Things to Do in Ames

Explore the Top Attractions Around ISU Campus

Looking for a full-service hotel near Iowa State University? Look no further than Gateway Hotel and Conference Center – the ideal home base for your Ames adventure!

Walk from our hotel to the campus of ISU, home to Reiman Gardens, Memorial Union and ISU Cyclones athletics. Or practice your swing on one of several area golf courses. You can also check out nearby Ledges State Park, a picturesque nature preserve, or experience the fun of sports and events at Seven Oaks Recreational Area.

Need advice on things to do, see and experience in and around Ames? Ask a member of our team. We’d be happy to provide suggestions.

Reiman Gardens

In addition to its distinctive grounds, Reiman Gardens has an indoor conservatory, hundreds of species of butterflies that thrive year-round and a gift shop. Our hotel is just five minutes from Reiman Gardens.

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Cyclone Athletics

Watch electrifying Big 12 action at Jack Trice Stadium (.9 miles from the hotel) or Hilton Coliseum (1.7 miles from the hotel).

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Memorial Union

Centrally located on campus, the union offers a variety of restaurants and coffee shops, as well as the Iowa State University bookstore.

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Ledges State Park

Located about 15 miles west of Ames, Ledges State Park is a wonderful nature preserve which is open to the public from sunrise to sunset.

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Seven Oaks Recreational Area

Seven Oaks is about 20 miles west of Ames. This family-owned and operated outdoor recreation area is open year round with a variety of summer and winter sport options.

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Furman Aquatic Center

Furman Aquatic Center offers a place to cool off and enjoy the summer sun. With a 50-meter recreation and lap pool, diving boards and platforms, water slides and a lazy river, it’s a perfect way to occupy the family for the day.

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Inside Golf

Inside Golf is a bar and restaurant with indoor golf simulators. Located in the North Grand Mall, this is a perfect outing for families and friends.

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Perfect Games

Perfect Games is a bowling alley with luxury lanes, an extensive arcade, laser tag and mini golf. They also have a large full service bar with pool tables.

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