Find Plenty of Exciting Things to Do in Ames
Located at the intersection of I-35 and Highway 30, the Country Inn & Suites, Ames, IA puts you close to the action at Iowa State University’s Jack Trice Stadium, home of Cyclones football. Take a tour of Iowa State’s campus, where you’ll find the beautiful 17-acre Reiman Gardens and the Brunnier Art Museum, which houses a collection of paintings by acclaimed artist N.C. Wyeth. Families also enjoy trying all the rides at Adventureland Resort, shopping at North Grand Mall and marveling at the Octagon Center for the Arts exhibits. When it's time to head home, you can hop on I-35 S to catch your flight at Des Moines International Airport (DSM)
- Furman Aquatic Center (4.5 miles)
A must-see during summer, this family-friendly water park has a 550-foot lazy river, waterfalls, waterslides, numerous pools and a 5,000-square-foot recreational pool with play structures.
Phone: +1 (515) 232-7665
- Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad (19.1 miles)
For a fun family outing, get your tickets for a ride on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, which offers kid-friendly themes like Thomas & FriendsTM as well as romantic dinner rides and picnic excursions.
Phone: +1 (800) 626-0319
- Iowa Arboretum (21.2 miles)
Discover all that the Des Moines River Valley has to offer at the Iowa Arboretum, where you can hike woodland and prairie trails, wander through the Peony Labyrinth garden and look for a special souvenir at the gift shop.
Phone: +1 (515) 795-3216
- Adventureland Resort (31.3 miles)
See if you can tame The Monster, the biggest roller coaster at Adventureland, before getting soaked in the Raging River or flying through the treetops on the Sky Ride.
Phone: +1 (515) 266-2121
Higher Education and Culture:
- Octagon Center for the Arts (3 miles)
From 17th-century masks to contemporary photography, the Octagon Center for the Arts offers a spectrum of fascinating artwork. Feeling artistically inspired after your visit? Sign up for an art class or purchase something unique from the gallery shop.
Phone: +1 (515) 232-5331
- Iowa State University (3.6 miles)
Get your cardinal-and-gold gear on before heading to the campus of Iowa State University to cheer on the Cyclones. While there, you can tour the gardens, museums and other ISU attractions while enjoying one of the most beautifully landscaped campuses in the country.
Phone: +1 (515) 294-5836 or +1 (800) 262-3810
- Ames Community Theater (ACTORS, Inc.) (6 miles)
Catch a play or a musical at this theater that’s been a part of the community for more than 60 years.
Phone: +1 (515) 292-2073
Shopping and Dining:
- Main Street Cultural District (3 miles)
Spend an afternoon strolling the streets of downtown Ames, where you’ll find a variety of shops, restaurants and art galleries. Throughout the week, look for special events like the Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market, craft beer sampling and live music.
Phone: +1 (515) 233-3472
- North Grand Mall (5 miles)
Hunt for bargains or stock up on ISU gear at North Grand Mall. After shopping, you can let the kids have fun in the play area as you enjoy a snack from Pretzelmaker.
Phone: +1 (515) 232-3679
- The Cellar at White Oak (15.1 miles)
Taste local wine and enjoy live music on select evenings at this lovely vineyard and winery.
Phone: +1 (515) 367-7777