Get to Know a Fun Weekend Visit

Welcome to Newton, Iowa – the heart of Central Iowa, where small-town charm meets big city amenities! Whether you're a racing enthusiast, a lover of history, an art connoisseur, or just someone looking for a good time, Newton has something for everyone.

Do Something Fun

Discover the fun side of Newton! Enjoy bike rides on scenic trails, play disc golf in our beautiful parks, or tee off at Westwood Golf Course. In warmer months, splash around at Maytag Pool or catch a concert at Maytag Bowl. When the weather cools down, cozy up with a book from the Newton Public Library or sled down the hills at Sunset Park. There's something for everyone, no matter your definition of fun.

Dine Like the Future President

Newton, a popular stop along the presidential campaign trail, offers a diverse culinary experience that has attracted many presidential candidates. No matter your taste, Newton has it all – from Chinese to Mexican, Italian to Vietnamese. Here's a list of local eateries where you can savor a delightful meal or indulge in a sweet treat.

Discover Your New Favorite Store

Explore the rich history of Newton's downtown square, dating back to the 1800s. The Main Street District is home to a charming array of shops and boutiques. 

Enjoy A Night Out

Savor the flavors of Newton at the Maytag Dairy Farm, known for possibly the world's best cheese, at their hometown store located at Nostalgia Wine & Spirits in Downtown Newton. Don't miss the cheese tasting and grab some souvenirs. Check out Gezellig Brewing Company for award-winning craft beer or visit Murph & Mary's Pub, a community gathering place for families. Experience it all at The Thunderdome, home to Revel & Rind, a high-end cocktail lounge with diverse entertainment options.

Head to a Race

Get ready for the adrenaline rush at the Iowa Speedway, home to the biggest, loudest, and fastest races in Iowa. Whether you're a seasoned racing fan or a newbie, the Iowa Speedway experience is unforgettable. Check out the Newton Kart Klub for thrilling kart racing from April to September.

Catch the Latest Flicks

Experience movie magic at Valle Drive-In, the oldest drive-in in Iowa. Play around before settling in for a double feature. For a more traditional cinema experience, head to Capitol II Theatre in the historic Hotel Maytag building. Enjoy the latest movies, a full concession stand, and even meet the theater mascot, Joy the MiniPig!

Dig Into Our History

Explore Newton's rich history with locations on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Fred Maytag Park Historic District and The Newton Downtown Historic District. Visit the Jasper County Historical Museum for a journey through the city's industrial and societal evolution.

Love Art? Look No Further

Immerse yourself in Newton's vibrant art scene. Take an art class at the Centre for Arts and Artists, featuring local artists at work. Grab a map for the Public Sculpture & Art Tour at the Centre, showcasing over 90 sculptures and murals. Explore the Jasper County Historical Museum to admire sculptures by local artists Herman and Neal Deaton.