The sounds of water splashing on rocks, children’s laughter and fishermen’s chatter. The smell of a crisp summer day and sunscreen complimented by the view of families making memories. This can be true at the Midwest’s longest Whitewater Park in Manchester, Iowa. The Maquoketa River that runs from the beautiful Backbone State Park to the legendary Lake Delhi sits as the home of the Whitewater Park.
Adjacent to the popular park is Manchester’s historic downtown shopping district where you’ll find everything from shoes, clothing and consignment, to crafts, hardware and gifts. The fun doesn’t stop downtown, though. Take a drive around the attractive outskirts of town where you’ll find treasures at every corner. Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of Manchester’s unique restaurants offering a full plate for every craving – Mexican, tea room, American, coffee shop, Chinese, sports bar, barbecue, bakery, deli and more.
Famous for signature events like Rhubarb on the River (June), Bacon N Hops Festival & Motorcycle Trials (August), River Runner Regatta & Cardboard Boat Race (August), and Holiday Window Walk (December), you’ll crave a trip to Manchester year-round. Take a tour of the award-winning brewing company, the Manchester Trout Hatchery, the Delaware County Historical Museum just 25 miles south, or the largest sawmill in Iowa – Kendrick Forest Products just 20 miles north in Edgewood.
Located on Highway 20 right between Waterloo and Dubuque, Manchester’s shopping, recreation, food, tours and events make for a recipe of excitement and adventure. Find out more at delawarecountyiowatourism.com or Facebook – Delaware County, Iowa Tourism.