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10 ways to enjoy summer in Marshalltown

Riverview Park in Marshalltown, Iowa
Riverview Park in Marshalltown

Summer is here and if you’re looking for something to do in Marshalltown here is a quick list of ways to enjoy the season. 

Take a day on the Linn Creek Recreational Trail

You can’t beat some time on the trail, head through the wooded area by Grimes Farm, meander through town, hear the rolling creek water underneath the train bridge by Lennox or ride by the Iowa River at Riverview Park. 

Take in live music at Grimes Farm amphitheater

The Live and Local monthly concert series is back starting June 23. It’s a perfect setting for live music and they plan on shows monthly through October.

Fair time

The Central Iowa Fair is a must-visit for my family every summer. Take a tour of the livestock areas, check out the live music, games, food and more. There’s even a mud volleyball tournament if that’s your thing. There’s always something to do for everyone. This year’s fair is July 13-16. 

Take up tennis or pickleball 

The Marshalltown Court Complex is more than a year old and it’s a popular place for tennis with plenty of room for all with the 12 tennis courts. If tennis is too fast for you, take up pickleball, a favorite of all ages. The three new pickleball courts there are a blast.

Don’t miss downtown

Stroll along Main Street, enjoy the Gallery Garden mixed in with downtown shopping and food. 

Hiking at Grimes Farm

My family likes to take a hike to the observation tower at Grimes Farm and have a picnic at the top of the tower. There are also other trails along Linn Creek to enjoy nature at its best.

Try out your golf game 

Oftentimes when I do community tours for people thinking of moving to Marshalltown they are amazed that we have three nice golf courses right in town here. So dust off the clubs and try your hand at the American Legion, Elmwood Country Club or Wandering Creek courses in town.

Explore the vast Riverview Park

Many people don’t realize the sheer size of Riverview Park until they get out there. And there’s plenty of things to do at the north side park. You can walk, ride bikes, fish, take in the dog park, play tennis, basketball or disc golf. Or take your camper or tent for your own little staycation along the Iowa River.

13th Street revival

Take in the Marshalltown Municipal Band at West End Park and stroll through the shops. 

Aquatic Center

The perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. Take your sunglasses and sunscreen and make a day of it.

Still need more ideas? Visit our Community Calendar at www.marshalltown.org/events.

Andrew Potter is Tourism Director with the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce.