Find Fun Things to Do in Mason City, IA
When you make the Country Inn & Suites your home base in Mason City, you’re within walking distance of the North Iowa Events Center and close to attractions like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stockman House. Enjoy a cruise on Clear Lake, cheer on racecar drivers at the speedway, or play the slots at Diamond Jo Casino. Fans of The Music Man
by Meredith Willson can explore his boyhood home and the streetscape based on the Warner Bros. film. You can also browse local paintings at Clear Lake Arts Center or let your kids burn off some energy at the Prairie Playground.
Sports, Events and Entertainment:
- Mason City Motor Speedway (0.2 miles)
If you have a passion for fast cars and loud engines, find a spot in the stands at this half-mile dirt racetrack for local stock-car racing.
Phone: +1 (641) 529-0306
- North Iowa Bulls Hockey Team (NAHL) (0.2 miles)
During hockey season, be sure to cheer on the North Iowa Bulls at the North Iowa Ice Arena, located at the North Iowa Events Center.
Phone: +1 (641) 423-4625
- North Iowa Events Center (0.2 miles)
This destination hosts the annual North Iowa Fair during the summer, and you can catch horse shows, craft markets, auctions and expos throughout the year.
Phone: +1 (641) 423-3811 or +1 (641) 424-6515
- Diamond Jo Casino (24 miles)
Take a quick drive to try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino in nearby Northwood. This casino is home to more than 1,000 slot machines, live poker, and table games, including blackjack, roulette and Mississippi Stud. When you need a break from gaming, listen to live music or refuel at the buffet in the on-site restaurant and bar.
Phone: +1 (641) 323-7777 or +1 (877) 323-5566
- The Music Man Square (3.3 miles)
Relive all your favorite scenes from The Music Man, the beloved musical by Robert Meredith Willson. Willson based the setting of his show on his hometown, Mason City. At this attraction, you can explore Willson’s boyhood home and a replica of the iconic 1912 streetscape featured in the Warner Bros. film.
Phone: +1 (641) 424-2852
- Charles H. MacNider Art Museum (4 miles)
Browse through a collection of American art at this museum, which features a permanent exhibit of Baird puppets from the late puppeteer Bil Baird. In addition to exhibits, the museum offers festivals, film viewings and an outdoor art market.
Phone: +1 (641) 421-3666
- Stockman House (4 miles)
Mason City is a must-visit for architecture-lovers, and this little gem is one of the reasons. Designed in 1908 for a local doctor, the house reflects the genius of its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Phone: +1 (641) 423-1923
- Clear Lake Arts Center (7.1 miles)
Take time to tour the art galleries or attend a live performance at Clear Lake Arts Center. The center also hosts annual arts and crafts events, and you can purchase works by local artists in the shop.
Phone: +1 (641) 357-1998
- Prairie Playground (4.5 miles)
When your kids want to play and you want to rest, stop by Prairie Playground. Take it easy under a shelter while your children jump, slide and swing on the area's largest outdoor playground.
- Mason City Family Aquatic Center (4.8 miles)
This family-focused attraction features multiple swimming pools, a waterslide and other water features to keep you cool in the summer.
Phone: +1 (641) 421-3678
- The Lady of the Lake (8 miles)
Looking for an idea for a family outing? Reserve a 90-minute cruise on Clear Lake aboard The Lady of the Lake. You can also book a private event or participate in a pirate- or ghost-themed cruise.
Phone: +1 (641) 357-2243
Mason City Municipal Airport (MCW) (4.7 miles)
Catch a connecting flight to Chicago or St. Louis at Mason City’s local airport. The airport also houses an industrial park and includes a café so that you can grab a coffee before your flight.
Phone: +1 (641) 421-3680
Nearby Corporate Offices:
- CURRIES-ASSA ABLOY
- The Kraft Heinz Company
- Martin Brower