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.

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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.

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