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  • Appleberry Farm, The

    2402 West Main Street, Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158

    Phone: 641-752-8443


    Fresh produce in spring and summer. Seasonal Spring Valley Sweet Corn and chocolate covered strawberries. Fall and holiday decorations and gifts. Enjoy fresh cider, cider slushies, caramel apples, popcorn, honey and more. 20 different varieties of apples you pick or for purchase.

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  • Aquatic Center

    212 West Washington Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Phone: 641-844-1515 (June-Aug.); 641-754-5715 (Sept.-May)


    The aquatic center has zero-depth entry, play water features for children, water slides, drop slide, diving board, 8 lap lanes and a lazy river. Concessions available. Call for hours and pricing.

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  • Big Treehouse, The

    2370 Shady Oaks Road, Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158

    Phone: 641-752-2946


    This 6-story, 12-level hobby of its creator features music, sound effects, and a spiral stairway. It's located at Shady Oaks Campground, a Lincoln Highway landmark since 1925. Call to schedule a tour. Guide and dry weather required.

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  • Create-a-Keepsake

    9 West Main Street, Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158

    Phone: 641-752-7007

    Create a ceramic keepsake for someone special or just for fun. Stop in by yourself, with a friend, group or the whole family. Choose from a wide variety of ceramics and glass creations. Paints provided.

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  • Disc Golf, Riverview Park

    402 Woodland Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Phone: 641-754-5715


    This 18-hole disc golf course is complete with concrete tee boxes, challenging holes and water hazards. Built in 2012, the course is sure to please all skill levels.

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  • Dog Park, Riverview Park

    402 Woodland Street, Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158

    Phone: 641-754-5715


    Dog Parks are playgrounds for dogs. Bring your dog(s) to run and play with other leash-free dogs in a safe fenced in area.

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  • Futsal Courts, West End Park

    220 North 13th Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Phone: 641-754-5715


    Futsal is a form of soccer played with a smaller ball, on a smaller court and with five people to a team. Courts available on a first come-first serve basis unless there is a tournament. Reserve the courts for a tournament at marshalltownparkandrec.com.

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  • GrimesFarm & Conservation Center

    2359 233rd Street, Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158

    Phone: 641-752-5490


    An interpretive center with environmental educational displays.
    Nature Playscape The outdoor playscape is an ideal place for families to swing, crawl and experience nature. Enjoy a StoryWalk great way to encourage physical activity and reading. Observation Tower & Trails Hiking trails provide access to 160 acres of nature trails through forests, wetlands, prairies and crop fields. Climb a 30' observation tower, the highest elevation point of Grimes Farm.

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  • Marshalltown Public Library

    105 West Boone Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Phone: 641-754-5738


    First newly constructed Gold LEED certified library in Iowa. Winner of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. See the Infinite Chandeliers, inspired by the 1941 short story La Bibliotheca de Babel by Jorge Luis Borges, hanging in the lobby.

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  • Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA

    108 West Washington Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Phone: 641-752-8658


    This 122,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility includes competitive pool, basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts, indoor track, indoor cycling and so much more.

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  • Nicholson-Ford Woodland OHV Park

    2814 E Marion St, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Phone: 641-751-5578


    This offroad park offers 120 acres of tight woods and river bottom trails, small hills and dry creek beds to explore. Property has a large and flat staging area, shelter house, men's & women's vaulted toilets, race course for motor cycles and tot tracks.

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  • Parks

    Phone: 641-754-5715


    Anson Park 917 South 4th Avenue 641-754-5715 Ball diamond, rental building, open air shelters, open field, playgrounds and toilet facilities. Mega 10 802 South 6th Street 641-754-5715 Trail access, open air shelter, open field, playground, discovery gardens and toilet facilities. Riverview Park 401 Woodland Street 641-754-5715 Basketball court, rental buildings, open air shelters, open field, playgrounds and toilet facilities. Timber Creek Park 609 East Southridge 641-754-5715 Trail around pond, open air shelters, playground and toilet facilities. West End/Tankersly 220 North 13th Street 641-754-5715 Ball diamond, open air shelter, playground and toilet facilities.
  • Plaza 9 Theaters

    2500 South Center Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Phone: 641-752-6115


    This nine-theater complex is located on the east side of the mall. Four of the theaters feature state-of-the-art stadium seating. Nightly shows, plus Saturday and Sunday matinees in each theater.

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  • Riverside Cemetery

    611 North Center Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Phone: 641-753-7891


    This historical traditional burial ground has over ten miles of roadway to drive, walk, or bike. It features Lake Woodmere with man-made fountains and a waterfall. Feed the ducks or sit and enjoy nature, a delight to all ages.

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  • Skate Park

    901 South 6th Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Phone: 641-754-5715


    Consists of a half pipe, a quarter pipe with a bank ramp and grind rails to challenge the most skilled. The all-steel elements are available for both skateboards and bikes. A memorial bench and graffiti wall have been added. The park is open during daylight hours.

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  • Taylor #4 Country School

    19 North 2nd Avenue, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Phone: 641-752-6664


    Step back in history and enjoy this country school which is meticulously restored to its original 1913 appearance. It reflects a period when Iowa was known as the “country school capital of the U.S.A”. Tours by appointment.

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  • Trails


    Iowa River Trail iowarivertrail.com The 34-mile trail will connect seven cities and two counties to the Iowa River Greenbelt and the Central Iowa Trail Network. 3 miles of paved trail extends from the trailhead at Wilson Circle to Radio Tower Road. The trail is located in an area known for its scenic qualities and diverse wildlife habitat, scenic bluffs, wetlands and species usually found only in northeast Iowa. Linn Creek Recreational Trail 641-754-5715 marshalltown-ia.gov/291/Trails This hard-surfaced linear trail is an 8-mile segment extending from Riverview Park to Grimes Farm. Ten trailheads along the route. Trail users can observe views of river bottom timberland and marshes, as well as prairie grasses and wildflowers. The Linn Creek Recreational Trail links up to the Iowa 330/US 30 Trail. (This segment of trail is a part of the American Discovery Trail.