City of Ottumwa
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Whether it is history, culture, athletics or music you are looking for, Ottumwa has it all. You'll find something new and exciting to do every day in Ottumwa where there is always a new adventure awaiting on the other side of the bridge. Search by keyword or view all listings below.
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Airpower Museum
22001 Bluegrass Rd [Map]
Blakesburg, IA 52536
(641) 938-2773
antiqueairfield@sirisonline.com
www.AntiqueAirfield.com
Visit this 20,000-square-foot museum on 30 acres of an antique airfield. Approximately 20 aircraft are on display, including World War II models. The adjacent Antique Airfield hosts the annual Antique Aircraft Association/Air Power Museum Invitational Fly-In over six days concluding on Labor Day. AAA members are invited to attend. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Closed the week before Labor Day and major holidays.
American Gothic House & Visitor Center
300 American Gothic St [Map]
Eldon, IA 52554
(641) 652-3352
theamericangothichouse@gmail.com
www.AmericanGothicHouse.net
Iowa artist Grant Wood sketched this house on a 1930 visit and that summer depicted it as the background for his world-famous painting, American Gothic. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Center includes exhibits such as American Gothic paradies, gift shop, and media room with educational films about Grant Wood. Interior of home not open to public. The center is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday-Monday, May-September; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Monday, October-April. Free admission. Closed major holidays.
Bridge City Bowl
1527 Albia Rd [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 684-9250
Located on Ottumwas south side, Bridge City Bowl offers open bowling and league play. Bundles for league play and birthday are available. Brooklyns Bar & Grill is located on site providing a variety of food and beverages. Call for hours of operation.
Bridge View Center
102 Church St [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 684-7000
www.BridgeViewCenter.com
Bridge View Center is the venue for many events and activities so check out its calendar whenever you wonder what's going on in Ottumwa!
Cedar Creek Golf Course
13120 Angle Rd [Map]
Ottuwma, IA 52501
(641) 683-0646
cedarcreekgolfcourse@yahoo.com
www.CedarCreekGolfCourse.com
Cedar Creek proclaims itself as The Best Public Golf Course in South Central Iowa with 18 holes of golf in excellent condition. It features a driving range with lasered yardages, a pro shop with a complete line of golf equipment and a GPS system on its golf carts. In addition, the clubhouse provides a full service 19th Hole restaurant.
Champion Bowl
2601 Roemer Ave [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 682-8005
Home to the Ottumwa High School bowling team, Champion offers daily open bowling, Friday and Saturday Cosmic Bowling, and league bowling. It is also home to a pro-shop and Papa Techels Grill with a variety of food and beverages. Birthday party packages are available. Hours vary by season, call for specific information.
Chief Wapello Gravesite & Memorial Park
6899 Chief Wapello Rd [Map]
Agency, IA 52530
(641) 937-5749
cddcrd@pcsia.net
Visit Chief Wapello Memorial Park, original site of an Indian Agency and the place where chiefs of the Sac and Fox Nation and representatives of the territorial and federal government signed a treaty for the purchase of Iowa lands. Located in the park are gravesites of Chief Wapello and General Joseph M. Street, first administrator of the Indian Agency. Park is located on land deeded to Streets widow by the Sac and Fox.
Des Moines River
At the center of Ottumwa, you will find the Des Moines River, the heart of our community. It is where business, nature, recreation and entertainment meet. Stroll along the levee trail which starts just across the street from the Bridge View Center and winds its way along the river for just over a mile. Fishing from the banks of the river is a popular summertime activity. If you prefer boating, the Black Hawk boat ramp can be found just off Quincy Avenue.
Eldon Carnegie Library
608 W Elm St [Map]
Eldon, IA 52554
(641) 652-7517
www.eldon.lib.ia.us
The library is on the National Register of Historic Places having been dedicated on May 9, 1913 upon its completion. In addition to being one of Eldons stately historic properties, it serves genealogists on their quest for information. Open Monday-Saturday, call ahead for specific hours. Closed major holidays.
Greater Ottumwa Park
US Hwy 34 & IA Hwy 149 [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 682-7873
www.CityofOttumwa.org
At the center of the city are 340 acres of green space and lagoons providing an ideal place for enjoying the outdoors with picnic tables, shelters, fireplaces, tennis courts, playground equipment, baseball/softball diamonds, basketball courts, paved trails, soccer fields, camping hook-ups, and sand volleyball courts. For shelter reservations, call (641)-682-7873. Information for the campground can be obtained at (641)-682-1307 (May-Oct).
Market on Main
331 E Main St [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 682-0261
director@marketonmainottumwa.com
www.MarketOnMainOttumwa.com
The Market opened in March 2014 as an outlet for locally produced goods and foods. Vendors offer a variety of beverages, meals, and desserts to savor. A static market adds items such as produce, meat, and more. Art, periodicals, clothing, and furniture expand upon a very diverse array of products. The vendors include: Chocolate Shoppe, Fuel, Jitters Coffee Bar, Main Street Donuts, Pickle Barrel Deli, Sugar, Tenco, and Text Addict. The Ottumwa Farmer's Market will operate adjacent to Market on Main Wednesdays 3:30-6 pm and Saturdays 8-11 am beginning May 24 running until October 29. Market on Main is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am-7 pm. Jitters opens at 7 am Wednesday-Friday and at 8 am on Saturday.
