Altoona offers a wide array of experiences that make it stand out among neighboring cities. Here are a few highlights of what you can enjoy while exploring Altoona:
- Adventureland Park
- Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel
- Brightside Aleworks
- Outlets of Des Moines
- Jethro's BBQ 'n Jake's Smokehouse Steaks
- Altoona Skate Park
If you're itching for a thrill, Adventureland has you covered. With over 100 rides, shows and attractions, visitors of all ages can't get enough of this amusement park. And on hot summer days, Adventureland Bay is the place to be. Cool off at the wave pool, lazy river, or one of the five tube-slides. For a more relaxing pool day, rent a cabana and sit back with a refreshing drink from the Adventureland Bay bar.
If table games and slot machines are more your speed, Prairie Meadows Casino & Hotel is the place for you. With more than 1,700 slot machines, ten card games (including blacklight table games), and four restaurants, guests are sure to be entertained for hours on end!
Family-owned and brewing with fresh hops, Brightside Aleworks hosts some of the best brews in Altoona. Each week there are a limited amount of unique growlers available for take-home, so that's just one more reason to visit this microbrewery regularly! When you visit, make sure to check in with your Brew Moines passport to receive a discount and become one step closer to potentially winning a Brewcation!
Shoppers can experience factory-style deals year-round at vendors, including Nike, Brooks Brothers, Lucky Brand, Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi's and Michael Kors. The Outlets of Des Moines also plays host to many events, so make sure to keep tabs on their calendar - insider tidbit, their website directory page says when shops are hosting events and sales!
Jethro’s BBQ 'n Jake’s Smokehouse Steaks
This local BBQ chain is popular amongst Iowans and became “World Famous” in only a few short years. Featured in books, magazines, television, and visits from famous political figures, Jethro’s n’ Jake’s Smokehouse Steaks is well-known for its fare. Classic American BBQ dishes such as; steak, brisket, ribs, burgers, and chicken take a mouth-watering twist at Jethro’s n’ Jake’s.
Another thrilling experience located in Altoona is the skate park. This park features stairs, moguls, a double hump box, and plenty of other challenges for novice and skilled skaters!
ALTOONA CRISIS RESOURCES
- Altoona Police Department: 700 1st Ave. South, Altoona, Iowa 50009
- Non-emergency calls: (515) 967-5132 (press 1) and for police administration (press 3)
- Polk County Resources:
- Sheriff’s Office: 1985 NE 51st Place, Des Moines, IA, 50313
- Administration: (515) 286-3814
- Communications/non-emergency: (515) 286-3333
- Law Enforcement: (515) 286-3306