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Recreation in Ames

What’s your pleasure? A Broadway show, some of the best blues, a little rock n’ roll, country, classical or jazz? Maybe you want some Big XII sports action. Ames provides all this and much more. A great place to learn, Ames is a classic Amesuniversity town, a regional entertainment center, and an All-American City. Take a moment to tour art galleries and antique stores, to stroll through Reiman Gardens, to do a bit of shopping, and to savor the community's diverse culinary delights. Ames will keep you hopping and our neighbors will also add to your fun: Boone’s Scenic Valley Railroad, the Iowa Arboretum, the Story City Carousel, and more are all just minutes from Ames. The Ames area offers something for everyone.

Ames & Story County Attractions

Ada Hayden Heritage Park
Ames Historical Society
Donald and Ruth Furman Outdoor Aquatic Center
Hickory Grove Park
Iowa State University
McFarland Park
Main Street Cultural District
Octagon Center for the Arts
Prairie Moon Winery & Vineyards
Story City Antique Carousel

Boone & Boone County Attractions

Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad
Ledges State Park
Iowa Arboretum
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace


Iowans enjoy something that is hard to find elsewhere: balance! The kind of balance experienced when they’re able to meet not only their career objectives, but personal and family goals as well.

What people find when they make Iowa home is a genuinely great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. They discover a place where neighbors are friendly, commutes are short, and quality public education is a reality. They realize vibrant shopping and entertainment possibilities and endless recreational opportunities. Iowa is all this and more.

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