McHaffey Opera House
414 W Elm St [Map]
Eldon, IA 52554
(641) 652-7510
www.cityofeldon.org
Eldons century-old opera house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with a grassroots group hard at work to restore it. Irish immigrant David McHaffey built the McHaffey Opera House in 1891 during the citys days as a thriving railroad town. The stately building was on the New York Circuit and all the latest plays and performances were brought such as Vaudeville acts and Shakespearean plays.
Memorial Park
E Park Ave & N Jefferson St [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 682-7873
www.CityofOttumwa.org
The 47-acre park includes picnic tables, shelters, fireplaces, restrooms, playground equipment, baseball/softball, tennis, football/soccer, drinking fountains, trails, bridges, cabins, ponds and benches. The park recently opened a four-mile Mountain Bike Trail.
Ottumwa 8 Movie Theatre
1215 Theatre Dr [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 682-4935
www.CECTheatres.com
The Ottumwa 8 is a CEC Theatre offering eight state-of-the-art theatres with newly-released films, stadium seating, hearing-assisted listening devices, digital sound, 3D digital projection. Titles and times available online or by calling the movie line.
Ottumwa Cemetery Arboretum
1302 N Court St [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 683-0687
Pick up a self guided walking tour brochure at the Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Ottumwa Public Library
102 W Fourth St [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 682-7563
www.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org
Genealogists and fans of historic architecture will find a treasure in Ottumwas Andrew Carnegie library building built in 1901. It offers childrens activities, a reading center, Internet access, genealogy room, and reference desk.
Ottumwa Skate Park
River Dr & S Market St [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
This free park features mini-ramps, a spine ramp and a street course with boxes, rails, banks and quarterpipes. The facility is open 24 hours a day, and pads are not required - just recommended.
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
1339 US Hwy 63 [Map]
Bloomfield, IA 52537
(641) 682-3091
co90conserv@lisco.net
www.WapelloCounty.org
This two-story nature center, with displays and a full-time naturalist, has four stocked ponds open for public fishing. There are also 12 miles of hiking, biking and horseback-riding trails and a half-mile, paved, handicapped-accessible trail. The Wapello County Conservation Board also offers cabin rentals, camping, special events, and environmental programs. A shelter is available to rent for gatherings and reunions. The center is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Closed major holidays.
Rock Island Depot
Fourth St & KD Ave [Map]
Eldon, IA 52554
(641) 652-7217
www.EldonDepotMuseum.org
Eldon's long railroad history is celebrated through the refurbished Rock Island Depot and caboose which display many artifacts and memorabilia. Both are open for tours. The depot is available for birthday parties and other special occasions. It also hosts special events for the public. The depot is open summer Saturdays 1-4 pm and other times by request.
The Beach Ottumwa
101 Church St [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 682-7873
www.BeachOttumwa.com
Ottumwas 13-acre family outdoor water park features a wave pool, thrilling 20-foot speed slide, 340-foot body slide, kiddie play area, sand volleyball, and basketball. New slide and kiddie area opened during the 2011 swim season. The indoor facility is open year-around and features an 8-lane competitive indoor pool and a 100-foot tube slide. Private-party park rental is available. Outdoor water park is open at 12 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day. Admission fee charged.
Wapello County Courthouse
101 W Fourth St [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 683-4630
www.WapelloCounty.org
The current courthouse is Wapello Countys third and the second at the corner of Court and Fourth Streets. The cornerstone was laid on September 28, 1892, and the five-story building was dedicated on May 17, 1894. Rough cut sandstone (rusticated stone) was used for the Richardson Romanesque style structure. A large clock tower was part of the original design; however in 1950 the clock tower was removed and with it about 450 tons of bricks which alleviated a great deal of structural stress.
Wapello County Historical Museum
210 W Main St [Map]
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 682-8676
wchs@pcsia.net
www.WapelloCountyMuseum.com
Located on the second floor of the Amtrak depot, the museum offers interactive displays that illustrate life in Wapello County during the 19th and 20th centuries. Dont miss the scale replica of the 1890 Ottumwa Coal Palace and early fire station including a completely restored 1925 America LaFrance fire truck. Programs offered throughout the year. Open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission fee charged.
Wapello County Trails
www.WapelloCountyTrails.com
Enjoy the scenic Des Moines River from the Ottumwa Levee Trail. Walk, run, bike, rollerblade or eagle watch. The Levee Trail begins near The Beach Ottumwa (across the street from Bridge View Center) or from Quincy Ave./Blackhawk Rd. (behind the Ottumwa 8 Theaters). The trail system also includes paved trails throughout Ottumwa Park and gravel trails along the north bank of the Des Moines River. Overall, there are 13.6 miles of trails to enjoy.
Wildwood Park
Shaul & Finley Streets [Map]
Seventy-three acres with picnic tables, shelters, disc golf, fireplaces, restrooms, playground equipment, baseball/softball, basketball, tennis, drinking fountains, trails, bridges, birdhouses, cross country skiing and sledding.
Website Sponsored in part by Central Iowa Tourism Region, Wapello County Board of Supervisors, and Wapello County Foundation.