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Visit the beautiful Reiman Gardens, situated on University Boulevard, where you can enjoy 14 acres of natural beauty.


Explore McFarland Park, located on 180th Street, featuring varied ecotypes, the Stargazing Observatory, the Story County Conservation Center and much more.


If you love wine, then you will certainly love the Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards, on West 190th Street. Take one of the tours and find out more about your favorite wine.


Have fun and try out your golfing skills at The Oaks Golf Course, which can also be found on West 190th Street, offering everything you need to put together a fun game with friends and enjoy yourselves.


Sports & outdoor events

The Annual Midnight Madness, which happens in July, is perhaps one of the most popular and favorite sporting events in Ames, IA.


The event features a 5k walk/run and a 10k race, including a Captain's Kid Run, so the little ones can also participate in the event, starting on 5th Street, near City Hall, taking runners through the city streets of Ames, finishing east of Main & Clark. After the race, organizers have provided a post-race party, filled with live music, beer, picnic meals and lots of fun, which goes on until late in the night.


The Midnight Madness began in 1971 or '72, as a marathon from Ames to Boone, IA, but has been later moved to downtown Ames, and has been held here, every year, since then, with most of the participants registering in the 5k walk/run.



There are numerous fun and entertaining celebrations, happening throughout the year, all over Iowa, but there are only a few taking place in Ames, IA, which are: The Rose Festival, scheduled in June, the Garden Art Fair, happening in July, the Harvest Moon Walk, celebrated in August and the Spirit in the Gardens, which takes place in October.


Other popular and favorite annual celebrations in Iowa include:

- Iowa City Riverfest - April - Iowa City.

- Dubuquefest - May - Dubuque.

- Ice Cream Days Celebration - June - LeMars.



Ames' nightlife scene cannot be described as spectacular, but there are places where you and your friends can enjoy yourselves, on a night out, among the most popular nightspots in Ames, being considered: the Big Shots Nightclub & Chasers, situated on Chamberlain Street, the Dangerous Curves, on Welch Avenue, Mickey's Irish Pub, the Lost & Found and The Scene, which are also located on Welch Avenue, the Tip Top Lounge and Lumpy's, on E Lincoln Way, and the Sportsman Lounge and London Underground, which can both be found on Main Street.


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