Four Hours of Fun: Ames

A vacation doesn’t have to take up days and days of your time! Explore a corner of the state in just one morning or afternoon. You'll be able to get the kids off the couch and away from the video games for a half-day of learning and activity - get the whole family moving and create memories along your (short) journey.

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Reiman Gardens

Take a break from the cold and visit the tropical paradise inside Reiman Gardens' Butterfly Wing and Conservatory, home to more than 800 butterfly species and a huge collection of colorful and rare tropical plants.


Farm House Museum

A tour through the Farm House Museum will increase your appreciation for the modest beginnings of what is today the internationally-acclaimed land-grant university, Iowa State University. Built in 1860 and a National Historic Landmark, the Farm House's first tenants primed the land for agricultural research and development.


Main Street Cultural District

Head to Ames' Main Street Cultural District for a bite to eat and to window shop along the thoroughfare. You'll find everything from art galleries to children's toys and dine on everything Thai to cupcakes.


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