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How to spend an extra day in Ames

Skydiving leap day

This year, we’re lucky enough to get an extra day of the month, and we know just how to spend it. Leap Day doesn’t happen very often (every four years, to be exact!) So, it’s important to celebrate this unique holiday in the best way possible. Here’s our recommendations to enjoy this extra special day […]

An off-beat Ames weekend

make ames weird cornbred sign

Do you need to shake up your routine? Want to break the tradition of eating at the same restaurants? Looking for a new hobby? We understand how you feel. Luckily, there is always something more to discover in Ames. Break out of your routine and spend an off-beat weekend in Ames. Staycation Who says you […]

48 hours of Good Vibes

Pool game at bar

What’s better than catching a good vibe? Absolutely nothing. Luckily, Ames is filled with amazing activities, beautiful aesthetics, and of course, good vibes. Check out these local hot spots and spend 48 fun-filled hours in Ames. Day 1 Morning: In order to get the day started off right, an Instagram-worthy breakfast is essential. Bar La […]

How to spend game day in Ames

game day in Ames

  Start your day with lunch at Hickory Park A tried-and-true Ames tradition, Hickory Park Restaurant has been serving Ames since 1970. The barbecue  joint with an enormous ice-cream-sundae menu opens at 10:30 a.m., giving you plenty of time to make it to the 1 p.m. kickoff! Hickory Park does not take reservations, but you […]

The perfect CYCLONE weekend in Ames

Jack trice Stadium

Welcome to Ames, Iowa State students! Here is how to spend the perfect CYCLONE weekend in Ames.   Day 1 Morning  To start your day right, grab breakfast at one of the delicious Burgie’s locations. After eating, it’s time to make some butterfly friends and explore Iowa State’s Reiman Gardens! Students get in free! Afternoon  […]

RAGBRAI support drivers: spend the day like a local

RAGBRAI route inspection team rides through jack trice stadium

Don’t miss the fun waiting for your RAGBRAI rider(s) on Tuesday (July 25), or after they take off on Wednesday – discover all there is to do in Ames! With food and fun from dusk to dawn, you’re sure to be satisfied with your day. Morning After a busy morning of packing, driving, and everything […]

How to Spend Father’s Day in Ames

A father and daughter stroll through the tulips at Reiman Gardens on Father's Day.

If you are wondering how to celebrate Father’s Day with the people you love, look no further. Here is your Father’s Day itinerary for a perfect day with the family. Morning All the dads out there better be sleeping in! Once you wake up from your peaceful slumber, go get some delicious brunch! We recommend […]

Sweets, treats, and desserts tour of Ames

Two children enjoy homemade ice cream at Marmalade Moon in Ames, Iowa.

We all get a sweet tooth from time to time. The next time you find yourself craving a sweet treat, indulge in these best-of-Ames delights: Crumbl Cookies First, try the weekly rotating cookie flavors at Crumbl Cookies. Crumbl Cookies made its debut in Ames last fall, and has been a staple sweet treat since. Hickory […]

Discover Ames via bicycle

A woman riding her bike in Ames, Iowa.

Ames is a great bicycling community, welcoming casual riders and experienced pros alike – Several bike trails are near Ames and the surrounding areas, and the city has designated bike lanes just for riders. First, check out the City of Ames’s downloadable bicycle map for a summary of laws and tips, as well as path […]

Your Guide To Discovering Ames during RAGBRAI

Ames RAGBRAI 2023 Logo.

Find yourself in Ames for RAGBRAI this year? Whether you’re a rider or a driver, there’s something for you to enjoy in Ames. Here’s a guide to help you discover Ames during RAGBRAI. For a taste of Ames There are so many unique flavors to try in Ames. Whether you’re craving savory barbecue, a classic […]


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