Discover Ames

5 things for your perfect Ames weekend

There’s so much to do! Broadway-caliber shows, nationally ranked sports teams, art museums, outdoor recreation, and a downtown area packed with unique shops and restaurants. Whether you’re a student or a retiree, a new parent or a business executive, a sports fan or an art lover, you’ll find plenty to do in Ames!


1. Go Downtown

Find unique shops, independent restaurants, a thriving farmers’ market, festivals, and more.

2. Take a spin around Ada Hayden

Walk or bike around Ada Hayden Heritage Park’s pristine lake, or discover your favorite outdoor adventure at Ledges State Park or McFarland Park.

3. Stop and smell the flowers…

… at Reiman Gardens! This 17-acre botanical garden features a butterfly wing, conservatory, rose garden, and seasonal events.

4. Check out the Ames’ best brews (they’re not all beer!)

Explore Ames’ many breweries and taverns, awesome local coffee shops, Prairie Moon Winery, and Little Woods Herbal tea shop.

5. Enjoy a taste of Ames

Local restaurants abound in Ames! From barbecue to weekend brunch, Ames has all the right flavors.


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