10 Things to do at Jester Park in Granger, Iowa

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10 Things to do at Jester Park in Granger, Iowa

We love exploring central Iowa parks and we definitely have some favorites! One of our number one favorites is Jester Park in Granger, Iowa. This park located in Polk County is much more than the average park that you may hike, camp, and play in. There are so many fun things to do. We are breaking down 10 things to do at Jester Park during your next visit.

1. Miniature Golf

Jester Park offers a huge golf course, but they also offer a miniature golf course perfect for families. This mini-course is located right next to the driving range and offers gorgeous Iowa views with a nature-themed, 18-hole course. Check out their seasonal hours and prices.

2. Equestrian Center

The Jester Park Equestrian Center is such a fun place to visit. They offer trail rides, lessons, wagon & sleigh rides, camps, and more. One of our favorite events they offer several times throughout the year is Pony Tales. A special time where families are invited to come to listen to a story and a chance to pet and visit with the horses afterward. Take a look at their event calendar for all their upcoming events.

3. Camping

If you plan to take in all the things this park has to offer there may not be time all in one day. Camping is a great way to extend your visit! Jester Park offers a ton of camping opportunities including tent and RV camping. They also have beautiful cabins to rent out. Looking to have a family reunion or friends together outdoors? These cabins are perfect! There are just a few of them and they book up quickly. Take a look at all the camping options and make reservations.

4. Jester Park Nature Center

The Jester Park Nature Center is one of our favorite places to explore all year round. The nature center offers a ton of hands-on exhibits including a Wetlands Island, Prairie Island, Woodland Island, and more. They also offer regular educational programming. Take a look at their event calendar.

5. Jester Park Natural Playscape

The Jester Park Natural Playscape is a great place to cool off on a hot summer day. After you have been hiking or fishing head to this fun area to play. The entire playground is constructed from natural materials and offers several water features. There is plenty of room to climb trees, build with natural resources, hide in the grass, and more. It is a great place for all ages to use their imaginations.

6. Bison + Elk

Some days we hop in the car just to make a visit to our large animal friends at Jester Park. The bison and elk are is located near the Jester Park Natural Playscape. This is a huge area to watch them eat, bathe in the pond, and wander. There is a lovely display and walking path around the area. A great place to have a picnic too. Sometimes they get super close which is tons of fun!

7. Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center

The Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center is a super fun place located next to the Jester Park Nature Center. Within this building, they offer a bouldering wall to climb, indoor archery, and air rifle. In addition, you can rent paddle boats to use at the Discovery Pond within the park.

8. Discovery Pond

The Discovery Pond is a short distance from the Nature Center and Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center. This is a great place to fish, paddle boat, look at frogs, and so much more. There is a trail from the Nature Center that leads to the Discovery Pond.

9. Streamscape

This fun interactive activity is located around the Jester Park Nature Center. It encourages families to grab a net or bucket and see what they can catch within the streamscape. Another great, free option that can provide hours of outdoor fun.

Picture from Jester Park Nature Center Facebook Page

10. Hiking

Last but definitely not least hiking! Jester Park is full of amazing hiking trails and they offer tons of options for different skill levels. You have small kids, this is a great place to introduce them to hiking. You can find a detailed map here. The Polk County Conservation also offers a Jester Park Geocaching Challenge Passport to add a little challenge to your hike.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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