Jester Park – Granger, Iowa

jester park granger iowa

Jester Park is a hugely popular park, with lots of options. The natural playscape sits alongside a bison and elk herd, several campgrounds flank miles of wooded trails. Discovery Pond is a beautiful spot to explore, and there is regular nature programming held throughout the park. They are currently building an indoor nature center in the middle of the park, but the detour signs are clearly marked in order to acces both sides of the park. There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.

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Information:

Name: Jester Park
Address: 11407 NW Jester Park Dr. Granger, IA 50109
Type: Places to hike play and get wet
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: Yes, shaded shelters and shaded trails
Playground: Yes
Trails: Yes, dirt
Water: Yes, natural playscape has water and there are other small rivers. Two ponds.
Other notes: Camping, golfing, equestrian center, bison & elk herds, boat ramps, natural playscape, specific toddler playground equipment, snowmobiling trails. Bird blind.Trail map: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/parks-trails/14-jester-park/map-detail/ Will have an indoor nature center some point in the future (http://www.jesterparknaturecenter.com/). There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.
Official Website:   https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/parks-trails/14-jester-park/
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  1. We’ve just moved to the DSM area and I searched for a blog of outdoor things to do with kids and yours was the first to pop up. I’m so impressed and glad to have a list handy. My kids love to play at parks (what kid doesn’t), but they especially love “exploring” on trails, creeks, etc. We went to Jester today and they absolutely loved it. Headed to Ledges later this week based on your site. Thanks from a new reader!

    1. Hi Brandy! Sorry this took me a bit to respond, I answer questions or complains quickly and then save nice emails for enjoying when I’m not as busy 🙂 I’m so glad you’re enjoying it, and welcome! I have a post of natural playscapes you might enjoy and be sure to check out my weekly newsletter, with updates and fun links to national & local nature-y news: http://bit.ly/dsmofnewsletter

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