Crapo Park (85 acres, 34 hectares) is a city park with arboretum and botanical garden, alongside the Mississippi River at Parkway Drive, Burlington, Iowa. Those who are not familiar with the park often mispronounce it as "crap-oh" Park, with the correct pronunciation being ( KRAY-poh) Park.Use our Burlington vacation planner to add Crapo Park and other attractions to your Burlington vacation plans.
It is reputed to be the site where the American flag was first raised on Iowa's soil, by Zebulon Pike in 1805.
The park includes an arboretum containing more than 200 varieties of trees and shrubs, as well as botanical gardens of annuals and perennials. As of 2003, the following park trees were on Iowa's statewide "Big Tree" list: Arizona cypress (Cupressus arizonica), black hickory (Carya glabra), pawpaw (Asimina triloba), and black walnut (Juglans nigra).
Crapo Park Reviews
A beautiful park with many scenic opportunities. There is a great view of Illinois looking across the Mississippi River. more »
Nice park with great river views, Nice log house which is opened as a museum on the weekends, War Memorial combines with the river to give a great view and photo shoot. more »
Amazing park. It has just about anything you need at a park to have fun. Great play areas for families. Hiking trails with great views of the river. We only visit once per year so I am sure there are other areas of the park we don't even know about.
Great time every year for Symphonic Blast. Get there early, picnic and enjoy the symphony plus the fireworks. Our favorite spot for family photos as well as the spiral slide. Enjoy the views of the river. The Cascade Bridge may be closed for now, so donate to get it reopened and you'll be glad when it is easier to get around.
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