Family Fun

A woman sits in the bow of a rental canoe with a man in the stern and a young boy in the middle. They are paddling on a lake with forest behind them.

Badger Lake Kayak / Canoe/ Paddle Board Rental

Kayaks, canoes, and paddle board rentals for use at Badger Lake in Kennedy Park are available Memorial Day through Oct 1st, between 10am and 4 pm Monday-Friday. Visitors can rent equipment for as little as 2 hours and up to a week long.


Bell’s Mill Park

Quiet is a one word used to describe this small park located within the Boone Forks. Camping along the river and a popular canoe access is available. This park is also home to a one room school house and a pioneer log cabin.


Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

Every year, thousands of people from across the state, the nation, and around the world make the trek to Boone, Iowa to ride the rails of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad. Come enjoy a beautiful scenic train ride through the Des Moines River Valley.


Boone River Designated Water Trail

The 26-mile stretch between Webster City and the Boone Forks offers some spectacular wildlife and habitat scenery. Canoeing and kayaking are very popular along this river, especially when the river levels are at their best. There are no low head dams, but there are some natural challenging rapids that make the trip fun. 7 public access areas are available along this scenic float.


Boone River Recreational Trail

This 10 foot wide concrete trail is 6 miles in length from Webster City to the Briggs Woods Golf Course. This trail will follow the Boone River, under the railroad bridge and along Briggs Woods Lake in timbered areas. A beautiful and scenic walk or ride for your enjoyment.


Boone Speedway

The 3/8-mile high-banked dirt oval will draw race fans from all over the region for its weekly racing programs and from all over the country for special events.


Briggs Woods Park

Briggs Woods Park is the first and oldest county park in Iowa. Located south of Webster City along the Boone River, this park includes camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, golfing, biking and canoe/kayak rentals. We also have 7 cabins that are open year round.

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Community Apple Orchard

This family operated orchard doesn’t just produces apples, pumpkins, and sunflowers; it includes a bakery, café, and retail shop. There is also a play area- the Back 40- with a jumping pillow, farm games, tire mountain, pedal karts, corn box, and more!


Ellsworth Historical Museum

This small museum is located in the back of the Ellsworth Library. Despite its size you will be delighted by the variety of the exhibits about the Ellsworth area. There are extensive area genealogical information to peruse. Contact: janetadix (at) for more information and an appointment only visit.

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Fort Frenzy

Fort Frenzy is a premier family entertainment center with both indoor and outdoor attractions. Family fun options include go-karts, mini golf, bumper cars, laser tag, and unique arcade games.


Iowa Arboretum & Gardens

40 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds features plants, both native and introduced to Iowa. The Iowa Arboretum and Gardens has become Iowa’s premier public garden.

Jewell History Museum Building in Jewell, Iowa

Jewell History Museum – Jewell, Iowa

The Jewell History Museum in Jewell, Iowa premiers local historical artifacts and history.  It was established in 2018 and it is now equipped with universal access.  Extensive repairs have been done to its front. Come enjoy their fascinating on-going displays.


JewEllsworth Trail

The JewEllsworth Trail is short 3.5 mile trail between the communities of Jewell and Ellsworth. The trail travels along the abandon rail line and enters into Jewell through a portion of timber. Jewell is known for its 5 different railroad companies that once used Jewell as a hub, giving its real name of Jewell Junction, Iowa. The trail is 10 foot wide and concrete, making...


Kendall Young Library Special Collections

Four special collections are open for the public to see. They include the Abastenia St. Leger Eberle Sculpture Collection, The Foster Doll Collection, The Van Ness Native American Collection & the Jane Young Stained Glass Window. The Beaux Arts style library itself is also a destination. It has gold marble columns from Africa, terrazzo & mosaic floors, stained glass windows & a stained glass dome....


Little Wall Lake Park

Little Wall Lake Park is located south of Jewell and has one of the most southern glacial lakes in Iowa. 250 acres of surface water is fun for fishing or power boating and water sports. 106 campsites are available along with 3 year round cabins.

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Oleson Park Splash Pad

The Oleson Park Splash Pad is a free water playground. It is treated to the same or higher quality as a swimming pool and has no standing water. Neighboring Oleson Park bandshell, Oleson Park playground, and Monkelien Pavilion, there are also picnic tables and a covered shelter nearby.

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Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center

Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center is an outdoor water park which includes 5 slides, a lazy river, and 30+ water features.


Seven Oaks Recreation

Family-owned and operated as well as offers year-round outdoor recreation in central Iowa. From May through October, Seven Oaks visitors may take a full-service canoe, kayak or river tube float. The winter months are spent on the hill skiing, tubing, or snowboarding and each year the Gladiator Assault Challenge is held.


Swedish Immigrant Museum & Research Library

Preserving and exhibiting the history of Swedish immigrants to the Swede Bend settlement in Iowa. We house and display collections of artifacts which belonged to areas Swedish pioneers. The research library offers a robust collection of genealogical materials. They include access to Swedish record, obituaries, cemetery & church records. Our Museum & Research Library in Stratford, Iowa is temporarily closed to the public for renovations....

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Waggin Trail Dog Park at Almost Home Dog Shelter

The Waggin Trail Dog Park at Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa is fenced-in and has agility equipment for dogs to play on. Hours change periodically. Stop in at the shelter (next to the park) to sign in and get access to the park.

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Webster County Fairgrounds

The Webster County Fairgrounds hosts many activities throughout the year including: the Webster County Fair, horse shows, rodeos, monthly flea markets, figure 8 car racing, tractor pulls, bridal shows, craft shows, dog shows, sports shows, wedding receptions, meetings, trainings, and more. The facilities available for rental include a multipurpose building, campgrounds, indoor or outdoor arenas, and livestock buildings.