Needing a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city? Then Perry is just the town for you! Check out our favorite Perry highlights below:
- Sportsman Park
- Hotel Pattee
- Carnegie Library Museum
- Chocolate Walk
- Mary Rose Collection
- El Tren Taqueria
Overlooking the North Raccoon River, find 40 acres of oak and hickory timber perfect for hiking and picnics. At this park, you'll also find opportunities to fish and cabins available for rent year-round.
The historic Hotel Pattee invites guests to relax in a setting that celebrates the sights and sounds of small-town America. The hotel pays tribute to those who came from around the world to build and grow the United States. This boutique hotel has 40 rooms, and each one tells its own story. The unique rooms celebrating ethnicity and craftsmanship are what make Hotel Pattee known as one of the Finest Historic Boutique Hotels in the World. Fun fact: there is a restored, historic bowling alley in the basement of the hotel!
Nestled within Hotel Pattee, Harvey's provides a dining experience that takes patrons back to the era when trains were booming. The Arrow Room, Challenger Room, and Hiawatha Room were all named after Milwaukee trains. They are designed to mimic the interior of a 20th Century railroad dining car - coffered ceilings, wood panels and all! The walls are also adorned with murals that illustrate the panoramic views that passengers would see as their train passed through the midwest plains. In addition, there's the Inter-Urban Lounge known for its daily drink menu. The lounge was named for the 20th Century electric train that carried passengers between Perry and Des Moines.
In 1904 Perry's original public library was made possible by a grant from Andrew Carnegie. The building is now recognized on the list of National Register of Historic Places. It is still a fully operational library, but it has also been restored to its 1910 appearance and acts as a museum highlighting temporary exhibits, a courtroom, and women's history. Tours are available by appointment.
Every year, Perry hosts an event all chocolate-lovers will adore! The annual Chocolate Walk provides local small businesses a chance to increase visitors while letting customers enjoy a chocolatey treat when they stop in. Head to the website to find dates and tickets.
Mary Rose Collection
Combining both old and new, this art gallery and vintage shop offers an eclectic variety of items. Mary Rose Collection isn’t your average antique shop. It carries repurposed, modern, handcrafted, and specialty items to make any home unique. Stop in, you’ll never know what treasures you’ll find.
El Tren Taqueria
This unique taqueria is a highlight in Perry. El Tren Taqueria serves up authentic tacos from an old train car. Whether grabbing a quick lunch, looking for an afternoon snack, or inquiring about catering for an event, Tacos “El Tren” has you covered!
Perry CRISIS RESOURCES
- Perry Police Department: (515) 465-4636, 908 Willis Avenue, Perry
- Dallas County Resources:
- Sherriff's Office: (515) 993-4771, 201 Nile Kinnick Drive North, Adel
- Non-emergency calls: (515) 993-4567