- Our list of the best things to do in Ankeny, Iowa, features the top 96 nearby activities — including 41 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Ankeny, IA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Entertainment & Shows, Outdoor Places, Museums & Galleries, and Amusement.
- The results below include the top 10 things to do within the city of Ankeny, IA , followed by 86 popular activities in nearby cities, including Des Moines, Ames, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Altoona, Indianola, Madrid, Newton and Johnston
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1500-1598 Jewell Street, Indianola, IA 50125 MoreLess Info
Visitors to Iowa wanting a unique point of view can take a ride with National Balloon Classic. The company offers solo or group hot air balloon rides, as well as areas for spectators to watch the balloons while enjoying a picnic.
Run by a regional historical society, Boone County Historical Center provides visitors with historical and cultural information about the area. The center has exhibits with artifacts like fossils, Native American tools, taxidermy, and more.
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1690 W. 19th St. S., Newton, IA 50208 MoreLess Info
Wrestling and sports fans enjoy visiting Newton's International Wrestling Institute and Museum. The museum is the focal point for preserving the heritage of wrestling in America and documents and recognizes strides taken by wrestlers throughout history.
Visitors learn about history and culture at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace. The small home has been staged to reflect the lifestyle of Mamie and the venue is run by knowledgeable guides who know every detail about the items in the house.
Jasper County Historical Society collects, preserves and exhibits the agricultural, commercial, industrial and societal history of Jasper County. Industrial exhibits include the Washing Machine Center of the World, with agricultural exhibits showcasing wind power displays and antique wood working tools.
Featuring exhibits detailing the history of railroading from the Civil War until present day, Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad and James H. Andrew Railroad Museum displays railroad photographs and video footage. The museum also organizes train rides from the depot.