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.”
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!
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/
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/
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.
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.
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/