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Vander Veer Botanical Park, Davenport

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
The Vander Veer Botanical Park is a 33acre botanical garden in the Vander Veer Park Historic District of Davenport, Iowa. It is believed to be one of the first botanical parks west of the Mississippi River. The park was listed on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties on August 4, 1993.HistoryVander Veer Park was established in 1885. The city of Davenport purchased the land for $13,000. The park was built on the old Scott County Fairgrounds land and modeled after New York City’s Central Park. Vander Veer was originally named Central Park. In 1912 the park was renamed after the first secretary of the Davenport Park Board of Commissioners, A.W. Vander Veer. A conservatory, music pavilion, and decorative fountains were added after World War I.The park is currently maintained by a nonprofit organization, The Friends of Vander Veer.
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  • Great park to walk around! There is a waterfall, play area, oversized chairs, arbor area, pond with ducks to feed, and have different themes each year to find different things. This year was Jungle bo...  read more »
  • Most of the park was closed of due to a wedding. Wish that was posted online. I would of scheduled my visit accordingly. Wasn't to much to see. There was a lot produce growing the the different garden...  read more »
  • Very beautiful park tucked between two busy streets. We were only able to enjoythe park, but it's a very well maintained space. 
  • Vander Veer Botanical Park is one of Davenports' gems. I took my daughter there over the weekend and we had a great time playing on their main playground and swinging on the swings. The park is host to a number of different events for all people. It's a local hub for Ingress and Pokemon Go along with a LARP / cosplay battles. The park is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon with your family playing, relaxing or meeting new friends with similar interests.
  • A beautiful and very busy park with wonderful walks and promenades, fountains and flower beds. The rose garden is an especially nice walk. There is a nice playground, but there were too many big kids, and we walked away after the 14-year-olds enjoyed running circles around my two-year-old.
  • I run around the park almost every morning. The outside loop is almost an exact mile, and wide sidewalks make it easy. There is a large grassy area perfect for flying a kite, playing with the dogs, or participating in yoga in the park in Saturday morning. The pond is filled with ducks during the summer, and is open for ice skating in the winter. I love this park.
  • Beautiful park and botanical center. Has a playground for kids. A lagoon with swans and ducks. Can fish or feed the ducks. Fountain lights up at night.
  • Lovely setting. Great fountain. Lots to learn here, too. Tip: bring your camera!
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