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Ottumwa Stories: We're So Thankful This Year

Published November 2, 2020

In a year that has been filled with uncertainty and change, there are still so many things we can be thankful for. In this season of thanks and giving, it’s time to count our blessings and share why we’re grateful for what makes Ottumwa to live and visit.


“I’m thankful for all the ethnic restaurants available.”

From Hawaiian BBQ and Filipino cuisine to authentic Mexican menus and even an Ethiopian restaurant, Ottumwa is truly where Iowa meets the world. Try something new and different every time you visit - you’ll never have to order the same meal twice!


“I’m thankful that there are so many parks and playgrounds for the kids to play in.”

Ottumwa has 26 parks covering 660 acres of land. Each park has playground equipment, shelters, picnic areas or open green space to keep your family active and entertained.


“I’m thankful that I can drive over the bridge and say good morning to the eagles.”

Ottumwa is a winter stopover for many species of migrating birds, including the Bald Eagle. You can see them all along the Des Moines River during the coldest months of the year.


“I’m thankful for the authentic, traditional Hispanic and Latino food here.”

You won’t find better Mexican food and other Latino cuisine than Ottumwa’s restaurants. Come explore their menus and begin a new holiday tradition with your family.


“I’m thankful that in our town I can still walk down the street and have people say hi to me.”

Ottumwa has many big-city perks while maintaining its small-town feel. You can see a world-renowned performer at Bridge View Center and then have dinner at a locally owned restaurant where the server knows your name. Enjoy the best of both worlds right here in Ottumwa.


“I’m thankful that the weather here is never boring.”

Some parts of the country rarely have winter, while other places can’t shake the rainy weather. Here in Southeast Iowa, you’ll get to experience all four seasons … sometimes all in the same week! Don’t like the weather when you get here? Hang around a few minutes. It’ll change.


What are you thankful for about Ottumwa this year?

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