Historical Sightseeing

The Capitol Theater

One of the most modern and luxurious theaters of its time, the Capitol Theater symbolized hope for Burlington in the darkest days of the Depression. Opened on July 1, 1937 with “The Prince and the Pauper.” Its stunning Art Deco style facade and amazing live shows are worth the trip any time of year.

211 North 3rd Street; Burlington, Iowa 52601

Heritage Hill Historic District

Located north of Jefferson Street, encompassing Snake Alley, North Hill Park, Mosquito Park, and a variety of historic homes and churches. The Heritage Hill Historic District is the perfect place for a scenic stroll, filled with lovingly maintained Italianate and Queen Anne style architecture. Seasonal home and garden tours occur throughout the year.

Snake Alley

Take a stroll down the beautifully decorated for winter Snake Alley, named “unbelievably crooked” by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

The Heritage Center Museum

The Heritage Center Museum opened in 1898 as the Burlington Public Library. One hundred years later, the Des Moines County Historical Society renovated the historic building, preserving the detailed woodwork, elegant open spaces, and many other architectural features. Combining 19th century elegance and 21st century technology this place is worth a visit!

501 North 4th Street; Burlington, Iowa 52601

Garrett-Phelps House

Sitting proudly at the top of Snake Alley, the Garrett-Phelps House sheltered three generations of one family for over 100 years. Built in 1851 and enlarged in 1870, this home has watched over Burlington through struggles, wars, prosperity and poverty. During an especially difficult period it housed a hospital.

521 Columbia Street; Burlington, Iowa 52601