Iowa April 07, 2016
10 Perfect Places To Go In Iowa If You’re Feeling Nostalgic
When you’re feeling nostalgic, it’s best to embrace it. Maybe you’re craving a sundae from your favorite 50s ice cream parlor, or maybe you just want to recapture those first date butterflies at the drive-in movie theater. The following are perfect places to do just that – and more. Here are 10 places to go in Iowa when you’re longing for the good old days:
1. Sit down for a meal with a side of nostalgia at one of Iowa's vintage diners.
A great place to check out is Penny's Diner in Missouri Valley.
2. Catch a classic flick at one of Iowa's retro movie theatres.
Watt's Theatre in Osage is a particularly unique one to visit.
3. Savor a classic ice cream sundae at one of Iowa's old-fashioned soda fountains.
Wilton's Candy Kitchen, shown above, is the oldest ongoing Ice Cream Parlor/Soda Fountain in the world, and has been serving visitors ice cream, lunches, and candy for over 150 years.
4. Enjoy a time-honored Maid Rite and Milkshake meal at Taylor's Maid Rite in Marshalltown.
There's nothing that screams Iowa nostalgia more than a Maid Rite.
5. Catch your thrills at old-time amusement park, Arnold's Park.
The main attraction at Arnold's Park is the Legend Roller Coaster, which was originally built in 1930. It is the 7th oldest coaster in the United States and 13th oldest in the world.
6. Relive the disco days, complete with strobe lights, at one of Iowa's retro roller rinks.
There are still many roller rinks left in Iowa - a good one to check out is Roller City in Mason City.
7. Take a trip down memory lane with a scenic drive on the historic Lincoln Highway.
And check out the old George Preston Gas Station in Belle Plaine. Vintage road signs cover the outside of the old gas station owned by George Preston, who once appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
8. Reminisce on the simpler days, and do some shopping at one of Iowa's old-fashioned General Stores.
The Dutchman's General Store in Cantril will remind you of the good old days.
9. For the car-lovers, check out the timeless standards at a classic car show.
The Great River Car Show and Cruise in McGregor or the Scenic City Car Show in Iowa Falls are two good ones to check out.
10. Recapture those first date butterflies at a drive-in movie theatre.
There are several different drive-ins still in operation in Iowa. Some good ones to check out are the ones in Grandview, Maquoketa, Blue Grass, and Newton.
Where do you go when you’re feeling nostalgic?