Things to Do in Ames, Iowa | Midwest Living

Things to Do in Ames, Iowa

Activities center around Iowa State University in this college town about 34 miles north of Des Moines. Things to do include visiting campus museums, Reiman Gardens and Stephens Auditorium.

What To Do

Brunnier Art Museum The university museum's decorative arts collection sparkles with glassware, ceramics and enameled metals. NOTE: The museum is currently closed for renovation at least until fall 2018;  check the website for updates.

Christian Petersen Art Museum On the Iowa State campus, see contemporary art exhibitions as well as works by Christian Petersen, the nation's first permanent campus artist-in-residence. Petersen sculpted and taught at Iowa State from 1934 to 1955.

Christian Petersen Art Museum

Christian Peterson Art Museum. Photo courtesy of Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau

Farm House Museum The 1860-era building was home to Iowa State presidents, professors and students before becoming a museum of early Iowa history and culture.

Farm House Museum

Farm House Museum; photo courtesy of Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau

Furman Aquatic Center Ride down the slides or take a spin on the 550-foot lazy river with a waterfall.

Furman Aquatic Center

Furman Aquatic Center. Photo courtesy of the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau

Octagon Center for the Arts This downtown location functions as a gallery, offering events and exhibits for the community, as well as classes.

Reiman Gardens Iowa State has had a horticultural garden since 1914, but the location moved around until Reiman Gardens was opened in the 1990s. Butterflies delight visitors in the Christina Reiman Butterfly wing.

Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens rose collection. Photo courtesy of Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau

Stephens Auditorium This venue hosts plays, touring Broadway shows and concerts.

Where To Eat

Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company Discover the stuff the freshman 15 is made of with a pizza.

Great Plains Pizza

Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company

Hickory Park Restaurant Company Try the barbecue sampler off a menu with more than 100 options.

Hickory Park

Hickory Park Restaurant Company

Provisions Lot F Stop by for American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or pick up a treat from the bakery.

Provisions Lot F

Provisions Lot F

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