Visit The Small Town Of Mason City In Iowa, The Place That Inspired The Music Man

Meredith Willson is known as Mason City, Iowa’s “favorite son.” Willson was a composer and musician best known for his Broadway shows, including The Music Man. Even the most dedicated Broadway fans may not realize that the fictional River City is based on the very real Mason City, Iowa, and you can travel back in time when you visit The Music Man Square.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Hours: Friday & Saturday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm; closed on holidays.

Admission (for both the Square and Willson Home): $10 adults, $5 students

While you’re in Mason City, be sure to plan a meal at one of the best steakhouses in the Midwest. This Iowa Landmark Sits On The Outskirts Of Town And Serves Famously Delicious Dishes.

Address: 308 S Pennsylvania Ave, Mason City, IA 50401, USA