When we think about traveling to a new destination in America, what are some of the first cities or towns that come to mind? New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle? All the places we know are popular. However, what if we let you in on a big secret? We know of a place that isn’t as well known, but tops the charts in entertainment, food, shopping and an all around great time. Allow us to introduce you to, Mason City, IA.

Located in North Central Iowa and 120 miles north of Des Moines, Mason City is home to an abundance of award-winning attractions. Visitors who choose to explore Mason City can enjoy endless festivals, prairie school architecture and the world’s largest assortment of Bil Baird’s puppets! Guests are welcomes to discover all of the fine features that are designed to cater them. Are you a fan of “The Music Man?” You’re in luck, because Mason City is the hometown of Meredith Willson, the creator.

This small city was also featured on NBC Today Show for being in the top five list of “Fast and Affordable Road Trips.” If that’s not enough to convince you to hop in the car and plan a visit, check out the best places to eat and play in the beautiful Mason City.


Interior Shot of 1910 Grille

1910 Grille

If you have a taste for internationally inspired cuisine, 1910 Grille is just the place for you. Located in the Historic Park Inn Hotel in downtown Mason City, 1910 Grille offers a world class dining experience in a beautiful and vintage ambiance.          

Northwestern Steakhouse

Locally owned and operated, Northwestern Steakhouse serves fresh, delicious and authentic food to the Mason City community. Guests can enjoy meals from roasted chicken to broiled shrimp in a family friendly establishment.

Pasta Bella

Family owned, Pasta Bella, is everything and more you’d expect in an authentic Italian restaurant. From the homemade sauce to the mouthwatering pasta, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant

Enjoy authentic meals in one of Mason City’s best Mexican restaurants. Las Palmas Mexican serves traditional Mexican food with a home town twist that no one can resist!


The Lady of The Lake

North Iowa Bulls Hockey

Have some free time in Mason City? Check out an exciting game watching the North Iowa Bulls Hockey team! This team will keep you on the edge of your seat as they battle their opponent night after night and make a fun time for all spectators.

Fort Custer Maze

Bring the family out to Fort Custer Maze located at the beautiful Clear Lake. Fort Custer Maze takes up two acres and has two miles of trails and is designed like a real Western Fort.

Lady of the Lake

Last, but not least, and certainly one of our favorite attractions is the lovely Lady of the Lake cruise. Guests can jump aboard for a fun 1½-hour public cruise around the spring-fed Clear Lake.