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Briggs Woods Golf Course

Noted as Iowa’s Greatest Golf Value, the Briggs Woods Golf Course is an 18-hole par 72 challenge. The front nine plays as a links style course and the back nine will challenge you in the deep river timber. We offer a full clubhouse facility, a golf pro and pro shop.


Briggs Woods Park Cabins

Briggs Woods Park offers seven cabins for rent throughout the year. Cabins range from one room rustic camping cabins that have no water on the inside to modern cabins that can sleep up to 15 people.


Colorado Grill

Exceptional menu offers a wide variety and has something everyone. Great friends–Great food–Great fun!

A landscape of forested cliff face with a creek at its base, bright blue sky, and manicured grass in the foreground. Dolliver park.

Dolliver State Park

Sandstone formations called the “Copperas Beds” and a narrow ravine running between rock walls given the name “Boneyard Hollow” are just two of the fascinating features you can learn about when you visit this park. Boasting a widely varied landscape including forest, bluffs, canyons, the Des Moines River, Prairie Creek, and Indian mounds, Dolliver is a diamond in the rough.


Don Williams Cabins

The luxury cabins offer a beautiful view of the Don Williams lake. A great place to get away and unplug!


Dutch Oven Bakery

Van Hemert’s Dutch Oven Bakery is a full-line scratch bakery offering a variety of delicious pastries and other baked goods. Family-owned and operated since 1983, we are famous for our Dutch Letters, Dutch Apple Bread and our award-winning wedding cakes. Consider this your personal invitation to experience the best in Dutch baking.


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.


Jimmy’s BBQ Pit

A taste as big as Texas!


Ledges State Park

Ledges State Park, located just south of the City of Boone, is one of Iowa’s most popular State Parks. Pea’s Creek is a very popular location for kids of all ages to do some “creek stomping” and maybe even get a little splash from vehicles passing by! There is currently a new boat ramp under construction on the southwest boundary of the park that will...


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.


Rides Bar & Grill

Rides Bar-Grill has a full menu. It has a banquet center next door. Recognized in the top 10 for “Iowa’s Best Burger”.


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.


Shiny Top Brewery

ShinyTop was created with the hope of bringing a local brewing scene to North Central Iowa by Nate & Todd McCubbin. With a friendly atmosphere, great beer, & local talent.


Swede Point Park

Swede Point Park, located just west of the City of Madrid, is a 128 acre “diamond in the rough” that boasts some of the most beautiful views of the Des Moines River Valley in the area. Swede Point Park has become a popular location for overnight visitors to the High Trestle Trail, which is only a short bike ride away.

A bronze statue of an eagle with wings raised overlooks the outdoor amphitheater of a park flanked by military and national flags. This sits by a lake with forest on the far shore.

Terry Moehnke Veterans Memorial Park

Terry Moehnke Veterans Memorial Park overlooks Badger Lake and includes memorials, artwork, and a natural amphitheater. It is a fitting tribute to the men and women who have served in the military: past, present, and future.



Zakeer’s Family Restaurant cooks homestyle, family favorite meals. Fresh homemade desserts made every morning, daily lunch specials, & breakfast! Serving Fort Dodge since 1961.