From spring to winter, there is something for everyone.
The Burlington Area is a micropolitan of 28,000 residents nestled in the southeastern corner of Iowa on the Mississippi River. This community, located a short trek of 200 miles from Chicago and 200 miles from St. Louis, is beautifully situated on the bluffs of the river and has a rich heritage as a center of commerce and industry that dates back to the 1840s. The area continues to innovate for its future into the 21st century.
The Burlington Area includes Burlington, Iowa, West Burlington, Iowa, Middletown, Iowa and Gulfport, Illinois. History is all around the Burlington Area from Victorian homes on the river bluff to dramatic steepled churches and historic buildings in the downtown. Of the Iowa towns, Burlington was the first to be founded in 1833 followed by Middletown in 1846 and finally West Burlington in 1884. Gulfport, Illinois became incorporated in 1928.
The mighty Mississippi river serves as a focal point for the Burlington Area and provides breathtaking beauty and a multitude of recreational opportunities. It is also a regional center for employment, education, healthcare, recreation and shopping. Whether you are taking a drive through town or visiting for the weekend, the Burlington Area has everything you need. You can start your weekend shopping in historic Downtown Burlington or you can catch a minor league game at Community Field.
Annual Burlington Steamboat Days American Music Festival: Since 1963, this multi-day outdoor music festival occurs on the Mississippi riverfront every June. It attracts crowds in excess of 50,000 visitors every year! Burlington Steamboat Days is the most prominent annual festival in the area and has played host to some of the finest entertainers in the United States.
Burlington Bees Baseball – Community Field: The Burlington Bees invite you and your family to the Community Field to experience the excitement of minor league baseball. The Bees play in the Midwest League and are the only professional sports team in the region. When you visit, you can join in the fun and be part of the action with promotions, a playground and inflatable bounce house for kids.
Burlington Regional Rec Plex: The RecPlex features tournament facilities for soccer, baseball, softball and volleyball. There is also a guest service building that includes concessions and spectator plazas. They have an area with batting cages that are open to the public. Every week, the Rec Plex has league play and practices and various tournaments.
Capitol Theater: Located in the heart of downtown Burlington, the restored Burlington Capitol Theater takes you back in time to an era when live entertainment and movies were enjoyed in beautiful theaters.
Parks: The Burlington Area maintains many acres of parks. Their main parks include Dankwardt Park and Crapo Park. Dankwardt Park has an 18-hole disc golf course, municipal pool, playgrounds, ball fields, off-leash dog park and a variety of other different amenities. Crapo Park, an 85-acre park that spreads along the mighty Mississippi River, includes an arboretum, Lake Starter, and walking paths.
Burlington Public Library: Services began in 1868 when Senator James Wilson Grimes formed the first subscription library on the second floor of a downtown building. The first building, located on Main Street, was opened in 1898 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The older building is now home to the Des Moines County Historical Society museum. The Library Board of Directors broke ground for what is now the present library in October 2004, which opened in 2006. It won the Main Street Iowa Award for Best Community Initiated Development Project in 2007.
PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex: A Midwest entertainment and casino vacation destination, perfect for families, couples and groups! Home to Catfish Bend Casino, FunCity, Huck’s Harbor Water Park, Pzazz! Resort Hotel and Catfish Bend Inn & Spa.
Port of Burlington Welcome Center: The welcome center has a vast amount of information on the surrounding communities. One side of the Port showcases the Mississippi riverfront and the other side of the building is the home of Burlington Steamboat Days’ stage.
Starr’s Cave Nature Center & Preserve: A 184-acre state nature preserve and park area that features two miles of scenic hiking trails and Starr’s Cave! Part of the State Preserves System, this forested area contains limestone bluffs, three caves, prairie remnants and some endangered plant species. The Nature Center offers hands-on displays and scheduled activities including folk concerts and environmental education programs.
Snake Alley: A street located in Burlington, which was built in 1894, was at one time recognized by Ripley’s Believe it or Not as the Crookedest Street in the World. The Alley consists of five half curves, two quarter-curves, and drops 58 feet over a distance of just one city block.
Spirit Hollow Golf Course: Located by the Mississippi river, this golf course is ranked by Golf Week and also Golf Digest as one of the best courses to play in Iowa. Spirit Hollow is a place where you can go to get away and receive warm hospitality that honors the tradition of the game of golf.
Kenny’s Roller Ranch: Your one stop shop for family fun! Kenny’s is an indoor roller skating entertainment facility that’s open year-round. Also home to mini golf, batting cages and basketball bankshot.
Art Center of Burlington: Located in the heart of historic Downtown Burlington, the Art Center showcases the works of local and regional artists with monthly exhibits in the Gallery and one-of-a-kind artwork in the Artists Market. Art classes and workshops are offered along with other special events throughout the year.
Westland Mall: An enclosed shopping mall in West Burlington, Iowa that is home to many tenants ranging from Marshalls to Bath&Body Works and even home to the CEC Movie Theater.