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“good fun”

Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Riverside
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 12, 2012

trekkies are the focus, not really that level, but think you'll be entertained

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Reviewed January 26, 2012

There is an event every year. It's a do not really a must do, if you are a Trekie.

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Reviewed January 26, 2012

A great spot for Star Trek lovers, a nice little town with friendly people and good spots to eat and a near by Casino

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Reviewed January 4, 2012

Suspend reality as you had to do for the TV series, stop for an hour and send a post card to a Trekkie.

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Reviewed October 1, 2011

On a whim, my husband and I took a road trip to Riverside, Iowa to see the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. We had a great time! We weren't expecting much, so we went with open minds. We thought it was really funny how the "birthstone" is located in a backyard. We couldn't figure out why they put it there, in that particular location, where you have to actually walk between two old buildings on a short pathway covered in wood mulch in order to approach the stone. A red banner hanging from a yellow building on the main street through town points the way to the stone. The stone is well done - impressive, really. We got a kick out of it. As we were leaving, three guys from the Southwest came around the corner, and as the stone came into their view, we heard them say, "Wowwwww," in an awed, reverent tone - as if they had completed a pilgrimage.

My husband and I could reasonably be called Trekkies. We love the show and its spin-off series and movies. My husband knows so much Star Trek trivia it's scary. I think this is why we had such a good time in Riverside. In addition to the "birthstone," we visited the tiny "Voyage Home" museum that is located just a few blocks east. The "USS Riverside" star ship sitting out front is a dead giveaway of the museum's location. The museum is tiny, but loaded with kitschy stuff and fun artifacts. We bought a $3 vial of "Kirk Dirt," which comes with a Certificate of Authenticity stating it is actual dirt from the actual future birthplace of Captain Kirk. We laughed about the Kirk Dirt all the way home.

Some people will think this roadside attraction isn't worth stopping for, but we loved it. It was free to visit both the birthstone and the museum, and the lady who was running the museum was really nice and fun to talk to. Riverside is tiny, but it's a hoot! And Iowa City is only 15 minutes away for a nice meal and some shopping.

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