Things To Do

Things To Do

Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau
For information on Ames and Iowa State University, the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau provides a helpful website: Visitames.com

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Ames Community Art Council
Ames Community Arts Council sole purpose is to enhance and promote the Arts in Ames through education, outreach, and publicity. They provide coordination among arts organizations and encourage involvement by Ames citizens, Ames City Government, Ames Chamber of Commerce, and the Iowa State University Community.

Octagon Center for the Arts
The Octagon Art Shop offers original, hand-crafted works of art by more than 125 local and regional artists. Two galleries feature a variety of exhibits ranging from local to international. Classes and workshops for adults and children as young as 18 months let everyone become involved and explore their creativity.

Iowa State University Museums
University Museums at Iowa State University in Ames is a tripartite organization consisting of the Brunnier Art Museum, the Farm House Museum, and the Art on Campus Program. Together, these three institutions serve the public as educational and cultural resources and promote understanding and enjoyment in the arts.

Des Moines Art Center
Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the Des Moines Art Center is only 30 minutes away from Ames. They have composed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection's main theme is in representation of artists during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Des Moines Civic Center
The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines serves as an outstanding community performing arts center with accessibility to all, and where people may be educated, entertained and enlightened.

Ames Community Theater
ACTORS, Inc. (Ames Community Theater of Recreational Services) provides Ames and surrounding communities with opportunities to participate in live theater. Their mission is to provide guidance in the performing arts for the people of Central Iowa through live theatrical presentations and educational opportunities for all ages.http://www.center.iastate.edu/

Iowa State Center
Located on campus at Iowa State University in Ames, the goal of the Center was "to develop and support the programming, facilities and services necessary to establish the Iowa State Center as the premier university public assembly complex in the United States." The theater covers a wide range of arts and entertainment including orchestra, Broadway musicals, family shows, dance, and theater.

Scandinavian Days
Almost 150 years later, Story City continues to celebrate the rich traditions of their founding Nordic pioneers. The festival is filled with wholesome fun, delicious ethnic foods, quality entertainment, as well as talented artists and crafters, and is a tribute to the culture of these early prairie settlers.

Des Moines Symphony
The Des Moines Symphony is a full-service and talented professional orchestra. The orchestra performs seven pairs of classical concerts throughout the season, as well as a pops performances, family concerts, in-school ensemble performances, and its annually celebrated Yankee Doodle Pops concert.

StageWest
StageWest, located in Des Moines, seeks to increase the understanding and enjoyment of life, society, and the world through the presentation of contemporary theater.

Des Moines Metro Opera
Des Moines Metro Opera was founded in 1973 by Robert L. Larsen for two important purposes: To provide an opportunity for gifted young American singers to perform and to educate Midwestern audiences about opera, something they have limited chance to experience.

Movie Listings

Cinemark Movies 12 offers a wide variety of different films to choose from.


SPORTS AND RECREATION

Veenker Memorial Golf Course
This course is a premier public golf facility owned and operated by Iowa State University. The hilly design has a creek that comes into play on some holes. The fairways are tree lined, and the greens are well maintained. "Golf Digest" rated this course as the 6th "Best Public Course" in the state for 1996.

Ames Golf and Country Club
Ames Golf and Country Club offers a variety of activities, social events, dining opportunities and much more for all members. The golf course has several sand bunkers and water hazards that add extra challenges to the game.

Ames Soccer Club
The Ames Soccer Club is a volunteer organization whose sole purpose is to provide a quality soccer experience for its members. A fun soccer environment with a focus on player development, they offer league playing as well as special soccer camps, clinics, and other events.

City of Ames Parks and Recreation
The city of Ames provides many excellent parks, recreational facilities, and sports programs for its residents.

Central Iowa Tourism Region
Central Iowa offers many opportunities for the water sports enthusiast. Canoeing and tubing the Des Moines, Iowa and Winnebago rivers is a popular summer activity. These rivers also offer excellent fishing opportunities for walleye, channel catfish and northern pike. Fishing, camping and boating are all popular activities at Clear Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Lake Red Rock, and Lake Rathbun.

Iowa Recreation
Sixteen attractions made this government list for recreation areas throughout the state of Iowa. Each link on this web site provides descriptions, a map, and directions to each of the states parks, lake, or animal refuge recreational areas.


SHOPPING

North Grand Mall
A variety of mall services are offered at North Grand Mall in Ames, including stroller rental, free wheelchair loan, family restrooms, soft seating area by Gap Kids, emergency paging service for customers, 42 wall lockers, information rack featuring store collateral and community information, two convenient ATM locations, Airborne Express drop-off box, and a CyRide Bus public transportation stop outside center entrance.

Ames Main Street District
Ames' "old town" Main Street Cultural District is loaded with charm and is a fun way to shop. Discover unique stores from antiques to toys, furniture, bookstores, jewelry, and distinct clothing and shoe stores. You will find owners who take pride in their service and merchandise; and will gladly help you find that special gift. What you won't find is the crowded, noisy, and hectic pace of other large shopping areas.

Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau
A list for shopping in Ames, many with web links, from art and gift shops to oriental rugs.


DINING

Extensive List, Descriptions and Map
Your complete guide to places to eat in Ames.

Dublin Bay Irish Pub and Grill
For a traveler, the attraction of the Pub is the Irish philosophy that "there are no strangers, but rather friends not yet met". Enjoy a friendly atmosphere, a warm greeting, gracious service, and delicious pub food.


SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

Artfest Midwest "The Other Art Show"
This fine arts and crafts show offers exposure to local and regional artists. Patrons can enjoy the opportunity to browse through approximately 200 booths of affordable art in air-conditioned comfort.

Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad
A passenger can travel in vintage 1920s style on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad. Steam or diesel locomotives will take you for a 2-hour journey across the 156-foot trestle overlooking Des Moines River Valley. Round out your day with a visit to their museum, gift shop and a snack bar.

Farm House Museum
The first building built on ISU campus, this museum designated as a National Historic Landmark, is tucked away among the modern buildings and classrooms of ISU's central campus.

Iowa Games
Iowa's Summer Games is a multi-sport festival. The Games are held in Ames and consist of 45 sports, involving 17,000 statewide participants. It is held for seven days over stretched over two weekends with Olympic style opening ceremonies in Jack Trice Stadium, plus other special events.

Reiman Gardens
Reiman Gardens, the largest public gardens currently found in Iowa, are found at the entrance to Iowa State University. Fourteen acres house eleven distinct gardens, an indoor conservatory, an indoor butterfly wing and butterfly emergence cases, gift shop, a café called Hazel's Kitchen, and five supporting greenhouses.

Story City Antique Carousel
One of a few left, this fun ride was built in 1913 by the Herschell-Spillman Co. of Tonawanda, New York. The wooden figures are hand-carved and include 20 horses, two chickens, two pigs, two dogs, two chariots, and a whirling tub.

Scandinavian Days, Story City
Come to Scandinavian Days in Story City and you'll learn about Scandinavian food, crafts, music, and more. Your kids will enjoy special activities just for them including a Judge Story Theater production, parades, a carnival, and, of course, fireworks!

Iowa State Fair
An article on the "Top Ten Places America Goes to Have Fun" in USA Weekend magazine included the Iowa State Fair in spot number two! The fair has been in Des Moines since the beginning, 150 years ago, and still draws thousands of people from all over Iowa for the festivities.