Do, Eat, Stay

A warm welcome to Charles City, Iowa, a scenic community of 8,000, situated on the Cedar River. Charles City was settled in 1852 as a trade center for the prairie frontier. Today, Charles City and Floyd County offer a wide variety of attractions throughout the year, combining small town friendliness with big city amenities. Any time is a great time to visit America's Hometown!

For information about nearby restaurants and lodging, visit the Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce website. For local news and upcoming events, also visit the Charles City Press.

Charles City, IA

Area Attractions

  • The Charles Theater, featuring a colorful 1935 art deco facade, is the home of Stony Point Players, a community theater group. 409 North Main.
  • Charles City Arts Center, a restored 1904 Carnegie library building, features regional artists and monthly exhibits, with workshops and classes. Open Wed.-Sat., 1-5 p.m.; Thurs. till 7 p.m. 301 North Jackson St. (641) 228-6284
  • Floyd County Historical Museum, featuring an 1870s-era drug store, a large collection of antique tractors and depictions of early prairie life. Iowa's largest county museum also features a gift shop and resources for researchers. 500 Gilbert St., Charles City. (641) 228-1099
  • Cable stay footbridge, at the west end of Clark Street in Charles City, is in the National Register of Historic Places. The 267-foot span over the Cedar River was built so that local residents could attend Chautauqua lectures, entertainment, and tent revival meetings.
  • The Fossil & Prairie Park and Center near Rockford, managed by the Floyd County Conservation Board, features geological wonders dating back to the Devonian Period, over 350 million years ago.
  • The renowned Little Brown Church in the Vale near Nashua.
  • Over 300 acres of parks in Charles City, including a new outdoor aquatic facility. Wildwood Park and Golf Course is among the few municipal golf courses in the U.S. listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Wildwood Park stone footbridge
  • For more information about what to see and do year-round in America's Hometown, or to find out more about special events coming up, contact the Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce at (641) 228-4234 or email

This information is provided as a public service. The author does not accept responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions