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  • Kevin P
    Carroll, IA27 contributions
    So much to see. Take your time and take it all in. Friendly staff and the plants are wonderful. Wide variety and the landscaping is very well done.
    Written 20 July 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,581 contributions
    Beautiful park-like campus. No offense to the state but not what I was expecting to find in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa. Highlights on campus include the Memorial Union, Beardshear Hall, Lake LaVerne and the Campanile. Incredible facilities for engineering majors. Attending a Big 12 football game on campus at Jack Trice Stadium or a basketball game at the Hilton Coliseum are terrific experiences.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Bob S
    Omaha, NE1,149 contributions
    My wife and I visited Alluvial in Feb 2020, Pre Covid, while on a weekend getawway. We home brew and are fans of craft beer.
    Alluvial seemed to be on the outskirts of Ames, but I may be wrong. Upon entering the parking lot we were impressed by the beautiful building. The interior is also quite impressive. There is a smaller room upon entering in which to sit that includes the taps. There is also a larger room that had a stage area that was quite roomy and would be a nice place to watch music.
    We sampled most of their beers on our visit and found all quite good. They do not serve food, but there were tables of guests that did bring outside food in with them. They do have popcorn for sale that come with a very delectable salt/flavoring. It's almost addictive.
    We enjoyed our visit and would recommend a visit if you're in the area. I'm sure that the current Covid concerns having had a drastic affect on their operations. It is places like this that we must support so that they are there for us to enjoy in the future.
    Written 26 July 2020
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  • Ann W
    Boone, IA64 contributions
    I look my two granddaughters to this wonderful Aqatic Center. they had a blast and would come and go again.
    Written 17 September 2021
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  • RobBoston80
    Boston, MA1,148 contributions
    Although I am not a student, I was allowed free access to see the museum. The young lady at the counter pointed out the glass collection and where I could see a nice pair of jugs. The emerald color was spectacular.
    Written 26 September 2021
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  • Doug P
    Ames, Iowa, United States96 contributions
    The Octagon is a great store to shop for unique artwork or just spend time enjoying the fine selections of different types of paintings, pottery, jewelry and many other preferences.They also have artistic classes and events to attend, as well as, permanent and rotating exhibits of artwork.
    Written 5 June 2019
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  • Doug P
    Ames, Iowa, United States96 contributions
    Prairie Moon winery is a fun place on Sundays in the summer months to enjoy outdoor live music and one of their unique wines along with one of their wood-fired fresh baked pizzas. You can also book weddings or parties in their large indoor banquet room.
    Written 14 June 2019
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  • nailuj110
    Humboldt, IA343 contributions
    Torrent Brewing’s Tap room is OPEN. 👍with all the stuff going on. It’s finally nice to find a place that is open. Torrent Brewing Co is not in the fanciest of buildings, but once you step through the door, they have done a great job with the available space. There is a spacious feel to the tap room. Good selection on tap. The IPA was good, but not great. Good wine selection for the wife’s that tolerate there husbands craft beer passion, but can’t get past mich ultra. Ames needs more Torrent Brewing Co. 👍👍
    Written 31 May 2020
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  • Harvey6f
    Langley, WA128 contributions
    The facility is well staffed by volunteers to help with Covid Safety.
    The Director is a gifted homilist.
    This is a nice resource for support Catholic student ministry
    Written 30 June 2021
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  • goodfooddoneright
    Arlington, VA76 contributions
    Such a historic place a must see, so impressive the depth of history and authentic items with depth of knowledge, a must see
    Written 2 January 2018
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  • Daniel L
    Apex, NC345 contributions
    It's really quite a tiny place, but it gets the job done when you need to grab clothes or whatnot.
    The main positive is how connected it is, it's hooked up to quite a few of the bus routes in the town, and you can easily get there from almost anywhere quickly via public transport.
    Written 29 September 2021
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  • BeachesNwine
    Blanchard, OK197 contributions
    Took a group of kids that were in town for a competition. Place was affordable and fun for the kids! Laser tag was $3 per person. Good pizza. Right now they are not serving anything but pizza and appetizers for food.
    Written 29 May 2022
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  • Sarah Lydia B
    16 contributions
    I recently had a night out with some ladies and Della Viti was the perfect spot for us. You can sample wines or get a glass full, as well as purchase any specialty drinks from the bar. I've always enjoyed going to enjoy and sample different wines.

    One down side, the "sample" for wines is not really worth the price. If you want to "sample" one, I'd suggest just going straight for a glass of wine instead or buying a bottle if you know you like the brand.
    Written 27 August 2018
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  • Jody D
    West Des Moines, United States2 contributions
    Ames Silversmithing does an awesome job with jewelry repair because they do all the work in house. I have had my diamond setting replaced in my wedding band and a birthstone/ setting replaced that I lost from my mother's ring (twice!). The work is top quality and the service is always cheerful and professional.

    If you go on a Summer Saturday morning, you can also stop by the Farmer's Market down town. : )
    Written 14 July 2020
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  • 26lovetotravel26
    Webster City, IA235 contributions
    We went to see Dane Cook perform here. I was not impressed by him, but the event center is very clean, parking was easy in and out, and the staff was very friendly.
    Written 7 October 2019
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