There are plenty of things to do when you are visiting Mason City. From shopping and trying some great dining downtown to visiting some of the areas fine history and culture, there are local attractions for any taste.
Main Street Mason City. The pinnacle of Mason City’s shopping and entertainment lives here. Experience the diverse business, culture and community experience that Mason City has to offer.
Click a link below to learn more on what Downtown has to offer:
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Located under 7 miles from our hotel, Clear Lake is its own municipality that circles Clear Lake. Many of our hotel guests come to the area to visit the lake and the downtown of the area of Clear Lake. If you like nature or want to get away to the lake while staying in Mason City, this short 15-minute drive location is the perfect option for fishing, winter activities, scenic drives, skating, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and much more!
Visit the our page on Clear Lake to learn more!
Music Man Square is a must see when visiting or passing through Mason City, Iowa. Based on the storefront streets from Warner Bros. 1962 film version of the Music Man, visit the iconic reproduction on 1912 River City Streetscape. Meredith Wilson is the composer, writer and director of the hot musical The Music Man and he was born right in Mason City. After you visit the streetscape, visit the Meredith Wilson Museum, his Boyhood Home, the Meredith Wilson Monument, Reunion Hall and Conservatory of ’05.
Visit the Music Man Square website to learn more.
Dr. George and Elenor Stockman House by Frank Lloyd Wright Architect is Mason City’s architectural gem. Contributing to Mason City’s rating as among the World’s, 14 best cities for architecture lovers, this 1908 house offers tours of this restored piece of early 20th century history. It features numerous amounts of authentic furnishing and reproduction pieces. Learn the tale of the houses conception, demise and reproduction all at the tourist-friendly museum locate don property.
Known as the MacNider Art Museum is a community center for art, culture and education. Open to the public in 1966, the exhibit houses a permanent collection of American classic art. The facility also showcases temporary art exhibitions, art classes for all ages, art programs and an art library.
Visit the official Charles H. McNider Art Museum website for more information on hours and events.
The Lime Creek Nature Center was opened in 1984 as an education facility for North Iowa. It is funded by donations from private citizens, businesses, organizations and foundations. The Nature Center houses plenty of departments that focus on nature research, conservation and public awareness.
Mason City boasts its own nature, especially that of East Park. Located on the East side of Mason City and made up of 57.6 acres of beautiful parkland, East Park contains two scenic rivers and has many facilities for outdoor sports. Whether you’re walking your dog or taking an early morning hike, East Park is the perfect place to get some quiet and connect with nature.
Rancho Deluxe Z Garden shows the artsy side of Mason City. The half-acre garden is an eclectic mix of recycled materials that make up monuments, structures and garden décor. This must-see garden exhibit is like nothing else you’ll see while visiting Iowa. Visit 500 Second Street northeast to see what words can’t explain.
The Rock Crest – Rick Glen Historical District is nationally recognized as an official historic district in Mason City, Iowa. Many structures are designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright was responsible for the architectural growth and establishment of the growing city and the historical district offers a glimpse into his astounding work. This is the perfect place to visit for the American History and architecture enthusiasts.