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Vander Veer Botanical Park, Davenport

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The Vander Veer Botanical Park is a 33-acre (130,000 m2) 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.
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  • What a pleasant experience! Beautiful gardens, absolutely free. You have the option to donate, but it is not required. The gardens are well maintained. Each flower is marked as to the name and the... 
    What a pleasant experience! Beautiful gardens, absolutely free. You have the option to donate, but it is not required. The gardens are well maintained. Each flower is marked as to the name and the...  more »
  • This is a wonderful urban park, lots of trees, flowers and ducks. Plenty of places to walk. A nice oasis. 
    This is a wonderful urban park, lots of trees, flowers and ducks. Plenty of places to walk. A nice oasis.  more »
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  • Very nice park with large duck pond and a lighted water fountain. The children's playground has been upgraded in the last year. Plenty of park benches for relaxing and if walking is your thing this park will please you. It's located in a central part of the inner city of Davenport, Iowa. The botanical building isn't huge, but is well appointed with many flowers and plants. Recommend a visit.
  • Beautiful gem of a place! This review is based more on the children’s park which is very accessible and definitely had a lot of thought in to kids with special needs. The text in the park is English and Spanish and has a feature with braille. There’s regular slides and a roller slide (which I’ve heard can be good for those with sensitives to regular slides / static electricity). They have the bigger swings with harness for older kids, accessible xylophone, spinning seats and the see saw is designed to be accessible as well. The park was extremely clean, no debris, no graffiti. We took a walk down by the pond which was in good condition minus some small debris and the botanical garden itself was small but nicely taken care of with a little house for small kids to run in to and koi pond (people threw change in there when there is donation spots elsewhere). It is FREE. They also had bathrooms open that I didn’t check out. Overall this place was wonderful and can’t wait to take my kid back to play! We don’t have a need for wheel chair accessibility but I truly love that this park is accessible and that if a child who needs these features come they can play right alongside other children.

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