Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest into the most productive farmland in the world. At the 500-acre open-air museum, visitors travel at their own pace through historical time periods spanning 300 years. On-site interpreters provide a unique learning environment of seasonal activities and demonstrations. Visitors engage at three working farm sites: 1700 Ioway Indian Farm; 1850 Pioneer Farm; and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm as well as the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill including a blacksmith shop, general store, print show, mansion, and barn. This is the site of the conference excursion on Wednesday, July 26. $50 Fee includes bus transportation to Des Moines, admission ticket, and boxed lunch. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience life in another time period! Space is limited.
This link includes photos and other information about various activities that are within an hour drive of Ames, Iowa.
"Located in the heart of Ames, the $10 million Furman Aquatic Center includes a 550' lazy river with a waterfall and two tremendous water slides both over 200' in length. There's a 50 meter pool that boasts a 150' drop slide, basketball hoops, 3-meter platform, and a 1-meter spring board. A 5,000 square foot recreational pool includes zero depth entry, spray features, a large play structure, a children's slide, and a toddler slide."
"Situated on a 17-acre site, the year-round attraction features distinct gardens both indoors and outdoors on a 17-acre campus, a Conservatory with seasonal displays, a 2,500-square-foot Butterfly Wing with emergence cases, a Gift Shop, and beauty for all to enjoy and share."
This link is to more information (including links to download) about the MyState app, an app which has campus maps, bus schedules, and more.
This link is to an online map of the Iowa State University campus.
This link is to a PDF map of the local CyRide bus system.