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Must Do's
This college town has so much more to offer than sporting events. Visitors also come for attractions such as the award-winning Reiman Gardens and Ames Main Street, which is home to over 50 locally-owned specialty retail shops, art galleries, restaurants and more. Be sure to stop by Little Wood's Herbs & Tea, Torrent Brewing Company and Della Viti

Dive into area history with a visit to the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum, Ames History Museum and the Brunnier Art Museum.  

Outdoor Recreation & Exciting Eateries
For all outdoor adventures, get your fix at Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake. Put on your walking shoes and explore the trails, or bring your boat and kayaks/canoes to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the water. For a family adventure, take the kids to Brookeside Park to enjoy its various playgrounds and walking trails. 

Once you're hungry, grab a comfort food meal from Aunt Maude's or Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company, or try something new with the Brazilian fare at Cafe Beaudelaire or Thai flavors at The Spice.

Community Highlights
Visit Ames to enjoy first-class entertainment and recreation all year long, Broadway musicals, popular concerts and Iowa State University Cyclone sports. The community hosts a variety of special events, including the summer Iowa Games, Octagon Art Festival and the Farm Progress Show.

For more information, call 800.288.7470 or order a visitor's guide.

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