The Buzz: Summer Fun in Altoona

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If you’re searching for some summer fun in Iowa this season, look no further than Altoona, Iowa! We’ve got all the attractions, destinations, and events you need for a good time.
Pack your sunscreen, sunglasses, swimsuits, outdoor gear, and adventurous spirits. Here we go!

Adventureland Resort

One of Altoona’s most famous summer destinations is Adventureland Resort, home to Iowa’s best thrills.

Scream “AAAAAAAGH” on more than 100 rides and attractions. Make a splash in their indoor and outdoor waterparks. Grab a bite to eat at their restaurants and food stands.

Stay for a day, a weekend, or even get yourself a season pass for a whole summer of non-stop excitement!

Altoona Aquatics Park

You’ll definitely want your sunscreen and swimsuits for this one.

Dive into summer at the Altoona Aquatics Park, open from June 4th to August 21st!

Cool off, float around, grab a snack, and relax. And if you’re throwing a birthday party or another celebration, be sure to check out their party packages!

Parks & Trails

Altoona is THE place to be when it comes to outdoor summer recreation!

You can spend countless hours exploring our parks, and even more time on our legendary trail systems.

Walk, run, bike, jog, skip, hop, rollerblade, scooter—whatever your heart desires. You’ve got miles and miles of space to do it. Don’t forget to stop for refreshments too! We’ve got tons of trailside restaurants to enjoy.

Be sure to check out some of our favorites, like Prairie Heritage Park & Civic Plaza and the Enabling Garden. You can also view our Parks and Trails Map to start planning your outdoor summer adventure.

Friday Cruise-Ins at the Outlets of Des Moines

Cool cars? Live music? Food and beer trucks? Count us in.

Check out Friday Cruise-Ins at the Outlets of Des Moines, hosted by the Iowa Street Rod Association!

These events will be held from 4-8 p.m. on May 6th & 20th, June 3rd & 17th, July 1st & 15th, August 5th & 19th, and September 2nd & 16th.

Cruise on up for some good-old-fashioned fun!

Olde Town Farmer’s Market

If you’re looking for local produce, fresh eats, and friendly vendors, you’ve come to the right place!

Stop by the Olde Town Farmer’s Market on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m., from June 2nd to September 29th.

The farmer’s market is an exciting part of the (new) Olde Towne Business Association’s historic downtown revitalization efforts. It’s a great time. Plus, it’s benefitting our community.

Don’t forget your wallet (and your appetite)!

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel

Prairie Meadows is always a great spot for grown-up fun, especially in the summer.

Their famous horse races are already off to a quick start this season. But don’t worry, they’ll run until October 2nd—there’s plenty of action left!

You can learn about racing schedules, wagers, and catch replays on their website.

There’s even MORE to do at Prairie Meadows this summer, too! Play, bet, and win in the casino. Jam to some live music. Enjoy fantastic dining spots and exquisite hotel stays.

Live it up, Altoona style!

Terrace Hills Golf Course

Terrace Hills Golf Course has something for everyone to enjoy, whether you want to play like a pro or just hang out on the mini-golf course!

Kids, adults, seniors, teens—anyone can have a blast here.

Want to golf? Play their exciting 18-hole Par 71 championship course, and master your skills in their newly-renovated driving range and short-game practice areas.

Want to…not golf? Check out their mini-golf course!

Want to do a little bit of everything, but also with a great venue and amazing food? Host an event at Terrace Hills! It’s perfect for weddings, banquets, and other occasions.

More Summer Fun

Want to discover even more ways to have fun in Altoona this summer?

Plan your visit here and find places to stay, restaurants to try, destinations to explore, and events to attend.

See You Soon!

Summer will be a blast this year in Altoona, just like it is every year.

We can’t wait for all the good times ahead. See you soon!