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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

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

Pella Opera House Theatre Center

Pella Opera House Theatre Center was built in 1900, and has been completely refurbished. Intimate 324-seat theater with 1920 Barton Theater Organ.

Pella, IA Theatres

Pella Historical Village and Dutch Windmill

Tour a collage of 21 buildings nestled in a courtyard. Brick paths connect the buildings, some of which are over 140 years old. Some of the establishments include a house, gristmill, church, bakery, and miniature Dutch village. Replica of an 1850

Pella, IA Museums

Red Rock Reservoir Fishing

Popular species that anglers regularly go after are Black crappie, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass, and Wipers. (Hybrid Striped Bass)

, IA Fishing

Wapello County Historical Museum

View artifacts in naturalistic settings and Wapello County history exhibits. Don't miss the replica of an early fire station, including a completely restored 1925 America LaFrance fire truck. Also visit a replica of the Ottumwa Coal Palace Industrial Exhibit Hall of 1890-1891.

Ottumwa, IA Museums

Madison County Historical Complex

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

Winterset, IA Museums

Red Rock Reservoir Camping

There are five campgrounds that are maintained by the Corps of Engineers. Within these parks are a total of 432 campsites. There are boat ramps at Whitebreast and Howell Station Recreation Areas. Showers and playgrounds are

, IA Camping

Dumonts' Museum of Dreamworld Collectibles

A 24,000 square foot building housing a large collection of antique tractors, horse-drawn equipment, buggies, gas engines, miscellaneous household items, toys, dolls, dishes, large collection of Roy Rogers memorabilia. Large Lionel train layout.

Sigourney, IA Museums

Warren County Historical Museum

Museum of pioneer life plus schoolhouse, country store, log cabin, George Washington Carver Museum, rural church, machinery building, meeting house.

Indianola, IA Museums

American Gothic House

Iowa artist Grant Wood sketched this house on a 1930 visit and that summer painted it as the background for his world-famous painting, "American Gothic." Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Eldon, IA Arts

Vermeer Museum & Global Pavilion

The museum chronicles the history of Vermeer Manufacturing and the development of its agricultural products such as the round baler, and industrial construction equipment including trenchers, boring equipment and environmental equipment.

Pella, IA Museums

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