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24 Hours of Family Fun in Mahaska County - Your Ultimate Summer Guide for 2024

Morning: Rise and Shine!

  1. Support Local Businesses: Start your day by supporting small, independent retail stores. Explore the vibrant community and check out retail events happening throughout the year. Follow Experience Oskaloosa on Facebook for updates.
  2. Outdoor Adventure: Embrace the beauty of nature with a bike or hike along the scenic 13-mile recreation trail. Visit the Mahaska County Recreation Foundation website for more information.
  3. Healthy Refreshments: Recharge with a fully loaded tea from Untamed Nutrition. Dive into their delicious offerings by visiting their Facebook page.
  4. Creative Exploration: Unleash your creativity at the Oskaloosa Public Library's Makerspace Lab. Discover a world of innovation and imagination at Oskaloosa Library.
  5. Delicious Breakfast: Treat yourself to an unforgettable breakfast experience at McNeill Stone Mansion B&B. Indulge in comfort and luxury at The Stone Mansion.
  6. Morning Brew: Kickstart your day with a seasonal flavored cup of coffee from Smokey Row. Visit their Facebook page for tempting options.

Lunch: Refuel and Recharge!

  1. Irish Flavors: Experience a taste of Ireland at one of Oskaloosa’s newest restaurants Bridget’s Public House, which offers traditional favorites for lunch.
  2. Entertainment Galore: Enjoy appetizers at Elmhurst Grill before hitting the greens for a round of golf at Osky Golf. Explore their menus here.
  3. Family Fun: Head to Penn Central Mall for arcade games at Old School Pinball & Arcade or try your hand at ax-throwing at Ironside Axe Club. Find more about Old School Pinball & Arcade here.
  4. Nature Exploration: Discover the wonders of wildlife at Mahaska County Environmental Learning Center. Dive into nature and visit more than a dozen parks at Mahaska Conservation.
  5. Pizza Pleasures: Grab a slice of pizza from Breadeaux Pizza and enjoy it while exploring the historic downtown square.
  6. Artistic Inspiration: Immerse yourself in creativity at Studio Osky and Oskaloosa Art Center and Studios. Experience the art scene at Studio Osky and Oskaloosa Art Center.

Afternoon: Adventure Awaits!

  1. Floral Fun: Participate in a you-pick event at Barnswallow Flowers and create your own bouquet with fresh seasonal blooms. Discover more at Barnswallow Flowers.
  2. Market Magic: Explore the Oskaloosa Vendor & Farmers Market for local treasures and culinary delights. Find them on Facebook.
  3. Family Farm Fun: Dive into outdoor excitement at Autumn Acres with giant slides, a corn pit, and apple cannons. Learn more at Autumn Acres.
  4. Skateboard Skills: Show off your skateboarding skills at the Oskaloosa Urban Skatepark, located next to the Mini-Pitch. 
  5. Historical Exploration: Step back in time at Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum and explore 15 historic buildings. Experience history at Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum.
  6. Inclusive Play: Discover the newly renovated Edmundson Park playground featuring inclusive swings, slides, and more for all ages.

Evening: Relax and Unwind!

  1. Italian Indulgence: Relax with an authentic Italian glass of wine or a cup of Gelato at Rosso & Wine
  2. High-Speed Thrills: Experience the adrenaline rush at Southern Iowa Speedway races. Get your tickets here.
  3. Al Fresco Dining: Enjoy a meal from Tasos Stakehouse and savor it in the historic Trolley Stop Alley
  4. Unique Accommodation: Book a one-of-a-kind stay at the Nest in Oskaloosa, which is near downtown and the famous Jaarsma Bakery. Discover more at Osky Better Stay.
  5. Thankful Thursdays: Join us in The Alley this summer for live music and wine sponsored by local businesses from 6pm - 8pm , followed by a stroll to the beautiful Oskaloosa Square to hear The City Band play in the bandstand from 8pm - 9pm. It's a Hallmark movie scene come to life perfect for the entire family. 
  6. Disc Golf Delight: Wrap up your day with a round of disc golf at Edmundson Park or traditional golf at Edmundson Golf. Find out more about Edmundson Park's disc golf course here and Edmundson Golf here.

Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, culinary delights, or cultural experiences, Oskaloosa and Mahaska County have something for everyone. Start planning your ultimate summer getaway and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

Remember, this is just a taste of the many wonders waiting to be discovered in our charming community. Dive in and explore Oskaloosa, where every moment is an opportunity for adventure!

For more information and updates on events and attractions, visit Mahaska Chamber & Development and start planning your perfect summer escape today!


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