Local Attractions

Annett Nature Center

 Located near Lake Ahquabi State Park, this home to the Warren County Conservation Board features a beautiful facility which offers an educational look at Warren County’s natural resources. Its outdoor setting provides an excellent background for private meetings and events. There are educational resources, trails, and many opportunities to explore the outdoors. You can also learn about the other parks in the county by calling or visiting. To contact, call 515-961-6169 or visit their website www.warrenccb.

Farnham Gallery - Simpson College

Located on Simpson College Campus this gallery features the artworks of both current and former Simpson students and faculty. Traveling displays are featured as well. For more information call Simpson College (515) 961-6251.

Indianola Town Square

Your visit to this classic block in Indianola provides and eclectic array of shops, restaurants and services. Visit one of the many unique shops, dine inside or on the patio and enjoy the ambiance of both the present day and a not so distance past. The square features a tea room, a Victorian era shop, health foods, an old fashioned soda fountain, an antique store and many other shops you will want to explore.

Lake Ahquabi State Park

FIve miles south of Indianola on Hwy 65/69 (one mile west on Hwy 349) this 770 acre park offers picnicking, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, camping, fishing and more. For more information (515) 961-7101 or visit www.state.ia.us/parks/ahquabi.htm


Buxton Park - a quiet spot for sitting and reflecting or strolling through botanical gardens and arboretum.

McVay Trail - a walking/bicycle trail lined with trees which once was a railroad right-of-way. The trail also includes an original prairie remnant.

Pickard Park - includes a popular fishing pond, camping site, play equipment, camping, softball complex and 18-hole disc golf course.

Memorial Park - contains play equipment, picnic areas, Memorial Aquatic Center and an outdoor amphitheater.

Moats Park - offers a park shelter, play equipment, basketball courts, volleyball area, large picnic area and ball diamond.

For more information on these and other city parks, contact the Indianola Parks and Recreation Office at 515-961-9420.

Wesley Woods

Wesley Woods offers an escape to the great outdoors with horse rides, wagon tours, hiking, sleigh rides, sledding, summer camps and family retreat facilities. This Christian campground includes over 334 acres of rolling hills and valleys, including 20 acres of prairie grasses. For more information (515) 961-4523 or visit their website at www.iaumc.org/wesleywoods

Chris Street Memorial Gym

Open to the public various times throughout the year. Located beside the Middle School on Hwy. 92 E. Call 961-9530, ext 103.

Des Moines Metro Opera

Established in 1973, The internationally-famed Des Moines Metro Opera is one of the largest regional opera companies in the country. Each year three world class operas are presented in repertory during June and July. For more information contact (515) 961-6221 or visit their webiste at www.desmoinesmetroopera.org

Indianola Memorial Aquatic Center

Located in Memorial Park, 714 W. Detroit and North F. St. the aquatic center features a 7400 sq. ft barrier free, "zero depth" heated pool. A 1-meter diving board, water therapy seat, water cascade, leapin lily pads, critter hideout lagoon, bubbling beach, sandpit, and a super sidewinder slide (a 195 ft waterslide.) The pool is fun for all ages. For more information, (515) 961-9422

La Vida Loca Winery

La Vida Loca Winery is a family owned business located approximately 4 miles west of Indianola on Highway 92. Turn North on County Highway R-57 to the first gravel road, which is Jesip. Go 1/2 mile west on Jesup. Come and enjoy free sampling of wines or a private tasting party can be arranged. For more information call 515-962-2236. Winery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm, also by appointment.

Simpson College

This four-year liberal arts college offers more than academic excellence. Come walk this 61 acre campus and enjoy the serene surroundings and the outstanding college architecture. For more information call (515) 961-6251 or visit the Simpson College website at www.simpson.edu

Summerset Winery

The Winery, north of Indianola 2 miles east of Hwy 65/69 features a new barn housing the winery, tasting room, gift shop and meeting room and party facilities. A bed and breakfast is house just down the road. Enjoy the wines, drink in the countryside and enjoy the Sunday jazz sessions. For more information, (515) 961-3545 or visit their website at www.summersetwine.com

Warren County Historical Museum

This museum features a glimpse into the past in their main facility which houses theme displays such as the Barber Shop, the Funeral Home, styles from various eras to mention just a few. Also housed at the complex are several buildings representing a unique part of Warren County's past. You can visit a one-room schoolhouse, a general store, a Chapel and highlighted is the shack the housed George Washington Carver during his stay in Indianola. The museum is open for groups, by appointment and on Sundays from 1 - 4 p.m., May through September.