Corning and Adams County

Visit Corning's vibrant downtown and explore the beauty of Adams County in this weekend adventure perfect for history lovers!





Downtown Corning
Start your tour in downtown Corning, the county seat of Adams County. The city is a participant of the successful Main Street Iowa Program and delights visitors with a pretty row of restored buildings home to bustling local businesses. Stop for breakfast at Sweet Desires Bakery before strolling down Davis Avenue and checking out locally-owned antique stores, art galleries, gift shops and R&S Collectibles, showcasing a range of antique automobiles.


Corning Center for the Fine Arts
This gallery features works from both emerging and established artists. Check the center's calendar for upcoming classes, special events and artist features.


Corning Opera House & Cultural Center
Take a seat in this lovingly-restored early 1900s-era opera house. The opera house puts on regular shows and musical performances, but you can also call ahead to schedule a tour. The Historic Backstage tour covers the history of the building and its restoration. The Theatre tour includes a tour of the building and a classic movie showing.


Fickle Frog
Stop for lunch at the adorable Fickle Frog cafe and gift shop. The Fickle Frog's homemade menu features soups, sandwiches, salads and delectable desserts.


Adams County House of History
After lunch, stop at the Adams County House of History to learn the history of this southwest Iowa county and see historical items, including a trunk that rode to the Americas on the Mayflower in 1620.


Johnny Carson Birthplace Home
The legendary late-night entertainer Johnny Carson was born in Corning in 1925 and spent his early years in the town. His boyhood home is recently restored and lets visitors remember Carson's modest beginning and rise to fame.


Corning Winery & Vineyard
End your day with a wine tasting atop the only floating tasting room in Iowa. Tour the winery and learn about the process used to create seven red and six white wines crafted on-site. Then, grab a delicious dinner at M.C. Grille or Boz's Kitchen in Corning.





Lake Icaria
Head just a few miles outside of Corning to enjoy rural Adams County at Lake Icaria. Year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts are abundant at the 650-acre lake. A network of trails, campsites, cabins and playgrounds accommodate land-lovers while you can enjoy the water by fishing, swimming, skiing and boating.


French Icarian Village
In the 1840s, French immigrants established an equalitarian community in the rolling hills of Adams County. Today, you can experience remnants of that settlement by visiting the site that houses a simple but stunning dining hall and Icarian schoolhouse.


Kline Museum
Before heading for home, make sure to stop at the Kline Museum in the tiny town of Prescott. View a massive collection of memorabilia, collected by local resident Clarence Kline. The collection is highlighted by a restored 1911 Carter automobile, one of only 500 manufactured.


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