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Must Do's
With residents representing more than 40 different countries, Ottumwa's diverse cultures, flavors and attractions make for a unique Iowa getaway. Learn about the county's history through ever-changing exhibits at the Iowa Heartland History Connection. Explore aviation dating back to WWII at the Antique Airfield's Airpower Museum. Find out why Ottumwa is recognized worldwide as the Video Game Capitol of the World at Old School Pinball & Arcade

For the ultimate afternoon of relaxation, walk through Main Street Ottumwa, where you'll find vibrant, locally-owned restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques around every corner. 

Outdoor Adventures & Exciting Eateries
The Wapello County Trail System offers the best way to explore the community, featuring several loops along the Des Moines River and through 600 acres of local parks. Then, test your skills at one of the eight disc golf courses scattered throughout the county. During the lazy days of summer, cool off in Beach Ottumwa's pool and on its water slides. 

Treat your tastebuds to a variety of authentic Mexican flavors at restaurants like El Rancho Grande, Botanitas Isa-Abys, Potros Garcia and Mimi's Taqueria & Bakery. For classic flavors, head to the uniquely historic Canteen Lunch in the Alley for a classic loose-meat sandwich, Warehouse Barbecue Co. & Brewhouse for sweet and savory sauces, or Juanita's Pupuseria for the best of Salvadorian food. 

Refuel with caffeinated beverages from Coal Palace Cafe & Books or Hub Coffee. Complete your visit with a sweet treat from Graham's Dairy Freez

Community Highlights
There is so much to do in the Ottumwa area ... historical museums depicting Wapello County's beginnings and Native American heritage, authentic Hispanic culture, art galleries, concert venues, local boutiques and so much more! Add in award-winning restaurants and the scenic Des Moines River, and you'll definitely want to extend your stay.

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Whether you're seeking rest and relaxation, outdoor exploration or family adventures, the opportunities are endless.