About 59,000 people call Ames in Central Iowa home.
The city is located some 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the state capital of Iowa, Des Moines and about 100 miles (161 kilometers) from Cedar Rapids - Iowa City.
If you’re at a loose end in Ames, head to the Farm House Museum and the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum. Of all the collections and museums in the Ames area these museums are among the most highly praised.
No visit to the city would be complete without checking out the Octagon Center for the Arts or the Brunnier Art Museum. Wander through the exhibits and savor the quiet atmosphere or find a guide to better understand the artistic displays.
One of the most popular music venues around Ames is the Stephens Auditorium. Following the performance, have supper in one of the close-by restaurants and enjoy some of the local dishes.
Enjoy the fast greens and challenging fairways at Veenker Memorial Golf Course, the best place to work on your average in Ames. Rent a set of clubs from the pro shop, and try to beat the course average, then meet fellow golf-obsessives in the clubhouse bar.
Reiman Gardens is among the most photographed green havens around Ames. Practice some tai chi, throw a Frisbee, or just relax in the shade. This park is the perfect place to unwind.
Take the family to Furman Aquatic Center, the perfect place to share laughter and good times with your kids. Explore, laugh and be amazed at this must-do attraction for kids of all ages.