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Overview of Iowa State Fairgrounds

Pad Type grass

Elevation 820 ft / 249 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Iowa State Fairgrounds 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 2 Users
Last reported 10/17/2020
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 5/14/2018
5 reviews
“Relatively nice campground. They were closing for the season in a few days but functional.”

Reviewed 10/17/2020

Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: MN
Overall Rating

The drive in takes you through a less than inviting area of the city but once in the park it was quite safe. The campground is under the flight path for the airport and you can hear the trains moving train cars at night. We saw the police drive thru every hour or 2. Convenient to sightseeing and downtown. The capital building was spectacular and tours were available.Check out High Life Bar and The Bait Shop for beers.

Site Quality
Verizon 4G/LTE

MrMopar would stay here again

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Reviewed 5/14/2018

Nightly rate: $28
Days stayed: 3
Overall Rating

Heads up: this place is rolly. Rolling hills. Rolling grass in the breeze. You could physically roll down slopes to entertain yourself.

A plethora of FHU (30A or 50A depending on the site you choose) spread amongst several acres of grassy land. The very nice park hosts gave us the quick run down: "if you stay over here, you can have 50A but no city view. If you stay up front there, you can have 30A and a city view". They didn't not mention that if you stay up front there is little chance you will get yourself level - but pros and cons.

We chose to stay 'up front' (near the main campground entrance through the fair area) and we were happy with our choice - although setting our big butts into a level stance was not in the cars (we got most of our 'bubble' in the little circle..) The view of the city at night is very nice. If you have a bigger rig and use levelers, they will sink into the ground. If you use blocks, your levelers will likely push them into the ground too. Bring a shovel.

Good water pressure. Park staff who never stop mowing the grass. Plenty of room to 'spread out' if you choose to be away from other rigs. Bathrooms available, although we didn't explore them.

Not noisy, but not 'quiet' either. There is the consistent hum of traffic, and during the day: mowing.

We were told by campground hosts that the park is typically sparsely used save for the weeks of the Fair, and the 4th of July (they have fireworks). While most of the season the park is 1st come, First serve, the park hosts mentioned they will take reservations for those time periods. The campground hosts also popped by to warn us to lock up our bikes - they've had some issues in the past.

Getting into the park can be a bit tricky depending on if there is an event going on at the grounds. If you are at all concerned about driving the perimeter of the fairgrounds to find what gate is open, just call the hosts ahead of time. They'll let you know what is up.

Site Quality
Verizon 4G/LTE

Liz & Jake would stay here again

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Disclaimer: This blog was written at a significant delay (October 2018). As in, the delay was so significant, that I don’t feel that I can accurately represent our time at this location in story form....

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  • big rig
  • pull thru
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • pets


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