Things To Do

  • There is always quality entertainment and activities to find and do in Fort Dodge!  
  • There is always quality entertainment and activities to find and do in Fort Dodge!  
  • There is always quality entertainment and activities to find and do in Fort Dodge!  


Blanden Memorial Art Museum

The Blanden Art Museum has a permanent collection which includes modern American & European paintings, African sculptures, glassworks and 16th-20th century American, European & Japanese prints.  The Blanden also has adult and youth classes, art education classes, meet & greet artist events and family fun activities.

920 3rd Ave. S., Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 573-2316
Community Orchard

This family operated orchard produces apples and pumpkins.  Community Orchard includes a bakery, cafe, retail shop and play area called the Back 40. The retail market, Apple Attic, has 20 varieties of apples, home decor, seasonal items, gourmet and unique Iowa food products.  The cafe includes meal options as well as fresh made apple treats, juices and homemade fudge. The Back 40 Playground includes a tire mountain, farm tile slide, jumping pillow, animal area, cow trains, farm tile rollers, pedal karts, mighty trikes, duck races, The Corn Box, build-your-own scarecrow and corn maze.  There is admission charged for the Back 40 Playground and separate admission and hours for the corn maze.

2237 160th St., Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 573- 8212
Family Bowl and Fun N' Pizza

Family Bowling Center offers 24 lanes with automatic scoring, bumper lanes for children, a large game room and banquet facilities.  This center, also, offers a cosmic bowling experience with lights and music.  

3599 5th Ave South, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 7664
Fort 8 Theatre

Fort 8 Movie Theatre is handicapped accessible and  has hearing assisted listening devices available. The theatre has 3D Digital Projection, 4 day advance ticket sales, ATM, digital sound, Hollywood Movie Money & E-Movie Cash accepted, stadium seating and Visa/Mastercard/Discover accepted.

1417 Central Ave, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: (515) 573- 3727
Fort Frenzy

Fort Frenzy is a family entertainment center with both indoor and outdoor attractions.  Outdoor attractions are open seasonally.  Attractions include go-carts, bumper boats, water wars, mini golf, mini bowling, rollerskating, laser tag, spin zone, toddler area and unique arcade games.

3232 1st Ave S., Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 2226
Fort Museum and Frontier Village

The Fort Museum is housed in a stockade fort and pioneer main street.  Buildings and corresponding collections include a family cabin, church, one room school house, cabinet shop, land office, general store, drug store, jail, print shop, blacksmith shop, livery stable, pottery building and tinsmith shop. Other collections included are prehistoric, military, Native American, Civil War, period furniture and early Fort Dodge artifacts. The only remaining cabin from the fort which established Fort Dodge is dedicated to Lewis A. Armistead, a confederate general killed at Pickett's Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg.  Prior to joining the confederacy, Armistead served as Quartermaster at Fort Dodge.  Another special exhibit building tells the story of the Cardiff Giant, one of the biggest hoaxes from the 19th century which started from gypsum mined near Fort Dodge.

1 Museum Rd., Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: (515) 573 - 4231
Golf Central / Hanson's Custom Golf

 Golf Central helps players stay on-the-top of their game by practicing through the winter season.  Facilities provide a close to real-life the experience with our aboutGolf© PGA Simulator feels, looks, and sounds.  A player’s swing can be kept fresh by hitting balls at the indoor driving range.  Athletes are able to fine tune their putting by practicing in our short game area.  Golf Central offers league play with flexible scheduling, golf shop, custom fitting, repair and professional lessons.  

809 Central Ave, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 4653
Hawkeye Community Theatre

Hawkeye Community Theatre has been providing live theatre productions since 1957.  Every year they produce six high quality shows.

521 North 12th Street, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 6061
His and Her's Miniature Golf

His & Her's Miniature Golf is a Fort Dodge tradition.  Play as a group or as a couple.  

533 South 25th Street, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 227- 0458
Lizard Creek Blues Society

The Lizard Creek Blues Society was founded to help preserve, promote, and educate music lovers about an American Original, the Blues. Through staging of Lizard Creek Blues shows, promotion of blues at other venues, and educating the general public the Lizard Creek Blues Society brings blues to a population that might not otherwise have the opportunity to see live blues artists perform. Lizard Creek also encourages local musicians to play the blues. 

Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 8378
Next Edge Performance

Next Edge Performance improves quality of life by Cryotherapy, Fitness Pod, Compression, Infrared Sauna, Oxygen Bar, Oxygen Training, Photobiomodulation Therapy (Red Light Therapy), and Pulse Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF).


2419 5th Avenue S, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: 515 570-8595
Riverfront R/C Speedway

Radio Control 1/4 Scale Racing!

627 Meriweater Drive, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: (515) 341-5111 Dave (515) 570-7302
Rosedale Rapids Schmoker Family Park and Aquatic Center

Rosedale Rapids Family Aquatic Center is an outdoor waterpark which includes 5 slides, lazy river, wave generator and 30+ water features.

1111 North 32nd St., Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 955- 4284
Shellabration, Inc.

Shellabration Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make  positive contributions to the quality of life and the economic development of the greater Fort Dodge area through exciting, family-friendly entertainment and performing arts options.   Shellabration brings legendary, nationally known bands for their summer Shellabration concert.  This outdoor concert is complete with high tech light show and an LED video wall. In the fall, they hold their annual Oktoberfest Celebration at the Oleson Park Bandshell with the traditional polka music, custom wooden dance floor, German food, a variety of German and domestic draught beers on tap, live college football broadcasts all day and a rock or country band performing in the evening.

Fort Dodge, 50501
Sports Park Raceway

1/2 mile dirt, semi banked track. Select Friday evening races.

2298 S. River Road, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: (515) 571-4401
Studio Fusion

Fused Glass Retail Shop and Do It Yourself Studio

21 South 12th Street, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576- 4527
Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park overlooks Badger Lake and  honors past and present military personnel through memorials, statues and a natural amphlitheatre.  The park has a shelter for special events such as military reunions, weddings and receptions.

1421 National Avenue, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 576-4258
Webster County Fairgrounds

Home of the Webster County Fair! But that’s not the only thing happening out at the Fairgrounds. They host many activities throughout the year, including horse shows, rodeos, and monthly flea markets, figure 8 car racing, tractor pulls, bridal shows, craft shows, dog shows, sports shows, wedding receptions, meetings, trainings and more.  The Webster County Fairgrounds has many facilities available for rental, including a multipurpose building, campgrounds, indoor or outdoor arenas and livestock buildings. 

22770 Old Hwy 169, Fort Dodge, 50501
Phone: (515) 955- 3764