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Hawkeye Community Theatre - A rich history of success, and is renowned as at not only the top of the entertainment avenue, but also one of the oldest and longest continuously running formally organized theatre organizations in the state.

Stockman House Museum - The career of an architectural genius is marked by a series of great leaps forward in artistic style. The Stockman House represents such a leap in the career of Frank Lloyd Wright, America's greatest architect.

Charles H. MacNider Museum - The museum features a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art, and the largest collection anywhere of puppets, marionettes and related props made by the famous puppeteer Bil Baird! Visitors can view changing exhibitions of sculptures, graphics, crafts and paintings. Enjoy art festivals, programs, music concerts, films and classes.

Floyd County Museum - Come explore the history of the heartland. The Floyd County Museum is one of the Midwest's largest rural county museums, with over 50,000 artifacts depicting early and recent prairie life, both agricultural and industrial.

Mooney Art Collection - Rembrandt, Picasso, and Manet are just a few masters on display at this permanent exhibit recently opened to the public. This impressive collection of engravings, etchings and prints is normally something seen in large metropolitan cities. The exhibit is housed in the Charles City Public Library.

Fossil & Prairie Park - Provides educational displays of Floyd County's unique natural world and local history. Topics such as: prairie ecosystem, native wildlife, fossil beds and their formation, conservation and preservation of our natural resources, and the history of the Brick and Tile Company provide visitors a greater understanding of Floyd County and this unique area.

Fort Custer Maze - Get lost! Visit Fort Custer Maze! Fort Custer Maze was designed by the "World's Leading Maze Consultant" - Adrienne Fisher.

Kinney Pioneer Museum - Come see fossils, dolls, ladies' fashions, soda shop and antique cars. See the Meredith Willson collection, a one room school, a log cabin and a blacksmith shop. Also, see the rare Colby Car, which was manufactured in Mason City.

Blanden Memorial Art Museum - The Museum is a center of art and culture, not only for Fort Dodge, but for a large area of north central Iowa. Free admission gives access to items from the world-class permanent collection and current exhibitions by local as well as internationally renowned artists. A full range of classes, receptions, concerts, lectures and special events for all ages are available.

Surf Ballroom & Museum - There are few buildings in existence today that represent a complete shift in our musical history. As the last concert venue for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, the Surf is the bedrock of where the sound and attitude of rock and roll changed forever.

Music Man Square - That lovable scalawag Professor Harold Hill thought there was lots and lots of trouble in River City. Might have been true in 1912. But now the music and fun is back with a bang at "The Music Man Square" in Mason City, the hometown of Meredith Willson.

Winnebago Industries Factory Tour - The largest motor home manufacturing facility in the world, Winnebago Industries, Inc., is located in Forest City in what is referred to as the most productive 60 acres in North Iowa. Founded in 1958, 'Winnebago' became a household word when the first recreation vehicle manufacturer to build motor homes in an automotive-style assembly line system.

Central Gardens of North Iowa - Creating an intergenerational environment for the 21st century that is beautiful, safe and secure, calm and reflective, educational and recreational - this place tells the story of our changing seasons, our pride in our past, the uniqueness of our present, and the hope of our future.

Fort Museum and Fort Trading Post - Truly one of the finest locations to document the development of the Des Moines River basin, and the Fort Dodge, Iowa area.