Carnegie Museum, Fairfield Iowa
Carnegie Museum

Show the kids what small town Iowa has to offer by packing up the car and taking them to Fairfield. This quaint community is home to much more than meets the eye, from museums and art galleries to locally renowned restaurants that will thrill the whole family.

Swinging bridge of Jefferson County
Swinging Bridge of Jefferson County

Where to Go

1. ICON Art Gallery

Presenting some of the most respected shows and exhibits in the Midwest, ICON Art Gallery is at the center of Fairfield's growing art scene. Explore one of their constantly rotating exhibits that make each visit an entirely unique experience.

2. Carnegie Museum

This Iowa Century museum houses artifacts from the community's history along with one of the Midwest's foremost collections of Native American pottery, Civil War artifacts, Roman Antiquities and area memorabilia. The kids will discover all sorts of numerous curiosities to explore.

3. Jefferson County Park & Swinging Bridge 

Spend the afternoon in Jefferson County Park and let the kids run off some energy. The park features four fishing ponds, a nature center, playground, and seven miles of hiking and biking trails. However, the park's main attraction is the 75-foot swinging bridge, a local favorite spot.

Where to Eat

1. Fishback & Stephenson Cider House

If you and the kids are looking for some great burgers, Fishback & Stephenson has some of the best in the area. Made from local grass-fed beef and smothered in locally grown toppings, these burgers offer a hefty meal made even better when paired with an F&S cider. Their specialty ciders like First Crush and Cherry Poppins give you a unique taste of Iowa.

2. Lunchbox

This American bistro's love of great food shows in everything they make. From their fried chicken sandwich to the Cobb salad or their succulent braised short rib sandwich, its guaranteed that you will have a great meal here.

Where to Stay

AmericInn Hotel & Suites Fairfield

End the day in comfort with a stay at Fairfield's AmericInn Hotel, which offers free breakfast and an indoor pool and hot tub for the kids to enjoy. Parents can take a break and stop by the hotel wine bar for a great selection of wine and beer.