Things To Do In America's Hometown

All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club

2667 240th St.

www.alliowalawntennisclub.com

The All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club (AILTC) was established on the Mark and Denise Kuhn family farm near Charles City, IA in 2003. Building a grass tennis court was the dream of club founder Mark Kuhn since 1962 when he did chores on the cattle feedlot where the single grass court is now located. The dream that began as a fascination with vintage Wimbledon broadcasts on his grandfather's shortwave radio was finally turned into reality with the hard work of the entire Kuhn family. Visit their web site to make court reservations.

Click here to watch the video about the All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club played on the Tennis Channel during Wimbeldon.

 

Charles City Arts Center

301 N Jackson St.

www.charlescityarts.com

 

In this Carnegie Library Building constructed in 1904 you will find a gallery of local and regional artwork. Many art classes for the young and old as well as open studio are held throughout the year. The annual Art-A-Fest takes place in August with over 40 exhibiting artists offering works for sale along with many children activities, food, and entertainment.

 

Charles City Downtown Farmers Market

Central Park - 300 Block of Main St.

Wed. 3:30 - 6 pm and Sat. 9 am - Noon

Farmers Markets are a wonderful symbol of Iowa's deep roots in agriculture and entrepreneurship.  What better place to display this great tradition than in the heart of the community?  The Charles City Downtown Farmers Market invites you to join in this tradition every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October around Central Park.

 

Charles Theatre

409 N Main St.

http://charlescity365.com/movies

 

Movies: 7 pm nightly   Adults: $2   Seniors/Children: $1

Live Performances: Scheduled throughout the year

Originally constructed in the 1930's, this is just one of two art deco theatres in the state. This theatre is run through volunteer efforts & owned by the theCharles City Arts Council. Drive by the theatre,located on Main Street and see if you can figure out what the front of the building was designed to resemble. If you're wondering what's playing while you're here, it may be a new movie or a live performance, and chances are that it's a family show. For current shows call 641-228-3821.

 

Charley Western Recreational Trail

Download Trail Map Here

Come enjoy the Charley Western Recreational Trail, featuring a scenic view from a bridge overlooking the Cedar River and the beautiful plantings in the Friends Garden. Expansion of the trail extends to other paved routes throughout our community totaling a trailway system of just over 5 miles.

 

Charles City WhiteWater
at Riverfront Park

www.ccwhitewater.com

                                     

Charles City WhiteWater at Riverfront Park is located onthe Cedar River in the heartofdowntown Charles City. The multi-use project accommodates not only kayaks, but also inner tubes and stand-up paddle boarding. The one-quarter mile rodeo course is rated at Class II and III levels with three distinct features for paddlers of all levels. Additional elements of Riverfront Park include: boat launch; ravine play area; disc golf course; labyrinth; and stormwater fountain.

 

Disc Golf Course

Along the Riverfront Park

Click here for a course map

Riverside Disc Golf Course is a short 9 hole course located along the Cedar River adjacent to the new whitewater kayak course.  The course plays quick as you navigate around the park ringing the chains on PDGA approved Mach2 baskets.  Enjoy the river views as the course takes you through a tough hole #3 "tunnel" and the wicked dog-leg hole #7.

 

Floyd County Historical Museum

500 Gilbert St.

www.floydcountymuseum.org

Over 110,000 items can be seen in over 20,000 sq. feet of display area at the Floyd County Historical Museum.  The proud keeper of Charles City 's tractor legacy, you can find not only Hart-Parr tractors on display, but also original tractor manuals and literature for sale. In addition to tractors, you'll find an 1853 log cabin, period rooms, one room school house, and a fully restored drug store from the turn-of-the-century.

 

Girlhood Home of Carrie Chapman Catt

2379 Timber Ave.

www.catt.org

Visit Springbrook Stock Farm, established in 1865 by Lucius Lane, father of national women's rights leader Carrie Lane Chapman Catt. The double-brick home, completely restored by the National 19th Amendment Society, is of unique design. A barn constructed at the turn of the century is also located on the property as well as a prairie-grass area.  Carrie Lane Chapman Catt was a founder of the League of Women Voters and spent her life working for the rights of women and the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

 

Historic Homes Tour

Download Map of Historic Homes Tour

Take some time to stroll along our Historic Homes Walking Tour. This collection is brought to you by the Charles City Historic Preservation Commission. Although the homes featured are not set up to view the interior, we are pleased to point out the historic richness of each property as a self-guided tour described in a full-color brochure and audio tape that is available at the Chamber office (401 N Main St).

 

The Mooney Collection - Old Masters Art Works

Charles City Public Library - 106 Milwaukee Mall

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Fondly referred to as the Mooney Collection, this large assortment of original paintings, engravings, etchings, drypoints, and woodcuts by such renown artists as Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Salvador Dali and Grant Wood, is housed in the gallery located in the Charles City Public Library. The collection was bequeathed to the City of Charles City in 1941 by famous photographer, and native son Arthur Mooney. Viewing of these spectacular pieces is free during normal library hours.

 

Public Art Walking Tour

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This innovative collection of “art that you can sit on” is a brainchild of our local Main Street Iowa program, Community Revitalization. These unique pieces, accessible along the recreational trail, make a stunning addition to Charles City 's riverscape. Other unique public art sculptures are located in parks and by various buildings in town.

 

Riverside Cemetery & Chapel

59 Riverside Ave.

The Riverside Cemetery, founded in 1857, has long been known as one of Iowa's most beautiful cemeteries. One of the focal points in the cemetery is the small chapel built of native stone in 1907.  This quaint chapel features original furnishings and period stained glass windows. Cemetery volunteers use the chapel to help assist visitors with grave locating services and hold funeral services during mild weather (there is no heat or air conditioning).   The St. Charles Cemetery Association and the Women's Cemetery Improvement Association own, operate and care for cemetery located on the Northwest side of Charles City.

 

Sherman Nursery Company

www.shermannursery.com

For over 120 years, Sherman Nursery Company has been growing high quality bareroot and container nursery stock. Over the years, Sherman Nursery became known as one of the largest producers of roses in the area and the biggest grower of evergreens in the world. Sherman Nursery serves over 3,000 independent retail outlets, landscapers, greenhouses and contractors across the country with quality fruit trees, small fruit, shade and ornamental trees, ornamental shrubs, peonies, roses, evergreens, hedging, vines, perennials, rooted cuttings and potted liners. Contact the Chamber at 641-228-4234 to arrange a tour.

 

Wildwood Park & Golf Course

1 Wildwood Road

Visit them online

The first golf course in Iowa to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wildwood Park has a rich history dating back to 1912. The park was a POW camp for German WWII prisoners, and two stone bridges remain as reminders of that era. Three bridges were originally constructed by the prisoners, but one was destroyed during a storm. During a reunion of prisoners and others who worked on the park, it was remembered that the clubhouse was used as a barracks.

Play a round of golf on this historic 9-hole golf course. For fees and hours click here or call 641-257-6322. 

If you like golf, also check out the 18-hole Cedar Ridge Golf Course.  For fees and hours call Cedar Ridge 641-228-6465.

 

Other Area Attractions

Little Brown Church - Nashua, Iowa

Visit the historic Little Brown Church in the Vale.

 

 

Fossil & Prairie Center -Rockford, Iowa

See Iowa's virgin prairie and dig your own Devonian fossils at this 400-acre park.