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.


Reiman Gardens, Ames
Stroll 17 acres of outdoor gardens, the indoor tropical Conservatory and the Butterfly Wing with more than 800 live butterflies in flight.


Art on Campus, Ames
Home to one of the largest campus public arts programs in the country, Iowa State University boasts more than 2,000 works of public art, including 600 by significant artists. Find pieces in buildings, courtyards, open spaces and offices across campus. The collection is free and open to the public for viewing (some restrictions may apply to art inside buildings).


Main Street Cultural District, Ames
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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