Have you ever been exploring and captured a once in a lifetime picture that was only possible because you climbed over a few branches, stepped in a little mud, and captured only a narrow window of light? Camera or no camera, sometimes the best way to get a birdseye view of a city is being on your own two feet. Park your car for the day and enjoy a beautiful fall day around Mason City – here are a few suggestions to help you get started in planning the perfect day!
Time to get up and fill your lungs with fresh fall air! Start your morning with the River City Sculptures on Parade in Downtown Mason City. This fun walk is not only a way to get your morning steps in, but you’ll be fascinated by beautiful public art from artists all over the country.
The 1.7 mile route is an easy navigation starting in downtown Mason City and averages a relaxing 2-3 hour completion time. The self guided tour takes you through the Cultural Crescent which includes historical architecture, art museum, public library, and The Music Man Square. Sculpture maps are available to DOWNLOAD or free to pick up at the Mason City Visitor Information Center (located at 2021 4th St. SW).
OH, and remember – Have fun with it! Take selfies like our friends here, with the Huckleberry Daze sculpture!
If you’re unfamiliar with Mason City, you may not know that we are famously recognized for our award-winning architecture. The only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel – The Historic Park Inn and the Stockman House, the first and only Wright-designed Prairie School house in Iowa, both can be found in Mason City.
You’ll be amazed by the largest group of Prairie School Designed homes on a unified site, located in the Rock Crest/Rock Glen, this unique neighborhood features homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin, William Drummond, Francis Barry Byrne and more! The self-guided tour encompasses 14 blocks and the historical tour is an additional 13 blocks beginning at 303 2nd St. SE.
A walking tour guidebook is available for $5 at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, The Music Man Square, Mason City Visitor Information Center and at the Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House. Download the Enlarged Mason City downtown map featuring an overview of the self guided walking tour. Pick up a FREE walking tour map at the Mason City Visitor Information Center or in Central Park at the Visitor Information Kiosk, located in Downtown Mason City.
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Interested in both public art and Frank Lloyd Wright? Don’t miss the new Wright inspired murals popping up throughout Downtown. The first can be found on the exterior of Brick Furniture, located at 107 N. Federal Avenue.
EARLY EVENING: LEAVES, TREES, FALL COLORS – OH MY!
Our last (few) stops of the day include some of our favorite places to view the many beauties of Fall. The changing colors of leaves make picturesque moments everywhere, ALL THE TIME!
One of the best places to check out fall colors is Lime Creek Nature Center located on the north side of Mason City. A public conservation facility nestled atop of the limestone bluffs of the Winnebago River. Explore over nine miles of trails through prairie, forest and wetland habitat provide remarkable experiences.
Next, enjoy the never ending beauties of East Park during the autumn season. Stroll the park, relax in the gazebo, play in Prairie Playground or even just find a bench, sit and relax. If you still have yet to hit your 10K steps for the day, we suggest checking out one, or two more of Mason City’s beautiful parks.
Bring your walking shoes and head to #MasonCityIA this Fall! CLICK HERE for additional itinerary ideas