4 Reasons to Add Delaware County, Iowa to your Bucket List

If you’re searching for a reason to visit Iowa, look no further! Northeast Iowa is fortunate to be filled with thrilling recreation, scrumptious restaurants, abundant shopping, and captivating tours. And Delaware County is right in the heart of it all!


4 reasons to add Delaware County, Iowa to your bucket list


Thrilling Recreation

Once you hit our thriving portion of Highway 20, there’s loads to discover! Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway is just one of the many treasured assets in the county, featuring beautiful farmland, rolling hills, barn quilts and fabulous destinations along the way. There’s always something to experience along the byway regardless of the season, be it fishing, camping, shopping, golfing, waterskiing, exploring historical sites, canoeing, kayaking, snowmobiling, shopping, or visiting Amish country.

Explore the beautiful Backbone State Park, Iowa’s first state park, and book a cozy stay in a cabin for a family vacation you won’t soon forget.

Strap up your boat and spend a weekend cruising along Lake Delhi, one of our valued destinations! You can find your way to one of our many campgrounds to get your beauty sleep before another fun day in Delaware County!

Spend a day at the Manchester Whitewater Park where there’s fun for everyone! Adventure-seekers can enjoy the great outdoors kayaking or tubing down the river, and the relaxation-lovers can grab a bite to eat and have a picnic at the gazebo overlooking the river and later take an evening walk down the riverwalk or shopping the great stores downtown!

Scrumptious Restaurants

During your time in Delaware County, you won’t go hungry, I promise. What type of food are you in the mood for? Our welcoming communities offer everything from Chinese and Mexican to Sports Bars, Deli’s, & More!

Enjoy a tasteful pizza or entree at Aunt Neece’s Pizza, Buliceks, Pin Oak Pub & Links and Fireside Pub & Steakhouse.

Grab a yummy sandwich & shake at Olive That Deli; a panini, cupcake & coffee at Aunt Emmy’s; a burger & ice cream cone at Widner Drug Ice Cream Parlor; or a soup and glass of wine at Café Rose.

Start your night off right at Captain & Tenille’s, Blue Collar Sports Bar, Franny’s in Edgewood, Beaver’s Lounge, Wolfey’s Hoptown, Dundee Bar & Grill, or Cooper’s Place.

Enjoy a specialty beer or wine in an amazing atmosphere at Franklin Street Brewing Company and Café Rose!

Abundant Shopping

There’s no better place for a shopping day than in Delaware County! Manchester’s downtown retail district offers a variety of shops from trendy clothing and consignment, to a shoe store and Ben Franklin gift shoppe. You’ll find a little bit of everything for everyone in downtown Manchester! Be sure to check out IsadoraBella’s, Thompson Shoes, Treasure Alley and Treasure Alley (too!), Lauryn’s Keepsakes, Widner Drug & Gift Shoppe, New to You, Palmer Hardware, The Posy Place, Bushel & A Peck, among SO many more!

Then take a quick trip North to Experience Edgewood, Iowa where the shopping destinations are busting at the seams! You won’t want to miss the award winning The MARKKET, the fabulous Edgy Megs, the beautiful Miss Mares or gift-filled Blooms where you can find everything to dress up your home and find gifts for everyone on your list. Be sure to hit up Washington Street to get some great finds in any shop!

Captivating Tours

There’s something for everyone in Delaware County when you’re looking for a fun or educational tour! Kendrick Forest Products tour showcases the largest sawmill in Iowa where you see first-hand the process start to finish from logging to packaging the finished product. While in town be sure to stop by the Edgewood Locker for a tour of their facilities as well!

Find yourself at the Franklin Street Brewing Company in Manchester and request a tour of their brewing system! Stay for a drink or two while you overlook the beautiful downtown scene and the Manchester Whitewater Park.

The Delaware County Historical Museum in Hopkinton highlights not only history from when it used to be the Lenox College, but also history about Delaware County, the Civil War, the surrounding area and much more! Spend a day enjoying the fabulous scenery, Civil War monument, and fascinating history at the museum!