Airpower Museum, Ottumwa Iowa
Air Power Museum 

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.

Old School Pinball and Arcade, Ottumwa Iowa
Photo Courtesy Ottumwa's Old School Pinball and Arcade Facebook Page 

Where to Go

1. American Gothic House & Center

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.

2. Old School Pinball and Arcade

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.

3. Air Power Museum

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

1. Canteen Lunch in the Alley

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.

2. Warehouse Barbecue Co. 

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.

Where to Stay

Hotel Ottumwa

Filled with history, character and amazing architecture, Hotel Ottumwa has provided consistent and comfortable service to the community since 1917. With modern suites, meeting space and a cafe and lounge located within, this hotel is a great spot to end a long day.