Ames Chamber of Commerce

Staycation - 2021 Edition

Posted on 03/12/2021 at 08:00 AM by Allee Wengert

A year into a global pandemic, many people are still wary of traveling for vacation. If you find yourself in that boat, fear not! Celebrate Spring Break with a Staycation right here at home.

Okay, a Staycation might feel a little less exciting since we’ve all essentially been on one since last March. But—there are new and fun things to do right here at home, especially with the warmer weather!

Get Outside

Tried and true, fresh air never fails to renew one’s spirit. From 37 community parks to 55 connected miles of trails, there’s plenty to keep you active over Spring Break. If you haven’t had a chance, be sure to head over to the new Miracle Playground and Field. This state-of-the-art inclusive park ensures all residents and visitors have a place to play.

Shop, Eat & Drink

Just like any other vacation, you can go out and reacquaint yourself with the area. Bop over to the original Starbuck’s Drive Thru (burgers, not coffee) in Nevada or grab a craft beer at Fenceline Beer Lab in Huxley. Check out local businesses in Campustown, Downtown or at North Grand Mall, you never know what you might find just by stopping in!

Indoor Entertainment

Have you ever wanted an entire movie theater to yourself? Now’s your chance! North Grand Cinema offers theater rentals with an array of movies to choose from. Bowl, play arcade games or ignite a family rivalry in laser tag at Perfect Games. If the weather cooperates you could even go for a round or two of mini golf!

Learn Something New

Did you know Ames is home to a number of museums? That’s right!  Channel your inner creativity by visiting the Octagon Center for the Arts or Brunnier Art Museum. While technically not a museum, the Park Library on campus is home to a number of beautiful originals by Iowa native Grant Wood.  Step back in time at the Ames History Museum or Farm House Museum.

Mural, Mural on the Wall

Go on a mural hunt! There are several amazing murals throughout Story County. See how many you can find and snap a selfie. To help get you started, check out Downtown Ames, Zearing and Maxwell.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. I haven't even gotten to Reiman Gardens, Ledges State Park or the many public libraries in the county. Whatever you choose to do, stay safe, support local and have fun!

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