Once upon a time the Big Mother Goose at Fejervary Park in Davenport, Iowa belonged to a different Iowa roadside attraction: Mother Goose Land.
Mother Goose Land was once a popular Davenport tourist attraction. The nursery-rhyme themed kiddie park and petting zoo was open from the early 1900s into the 1970s with this giant goose serving as an entrance. Once they walked through the big bird ,children (and adults) could explore other fairy tale attractions and nursery rhyme sculptures, like Humpty Dumpty on his wall and a crooked house.
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Today the 75-acre park is called Fejervary Park and has been completely renovated to be a modern learning center with natural play areas and interactive features. While most of the old park is long gone, the Big Mother Goose has survived and serves as a centerpiece to the park’s landscape. It was even added to the Davenport Register of Historic Properties in 2007.
The concrete walk-through Goose is 20-feet tall and wears a blue bonnet and round wire glasses. I’d say, that’s one silly goose!
Looking for more of the best Iowa roadside attractions? Be sure to also check out the World’s Largest Strawberry in Strawberry Point, the Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk in Riverside, the Happy Chef Umpire in Ryan, and Iowa’s Largest Frying Pan in Brandon.
Big Mother Goose
Address: Fejervary Park, 1800 W 12th St, Davenport, IA
Hours: Open seasonally with limited hours, confirm opening times and dates before visiting
Cost: Free to see