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Things to do in Madison County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Food
“This winery has become a hot place to visit. They have all sorts of events from music to learning to cook. The owners are very nice. Harvesting grapes is very interesting and fun to do. You can always call to ask more information for volunteering to help harvest the grapes. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Walter won awards for his blueberry cobbler at the Iowa State Fair. They have also won awards for best tenderlion!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“John Wayne 's new museum is full of memorabilia and interested information about the life and career of John Wayne. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Brewery
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“They make craft hard apple cider right here in Iowa, with no added sugar, water, or other stuff - just the apples! Great setting and they also always have a couple of locally brewed beers on tap if someone isn't into cider. We consider it our local bar! www.wintersetcidery.com ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Food
“Enjoy the tasting room for both wine and home brew. Check the website for the summer music.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Clark Tower is located 7 blocks from my Airbnb. It is in beautiful Winterset City park. Also home of the Maze and the Culter-Donahue Covered bridge.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Live music most weekends of great caliber. Home to the Hinterland music festival and Big Country Bash.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, tubing. Rentals available through Middle River Rentals. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bridge
“Visit all 6 of the world-famous covered bridges, the inspiration and setting for the book and movie The Bridges of Madison County.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“The museum offers changing exhibits of American quilts both vintage and new. iowaquiltmuseum.org ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cinema
“This historic theater was recently completely restored to its original splendor and updated to the most recent technology. See a movie or play in this beautiful, iconic theater. www.the-iowa.com ”
  • 1 local recommends
History Museum
“The Madison County historical complex consists of 14 buildings located on 18 picturesque acres on the south edge of Winterset. www.historyonthehill.org ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Awesome, old time walk-up ice cream shop. Very affordable and so so good! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bridge
  • 1 local recommends
Bridge
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Walter won awards for his blueberry cobbler at the Iowa State Fair. They have also won awards for best tenderlion!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Quaint little place for coffee and morning pastry. This shop is run on a volunteer basis and all proceeds go to a local church.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Pizza Place
American Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Corner Shop
  • 1 local recommends
Pizza Place

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