Downtown Ames, Iowa









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Things to do in Ames, Iowa

Main Street of old Downtown Ames speaks to once what was and what could be once again. As Ames the community gathers, it leaves a pocket of opportunity for small business owners to come in and set up shop.Take a few minutes to explore what each downtown has to offer by viewing our directory below.

Downtown Ames is the place to plan your wedding. You'll be spending a lot of time downtown as there are so many wonderful shops to find invitations, photographers, bakers, caterers and jewelers. Planning your wedding will be a breeze with so much support from local merchants to make a perfect and memorable day.

Downtown Ames brings musicians together and finding your local musical instrument shop can be a great way to get to try new and used guitars. Be sure to start your search downtown if you are looking to upgrade, trade-in or add to your collection.

Downtown Ames helps you expand your skills and learn some new ways to expand your artisan flare? Sign up for classes at your kitchen supply store, yarn shop, art and craft shop and photo gallery. You'll be having great fun with your new friends as you you take on that next project.

Downtown Ames makes shopping for wine and other spirits easy by bringing an incredible collection sourced from local, regional well-known producers from around the World. Hit the wine tasting events and stock up on your favorite choice to be shipped home for your convenience.

Why do you love downtown?

DONNA LIGON
I've never been there but I love small town Main Streets

Mike Adamski
Love shopping for unique finds and supporting local shops!

Carrie Homier
6 women looking to explore the area. We will be there Feb. 18th. Whatever you can do to open our wallets easier and more economical would be much appreciated and fun! Thank you.

Kathy Tidmarsh
will be staying in Aug. 2017 and looking forward to enjoying your town

Kimberly Carter
Becuz it's fun

Restaurants in Ames, Iowa


Bad CO

4518 Mortensen Road # 108
Downtown Ames



888 Chinese Restaurant

809 Wheeler St Suite 106
Downtown Ames



Aunt Maude's

547 Main St
Downtown Ames



Bali Satay House

527 Brown Court
Downtown Ames



Arcadia Cafe

2712 Lincoln Way
Downtown Ames




Downtown Ames Hotels

Finding the best hotel in Downtown Ames can make or break the experience of your entire trip. Take a few minutes to explore what each hotel has to offer by viewing our directory below. Here are some tips to consider:

Ask to be placed opposite of any roadways. Road noise can be a constant source of pollution which may not be a noticeable problem during the day but reveals itself at night. Don't be afraid to request a room change to get a better sleep.

Always find a reason to email the front desk manager in hotels that you plan to visit again. Tell them what they did right and express your plans to stay again and ask what opportunities there might be for frequent discounts or upgrades on your next visits. If you become friends with the manager, you just might get the friends and family rate some day.

Call ahead to make sure your reservation is still active and rebook if there are any price drops or changes in number of people staying with you. Another cost saving tips is to bundle the stay with airport parking and shuttle to avoid hefty fees.