Bass Pro Shop Altoona for Kids

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Bass Pro Shop Altoona for Kids

Bass Pro Shop Altoona probably isn’t the first destination that pops into your head when you think of entertaining the kiddos, but if you haven’t been there yet, add it to your list of places to go. You’ll be surprised by all the kid-friendly things there are to do! More than just a store, Bass Pro Shops has become a destination to visit for kids and adults alike. Whether you’re looking for the latest in outdoor sporting gear, shopping for new apparel or a perfect gift, or simply keeping your kiddo(s) busy on a rainy afternoon, Bass Pro Shops offers a truly unique atmosphere.

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Bass Pro Shops Stores and Cabela stores are located all over the United States. If you are local to Des Moines, Iowa you can find a Bass Pro Shop in Altoona, Iowa just outside of the Des Moines metro area. The Bass Pro Shops in Altoona is located near the Outlets of Des Moines. 

Address: 1000 Bass Pro Dr NW, Altoona, IA 50009

What are Bass Pro Shops Known For?

Bass Pro Shops is a nationwide chain that specializes in hunting, fishing, camping, and other related outdoor recreation merchandise.


The ambiance of a Bass Pro Shops invites kids and adults to transport themselves into outdoor environments through their stunning lifelike scenery located throughout the store. Have fun spotting different animals such as deer, bears, and mountain lions that give your children a chance to see these animals up close in a safe environment. Talk about what they are doing as you walk through the store and take in all the sights. Located directly at the back of the store as you walk in, visitors can’t help but notice the enormous 30,000-gallon freshwater aquarium. Stocked with several dozen types of fish native to Midwestern waters, kids will enjoy watching nature in action. As you walk through the store, be on the lookout for the footprints of different animals crossing your path!

Outdoor Sporting Gear

As their signature feature, Bass Pro Shops appeals to the outdoorsy family with a hearty supply of fishing, boating, shooting, hunting, and camping gear. With parental supervision, kids can enjoy climbing into the fishing huts, boats, and other outdoor ATVs on display. Bass Pro Shops stocks merch for the whole family with kid-friendly outdoor gear.


Did you know Bass Pro Shops has toys? They have a whole area of toys including timeless building materials like Lincoln Logs. Bass Pro Shops generally has a few toys on display for kids to play with and try out for hands-on fun.

Shooting Range

Speaking of hands-on fun, for just 25¢ the Bass Pro Shooting Range offers your kiddo’s inner hunter to aim. Bring your quarters and see who in your family has the sharpest shot!

Apparel and Gifts

Because of its reputation for quality outdoor gear, Bass Pro Shops has built a line of apparel that withstands the coldest winter days in Iowa. With designs and sizes for infants through adults, there is something for everyone. Bass Pro Shops also has a plethora of gift items for all ages and a general store full of old-fashioned favorites.

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill

Among all that shopping and inside outdoor adventuring, make sure your family plans a stop at the Fish Bowl during your visit. A combination restaurant and bowling alley, you can plan to stop for a meal or bowling or both! Traditional kid’s menu offerings include pizza, chicken tenders, and macaroni and cheese. The bowling alley offers 12 underwater ocean-themed alleys for a unique experience.

TIP: Because bowling can be a big hit on weekends and during peak times, it’s recommended you stop here first to check for and get on the waiting list before you wander about the store.

Seasonal Offerings

Santa and the Easter Bunny are big attractions for Bass Pro Shops with crowds flocking annually to see these beloved characters. With their convenient and easy-to-use online reservation system that makes waiting in line in the store nearly non-existent, this is our family’s preferred spot for getting memorable Santa and Easter Bunny pictures.

Before You Go! 

On your way out, grab a piece of fudge, or one of the many other candy options, by the main entrance. 

Michelle Jarnagin

Michelle Jarnagin

My name is Michelle Jarnagin and I live with my husband Dave and our son Devic in Des Moines. We have two Chihuahuas - Loki and Ollie. I work full time as a social worker and Dave is the stay-at-home parent in our household. Devic is currently in Kindergarten and will be entering 1st Grade this fall. In our free time, our family enjoys walking with the dogs, exploring parks and playgrounds, and visiting bowling/arcade centers. This summer you're likely to find us at the baseball fields for Devic's second season or enjoying one of the many festivals/activities Des Moines has to offer.

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