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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

Fort Custer Maze

Conquer eight stations on your way to completing this maze, which depicts the early West with animal mounts, pictures and history.

Clear Lake, IA Mazes

Stebens Children's Theater

Children's theater with seven main stage shows during the school year.

Mason City, IA Theatres

Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House

Wright's first Iowa building, designed in 1908, restored and furnished with Arts and Crafts furniture and reproductions of period Wright furniture. The only middle-class home of his Prairie School period that is open to the public in the U.S.

Mason City, IA Historic Homes


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

Surf Ballroom

The historic ballroom where big bands played and Buddy Holly gave his last concert is well-known throughout the country and the world. Extensive renovations; a wide variety of Big Band-era and Rock 'n' Roll mementos on the walls; and the famous cloud machine, which still operates.

Clear Lake, IA Ballrooms

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

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 City.

Mason City, IA Museums

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

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