Vander Veer Botanical Park
Vander Veer Botanical Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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PowerTrippers
Cocoa Beach, FL1,288 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
A beautiful, peaceful park full of interesting flowers, plants, trees and wildlife.

We spent a good hour or so just walking around and photographing nature. If you’re a nature lover, it’s a perfect place to spend an hour or two. The botanical park is full of cardinals and other birds, squirrels, chipmunks, ducks, geese and more.

The park also includes a nice little pond, from which you can fish, that features many ducks and geese.

Overall, just a beautiful slice of Iowa.

-The Power Trippers
Written June 6, 2020
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cenzt
Iowa5,814 contributions
Jul 2023
Good trip. We arrived at approximately 4 pm and made our way towards the entrance to the gardens. The gardens were relatively big, and contained several different sections/themes throughout the park. There were several water features out for display as well, along with many colorful flowers and plants. There were also many benches alongside the plants, that provided for some nice, relaxing views of the scenery around us.

Tip: I recommend spending 30 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
Written August 21, 2023
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Jeff S
Davenport, IA5 contributions
Nov 2019
This place is well maintained and just downright cool. The staff is always pleasant and there is a great educational component. I just wish it was larger. It is a very quick trip and well worth the few minutes you'll spend there.
Written February 11, 2020
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boanerges57
Janesville, Wisconsin55 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Really nice park that the kids loved running around in. Pretty tree lined avenue and fountains. There is a new playground but it isn't open yet. The ducks are very friendly.
Written July 24, 2020
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SRQScottie
Glasgow, UK1,723 contributions
Sep 2023
A beautiful park with stunning displays. The rose garden and the hosta glade were particularly impressive. The grand allee was beautiful to stroll to the fountain and it’s clear that the people who take care of the park are very knowledgeable and careful in their work.

A little coffee hut would be a fabulous addition please.
Written September 17, 2023
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mrjonesii
Indianapolis, IN330 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is something we did while visiting Iowa. Liked how they decorated for the holidays. Went in daytime so didn’t get to enjoy the lights as much. I can only imagine this place is beautiful in the warmer weather. There’s a playground and a pond you can walk around. And it’s all free!!!
Written January 5, 2024
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hoogo
USA8,517 contributions
This park is lovely and has it all. The conservatory has regular seasonal displays. The current motif was in honor of Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". The working greenhouses are fun to wander through and check out what's coming to the next conservatory display. Admission $1.00, free on Tuesdays. Exit through the gift shop, of course. The lagoon with ducks attracted a crowd with an organized story time for kids.

The Friends of Vander Veer get credit for a massive renovation of the park along its 1880's origins. Their volunteers were busily deadheading the roses in the formal garden. The newer Grand Allee is now nicely shaded by a canopy of tree branches. At the south end is the Stone Fountain with changing water displays, nicely lighted at night.

The perimeter sidewalk attracts walkers. The lagoon is groomed for wintertime ice skating. It really is a lovely park.
Written July 8, 2010
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Tsubasa99
Singapore, Singapore72 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
As close as you can get to "Central Park" but in the quad cities. Nice green areas, a duck pond (with a couple of geese) and a small botanical area which is open to the public. Note that the Botanical center is closed on Mondays; otherwise open Tue-Sunday from 10:00 AM.
Written March 23, 2017
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Dennis M
Iowa, United States334 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
We visited the park and conservatory off season this fall while passing through town. The quiet time of year allowed the conservatory staff to hang Christmas lights and wreaths and they had on display multiple varieties of poinsettias for terrific seasonal color. Outside, the resident duck flock surrounded my wife as she was taking their picture, as they are trained to approach humans for handouts, but rapidly flew to safety of the pond when a dog walker approached! Ducks or chickens? The rest rooms are accessible from outside. Park is easy to find in between the two, one way main roads north and south. Nice calming place any season.
Written December 17, 2016
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885TravelFool
Kansas City, MO16 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
This is a beautiful park with many lovely areas for a picnic or to just relax. Very nice and wide paved walking/jogging trails, lots of benches to rest and enjoy the scenery, and themed garden areas and a greenhouse. It would be a great area for a family afternoon, for the little ones to run around and even a game or two with friends. I would highly recommend a visit no matter your age.
Written July 26, 2014
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