2101 4th Street SW
Mason City, IA 50401
Phone: (641) 423-1640
Fax: (641) 423-4862
City National Bank Building and the adjacent Park Inn Hotel were both designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Construction of this Prairie School style building was accomplished in 1910. Now the City National Bank Building is also taken over by the hotel and now has rooms for guests.
The restored modified Queen Ann house, birthplace and boyhood home of Meredith Willson, composer of "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and the Broadway musical "The Music Man."
The Mason City Public Library contains the Lee P. Loomis Archive, which offers a large collection of photographic and primary source materials for the study of local and Iowa history. The library offers regular outreach and children
The Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House was Wright's first and only Prairie School-style house designed in Iowa. The restored home, designed for the family of Dr. George and Eleanor Stockman, is furnished with period pieces and reproductions of furnishings Wright designed for other houses.
A conservation education facility, the Lime Creek Nature Center's mission is to develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural world through conservation and education. Over eight miles of trails, two primitive camping areas, a wide variety of tree and bird species, picnic tables and grills, and the historic ruins of the 1873 Old Brewery are available.
Designed by the "world's leading maze consultant," Adrienne Fisher, the Fort Custer Maze includes towers on the four corners, three bridges and a center look-out tower. An office building serves as a mini museum, with displays of animal mounts, as well as Civil War and Indian artifacts. Visitors have their time logged in and out of the maze, with weekly prizes awarded for the fastest times. The maze design changes weekly during the summer. A special Halloween maze is planned annually.
Made up of 22 themed gardens, the 2.75-acre Central Gardens of North Iowa near downtown Clear Lake is North Iowa's only public garden. Open April through December, from dawn to dusk, Central Gardens of North Iowa features more than 22,000 perennial and annual flowers.
Located on the northwest shore of 3,684-acre Clear Lake, the 60-acre McIntosh Woods State Park features a 49-site campground, 45 with electrical hookups; one-mile nature trail, modern restroom and shower facility, and a playground. Fishing, boating, swimming, and picnicking are popular activities at McIntosh Woods State Park.
Established in 1889, the Clear Lake Public Library features popular children's, young adult and adult publications, including historical fiction, romance, westerns, and mysteries.
An American cultural icon, as well as an important historical landmark, the Surf Ballroom is best known as the site of Buddy Holly's last concert on February 2, 1959, along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. A tribute is held each February to honor the performers who died in a plane crash.
Spread across 91 acres (36.83 hectares), Heritage Park was established in 1999. It is a great place to get a glimpse of rural America. It features historic structures such as a 1930 school house, a 1920s gas station, a century old school, an old black smith shop, log houses, farmstead, barns, museums, a doll house and an entertainment pavilion. The wide collection of antique agricultural machines and steam engines displayed adds to its rustic environment. Check out the American Indian relics, minerals, vintage furniture, farm tools, household items, looms and more. Find out how a sawmill works, corn is shelled and shredded, wool is spun, etc at the various demonstrations held in the buildings of the park.