Local Area Attractions Near Newton / Des Moines East KOA Journey
The fun doesn't stop at the Newton/Des Moines East KOA Campground! Check out this list of local area attractions!
Pella, Iowa Many things to do and see!
If you're looking for an educational and cultural experience, we've got it! Outdoor recreation year-round, we've got that! Enjoy the many shops around the square. It all happens in Pella! From the Annual Tulip Festival in May, Thursdays in Pella June-August, to our Christmas Tour for the holiday season, Pella is a “tourism treasure.”
Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
Experience the heart-pounding thrills of live Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and harness racing every April through October. Whether you're an experienced handicapper or a first-time bettor, we're the place to be to witness all the pageantry of "The Sport of Kings." All of this and more can be found at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino!
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Located in Prairie City, IA The Prairie Learning Center facilities include a visitor center with book store, theater, classrooms and exhibit area. Miles of trails radiate from the Center. In addition, an 800 acre drive-through bison enclosure is also open. http://www.fws.gov/midwest/nealsmith/
Newton Aboretum & Botanical Gardens
3000 N. 4th Ave. E Newton The gardens feature a variety of plant displays and deciduous trees, ornamental grasses and perennials. Walk along the flowing stream and bow bridge enjoying the beautiful atmosphere. Paved walking trails among the beautiful displays. http://www.newtonarboretum.com/
Iowa State Capital
The Iowa State Capital Building in Des Moines, Iowa was built between 1871 and 1886. This magnificent building represents both inside and out, one of the nation's finest examples of 19th century architecture. The external is gilded with 23-karat gold leaf. Capitol Building Address: East 9th and Grand, Des Moines, Iowa. Tours of the Capitol last about one hour to one hour and 20 minutes. The tours can be scheduled between 8:00 and 3:30 Monday through Friday. Saturday tours are every half hour starting at 9:30 and ending at 2:30. Groups must schedule in advance. State Capital!
Iowa Speedway is a state-of-the-art 7/8 mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton. The track is owned and operated by U.S. Motorsport Corporation and designed by former NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace. Iowa Speedway is designed for year-round use and includes 25,000 permanent grandstand seats. It was designed as the first track in the world to protect fans and drivers through the use of SAFER barrier technology surrounding the entire perimeter of the track.
Knoxville Sprint Car Museum
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum's "Salute to Champion Tony Stewart," featuring six of his championship-winning cars and presented by the Goodyear Tire & Service Network, is open and will be in the Knoxville-based non-profit museum until December 31. The Knoxville Sprint Car Museum is open seven days a week, year-round, for your enjoyment.
Jasper County Historical Museum
Open Daily May 1-September 30 I-80 & Hwy 14 (Exit 164) Newton
The Jasper County Historical Museum was dedicated May 6, 1979. It is the result of the generosity and desire of many Jasper County residents who wanted to preserve the history of the area for future generations. The museum contains many interesting exhibits utilizing over 8,000 artifacts that have been donated to the society over the years. http://www.jaspercountymuseum.net/
Did you know that Knoxville Raceway was originally a track used for horse racing? Can you name the promoters who have helped to build the legacy that is the “Sprint Car Capital of the World”? Knoxville Raceway celebrates its rich history, from the first automobile race in 1901 to the first weekly races in 1954, with a review of the track's heritage.Track historians have carefully researched and recorded a variety of facets of the racing world, including Knoxville Raceway results and history, Marion County Fairgrounds' evolution, and the history of sprint car racing as a whole.
624 N. Lincoln
Knoxville, IA 50138
High Banked 1/4 Mile Clay Oval
Located on Central Iowa Fair GroundsTimes:
Pit-Gates Open: 5:15
Grandstands Open: 5:30
Races Start: 7:30Weekly racing consists of IMCA Sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks, and Mod Lites
1308 E Olive St
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Maytag Pool can be found nestled in the center of historic Maytag Park, which is located at 301 S 11th Ave W. Since the pool was built in 1935, it has served as one of the main summertime family attractions in Newton.The pool features zero entry access, a chair lift, water fountains, two water slides, a diving well, and six 25 meter swimming lanes.
301 S. 11th Ave W
Newton, IA 50208
Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
The Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, managed by the non-profit Project AWAKE, offers a serene place to enjoy the great outdoors. With hundreds of varieties of plants and trees, water features, community art and a nature center, the arboretum and garden offer the perfect spot for a stroll in the park, pursuing a love of nature photography, a family outing or even celebrating a wedding.
3000 N. 4th Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208
Iowa State Fair
Nothing Compares...to your state fair favorites. The things you can't miss, the things you always need to eat or see or do. Maybe this year you will find a new favorite? See you there!
