Altoona Attractions

Bike Trails

Enjoy Altoona’s most scenic areas through our bike trails – Prairie Heritage Trail, Greenway Park, and Gay Lea Wilson Trail. Our Trail will eventually connect to the Saylorville Trail, the Chichaqua Valley Trail, and the Des Moines River Greenbelt, which will connect five counties.

CHICHAQUA VALLEY TRAIL
Bondurant to Baxter – 20 miles/limestone surface
Open year round, sunrise to sunset. For more information call 515-999-2557

The Enabling Garden

The purpose of the Master Gardener Enabling Garden project, located in Prairie Heritage Park, is to provide an area that illustrates gardening for physically impaired individuals. The garden demonstrates state-of-the-art designs for barrier-free gardening.

  • The Enabling Garden features a 12ft. tall sculpture of a Praying Mantis. By the time RAGBRAI comes through Altoona, it will have 2 more sculptures – a honey bee and a lady bug!
  • Through the use of design concepts such as raised beds and vertical wall gardens, visitors learn how gardens can be adapted to accommodate any gardener regardless of age or ability.
  • Signage throughout the garden explains details of the designs and construction methods used in making this a safe and comfortable environment for leisure activities, as well as horticulture therapy.
  • The Enabling Garden also features a meditative water feature, a prairie garden, and many seasonal annuals and perennials blooming throughout the summer.

Nearby Attractions & Parks

With Adventureland Park and Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona’s back yard, we invite you to Come Stay Another Day! Spend your leisure hours exploring our specialty shops and restaurants to make your day complete.

Adventureland
I-80 & Hwy. 65 (Exit 142) – 1-800-532-1286

The Midwest’s largest family resort complex, Amusement Park, Inn and Campgrounds. The park has over 100 rides, live shows and attractions, all for one low admission price. Rousing Rides: Four-world class roller coasters – two wooden, high speed thrillers, the double looping Dragon and the Screamer. Special rides include the Space Shot, the Raging River and River Rapids, the Mixer, the G-Force, the Underground and the famous Tornado! Visit the kiddies’ rides, the souvenir shops and enjoy your favorite foods throughout the Park. Great family fun for all ages!

PRAIRIE MEADOWS RACETRACK & CASINO

I-80 at Exit 142, 1-800-325-9015 or 515-967-1000

  • Casino Action – A variety of over 1,500 slot machines in one of the Midwest’s most beautiful casinos. Open 24 hours a day! (Must be 21 years of age.)
  • Live Racing – Catch heart-pounding live Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Harness racing April through October. (Under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.)
  • Free Entertainment – From stand-up comedy to intimate jazz groups, from hypnotists to exciting lounge acts, and from soloists to big bands, the Finish Line Show Lounge offers a variety of entertainment every weekend throughout the year.
  • Great Food – Champions Restaurant features 3 buffets daily at affordable prices.

Korean/Vietnam Memorial

VETERANS MEMORIAL A-7D JET DISPLAY

Sam Wise Youth Complex – dedicated in 1997 – with available picnic area. History is remembered with a Veterans Memorial and A7D Jet Display located in the Sam Wise Youth Sports Complex on the east edge of Altoona.

BLANK PARK ZOO OF DES MOINES
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
515-285-4722

DES MOINES ART CENTER
4700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
515-277-4405

DES MOINES BOTANICAL CENTER
909 E. River Drive
Des Moines,IA 50313
515-242-2934

IOWA HISTORICAL BUILDING
E. 6th Street and Locust
Des Moines,IA 50313
515-281-5111

IOWA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
E. 30th and E. University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315
515-262-3111 or 800-545-FAIR (3247)

http://www.iowastatefair.org - Hours vary by event

LIVING HISTORY FARMS
1-35 and 1-80 at Hickman Road
Urbandale, IA 50322
515-278-2400

NEAL SMITH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE & PRAIRIE LEARNING CENTER
9981 Pacific Street
Prairie City, IA 50009
515-994-3400

SAYLORVILLE LAKE AND VISITORS CENTER
Polk City – Polk County Conservation Board
5600 NW 78th Avenue Lake
Johnston, Iowa 50131
515-323-5300

SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA
4500 Grand Avenue
Greenwood-Ashworth Park
Des Moines, IA 50312
515-274-4138

SLEEPY HOLLOW SPORTS PARK
4051 Dean Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50327
515-262-4100

STATE CAPITOL BUILDING
E. 9th Street and Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Call for tour times
515-281-5591

TRAINLAND U.S.A.
3135 Hwy. 117N
Colfax, IA 50054
(515) 674-3813
email: red@trainland-usa.com 515-674-3813

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  2. Paula says:

    Please remind the folks about our 12ft. tall sculpture of the Praying Mantis at the Enabling Garden. By the time the bikers come through we ought to have 2 more sculptures at the Enabling garden, a honey bee and a lady bug!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the update, Paula. Do you have any photos of the Praying Mantis sculpture? I would be happy to post it. Email it to the Chamber office: altoona@netins.net and mention that it is to go on the Altoona RAGBRAI website. Thanks!

  3. Vern Willey says:

    four mile trail should be Gay Lea Wilson Trail

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