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Ames/ISU Ice Arena

1507 Gateway Hills Park Dr
Ames, IA 50014
515.292.6835

A facility operated jointly by the City of Ames and ISU, the ice arena hosts public skating, skating lessons, hockey games and special events. Located south of the ISU Towers on Mortensen Road.

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Ames Area Running Club


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Ames Area Running Club and Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority are co-sponsors of Run for the Roses. A community event that has become an Ames Fall tradition.

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Ames City Auditorium & Durham Bandshell

515 Clark Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.239.5365

The beautiful Auditorium, seating for 881, is suitable for meetings, lectures, and performances. Durham Bandshell, nestled in Ames oldest park, is perfect for outdoor events.

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Ames Golf & Country Club

5752 George Washington Carver Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.8334

18-hole course, tennis courts, swimming pool, casual and formal dining, youth activities and social events. Banquet facilities available to the public (seats up to 180 people).

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Ames Parks & Recreation

1500 Gateway Hills Park Dr
Ames, IA 50014
515.239.5350

Oversees more than 1,200 acres of parks, 30 miles of pedestrian trails, Furman Aquatic Center, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, Community Center, Homewood Golf Course and over 150 recreation programs.

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Ames Soccer Club


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515.451.5157

Ames Soccer Club holds youth leagues in spring and fall and promotes soccer through various activities year round.

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Black’s Heritage Farm

26156 530th Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.292.1936

Come visit the Farm! We offer a unique experience for family events. Home of Iowa's best sweet corn.

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Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & James H. Andrew Museum

225 10th St
Boone , IA 50036
515.432.4249

A historical, educational railroad museum providing excursion train rides across the beautiful Des Moines River Valley. Tickets available online at www.bsvrr.com.

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Coldwater Golf Links

1400 S Grand Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.4664

Unique in Iowa with its links-inspired design, Coldwater Golf Links is Ames' premier facility for hosting your group golf outing or after hours event.

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Furman Aquatic Center

1635 13th St
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.POOL

Furman Aquatic Center offers a 50-meter pool, zero-depth splash pool with play structure water playground, lazy river and three exciting water slides. Have fun today and memories for a lifetime!

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Homewood Golf Course

401 East 20th St and Duff Ave
Ames , IA 50010
515.239.5363

Homewood is a beautiful, well-groomed 9-hole, par 34 golf course in north Ames for players of all ages and abilities. Open daily April through October, weather permitting.

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Hunziker Youth Sports Complex

Billy Sunday Rd
Ames, IA 50010

Home to the Ames Girls Softball Association, www.amesgirlssoftball.org, Ames Little League Baseball, www.ameslittleleaguebaseball.org and Ames Soccer Club, www.amesoccer.org.

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Iowa Arboretum

1875 Peach Ave
Madrid, IA 50156
515.795.3216

Enjoy thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers in this 378 acre public garden. Hike woodland and prairie trails. Grounds are open year-round, sunrise to sunset. Admission: $5 per car. Free to members.

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JAX Outdoor Gear

4723 W Lincoln Way
Ames , IA 50014
515.292.2276

We supply quality sporting goods, gear, and apparel for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes of all ages. Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing a courteous and enjoyable shopping experience.

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Midnight Madness


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A 5K and 10K race held in conjunction with the Iowa Games on July 8, 2017. Great place to run a certified course and socialize with fellow runners.

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Nevada Parks & Recreation

825 15th St
Nevada, IA 50201
515.382.4352

SCORE Recreation Athletic Complex hosts local, state and national events. Features include an outdoor aquatic center, soccer, baseball, softball fields, tennis, basketball courts and trail system.

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Seven Oaks Recreation

1086 222nd Dr
Boone, IA 50036
515.432.9457

Year-round outdoor recreation. Downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Canoe, kayak and river tubing, paintball and camping. Event space for up to 400.

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Special Olympics Iowa

551 SE Dovetail Rd
Grimes, IA 50111
515.986.5520

Visit www.soiowa.org to learn how to get involved – volunteer, coach, donate, sponsor, enter a fundraising event or attend a competition to cheer on our athletes. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Stage Coach Stables

1568 Stagecoach Rd
Ames, IA 50010
515.520.2021

Stage Coach Stables is the area's premier facility, offering opportunities for youth and adults to learn and enjoy horsemanship. Board your horse, schedule a lesson, children's clinic or event today.

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Story County Conservation

56461 180th St
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.2516

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, develops and manages wildlife habitat and offers educational programs for all ages.

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Trailside Rentals

326 W 2nd St
Madrid, IA 50156
515.230.6712

Rent a bike or recumbent trike and ride the High Trestle Trail! Open 10-6 weekends and holidays, by appointment Monday, Thursday, and Friday, April-November. Wheelchairs available.

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Tuff-N-Miniature Rodeo Association


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515.571.6922

Tuff-N-Miniature Rodeo Association is a family friendly organization that brings the excitement and love of rodeo to all ages.

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Veenker Memorial Golf Course

2916 Veenker Dr
Ames, IA 50011
515.294.6727

A premier public golf facility owned and operated by ISU. Established May of 1938, originally a Perry Maxwell design. Veenker is a beautiful, demanding and challenging course.