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Ottumwa Stories: Your Destination For Summer Fun!

Published May 2, 2022

Plan your summer vacation in Ottumwa now!

Create new memories for your family this summer by taking a weekend getaway to Ottumwa, where small town hospitality meets big city amenities.

Attend Our Summer Events: Ottumwa is chock full of events in the summer. Whether it's a nationally renowned performer at Bridge View Center, a performance by the Ottumwa Municipal Band or celebrating a special occasion, Ottumwa and Wapello County have events for the whole family! CLICK HERE for a calendar of all of our summer events.

Cool Treats for a Hot Summer Day: Our sweet treat option swill keep you cool all summer long. Be sure to check out Ashbys Bakery & Ice Cream ShopBotanitas Isa-AbysGrahams Dairy FreezMain Street Donuts & Polar Xpress on your next trip. Our full restaurant guide can be found here HERE.

Head Outdoors for Some Summer Sun: Let the Iowa sunshine bring you some outdoor fun. Spectacular scenery, wildlife around every corner and lots of warm sunshine: all the outdoor activities you're looking for can be found right here in Ottumwa. Check out the Beach OttumwaWapello County Trail SystemPioneer Ridge Nature Area, and our disc golf courses.

Shop Local, Buy Local: Take a special piece of Ottumwa with you! We have several districts around the area to do some shopping. From antiques to salons to jewelry we're sure to have something for everyone. Click HERE for our list of local businesses and favorite national names, then go shop til you drop!

Our Getaway, Our Hosts: The perfect accommodations make the perfect weekend getaway. Ottumwa offers accommodations for every taste and budget. We have historic hotels, name brands and an intimate bed and breakfast for the whole family. Go HERE to pick the accommodations that best fit your taste!

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