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South Central Iowa, Iowa

South Central Iowa

Let the wind sweep you across the lake or hear you aloft in a spectacular balloon. Fish at some of the state's largest lakes. Or, catch the sprint car races at the famed Knoxville Raceway. One way or another, this region will take your breath away.

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Rathbun Lake Fishing Info.

The information below is provided by the Corps. of Engineers - thanks for the great information. Fishing Rathbun Lake is an 11,000

, IA Fishing

Lake Rathbun Boating

Thanks to the Corps of Engineers for great information. Boating Whether power boating or sailing, Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, has something to offer for all.

, IA Boating

Red Rock Visitor Center

Get a great view of Lake Red Rock from the visitor center'

Knoxville, IA Visitors Centers

National Balloon Museum

Contemporary building of unusual design houses a collection of ballooning artifacts and memorabilia depicting the history of hot-air and gas ballooning, ballooning events and personalities.

Indianola, IA Museums

Liberty Hall Historic Center and Home of Joseph Sm

Mid-Victorian house with 14 rooms and six closets. Each room is furnished in 1900-1905 period. Also, walk through the country schoolhouse.

Lamoni, IA Historic Centers

Rathbun Fish Hatchery

Elevated observation walkway through hatchery. Information center, aquariums, mini-theater, audiovisual presentations on production methods, nature trail and restrooms. Original paintings by Maynard Reece and mounts of state record catches.

Moravia, IA Fish Hatcheries

Lucas County Historical Museum

Visit the 1900s home (which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places), an old schoolhouse and a church. Explore the 1800s barn and 1850 log cabin, and enjoy fresh-roasted peanuts during the annual Peanut Day and Cider Day celebrations.

Chariton, IA Museums

Molengracht (Mill Canal)

Shops, boutiques, restaurant, movie theaters and European-style hotel overlook this canal, which is reminiscent of those found in the Netherlands.

Pella, IA Shoppes

Belinda Toy and Antique Museum

Historic 1846 church has been transformed into a toy museum, with collections of airplanes, cars, tractors, dolls, trains, and tin and cast-iron toys.

Chariton, IA Museums


Madison County Historical Complex

Tour the 1856 Bevington-Kaser House, museum, and 12 other buildings on 18

Winterset, IA Museums

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

The world's only museum dedicated to preserving the history of "big car" and sprint car racing. The Hall of Fame honors the outstanding achievers in the sport. Handicapped accessible. Gift shop on premises.

Knoxville, IA Museums

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