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TOURISM ATTRACTIONS

WATTA WAY TO SEE POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY!

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We scouted out the route, made the map, highlighted all the attractions, and now – WATTA WAY to see Pottawattamie County!  It’s a loop, a route, an easy way to travel the county top to bottom and side to side.  Delightful discoveries await your visit! Antiques, museums, the corner cafe’, tasting rooms, and so much more – WATTA WAY to see Pottawattamie County.

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

East Pottawattamie County CourthouseAvoca_Courtroom
203 North Elm Street
Avoca, IA 51521
Phone:  712.343.2477

Listed on the Register of National Historic Places, the courtroom features a 200-year old bench and canopy from an old English Castle.  It is proclaimed “The Most Beautiful Courtroom in the State.”  Tours available by appointment.


Farmall-Land USA Museum

2101 N. LaVista Heights Road
(I-80 Interchange, Exit 40)
Avoca, IA  51521
Phone:  712.307.6806 or 712.343.6354

Including many rare and unusual models, this 17,000 sq. ft. museum features an incredible collection of more than 100 IH tractors.  New to 2009, an additional 9,360 sq. ft. has just been added which houses another 50 tractors, thresing machine & fire truck.  And ladies don’t miss the beautiful doll collection in the “Tractor Widows Lounge”.  Open April – October  – Tuesdays through Fridays 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sundays 12:00-5:00 p.m.; and by
appointment; closed on Mondays.  Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students,  and $3 for children 5-12, under 5 free.


Octagon House

Graceland Cemetery
Avoca, IA  51521
Phone:  712.343.2477 (Avoca Historical Society)

Located in Graceland Cemetery, the Octagon Building was built around 1875 and was used by mourners in inclement weather.  It is listed as a National Historic Site.


Newtown/ Avoca Historical Museum

504 N. Elm Street
Avoca, IA  51521
Phone:  712.343.2477 (Avoca Historical Society)
Open Memorial Day – Labor Day.  1:00 – 4:00 daily.
A heritage museum filled with rich history of the town of Avoca and area residents.  The museum’s display includes more than 75 mounted heads and animals from all over the world.  Of special interest are the musk ox and arctic wolf.  Unique 1899-2005 Danish plates are also on display.

Broadway Street

Carson, IA  51525
Phone:  712.484.3636 (City Administration)

Scoop the loop on Carson’s main drag!  This is the only boulevard-style street in rural Pottawattamie County


3 Bee Farms

14922 535th St.
Griswold, IA  51535
Phone: 712.778.4256

2010 marked the 80th anniversary of this 1300 tree orchard.  Produce from A to Z available at the onsite retail store, The Apple House.  Fun Family events each weekend in the fall featuring hayrides, corn maze, family games and pumpkin patch.


C.I.B. Breweryinside_cib
116 Broadway St.
Carson, Iowa 51525
Phone:515-450-2981

CIB Brewery was established in 2011. CIB is a small batch, production-only nano brewery located in Carson, Iowa.

CIB is a farmhouse style brewery.  This means all of our beers are fermented using proprietary yeast blends. The end result of this brewing process is that all of our ales will be somewhat sweet and tart on the palette and be uniquely flavorful. All of our wild yeasts are harvested and cultured in the brewery in Carson, IA.


Dreamland Theatredreamland
107 Broadway
Carson, IA
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Show 7:30 p.m.
Adult – $4.00
Youth – $3.00

3D movies will go to $5.00 for all ages.  Non 3D will stay the same.  


Pottery by the Creek

13063 – 432nd Street
Carson, IA  51525
Phone:  712.486.2324

Visit potter Paul Koch’s studio and showroom located just outside of the City of Carson.  Paul’s work includes functional and decorative pieces as well as masks and totem poles.  His studio is nestled in a beautiful valley with a creek running past and surrounded by 400 acres of conservation land.  Visit Paul and other area artists at “The Painted Camel” in downtown Macedonia.

