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Devonian Fossil Gorge, Iowa City

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  • What a special place. And without disaster, perhaps there is not spectacle. The Devonian sea sported thousands if not millions of disasters! Life was exploding 400 million years ago, trying on every p...  more »
  • Lots of ground to cover, fossils to see, and space to keep the little ones occupied. Walkpaths along the Iowa river, playground equipment and picnic area very close by means you can let the kids run a...  more »
  • This is an outstanding gorge loaded with fossils. My family likes to visit here for the natural beauty and because we love to seek out fossils. There are loads in the gorge if you look closely. Even i...  more »
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  • Echoing the sentiments of some fellow Fossil lovers - this place is legit! On a nice day, there are few better things than getting outside and wandering around, while playing explorer. Everything is accomplished whilst visiting the Fossil Gorge! The place is basically a large ancient river with a limestone base that we're now able to explore and play paleontologist! There are a number of larger fossils that are marked with large numbers. The water is delightfully murky and covered in slime, making for some good searching for frogs and what not. Do be careful however, as the area around is incredibly slippery and we witnessed at least one kiddo fall it. Not life-threatening....just gross! Plenty of parking, a couple drinking fountains (KEY ON THE WAY OUT FOR THIRSTY LITTLE DUDES!) and some lovely signage explaining the area, along with a lovely water feature. A great spot to go explore and get your learn on for a bit.
  • The place is conceptually very neat - you get to see real fossils in the place they were found, in a section of town where a overflowing dam eroded many feet of road and topsoil. Unfortunately, the fossils are small and very similar looking. I think it's worth visiting once, if you happen to be driving by, but this is definitely not a tourist destination.
  • Super interesting. There are fossils to look at everywhere! Be sure to bring a magnifying lens and a picnic.
  • Nice stop along the road. Free exhibit. Let your inner kid out by going on a scavenger hunt for fossils.
  • If you get down and look close enough you can see a bunch of little fossils. Also has little pond to view tadpoles and frogs.