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Altoona, Iowa

Altoona offers a wide array of shopping, dining and experiences different than other neighboring cities. Recently built, Altoona opened their very own outlet mall. The Outlets of Des Moines has vendors that include Nike, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren and Zale’s just to name a few. Shoppers can experience these factory style deals all year round. If you’re itching for some thrill, Adventureland Park is a must stop for the family. Rides are available for visitors of all ages, including rides that rise over 250 feet in the air! Cool off at Adventureland Bay with their wave pool, lazy river and 5 tube slides. There’s also a full bar and rental options for cabanas. If table games and slot machines are more your speed visit Prairie Meadows Casino & Hotel. Prairie Meadows offers a ton of slot machines totaling more than 1,700. Try a hand at one of the 10 card games including their blacklight table games. When you’re looking for a bite to eat check out one of the four restaurants. A full menu at Aj’s Steakhouse and a full-service buffet at the Triple Crown Buffet, any sort of hunger can be concurred at these tasty restaurants. Grab a drink after dinner at Brightside Aleworks. Family owned and brewing with fresh hops, barley and yeast allows for some of the best brews in the Altoona area. Altoona is also home to its very own skate park! Altoona's Skate Park features stairs, moguls, a double hump box and more challenges for novice and skilled skaters. It's a great way to get out and be active with an added thrill factor. Another restaurant to check out while in Altoona is Jethro & Jake’s Smokehouse Steaks. Offering up 20oz of prime rib and steak, Jethro & Jake’s is going to be a must stop for the whole family!