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The City of Muscatine maintains 23 parks and recreational areas, offering residents and visitors incredible river views and unsurpassed recreational opportunities. Walk along the “String of Pearls,” part of Muscatine’s extensive trails system encompassing 30 acres along the river. The trail features several respites — Mississippi Mist (an interactive water feature), Mississippi Harvest (a sculpture depicting a clam harvester), Mark Twain Overlook and Casey’s Landing. Splash around and have some family fun at the Aquatic Center in Weed Park, or play a challenging round of golf at the Muscatine Municipal Golf Course.

Muscatine is home to three first-rate sports facilities. The Muscatine Soccer Complex is a 41-acre facility that features eight full-sized, state-of-the-art soccer fields. Kent Stein Park, totaling 66 acres, includes 17 baseball and softball diamonds, plus nine horseshoe courts. The Muscatine Rugby Pitch, located on the Muscatine High School campus, is an internationally-sized synthetic turf field designed to be safer for athletes and playable in all conditions.

The Muscatine Community YMCA is a spectacular 84,000-square-foot facility featuring a complete exercise area, fitness programs, two pools and more. The Y also offers a variety of community service programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters, child care programs, family and teen programs and Special Olympics.

Muscatine County maintains Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area, which is a terrific place to go camping, hunting, fishing, hiking and boating. Discovery Park is home to the Environmental Learning Center, which offers educational and interpretive programs and exhibits showcasing the natural resources of the Southern Iowa Mississippi River Valley.

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