Are you planning a trip to Ames, Iowa? Don’t be fooled by the small-town atmosphere! Ames offers a diverse range of activities

1) Visit Iowa State University Iowa State University, home of Cyclone Football and almost 50,000 students from all over the world, is a must-see site for visitors of all ages.

3) Eat At The Irish Pub The Irish Pub is not an actual Irish restaurant, despite its name. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a party atmosphere and some exciting live music on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s hard to top.

4) See What’s Going On at the Fire Station Every Saturday and Sunday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., the Des Moines Fire Department offers tours of their station, which are great for both kids and adults.

5) Have A Beer at The Sanctuary Tavern Starting with The Sanctuary Tavern is a must in a town known for its breweries. More than 40 beers on tap and a menu of inventive pub fare can be found in this old cathedral (including their famous truffle fries).

6) Visit Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club is a venue in Ames where visiting comedians and performers perform live stand-up comedy.

7) Buy Groceries from Harry’s Farmers Market Harry’s Farmers Market has a nice selection of groceries with a wide variety of health and natural foods. If you like meat, they’ve got some great cuts—plus it’s a good place to get locally-grown produce.

8) Go Bowling at Coralville Lanes Bowling is a fun activity for couples or families—and Coralville Lanes offers great family-friendly pricing. Whether you’re looking for a few frames of bowling or an all-night tournament

Coralville Lanes has plenty of options! If you’re planning to visit on a Friday or Saturday night, be sure to make reservations in advance.