Shoreline Golf Club

210 Locust Street
Carter Lake, IA  51510
Phone:  712.347.5173

Shoreline’s 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course is situated on the scenic shores of Carter Lake.  Enjoy the natural beauty of the golf course and a spectacular view of the downtown Omaha skyline.


Blue Water Mini Golf

2929 Mayberry Lane
Carter Lake, IA  51510
Phone:  712.347.5553

This new championship-style course is located in a park-like setting.  Party and group rates are available for up to 100 people. Open Mon-Thurs. 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Loess Hills Vineyard & Wineryloess
19350 Leisure Avenue
Crescent, IA  51526
Phone:  712.545.9089

Loess Hills Winery is nestled in the beautiful Loess Hills.  Sample some of the Midwest’s finest wine while enjoying breathtaking views of the scenic Loess Hills of western Iowa.  The winery is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-8:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00-9:00 p.m.; Sundays 12:00-6:00 p.m.; and by appointment.  Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.


Mt. Crescent Ski Area

17034 Snow Hill
Crescent, IA  51526
Phone:  712.545.3850

Great skiing and snowboarding!  Double and quad chair lifts and a complete ski school program offered.  Equipment rentals, snow-making equipment and ski lodge with lounge and restaurants.

Botna Bend Park

42926 Mahogany Road
Hancock, IA  51536-0157
Phone:  712.741.5464

Botna Bend is located on the West Nishnabotna River and offers camping, fishing, picnic area, hiking trails, playground and canoe and kayak rentals.  Visitors can also view American Bison and Elk herds that reside in the park’s pastures.

Hitchcock Nature Center

27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA  51542
Phone:  712.545.3283

Located on the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway, this park and wildlife preserve offer scenic views of over 1,000 acres of Loess Hills Bluffs and native prairie.  Recreation includes hiking trails, accessible boardwalk trail, wildlife viewing/hunting blind, lodge, tent and modern camp sites and a hawk observation tower.  The Center is open during daylight hours every day of the year.


Honey Creek Creamery

25593 Old Lincoln Highway
Honey Creek, IA  51542
Phone:  402.594.5111

Honey Creek Creamery is a certified goat dairy situated in a historic bunkhouse on a century farm. Sample artisan cheese crafted using fresh goat’s milk. Visit for a chance to milk a goat! The creamery is open every third Saturday Monday thru October; other times by appointment.


Doe’s and Diva’s Dairy

31140 185th ST.
Honey Creek, IA
712.545.3049

Goat and sheep dairy nestled among the Loess Hills of Western Iowa creating all natural handcrafted cheese, soaps and lotions. Visit them as part of the Harvest Spoon Tour held the first Sunday of each month, 1 to 5 p.m., May through October 2014.

Mormon Trail Original Settlement Site

Macedonia, IA  51549

 

A 10,000 lb. red granite boulder commemorates the site of Olde Macedonia where the Mormons approached the West Nishnabotna River crossing on June 12, 1846.


Stempel Bird Collection

311 Main Street
Macedonia, IA  51549
Phone:  712.486.2323

The collection features more than 300 mounted birds, including many rare species and some over 100 years old.  Tours are available by appointment.


Pioneer Trail Museum 

316 Main St.
Macedonia, IA  51549
Open May 1st through Oct. 31st
Hours:  Tues. – Sat. 9:00-12:00
Wed. 1-4 p.m.

Experience life on the Mormon Trail.

SCOLA

21557 – 270th Street
McClelland, IA  51548
Phone:  712.566.2202

SCOLA is a non-profit educational organization that receives and re-transmits television programming from around the world in native languages.  Tours of the facilities with an orientation to the SCOLA programming are available by appointment.

Breezy Hills Vineyard & Winery

31735 Tamarack Road
Minden, IA  51553
Phone:  712.485.2083

Scenic views and fruit wines are the specialty of this winery.  The vineyard is planted on the western slopes and hilltops of the Loess Hills.  Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.; closed all Mondays.  Winter and Spring hours are Saturday 10:00-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Phoenix Theatre

307 Front Street
Neola, IA 51559
Phone: 712.485.8051

–  The Phoenix is Rising!

