Things to Do in Lamoni, Iowa and the Surrounding Area
Overview of Things to Do in Lamoni
The City of Lamoni, nestled at the Crossing of Pride and Progress, is a beautiful community which offers residents and visitors alike with opportunities to explore the finest in performance arts, recreation, and cultural participation. Geographically, Lamoni is located on the Iowa side of the Southern Iowa/Northern Missouri border in Decatur County. Lamoni is home to Graceland University, a private University affiliated with the Community of Christ. A large majority of students who spend their college years at Graceland University take pride in their community and have no problem making the most out of their initial years as an independent young adult, just read the 10 Things You Have to Do in Lamoni column, written by then- Graceland University Junior Undergraduate Brandon Christian.
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Helene Center for the Visual Arts
The Helene Center for the Arts contains one of the few bronze and aluminum casting studios in the Midwest. It includes a state of the art ceramics studio with 16 Brent potters wheels, 4 electric SKUTT kilns, 2 high-fire Alpine kilns, and raku and wood-fired kilns. Studio and exhibit space are plentiful with state of the art equipment. A Mac lab with industry standard software and hardware has iMac stations for students to create on a 24 hour basis.
The Shaw Center
The expanded Shaw Center was dedicated homecoming weekend 2012 after a 15-month, $16 million transformation into one of the top performing arts venue in the Midwest. The expansion includes the new state-of-the-art JR Theatre, a black box theatre equipped with lighting, sound and multi-functional qualities equal to the best such theaters in the country. The expanded facility also includes the acoustically-perfect, 150-seat Carol Hall recital facility, a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre, a stunning new atrium/lobby, the 500-seat Shaw Family Auditorium and a long, north-facing corridor Gallery that showcases contemporary still lifes and landscapes of Canada, home to JR and Carol Shaw, the donors who made the Shaw Center expansion possible.
Lamoni Farmer’s Market
Bring the family to the Lamoni Farmer’s Market on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s starting May 4, 2016! We offer produce grown locally, soy candles made locally , local honey , baked goods and candies, arts and crafts and more. Come and help us grow this market by shopping and signing up as a vendor.
All vendor inquiries welcome!
2016 Farmer’s Market Contact & Availability Information:
Phone Number: (641) 203-2990
Email: Click here to submit an email contact form
First Open Market: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Wednesday Hours: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday Location: Invinci parking lot 610 E Main St.
Saturday Hours: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Saturday Location: Downtown Lamoni (Main St./US Hwy 69)
Final Open Market: Saturday, September 28, 2016
Liberty Hall was built in 1881 in Lamoni, Iowa, and until 1905 was home to Joseph Smith III, the first president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – now the Community of Christ. Smith served in this capacity from 1860 to 1914. He called his home Liberty Hall to welcome all who might come to visit him and his family.
Liberty Hall was a center of social and religious life for the community. There were parties and weddings and fun nights before the fire place eating apples and popcorn, playing games and reading aloud. Joseph Smith said “Liberty Hall throbbed with life, teeming with the bustling activities of a large and growing family.” Birth, death, and marriage occurred within its walls. Joys and sorrows succeeded each other as day the night.
Liberty Hall is a premier restoration site listed on the Iowa and National Registers of historic homes that gives visitors a glimpse into a middle-class family, an era of late Midwestern Victorian culture, and the story of a significant religious movement in American history. The house, furniture, and antiques uniquely represent that time.
“To preserve the home of Joseph Smith III and to share his life story and work in the context of his family, the Lamoni community, and the Community of Christ.”
Overview of Area Parks & Attractions
Lamoni and the surrounding area have many recreational spaces that are used for a variety of activities such as baseball/softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, golf, skate boarding, hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking, and performance. Graceland University offers recreation as well as cultural activities to are a residents. The Closson Center and Field house boast an indoor track and swimming pool that may be used at certain times during the week. Graceland also has outdoor tennis courts and a newly renovated outdoor track. Additionally, the university has a yearly concert-lecture series which yields many fine performances throughout the year.
Map of Lamoni Parks & Attractions
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Slip Bluff County Park
This picturesque 400 acre park provides a well shaded campground with both tent and semi-modern sites. The area offers some 2.5 miles of hiking trails. The 16 acre lake provides some excellent Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Catfish, and Walleye fishing. Electric motors only are allowed on the lake and there is no swimming. Over 200 acres of the park is covered with beautiful hardwood timber that provides many spectacular natural sights throughout the year. If you enjoy the quiet splendor of an Iowa woodland, you will enjoy visiting Slip Bluff Park.
Location: 2 miles west and one mile north of Davis City.
Body of Water Type: Reservoir
- Band Shell
- Picnic Area
North Park (George Foreman Park)
- Swimming pool
- Skate park
- Ball diamonds
- Fair activities
Col. George Barrett Disc Golf Course – Graceland University
Challenging course in a beautiful campus setting. Long front 9, wide open over rolling hills and around Founders Lake. Back 9 has tight fairways and new growth rough.
