there looking fat and content.

Oh, and I really liked this little bugger with his eyes looking in different directions. This is normal with lizards, but it seemed really pronounced with this guy. It was cool to watch him walk away from us, but see that he was still looking right at us.

I also thought this lizard habitat and viewing area was cool. The kids could crawl right through to a bubble in the middle of the enclosure and have an eye-to-eye, 360 degree view of the inhabitants.

There were exhibits telling the history of riverboats. In the summer you can ride a riverboat from here.

And I also really liked the ducks. I don't know, I really like ducks.

Looking out the window you can see the bridge over the Mississippi River.

A fun way to spend a winter afternoon.


Anonymous said...


Thank you for visiting us. I am glad to see you enjoyed your visit. Please come agin this summer. We are opening a major expansion in June that will include more aquariums, a kids gallery and a 3D/4D theater.

Director of Marketing

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

That looks pretty fun. I didn't realize there was anything fun in Iowa. Huh.