Watta Way to See Pottawattamie County

It's a route ... it's a loop ... it's Watta Way to see Pottawattamie County. "Watta" is five letters in the middle of Pottawattamie and an easy-to-remember title for an itinerary loaded with the many things to see and do throughout the county. From Iowa's Antique City to the scenic Loess Hills to 13 patriotic tributes (Eagles of Honor), you'll find many, many attractions a short drive from Council Bluffs.

Carter Lake
Honey Creek

Arrowhead Park

29357 310th Street
Neola, IA 51559
(712) 485-2295

This 147-acre park surrounds a 17-acre lake offering modern camping, cabin rentals, picnicking, equestrian facilities, snowmobiling, ice skating, playground, shelter rentals, overlook shelter, sand volleyball, and much more.

Avoca CountryView Golf and Grille

1701 N. Willow Street
Avoca, IA 51521
(712) 343-2765

Public course with 9 holes; par 36.

Botna Bend Park

42926 Mahogany Road
Hancock, IA 51536
(712) 741-5465

Breezy Hills Vineyard & Winery

31735 Tamarack Road
Minden, IA 51553
(712) 485-2083

Stop for a glass of one of their award-winning wines, while enjoying panoramic views of the Western Iowa countryside. Music events are held periodically throughout the summer.

Carstens 1880 Farmstead

32409 380th Street
Shelby, IA 51570
(712) 544-2341

This 1880 farmstead is a living history exhibit of how farming practices have moved from hand labor to horse machinery to tractors giving visitors a look at the things that have formed our rural heritage. Their motto is "preserving and celebrating Iowa's farm history." Unique seasonal activities and demonstrations make the rural spirit come alive. On the National Register of Historic Places; tours by appointment.

Community Center - UMBA Hall

300 2nd Avenue
Underwood, IA 51576
(712) 566-2222

This 9,600 square-foot hall is available for receptions, dancing, and meetings. Regular roller skating sessions are held Friday nights from October through April.

Dreamland Theatre

107 Broadway Street
Carson, IA 51525
(712) 484-2281

The 166-seat, newly-restored Dreamland Theatre shows new-release movies every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night at 7:30 pm, with admission starting at $4 for adults and $3 for kids.

Eagles of Honor Project

Pottawattamie County, IA
(712) 485-2618

Since 2007, hand-crafted bronze eagles have been dedicated across Pottawattamie County as a symbol to thank all veterans and families. Displays include:

East Pottawattamie County Courthouse

203 N. Elm Street
Avoca, IA 51521
(712) 343-2477

Constructed in 1885, this secondary Pottawattamie County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been proclaimed to have "the most beautiful courtroom in the state." Featuring a 200-year-old bench and canopy from an old English castle, the courthouse is available for tours by appointment.

Farm Creek Public Wildlife Area

1 Mile South of Hwy. 92 on 460th St., east of Carson
Carson, IA 51525
(712) 328-5638

320-acre wildlife area with public hunting and fishing. No facilities.

Farmall-Land USA Museum

2101 N. LaVista Heights Road
Avoca, IA 51521
(712) 343-6354

This 26,000 square feet museum houses a collection of more than 150 IH full-size tractors, pedal tractors, toy tractors, artist prints and other IH memorabilia, in addition to a beautiful doll collection in the "Tractor Windows" lounge. Open April through October, Tuesdays through Sunday, and by appointment. Cost ranges from $3 to $8; visit website for more details.

Hitchcock Nature Center

27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA 51542
(712) 545-3283

Five miles north of Crescent, off the Old Lincoln Highway, the Hitchcock Nature Center consists of 1,268 acres within the Loess Hills. Park admission is $2.00 per vehicle per day, or a $10.00 annual permit is available.

Indian Creek Stables

23136 Mudhollow Road
Crescent, IA 51526
(712) 545-3534

Iowa's Antique City Welcome Center

607 Highland Street
Walnut, IA 51577
(712) 784-2100

The city of Walnut features turn-of-the-century brick streets, antique globe lights, and hitching posts, plus over 15 antique shops open year-round.

JM4 Ranch Harness & Tack

Crescent, IA 51526
(712) 328-7593

Stall your horse, plus a bed and breakfast for the horse's companion. Professional farrier supplies, full leather and custom shop.

Loess Hills Vineyard & Winery

1120 Old Lincoln Highway
Crescent, IA 51526
(712) 545-3054

Sample some of Iowa's finest wine while enjoying a breathtaking view of the scenic Loess Hills of western Iowa.

Loess Hills Woodworks

191 Old Lincoln Highway
Crescent, IA 51526
(712) 545-4455

Features handcrafted furniture pieces and custom cabinetry using locally-grown hardwoods. Local art on display with demonstrations on third Saturdays, otherwise by appointment.

