During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Charles City
Charles City’s lovely Central Park, found right in the middle of downtown, is host to many community events like farmer’s markets, art exhibitions, musical performances, community parties and even magic shows.
2. Orange City
Orange City is a charming small town with a Dutch heritage. Windmill Park is home to several windmills modeled after historic Dutch windmills, as well as a canal and a canal bridge. Here, you can stroll along the canal, see musical performances in the bandshell, admire the tulips and take part in other community events.
Winterset is home to the famed Madison County covered bridges, and its town square is as charming and historic as they come. Right along the square is the Winterset Courthouse and historic district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. The square is home to many community events, like the chocolate walk, wine walk and annual festival of lights every November.
Birthplace of beloved comedian, Johnny Carson, Corning is small on population but big on charm. Hosting local events like BBQs and farmer’s markets in its scenic park-like setting, you can’t help but feel at home in this town square.
Pella’s Dutch heritage is apparent throughout the town, reflected in its architecture and its windmills. The town’s central park is home to a small, working windmill, brick walkways, and, during the annual tulip festival, many beautiful tulips. Surrounding the town square, you’ll find plenty of quaint shops, and Molengracht Canal, a canal and square that replicates an authentic Dutch square.
Albia’s downtown square is home to the Monroe County Courthouse, surrounded by a beautiful green courtyard and a historic business district. The square hosts many community events, like weekly lunch in the courtyard, where community members can eat lunch while enjoying a variety of entertainment.
Oskaloosa’s town square is the perfect community hub, with a park setting and a bandstand, where citizens can attend frequent live musical performances. Surrounding the town square is the historic business district, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, filled with plenty of businesses for great shopping, dining and more.
Williamsburg’s town square is quite beautiful, with brick streets and plenty of grass, park benches and playground equipment where people can just hang out and enjoy a nice day. The town square is home to many events, like live music and holiday celebrations.
Washington’s Central Park is the heart of the town, with a fountain built in 1939 commemorating its 100 year celebration. The park also hosts many community events, like farmer’s markets, arts and crafts, live music and more.
Fairfield has a diverse population, rich cultural mix and a thriving business district. The Central Park is the heart of the downtown and hosts many community events, like live music in the bandstand, dance performances, a First Friday Art Walk and holiday celebrations. The park is also home to a bronze sculpture, and beautiful walkways and rose gardens.