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A Fresh Look at Spring in Ames


In the season of rebirth and rejuvenation, it may be time to take a fresh look at some unexpected ways to soak up spring and renew your plans to visit Ames!

There’s more popping up in Ames than just flowers! 2019 marks the 23rd year of the Ames Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition from the City of Ames Public Art Commission. In April and May, up to six new sculptures will be selected to be displayed throughout Downtown Ames. The new temporary collection will be featured along with several pieces purchased from previous exhibitions and now have their permanent home here. Along with the Annual Exhibition the Ames Public Arts Commission sponsors a complementary program called Neighborhood Sculpture, where the City purchases at least one of the exhibition sculptures and has placed them in an Ames neighborhood. When you find one – perhaps during an outing to the Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market – take a moment to get a closer look, note the artist, and get some photos (tag us @CYtesofAmes!).

Fresh is on the menu when your palate is asking for something new. When you’re trying to squeeze a month’s worth of activities in a weekend, Vibe Nutrition may be the fresh taste you need for on-the-go nutrition. Vibe Nutrition serves healthy smoothies, teas that energize, and lots of tasty treats. If you’re looking for a fresh taste of something south of the border, head over to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop for one of their famous Baja tacos and a chillaxing frozen margarita. Satisfy your hunger with a wealth of options at Wheatsfield Co-op where their Coffee & Espresso Bar, Smoothies & Juices, made-fresh-daily sushi, signature sandwiches and grab & go options will please both the pickiest and healthiest of eaters. It’s easy to fill up with fresh in Ames!

Of course, now that we’ve put the snowblowers away, we’re all in need of some Vitamin D and fresh air! What better way to get both than with a Spring Wildflower Walk at Hertz Family Woods & Nature Preserve. On Monday, April 29 take a walk in the woods and learn to identify the flowers with former SCC Director Steve Lekwa and is co-sponsored by the Outdoor Alliance of Story County. Extend your “fresh adventure” with a bike ride at Ada Hayden Heritage Lake Park or one of the other 30+ parks in Ames or set out on a walking tour of the ISU campus to take in the art, architecture and natural beauty of the first land grant university in the country.

Need a fresh look? Be a trendsetter with some of these trends: feathers, earth tones, tie-dye and a whole lot of yellow. Stock up on the latest when you shop at some of our unique boutiques like Clothes Cottage, Miss Meyer’s, Dashing Boutique or Portobello Road. The direction for Ames is fashion forward!

Fresh is FUN in Ames! For even more things to STAY, DO, EAT, SHOP and PLAN check out before your next visit. Can’t wait to see you soon!