Mid-America Motorplex

19340 Jesup Avenue
Pacific Junction, IA 51561
(402) 306-5015

Monroe One-Room County Schoolhouse

610 Highland Street
Walnut, IA 51577
(712) 784-2100

1920s country schoolhouse; contact the Welcome Center for tour information.

Mt. Crescent Ski

17026 Snowhill Lane
Honey Creek, IA 51542
(712) 545-3850

Neola Phoenix Theater

307 Front Street
Neola, IA 51559
(712) 485-8051

This newly-restored 1913 theatre was the first talking-picture showplace in Pottawattamie County. Ticket prices are just $2 for children 12 and under and $4 for adults.

Nishna Heritage Museum

117 N. Main Street
Oakland, IA 51560
(712) 482-6802

Take a trip back in time when life was simpler. This museum has has several displays, including collections of dolls, tools, clothing from the Victorian era, households items, etc. Don't miss the quilted map of Iowa created in 1900. Call for hours and/or appointments.

Octagon House

Graceland Cemetery
Avoca, IA 51521
(712) 343-2477

Located in Graceland Cemetery, this unusual octagon building was built around 1875 to house mourners during inclement weather. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Original Mormon Trail Settlement Site

Macedonia, IA

This 10,000-pound, red granite boulder commemorates Old Macedonia, where the Mormons approached the West Nishnabotna River crossing on June 12, 1846.

Penny's Vision Gallery

510 Front Street
Neola, IA 51559
(712) 485-2618

For over 30 years, artists Russ and Penny Christiensen have been creating bronze sculptures and paintings, including the various Eagles of Honor sculptures across Pottawattamie County.

Pioneer Trail Museum

316 Main Street
Macedonia, IA 51549
(712) 486-2568

Pottery by the Creek

13063 432nd Street
Carson, IA 51525
(712) 486-2324

Nestled in a valley just outside of Carson, you'll find potter Paul Koch creating unique pieces of hand-thrown pottery and ceramic sculptures.

Prairie Crossing Vineyards & Winery

31506 Pioneer Trail
Treynor, IA 51575
(712) 487-3812

This family-operated vineyard and winery is perched atop rolling hills. It has panoramic views of the vineyard and countryside while visitors enjoy some of the best wines in Iowa.

Quail Run Country Club

29512 285th Street
Neola, IA 51559
(712) 485-2266

Semi-private course with 9 holes; 3,277 yards; par 36.

Rolling Hills Bank

300 Antique City Drive
Walnut, IA 51577

Built in 1880, this structure features Mission/Spanish Revival and Classical Revival styles of architecture.


21557 270th Street
McClelland, IA 51548
(712) 566-2022

SCOLA is a non-profit educational organization that receives and retransmits television programming from around the world in native languages. Tours of the facilities with an orientation to the SCOLA programming world are available by appointment.

Shoreline Golf Course

210 Locust Street
Carter Lake, IA 51510
(712) 347-5173

Public course with 18 holes; 6,731 yards; par 72.

Stempel Bird Museum

311 Main Street
Macedonia, IA 51549
(712) 486-2323

A collection of more than 300 mounted birds including many rare species and some over 100 years old are displayed. Known as one of the finest in the state, Dr. Stempel, a self-made authority in the area of ornithology, has left a legacy to future generations to observe species rapidly become endangered and/or extinct. Tours are available by appointment.

Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum

504 N. Elm Street
Avoca, IA 51521
(712) 343-2477

Step back in time and see what life was like when Avoca was young. In addition to a variety of displays depicting historic events, more than 75 mounted heads from animals across the world are in the museum. Of special interest are the musk ox and arctic wolf. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day; call for specific hours.

The Painted Camel

320 Main Street
Macedonia, IA 51549
(712) 486-2323

Fine art and craft gallery featuring regional artwork.

Thistleberry Cottage, LLC

17429 390th Street
Oakland, IA 51560
(712) 484-3696

Thistleberry Cottage is a comfortable, interesting, and affordable shopping experience for things you love.

Treynor Recreation Area

208 Buck Street
Treynor, IA 51575
(712) 487-3302

Semi-private course with 9 holes; 2,966 yards; par 36.

Walnut Creek Historical Museum

304 Antique City Drive
Walnut, IA 51577
(712) 784-2100

Open weekends Memorial day through Labor Day, or by appointment, many of the items in this museum date to the 1870s and 1880s, when Walnut was a thriving prairie town of 1,000 people. The museum is housed in the former Masonic Lodge and includes kitchen and parlor room exhibits, furniture and clothing.

Walnut Mural Tour

Walnut, IA

Twenty-seven artists used their imagination and creativity to develop murals and signs, enhancing the ambiance of "Iowa's Antique City." While visiting, make it your project to find them all and find the letter on each one to spell "WALNUT." This can be a fun, family adventure!

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