Recreation and Entertainment

Golf Courses

Deer Run Golf Club 
This 18-hole, par 72 course, located on Hwy 92 on the west edge of Indianola, covers 200 + scenic acres including a 16 acre lake. Warm-up for your round on Deer Run's 52 station practice range and putting green. For more information, (515) 961-5445.

Indianola Golf and Country Club 
Indianola Country Club is a private 18 hole golf club established in 1920. The course expanded from 9 to 18 holes when the new west nine was opened for play in the spring of 2004. The course is kept in excellent condition by Superintendent Joe Burke. Members enjoy the relaxed casual atmosphere in the clubhouse. The Club currently has over 300 members and memberships are available due to the expansion to 18 holes. If you like what you see on our site, give us a call at 961-3303.
​1610 Country Club Rd.
Indianola, IA
Website: ​​

Parks and Nature Facilities

Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center 
Wesley Woods is a 344 acre year round Christian facility with modern lodges, meeting rooms, and great food in a beautiful natural setting next the Lake Ahquabi. Canoeing, Sailing, Horseback Riding, and fishing are just some of the various activites offered by the trained staff. 

1086 Nixon St.
Indianola, IA 50125
Phone: (515) 961-4523
Fax: (515) 961-4162
Toll Free: 1-800-648-7753

Lake Ahquabi State Park 
This scenic 770-acre park provides a number of recreational opportunities including swimming, fishing and camping. There are also many shelters and picnic areas scattered around the park. An eight mile hiking trail circles the lake and there several other senic foot trails through the woods. Canoes, paddle boats and kayaks are availiable for rent.

1650 118th Avenue
Indianola, IA 50125
Telephone: (515) 961-7101
Fax: (515) 962-9424

Moats Park 
This four-acre park includes a softball field, basketball courts, a shelter and playground equipment.

North Jefferson & Girard Avenue

Pickard Park 
This large city park is spread over 160 acres. An 18-hole disc golf course is a unique attraction to the park. Pickard also has softball fields, horseshoe courts, hiking trails, picnic areas and a greenhouse. There is also a camping area.

Two miles east of Hwy. 65-69 on Hwy. 92

Memorial Park 
This 13 acre park is the site of Indianola's skate park which includes a halfpipe, mini-spine snake run, two waterfalls and much more. The Indianola Memorial Aquatic Center is also located at this park. Memorial Park also has an ampitheater, picnic shelters and playground equipment.

North G Street & West Euclid

McCord Park 
This park is set on 16.2 acres of land and includes hiking trails, playground equipment, a shelter and a sand volleyball court.

South P Street & West Fifth Avenue


Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc. 
Indianola is proud to be the home of The Des Moines Metro Opera, founded in 1973 by Dr. Robert Larsen and the late Douglas Duncan. The Company's budget has grown from $22,000 to nearly $2 million and is now one of the most respected performing arts organizations in the state. Check out their website or contact the Des Moines Metro Opera House for more information on upcoming productions and tickets @ (515) 961-6221.

106 W. Boston Avenue
Indianola, IA 50125
Phone: (515) 961-6221
Fax: (515) 961-8175
Website: ​

Recreational Trails

Summerset Trail 
This scenic bike trail spans 11 miles from Indianola to Carlisle. It takes cyclists through the beautiful countryside crossing 14 bridges.

McVay Trail 
This tree-lined biking or walking trail spans 1.6 miles from East Fifth Street to Pickard Park.

Swimming Facilities

Indianola Memorial Aquatic Center 
May 24 - September 1
Open Swim: Mon-Fri ... 1-8pm
Sat & Sun ... 1-7pm
Independence Day and Labor Day ... 1-6:30pm
(Closed on School Days)

Contact the Indianola Memorial Aquatic Center for more information @ 961-9422 or the Park and Rec Office @ 961-9420.


Anytime Fitness 
402 N. Jefferson Way
(515) 961-8848
Cross Fit - I Town
1801 West Second Ave
(515) 442-9189
Cross Fit 65/69
123 N. Buxton Street
(515) 961-3429
Fusion Fitness
2205 W. Second Ave
(515) 961-6066
Indianola Performance Center
126 N. Howard Street
(515) 249-6787
Indianola YMCA
308 E. Scenic Valley Drive
(515) 777-7746
Snap Fitness
710 W. Second Ave
(515) 961-3550

Opera & Theater

Theater Simpson 
Theater Simpson is a dynamic community that views theater as an avenue for personal discovery, self-discipline, creative expression and artistic excellence. Theater Simpson mounts three faculty directed productions and a festival of student produced short plays each year. The theater department is housed in Blank Performing Arts Center which has two performance spaces: Pote Theater  a 500-seat combination thrust and proscenium and the Barnum Studio Theater  a 125-seat, flexible black box. More information available at