Neola’s “Phoenix:” movie theatre was built in 1913.  It was the area’s highlight of entertainment for nearly 50 years. Now after a few various uses and another 50 years the theatre is making a comeback.  New stadium style seating and 3D digital movies will be sure to create a great experience for all.


Arrowhead Park

29357 – 310th Street
Neola, IA  51559
Phone:  712.485.2295

This 147-acre park surrounds a 17-acre lake and offers modern camping; cabin rentals; picnicking; nature, snowmobiling and horseback riding trails; ice skating; playground; shelter rentals; sand volleyball and basketball courts; ice fishing; fishing docks; and paddle boat and canoe rentals.

 


Penny’s Visions Art Gallery

Paintings & Bronze Sculpture by Two Iowa Artists
510 Front Street
Neola, IA  51559
Phone:  712.485.2618

Iowa artists Russ and Penny have worked together for the last 25 years as partners in the art business as well as 32 years in marriage. They have shown in national art exhibits, museums, colleges, fine art shows, galleries and owned and operated their own art gallery.The Neola studio features the artists’ work.


Historic St. Patrick’s Church

310 Avon Street
Neola, IA  51559
Phone:  712.485.2433

The steeple of this church rises dramatically over the town making it a landmark in Neola.

Big Grove Village

18807 – 450th Street
Oakland, IA  51560
Phone:  712.482.6840
Mobile 402.659.7040

Enjoy the comforts of this country bed and breakfast with new owners Rob and Kim Briggs.  See a 1850’s log cabin, which forms the heart of the house, and 1878 one room country schoolhouse, and a 1890/s country wedding chapel.  see website for special events.


Nishna Heritage Museum

117 N. Main Street
Oakland, IA  51560
Phone:  712.482.6802

The museum shows many of the historical phases and aspects of life in southwest Iowa, beginning with prehistoric animals.  Several displays, including collections of dolls, tools, clothing from the Victorian era, household items and more.  Don’t miss the old-time ice wagon, traveling coach or the quilted map of Iowa created in 1900.  Open April through November – Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00-3:00 p.m. and by appointment.

Carstens 1880 Memorial Farmstead

32409 – 380th Street
Shelby, IA  51570
Phone:  712.554.2638 (afternoons)
712.544.2341 (evenings and weekends)

This 1880s farmstead is a living history exhibit showcasing how farming practices have evolved from hand labor to horse machinery to tractors that gives visitors a look at the things that have formed our rural heritage.  The Farmstead’s motto is “Preserving and Celebrating Iowa’s Farm History.” Unique season activities and demonstrations make history and the rural spirit come alive!   Tours available by appointment.


World’s Largest Corn Stalk

Steel Sculpture – An Agricultural Symbol
Interstate 80, Exit 34
Shelby, IA 51570
Phone:  712.544.2404 (City Hall)
Located in Pottawattamie County, this 1976 steel sculpture symbolizes the importance of agriculture and honors the men and women who have, and are working to produce food for the world.  Sculptor Cliff Carlson of Wesley, Iowa, designed the “world’s largest corn stalk” to represent the major commodities produced by area farmers including corn, beef and pork.


Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail
Trailhead – Interstate 80, Exit 34 (corn stalk sculpture marks the entrance)
Shelby, IA 51570
Phone:  712.544.2404 (City Hall)

The Stone Arch Trail is almost four miles long and is a great place for hiking, biking, nature viewing and cross-country skiing.  The trail is asphalt on a converted railbed.  A key feature along the trail is the Stone Arch Bridge.   An 1883 report by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad listed only four 30′ arch culvert bridges – the Shelby bridge was one of the four – the first railroad structure built in Shelby County.  Most railroad bridges in Iowa were wood or timber, but limestone for the trestle was believed to have come from a quarry in Earlham, Iowa, not far from the railroads main line in that area.

