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Mason City, Iowa

  • Charles H. MacNider Museum

    Tudor-style mansion with contemporary additions overlooks Willow Creek and features permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art, and the largest collection anywhere of puppets, marionet...
    Charles H. MacNider Museum
  • Kinney Pioneer Museum

    View fossils, dolls, ladies' fashions, soda shop and antique cars. Peruse Meredith Willson collection, one-room school, log cabin and blacksmith shop. See the rare Colby Car, manufactured in Mason Cit...
    Kinney Pioneer Museum

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Charles H. MacNider Museum

Tudor-style mansion with contemporary additions overlooks Willow Creek and features permanent collection of 19th and 20

Mason City, IA Museums


Lime Creek Nature Center

Visit the 450-acre conservation education facility with its walking trails, restored prairie, and nature center featuring animal displays.

Mason City, IA Nature Centers

The Music Man Square

The 1912 River City Streetscape features an ice cream parlor, gift shop, and set designs from the Warner Brothers motion picture of "The Music Man." The museum is a tribute to the genius of one of America'

Mason City, IA Historic Districts

Meredith Willson Boyhood Home

In 1902 Meredith Willson, who immortalized his hometown of Mason City as River City in "The Music Man," was born in this 1895 house. It is now filled with family memorabilia, musical treasures and period furnishings.

Mason City, IA Historic Homes

Things to do near Mason City, IA

Webster City Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Herbert Quick Schoolhouse

Iowa author Herbert Quick was born in Grundy County and attended grammar school in this one-room school building. See author'...

American Legion Golf & Country Club

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...

Surf Ballroom

The historic ballroom where big bands played and Buddy Holly gave his last concert is well-known throughout the country and t...

Gruis Recreation Area, "The Barn"

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...