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Whether you’re a young family looking for fun, kid-friendly activities, a retired couple searching for a relaxing getaway or a college student who just wants something fun to do on the weekend, Ames and Iowa State University are for you!  Are you planning a trip to see us soon? Check out the blog posts below for more information about all the fun things we have to offer!

June 2019

The Sounds of Summer

Published June 13, 2019. Music abounds this summer throughout the Ames area with several outdoor entertainment options for you to enjoy the warmer weather and your tunes. More

May 2019

Unusually Ames: Take It Outside!

Published May 31, 2019. What could be better than 26 different ways to enjoy patio dining this summer in Ames? Maybe just having a guide to all the options! More

April 2019

A Fresh Look at Spring in Ames

Published April 17, 2019. 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! More

March 2019

Put a “SPRING” in Your Step with a Twist

Published May 31, 2019. It may have felt like a long winter, so it seems about time to look towards the next season. Check out some out-of-the-ordinary ways to put a spring in your step in Ames this month! More

January 2019

Unusually Ames: A different kind of off-roading

Published January 25, 2019. With winter in full swing, it’s not unusual to hear reports warning to “Stay off the roads.” In the Ames area, though, that’s a call for fun, not fear. Check out some of the tremendous opportunities for “off-roading” activities available this winter. More

December 2018

‘Tis the Season for the Unexpected in Ames!

Published December 11, 2018. With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, no one gives it a second thought when they see holiday decorations in every town square, ice skating at the plaza, or restaurants advertising favorite comfort foods. But what if you added a twist to your traditions and ventured to Ames for the out-of-the-ordinary this winter? You might find yourself surprised by the unexpected! More

November 2018

Home for the Holidays: Thanksgiving in Ames

Published November 14, 2018. Trading in the hustle and bustle of road trips or airports for a Thanksgiving in home sweet Ames? Enjoy the holiday with family and friends while leaving the kitchen clean-up to someone else! We’ve compiled a list of CYtes ready to welcome you and yours in for a Thanksgiving feast! More

A Magical Season Begins in Ames

Published November 7, 2018. As the temperatures get cooler and the days get shorter, a magical season begins in Ames and on the campus of Iowa State University. With all that’s planned from now through New Year’s, a weekend in Cyclone Country is the perfect addition to your holiday traditions. More

October 2018

The Ames’ Sports Legacy: Setting the Groundwork for Greatness

Published October 24, 2018. People around the country are drawn to compete in all kinds of sports. Still more gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do people more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns. More

September 2018

September Art & History

Published September 11, 2018. In the fall of 1969, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra opened the first performance season at C. Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames with a five-performance, week-long festival. This year Stephens Auditorium will begin a year-long campaign to celebrate 50 years of programming history launched by that premier event. More

August 2018

Top Five August Events in Ames

Published August 2, 2018. Summer is winding down. But don’t start buying new notebooks and dusting off those bookbags just yet! There’s still plenty of fun events you can attend in Ames before summer is officially over. Keep reading to find out our top five favorite August events! More

July 2018

Beat the Heat in Ames

Published July 16, 2018. It’s 100 degrees and 80 percent humidity outside. Your ice cream is melting, and the kiddie pool in the backyard just isn’t as fun anymore. You don’t want to spend another day inside watching cable, so where do you go to cool down? Ames, of course! Ames has lots of fun ways for you and your family to beat the heat this summer. More

Top Five July Events in Ames

Published July 3, 2018. Summer is in full swing! That means pools days, lots of ice cream and, of course, tons of fun events in Ames! Keep reading to check out our top five favorite things to do this month. All these events are open to the general public, so you’re more than welcome to bring the whole family. More

June 2018

Top Five June Events in Ames

Published May 30, 2018. Are you looking for fun events to attend now that school is out? We’ve got you covered! Check out our favorite top five events happening in Ames this June! More

May 2018

Top Five May Events in Ames

Published May 2, 2018. Ames and Iowa State University is a great place to visit this May.  Summer is just on the horizon, and there are great events happening all month long! Keep reading to check out our five favorite events that you should attend this month. More

April 2018

CYcle to Ames!

Published April 26, 2018. Do you enjoy pedaling on two wheels? Then you’re in luck! Ames is a great bicycling community, welcoming casual riders and experienced pros alike. Keep reading to check out just a few of the cyclist-friendly businesses that you might want to visit while you’re here. More 

Top Five April Events in Ames

Published April 3, 2018. April is a great time to visit Ames and Iowa State University! The weather is beginning to warm up, flowers are starting to bloom and fun events are happening. Keep reading for a list of our top five favorite events to attend this month. More