What to Do in Mason City, Iowa for a Day

Mason City, Iowa, is a town full of architecture, art, and attractions. This town in the middle of America’s Heartland has some of the best things to do in the Midwest.

While I only spent one day in this amazing town, there was much more to do here.

Historic Park Inn Tour

A 60-minute guided tour with 14 stops around the Historic Park Inn is a must-do for architecture fanatics.

Architectural Walking Tour of the Rock Crest/Rock Glen National Historic District

Check out some of Mason City’s historic architecture. Features 28 buildings, each offering an extraordinary architectural detail.

This sculpture by Dale Lewis captured my heart. The sculpture trail changes annually, so you’ll see something new no matter how often you visit.

Sculptures on Parade

The Music Man Square

At Music Man Square, we learned of another type of art, Meredith Willson’s music. If you haven’t already seen the Warner Brothers 1962 movie, The Music Man, I suggest you watch it before you visit.

Visit the Charles H. MacNider Museum downtown. Established in 1966, American art is the laser-sharp focus of their permanent collections.

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

The Victorian Queen Anne boyhood home tour provides insight into the talented family. Explore boyhood home which was full of musical instruments.

Meredith Willson’s Boyhood Home

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