Year Established: 1999
Course Type: Permanent
Number of Holes: 18
Target Type: Mach II
Tee Type: Concrete
Course Length: 7,260ft
Hole Length: Under 300ft: 3 | 300 – 400ft: 7 | Over 400ft: 8
Address: 1 University Pl, Lamoni, IA 50140
Email: Brad Carr #15988 (follow link to email form to contact)
Alt. Phone: 641-784-5233
J & B Rolling Hills Disc Golf Course
From I-35 exit 4 west, 500 feet to 1st right at BP station, 0.1 miles to 1st right by red machine shed. Look for sign and basket on fence.
Parking Lot: (-93.895946, 40.63)
Lamoni Golf & Country Club
932 S Smith St
Lamoni, IA 50140
Phone: (641) 784-6022
Tee Times: Click Here
The 9-hole “Lamoni” course at the Lamoni Golf Club facility in Lamoni, Iowa features 3,113 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36 . The course rating is 33.9 and it has a slope rating of 109. Designed by Leo Johnson, the Lamoni golf course opened in 1955. Dave Ranney, PGA manages the course as the Golf Professional.
Lamoni Municipal Swimming Pool
Phone: (641) 784-3333
Open Swim Time: 1:00-5:00; 6:00- 8:00p.m.
Adult Swim (18 and over) 5:00 – 6:00pm
Family Pass: $100
Single Pass: $50
Punch Card: $25
All ages $3.00
Pool Party Rental
25 people: $30 per hour
26-50 people: $50 per hour
$25 per person
$45 per person
For more information on Swimming Lessons, Private Parties, Hours of Operation or Pricing please call (641) 784-3333
About this trail:
The trail conveniently takes origin from the Iowa Gateway Welcome Center at Exit 4 of Interstate 35 and courses over an earthen dam to enter an abandoned railbed with its scenic canopy of oak and hickory. It passes over a rebuilt trestle to enter Lamoni and has a contiguous 1-mile loop around and through Graceland University. The trail courses past downtown Lamoni, City Hall, the Community Center, the Lamoni Schools, and the Public Library before passing over a second rebuilt trestle to reach rural meadows. It passes over six earthen dams skirting Lamoni’s recreational Home Pond to end at Liberty Hall on the National Register of Historic Places.
The trail was paved in three segments over a 10-year span by Lamoni resident volunteers, including a number of Graceland faculty (probably the highest percentage of PhD’s on a cement crew in history). The hundreds of trail users have reported spotting deer, fox, muskrat, coyotes, raccoons, innumerable bird species, and even a bobcat in the wooded and aquatic portions of the trail. Cross-country skiers enjoy the trail in the winter months.
Park at the Iowa Gateway Welcome Center (Exit 4 on I-35), at Central Park (behind the library off Main St./US 69) or at Liberty Hall (1138 W Main St.). Parking is available on the campus of Graceland University but restrictions may apply.
Trail User Review:
Great break on an I-35 road trip
“Definitely hit this trail as a break from a long road trip on I-35. The flat, paved trail starts east of Lamoni, goes past Graceland College, through downtown, and then enters its most picturesque stretch west of town. Here it meanders through a working field, past a nice small lake and terminates at the historic Liberty Hall. The trail is in excellent condition. There is a nice coffee shop a few blocks off the trail in the center of town.”
TravelIowa.com – July, 2011
Visit Amish Area
Whether you shop for local Amish-made goods and furniture, stay overnight at a quaint bed and breakfast tucked under an authentic Amish quilt, stop by local roadside stands set up by the Amish to sell excess farm produce, or explore the scenic countryside, a visit to Amish country can be a rewarding and fascinating experience. From tranquil Amish farms and the clip-clop of horse-drawn buggies to tasty Amish foods, there are plenty of opportunities for a glimpse into the Amish way of life.
While visiting Amish country, it is very important to be considerate of the Amish and their lifestyle, however, just like you, they do not solicit or encourage people to take their picture or knock on their door. Please click on the link below to read some of the basic courtesy rules when visiting the Amish community.
Links for Other Things to Do in Lamoni
The above directory from Lead on Lamoni provides objective listings regarding the wide variety of to do in Lamoni, Iowa and the surrounding area, subjective or opinion-based lists, reviews, and blogs are very useful for several purposes. For instance, you may find a listing here that didn’t seem to be a good place to bring children so you decide not to go, but then you find a user review that states bringing the children is a must, suddenly your opinion will be swayed and you can visit the location after all. To find more subjective lists, with public user posts, images, reviews, and more, visit some of the off-site links below to other reputable travel advisor information. The links below are to subjective information put together by residents, tourists, and students alike, all packed with information on what to do in the Lamoni-area!