Family Adventure

Full Day Itinerary

Full Day

Full Day


Spring, Summer, Fall


7 Stops


To Rent Kayaks or Tubes, call Avis Rental at (319) 360-5491

What to Bring

  • Quarters to Feed the Fish
  • Comfortable Shoes & Outdoor Clothing
  • Kayak or Tube
  • Paddling Gear
  • Camera

9 a.m.

Fuel the family with a hearty breakfast at Sunset Family Restaurant in Manchester.

10 a.m.

Head to the Manchester Fish Hatchery and enjoy a self-guided tour and feed the fish. Take time to walk around, admire the newly painted mural, and cross the drawstring bridge.

Fish Hatchery Bridge

11 a.m.

Make your way towards Bailey's Ford Park & Nature Center. Take a hike, enjoy the play equipment, the sandy beach along the Maquoketa River, and Nature Center!

12 p.m.

Next, you'll head to downtown Manchester for lunch. Olive That Deli offers wraps, sandwiches, and salads for everyone! Dine in, or carry out and walk to the picnic tables at the Riverfront Park along the Maquoketa River.

1 p.m.

Continue your walk along the river walk and view Iowa's Largest Whitewater Park. If you're family likes to tube or kayak, this is the place! If you don't have your own, you can arrange rental through Avis Rental!

3 p.m.

Take some time to cool off with some Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream at Joe's Pizza, a new addition to Manchester!

3:30 p.m.

Let the family rest in the car for a short drive to Backbone State Park. Stop to enjoy the beautiful scenery and take an easy climb to view one of the caves! Make sure to stop and take pictures at the scenic look out point to remember your amazing day!