Explore all that Wapello County has to offer, including exciting history involving art, airplanes and arcade games. With attractions that will entertain the whole family, Ottumwa and its surrounding communities provide an off-the-beaten-path vacation that nevertheless is vibrant with great sights and flavors.
Where to Go
As the backdrop for Grant Wood's world famous American Gothic painting, this Eldon home offers a unique destination to take an even more unique family photo. Dress the whole family in 1930's clothes and pose in front of the historic home for your own American Gothic photo, then visit the adjacent center and learn more about the artist and painting through exhibits and a media room.
Did you know Ottumwa is known as the Video Game Capital of the World? This community earned this distinction in the early 1980's when a local arcade began keeping official high scores and records before hosting the first North American Video Olympics in 1982. Today, this old-school arcade honors its gaming history as a home to videogames like Defender, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man, Mario Bros and more.
This 20,000 square-foot museum on 30 acres of an antique airfield in Ottumwa will wow the entire family. Learn about our state's history of flight through various periods of aviation models, engines, propellers, photos and original art as well as 20 aircrafts on display.
Where to Eat
Since its opening 90 years ago, the Canteen and its iconic loose-meat sandwich continues to be a local favorite. Grab a hand-dipped ice cream cone or a slice of homemade pie for a complete experience at this Ottumwa staple.
Serving up some of the state's best pulled pork and refreshing cocktails, Warehouse Barbecue Co. puts a modern spin on traditional barbecue. Grab a table and try popular menu items that include anything from brisket and pork belly burnt ends to breakfast nachos and green chile steak burritos. If you poast a picture of your meal on social media, this Ottumwa restaurant will make a donation to the Heartland Humane Society.