Family Fun

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 produces apples and pumpkins, but is much more than an orchard. It includes a bakery, cafe, retail shop, and play area called the Back 40.

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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) mediacombb.net for more information and an appointment only visit.

Fort Frenzy

Fort Frenzy is a premier family entertainment center with both indoor and outdoor attractions. Attractions include go-carts, bumper boats, water wars, mini golf, mini bowling, laser tag, spin zone, and unique arcade games.

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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.

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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...

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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....

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Kennedy Park Kayak / Canoe Rental

Kayak and canoe rentals at Kennedy Park are available Memorial Day through Oct 1st, between 10am and 4 pm Monday -Friday. Kayaks and canoes can be rented for 2 hours to week-long rentals.

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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 Splashpad

The Oleson Park Splash Pad is an area for water play that has no standing water while the water in the system is recycled/treated to at least the same level of quality as swimming pool standards. It is located near the Oleson Park Bandshell, a Works Project Administration project, which was completed in 1938 and is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Rosedale Rapids Family Aquatic Center

Rosedale Rapids Family Aquatic Center is an outdoor waterpark which includes 5 slides, lazy river, wave generator and 30+ water features.

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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.

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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 Dog Shelter is fenced in and has agility equipment for the dogs to play on. Hours change periodically. Stop in at the Almost Home Animal Shelter, next to the park, to get your dog(s) signed up.

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Webster County Fairgrounds

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

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