3000 East Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50317
The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall
Each Brass Armadillo Antique Mall is a community in itself. Many dealers spend hours every week in the mall; working their space and socializing with other dealers and shoppers. The seating area is a great place to make new friends or catch up with old ones. Each mall is open from 9am to 9pm. Open every day, except Christmas. We host seminars, workshops, training events and social gatherings. Our dealers enjoy being in the Brass Armadillo and work hard to maintain the booths or cases to be fresh and contain new inventory. The Brass Armadillo is a professionally operated business that takes antiques and collectibles seriously. We work to have quality items at good prices. The stories are abounding of the fantastic finds from our malls.
701 NE 50th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313
Uncle Bill's Farm
Uncle Bill's Farm has been helping families enjoy fall fun & create wonderful memories for over 25 years. Before moving to Grinnell, Iowa, Uncle Bill was a native of Maxwell, Iowa. He enjoys antique tractors and is a private airplane pilot. His partner, Heidi, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, where she managed a humane society for many years. Together, Uncle Bill and Heidi continue to help animals in need and preserve farm history for future generations. Uncle Bill opens his farm to the public for private events throughout the year, as well as during Pumpkin Season. The farm offers wholesome family entertainment and a safe environment that ensures lots of fun for everyone. The farm is a smoke and alcohol free area.
From March through August, you can have your party, reunion, wedding, reception, corporate event or any other occasion at the farm. Email us with your needs and we'd be happy to help you plan your special day. In September and October, you can look forward to:
- taking a hay rack ride out to the Pumpkin Patch
- meandering through the Corn Maze
- browsing the General Store
- picking out giant mums from the Green House
- bouncing on the Jumping Pillow
- enjoying Uncle Bill's barn yard animals
- playing in the Corn Pool
- refueling at Uncle Bill's Feed Bag restaurant
On weekends, you can watch exciting Barn Loft entertainers as well as let the little ones ride Uncle Bill's trains and much more!
244 400th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112
Grinnell College Golf Course
The course is laid out in a manner that respects the traditions of golf, yet utilizes modern technologies and equipment to create a unique golf experience. The course is not long, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Tee shots hit in the fairways will be well-rewarded, however, our age-old trees and lush rough are always welcome recipients of your golf ball.
933 13th Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112
Diamond Trail Golf Club
Diamond Trail Golf club was established in 1997, with completion of the course for play in the summer of 1998. DTGC was designed by Golf Course Architect, Lowell Erdman. Come and enjoy concrete cart paths the entire length of the course as well as watered fairways. We have a practice green as well as a driving range. Check out our photo gallery to see our scorecard, course layout and other photos. Come and play our quaint, 9 hole golf course that is tucked in the rolling hills of Lynnville. Some say it's the “best kept secret in Iowa!" We'd like to share our secret with you! PAR 36, Course Slope & Rating: Men – Blue Tees: 111 / 68.2 (18 Holes) Men – White Tees: 107 / 66.6 (18 Holes) Men – Red Tees: 93 / 64.4 (18 Holes) Women – White Tees: 118 / 72.2 (18 Holes) Women – Red Tees: 114 / 68.2 (18 Holes)~~~~~~Diamond Trail Golf Club has a social room for large group outings or gatherings that will seat approximately 50 people. We have a kitchenette with a stove, refrigerator, silver and dinnerware for 50. Take advantage of our summer golf specials for your group. The cost of the social room is $50. Have your food catered in or we'd be happy to cater it for you!
9364 Diamond Trail Ln
Lynnville, IA 50153
Grinnell Mutual Family Aquatic Center
The Grinnell Mutual Family Aquatic Center is located at 120 8th Avenue West (map). It is open during the summer months when school is not in session. The phone number is 641-236-2621. Lap Swim:
- 6 am - 8 am Monday through Friday
- 7 am -9 am Saturday
- 11 am -12 pm Monday through Sunday
Lap swim time is reserved for those age 16 and older to swim laps or walk against the current of the lazy river.
- 12 pm -7 pm Monday through Sunday
- Two lap lanes open at all times during open swim
Dates of operation subject to change.
Beginning August 5th, the center will close at 6 pm.
120 8th Avenue West
Grinnell, IA 50112
Pella Opera House
The Pella Opera House is a historic building located in Pella, Iowa, United States. Herman Rietveld, a local businessman and promoter, was the main backer for building the opera house, which was underwritten by the Pella Opera House Association. A previous opera house had been destroyed in a fire in the late 19th century. Pella architect, Henry DeGooyer, designed the four story, brick Romanesque Revival structure. He used the opera house in Sioux City, Iowa, as his guide. The locally produced orange-colored bricks are said to be distinctive to Pella. 611 Franklin St.
