Retire in Ames, IA

Livability Score
61
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
61276
Median Househould Income
42373
Median Age
23.5
65 Years and Over
5087
Median Home Value
172600
Unemployed
2225
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. The Mucky Duck Pub

Such a fun little spot! I definitely did not expect to find a delightful British Pub in Iowa! Great fish and chips. The half order was just right for me....

2. Downtown Deli

It's about time I write a review on this place. My husband is an Ames native and we always come here during our visits. He just gets their cheese...

3. Pammel Grocery and Deli

This place is delicious. Have lived close by for 4+ years and had never tried it until I read some of the other Yelp reviews, and very glad I did. It's a...

4. The Café

We checked this out on way through Aims. It's a little off the I35 path but worth the time to get there. A very good menu that has some excellent out of the...

5. West Street Deli

The best sandwich in Ames! Will come back soon. I plan to explore through their whole menu:)

Golf
1. River Valley Golf Course

Great course and good value. Staff was prompt and helpful. Course is kept nice and relaxed. If your looking for something fancy, this may not be your fit....

2. West Grand Golf

This was a wonderful course! Each hole was completely different and it used the natural environment very well. It was a little difficult to find at first...

3. Hyperion Field Club

Holiday Lunch today with old pals we call the "Dudes". Had 'to die for' Rueben with homemade coleslaw and Bloody Mary.

4. Willow Ridge Golf Course

While visiting my niece who has just moved to Fort Dodge, we tried a new restaurant every day. On my last night here, I took her and her husband to Willow...

5. The Legacy Golf Club

I live in Minnesota but played this course as part of a TwinCitiesGolf.com spring golf trip and liked it so much I keep coming back at least once a year....

Active
1. Ada Hayden Heritage Park

Great place for a walk, picnic, fishing, flying a kite, etc. The path is concrete and you can choose between about a 1 mile or 3 mile walk around the ponds.

2. McFarland Park

Pretty!! It's wooded, has a great field with trails, is dog friendly, and is quite large. I enjoyed going to a bridal shoot here. Only downside I can...

3. Center Grove Orchard

Center Grove Orchard is, by far, the best Central Iowa fall family destination. They have it all: apples, pumpkins, kids' activities and food! For kids...

4. Brookside Park

Brookside Park is one of the most beautiful park in Ames. They have everything in the park from kids playground, volleyball court, trails, etc. The fact...

5. Ignite Yoga

At the beginning of 2015, I decided I was going to worry less about my hair and that I wanted to be more bendy. I don't know about the hair thing, but I do...

Arts
1. Reiman Gardens

My brother hadn't had a chance to check out the Reiman Gardens when he moved a few weeks ago, and pretty much insisted we all go there. Didn't sound too...

2. Dg's Tap House

This is my favorite bar in Ames! They have the best bartenders, the greatest range of beer on tap, and the best live shows! From bluegrass to jam bands,...

3. Iowa State Cyclones - Jack Trice Stadium

One of my favorite places ever....the whole experience of tailgating, hanging with friends, and watching games here is what makes this great. Being an alum...

4. Snus Hill Vineyard & Winery

I love the atmosphere of this winery. Sundays they have a live band and while visiting with relatives we are able to enjoy some nice wine and music. I...

5. Hilton Coliseum

I had been here many times for concerts in the past but this was a first for me, and the fam, going to a basketball game here. We had an amazing time! The...

Shopping
1. Vinyl Cafe

Every time I come into this place, I am perplexed as to why I'm not exploding due to pure joy. This place has my two favorite things in the world: coffee...

2. Ames Silversmithing

I have had several incredible experiences with Ames Silversmithing. The downtown ma and pa Jewelry store has incredible service and very talented jewelry...

3. Target Stores

Thank you Target for having nice furniture for sale to help furnish my daughter's college dorm room. I wanted shelving for my freshmen. Target had what I...

4. JAX Outdoor Gear

Go here! We are sending our son to Iowa State from California. We needed some winter wear. Joyce greeted us and spent the next hour helping us with...

5. Mayhem Collectibles

This is the oldest, most established and most competent comic book store in central Iowa. This is the original baby. You're not going to find anything on...

Health
1. Overman Family Dentistry

As someone who has moved around a lot and has a few dental issues (including partial fakes), I have been to many dentists in Iowa. Dr. Overman at Overman...

2. Eye Works

I am a student at Iowa State University and I needed to find a local place to get my eyes checked every year. This place just happened to accept my...

3. Metzger Family Dental

Small practice that always makes me feel welcome when I visit. Dr. Metzger, Dr. Crawford, and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. This...

4. Mary Greeley Medical Center

The best healthcare I've received in my entire life. The respect, detail, and quality care is bar none. Best emergency room care in the nation.

5. Ames Center For Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

In all of my life and my many dentist experiences, I have never been to such a nice dental office. Cookies, snacks, coffee, and water as soon as you walk...

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