Prairie Crossing Vineyard and Winery

31506 Pioneer Trail
Treynor, IA  51575
Phone:  712.487.3812

Family-operated vineyard and winery perched atop the rolling hills of rural western Iowa.  Experience the panoramic view of the vineyard and countryside while enjoying some of the best wines Iowa has to offer.  Open Thursdays 1:00-5:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Iowa’s Antique City

607 Highland Street
Walnut, IA 51577
Phone:  712.784.2100

Slip back into time at this turn-of-the-century city with brick streets, globe street lights and hitching posts.  Visit over 18 antique shops open daily year round.  Don’t miss the Annual AMVET’s Antique Show and Walk – one of the Midwest’s largest antique shows with over 35,000 visitors.


Monroe #8 One-Room Country Schoolhouse

610 Highland Street
Walnut, IA  51577
Phone:  712.784.2100
712.784.2244

Country schoolhouse restored to recreate the 1920s rural education system.   Open Memorial Day through Labor Day – Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-4:00 p.m. and by appointment.


Walnut Mural Tour

Walnut, IA 51577
Phone:  712.784.3443 (City Administration)

These award winning murals will transport you back in time.  Located through the city, some have direct ties to Walnut while others show popular icons of the early 1900s.  You will want to search for the hidden letters in the murals on a walking tour.


Roberts Treats and Treasures Bakery
230 Antique City Drive

Walnut, IA  51577
Phone:  712.784.2253

A true old fashioned bakery, Larry and Betty Roberts are ready to welcome you to Walnut with their wonderful baked goods.  From pastries to bread and wedding cakes, Roberts’ Treats and Treasures has it all!  Along with baked goods, Larry and Betty serve a wonderful tasty lunch as well.  Don’t forget dessert, you can get a pie or ice cream too! Realizing that our little town does not have a regular grocery store, Roberts’ carries many convenience store type items,like milk, some paper goods, etc..


Walnut Creek Historical Museum

304 Antique City Drive
Walnut, IA  51577
Phone:  712.784.2100
712.784.2244

The museum has many items dating back to the 1870s to 1880s when Walnut was a thriving prairie town of 1,000 people.  Housed in the former Masonic Lodge, the museum includes kitchen and parlor room exhibits, furniture and clothing.  Open Memorial Day through Labor Day – Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-4:00 p.m. and by appointment.


Eagles of Honor

Pottawattamie County

Eagles of Honor are being sculpted by Neola artist Russell Christensen.  Christensen as well as the citizens across Pottawattamie County had a vision of showing thankfulness and pride by creating a Veteran’s Monument in every community.  Each monuments has a stunning bronze eagle and they are a testament that our county is strong, united, filled with hard working people who appreciate freedom and want to honor those who preserve freedom for America.

Loess Hills National Scenic By-Way  

Follow the Loess Hills National Scenic By-Way through Pottawattamie County to view the natural beauty of the rolling Loess Hills of western Iowa.  For more information on the Loess Hills and By-Way, visit the Golden Hills Resource & Development’s website.

 


 Western Iowa Wine Trail

Embark on a journey to one of the Heartland’s newest tourist destinations featuring fine wine, great food, and cultural events! Six wineries currently dot the wine trail stretching from Minden to Thurman and back to Crescent.  All of the wineries along the trail offer tastings (often poured by the winemakers themselves), local art works, and retail wine sales. Many offer sales of wine by the glass and food items to be enjoyed on their decks or in their tasting rooms.WesternIowaWineTrail_Map


Living Loess

Living Loess is a collaboration of nine artisan attractions located within 20 miles of each other nestled in the Loess Hills in Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties in western Iowa.  This private/public coalition was established to encourage visitors to explore the Loess Hills’ uniqueness and creative culture. Visit on the third Saturday May-October for special programs and discounts. Open house at all attractions 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.


Nishna Botna Water Trail – Map

Take a leisurely float trip down the new Nishnabotna Water Trail! Entry and exit points have been constructed at Memorial Park in Avoca, Chautauqua Park in Oakland, and Millstone Park in Carson. All entries are located in parks so needed amenities such as parking, water, and restrooms are readily available. Trail maps and brochures are printed advertising the trail and the other recreation opportunities along the way.