611 Franklin St
Pella, IA 50219
Meskwaki Bingo Casino
Constructed in 1992, Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel offers guests over 67,000 square feet of casino space, 404 hotel rooms, a pool, whirlpool, spa, salon, as well as a lounge featuring live music, an upscale steak house, and a food court. Our selection of slots is plentiful — with more than 1,350 — and they're the loosest in Iowa, when compared to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission payout statistics. Meskwaki also offers nine kinds of table games, a 10-table poker room, bingo and Keno every day of the week, and all day off-track wagers. The lobby features many museum-quality displays of Meskwaki artifacts and photos, showing guests a long and proud Native American heritage.
1504 305th Street
Tama, IA 52339
Pella Farmers Market
Pella Farmers' Market is open on Thursdays from 3-6 pm. During June – August, the market will expand to Saturday mornings, too! The smaller market will run from 9-12 noon on Saturdays, with peak vegetable production and some great homemade items. As you probably know, the Pella Farmers' Market is quite unique in that all the items must be made or grown personally and locally. The Farmers' Market is located at First Reformed Church, 603 Broadway – one block south of the post office in Pella, IA. Volunteer Market Manager: Vivian Rippentrop - 628-4581.
Pella, IA 50138
Bos Landen Golf Course
The 18-hole championship public course at Bos Landen Golf Club, in Pella, Iowa, was designed by well-known architect Dick Phelps. Each hole features 5 sets of tees for players of all skill levels, ranging from 5,100 to 7,000 yards in length.
Bos Landen Golf Club has been ranked as Iowa's #1 Public Golf Course from 1997 to 2001 and was also ranked in the Top-75 Most Affordable Golf Courses in the United States, all according to Golf Digest. It has also made the Top 5 Best Courses in the State by Golfweek, April 2017.
2411 Bos Landen Dr
Pella, IA 50219
Peace Tree Brewing Company
Peace Tree Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing handcrafted, full-flavored beers with a great attention to quality. Our brewery began in 2009, in a former Nash Rambler car dealership on Main Street in Knoxville, Iowa. Head brewmaster, Joe Kesteloot, came to us with years of professional and home brewing experience and brought with him a true passion and creativity for developing his own unique recipes. We held the grand opening for our 20-Bbl brewhouse in March 2010, and within a month, were producing and bottling our brews – hand-delivering them to stores, bars and restaurants around the state. Brewing great beer is our passion, but we are also passionate about where we have come from and where we are going. The names of our beers often have connections to the places in our past, especially derived from memories and places in our community and our state.
107 W Main Street
Knoxville, IA 50138
In 1964, Red Atwood became interested in collecting Lionel O gauge trains. As the years passed and the trains began to accumulate, Red started dreaming of building one of the world's largest model railroads. In 1976, a new home was specially built to accommodate his dream. Five years later, his dream came true. Trainland U.S.A. is an operating toy train museum, displaying Lionel trains and accessories. It is so-named because it depicts the development of the railroad across the United States. This exhibit represents three eras of time; frontier, steam, and diesel. The display area is the size of two average ranch style homes. The center section is the frontier and steam era, while the outside is diesel, which runs from coast to coast. All scenery is hand-painted and the entire layout is glass enclosed. Four control panels create an automated train control system with their own telephone communications. There are approx. 60 operating Lionel accessories still in their original state. To learn more, click on our Points of Interest which lists some of the highlights you can expect to see while visiting Trainland U.S.A. Several of Red's friends and neighbors, along with hundreds of hours of labor, were involved in completing this project. Trainland U.S.A. also features original railroad memorabilia and old toy trains dating from 1916 to 1976.
Kids 12 & Under: $5.00
Kids Under 2: FREE
55 & Over: $7.00
3135 Hwy. 117N
Colfax, IA 50054
Newton Farmers Market
The Newton Farmers' Market's history began in the 1980s, started by local attorney and Chamber of Commerce member, Herbert S. Selby. It has been held in various locations around town through the years: Courthouse Square; the Maid-Rite parking lot; and the old K-Mart parking lot [now home to Underwriters Laboratories], to name a few. In 2007, with cooperation from the Chamber of Commerce and sponsorship from Centre for Arts and Artists, the market moved to North Third Street. Under Diane Martinson's management, the market grew and flourished there.
At the close of the 2014 season, it was decided to bring the market back to Courthouse Square. The idea was presented to the Jasper County Board of Supervisors and approved in February, 2015. Read the story So beginning with the 2015 season, Newton Main Street, a program of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, began to organize and operate the market from Courthouse Square.
113 First Avenue West
Newton, IA 50208
The Bridges of Madison County
Visit these world-famous covered bridges, the inspiration behind and setting of "The Bridges of Madison County." Guided tours available through the local chamber.
- Accessible to Persons with Disabilities
- Pets Allowed
- Free Public Internet Access
73 E JEFFERSON ST
Winterset, IA 50273