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Central Iowa, Iowa

Central Iowa

Arts and cultural pursuits are central to this region. A day of roller coasters followed by a night of baseball is sure to thrill. And for a glimpse of the area's rich past, visit a 19th century farm and village and a wildlife refuge where buffalo still roam.

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Reed/Niland Corner Historic Hotel/Cafe

Travel the Lincoln or Jefferson Highway to the "one-stop" destination of many travelers during the 1940's. The Reed/

Colo, IA Historic Buildings

Allsup's Pumpkinville and Corn Maze

Pumpkinville is one of the best Fall outings you will find in Central Iowa. We have lots of groups and individuals come visit our fifth generation family farm. Both the young and old find something to have fun doing. Create your own traditions and family memories that last a lifetime.

Mitchellville, IA Mazes

Twin Anchors Golf Club

Twin Anchors Golf Club features a public, daily fee course located near Colo, Iowa. We offer a welcoming yet challenging 9-hole, par 34, regulation golf course with low prices and friendly service. From the back tees, the course plays over 2206 yards, with a slope rating of 113. Opened in 1994

Colo, IA Golf Courses

Kellogg Historical Museum

The Kellogg Historical Museum complex includes agricultural building, factory/bank, original one-room schoolhouse, country church, machine shed and blacksmith shop, along with two-story museum building, the former Simpson Hotel, constructed in 1909

Kellogg, IA Museums

Living History Farms

Learn the amazing story of how Iowans transformed fertile prairies into the most productive farmland in the world. Travel at your own pace through five time periods spanning 300 years: the 1700 Ioway Indian village, the 1850 Pioneer Farm, the 1875 frontier town of Walnut Hill, the 1900

Urbandale, IA Living History

Wallace House

Restored Italianate Victorian was home of the first Henry Wallace -- national leader in agriculture and conservation, and editor of Wallaces' Farmer. Exhibits include "Uncle Henry's Des Moines, 1880-1920", the Wallace era of Wallaces'

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

Hop aboard the tourist line railroad, which travels 15 miles (dinner and dessert trains travel 22 miles) through the beautiful Des Moines River Valley over two great bridges. See displays of historic railroad items and equipment. Valentine Dinner Train in February;

Boone, IA Railroad History

Des Moines Art Center Downtown

An extension of the world-renowned Des Moines Art Center in an energetic urban museum space, featuring three or four exciting and fresh exhibitions each year. Museum shop offers unique gifts, jewelry, cards and books.

Des Moines, IA Galleries

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Le

Learn about Iowa's rich prairie heritage. See wildlife, native flowers and grasses, elk and buffalo along auto tour and foot trails. Learning Center offers state-of-the-art audiovisuals and museum.

Prairie City, IA Wildlife Areas

International Wrestling Institute and Museum

Museum features Olympic, collegiate and pro wrestling history. Displays on famous athletes include Iowa's Olympic champion Dan Gable, Frank Gotch and Verne Gagne. Pro wrestling hall of fame. Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa.

Newton, IA Museums

Boone County Historical Center

Experience the drama of the Kate Shelley story. View a coal mine replica, extensive gun and military collection, mounted wildlife collection and genealogical records.

Boone, IA Historic Centers

Story County Conservation Center

This 200-acre park, headquarters of the Conservation Board'

Ames, IA Conservation Centers

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