Whether it is a lifetime or just a day, we hope you will: Explore, Stay, Do Clay!  In Clay County, Iowa, our secret is ourselves.  With the BEST hidden treasures around, you will find that fun is what we do, sites are what we have, and memories are what we make them!

Christian Kirchner House
The Christian Kirchner home was built in 1867.  It was the first frame dwelling in Peterson and Clay County.  It is standing on the original site and only minor structural changes have been made. 

Museum open by appointment.
Peterson , IA 51047
Phone: (712) 261-1875
Clay County Fair
Experience the World's Greatest County Fair!!

Visit for upcoming Fair info.
PO Box 527
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-4740
Clay County Freedom Rock
Clay County will be included in The Freedom Rock's 99 county tour! Our rock is going to be placed in Everly's Garden of Peace & Hope!  

The rock was completed in April 2015. 
Everly , IA 51338
Clay County Heritage Center
Features two museum galleries full of history and facts about Spencer and Clay County!  Meeting room available.  Managed by Clay County Heritage.  Clay County CVB office also located here.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday:  10am - 4pm
Thursday:  10am - 6pm
Saturday:  10am - 3pm

7 Grand Avenue
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-3304
Clay County Regional Events Center
Delivering OUTSTANDING Experiences!

No matter what your event, the Clay County Regional Events Center is your place! 
800 W 18th Street
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 580-3000
Clay County's Parks
With our many park options, there is outdoor fun for everyone!  Enjoy the great outdoors, in Clay County!

Clay County Parks, where hospitality is reality!


Clay County , IA
Phone: (712) 262-2187
Del's Garden Center
Del's Garden Center is a full service garden center.  Our staff is knowledgeable and eager to be of assistance to you.

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm 
1808 11th St. SE
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-4912
Fort Peterson Blockhouse
Fort Peterson was one of a string of forts constructed in 1862-63 by troops during the Civil War known as the Northern Border Brigade.  Fort Peterson's blockhouse is the only remaining vestige of the entire fortification chain (Peterson Heritage, Inc.).

Museum open by appointment.
PO Box 44
Peterson , IA 51047
Phone: (712) 261-1875
Glacial Trail Scenic Byway
The Glacial Trail Scenic Byway highlights the best of northwest Iowa with all its beautiful scenery and history as well as recreational opportunities.  
Peterson , IA 51047
Phone: (712) 262-2083
Hap Ketelsen Community Center
An excellent location for your upcoming wedding reception, dance, club meeting, family reunion, baby shower, corporate meeting, holiday gathering, & more!
203 North Main Street
Everly , IA 51338
Phone: (712) 834-2691
Hawk Valley Garden

Northwest Iowa's One-Stop Shop for pumpkins, squash, gourds, & more!  They have all your fall needs!

Typically open September & October.  Visit their website for exact dates.   

Weekdays: 4pm - 7pm
Saturdays: 8am - 6pm
Sundays: 12pm - 6pm
Closed on Mondays
2670 US-18
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 363-1587
InnSpiration Winery
Winery opened in March 2013!  They are open Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays.  Call them for exact schedule.

Enjoy a local Clay County wine on the beautiful deck overlooking the countryside.

Their wine list ranges from sweet wines to dark reds.
5079 - 180th Ave.
Linn Grove , IA 51033
Phone: (712) 296-4966
Iowa Lakes Community College

Meeting rooms available.  Call 712-262-7141 for more info.

1900 North Grand Avenue
Suite B-1
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-7141
Fax: (712) 262-4047
Jim's History Barn
A restored 1928 barn featuring the following collections:
- Western memorabilia
- Indian artifacts 
- hunting & fishing displays
- mounted wildlife
- Military items from 1700s - WWII

And MUCH more!

Open by appointment or chance.  Free will offering.
6 East 4th Street
PO Box 67
Peterson , IA 51047
Phone: (712) 295-6551
Jones Dairy
The Jones family would love for you to come visit and see where the milk and cheese you put in your fridge begins! Tours are $5 per person and children under the age of one are free. For groups of less than 6 people, tours are $30. 
2560 270th Street
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-0400
Kirchner Farm Museum
The Kirchner Farm Museum is filled with horse-drawn farm equipment and machines, from decades past.

Museum open by appointment.
Peterson , IA 51047
Phone: (712) 261-1875
Liberty Lanes
Located in the basement of the North Gate Mall.  

Monday - Thursday:
4pm - 10pm
Friday: 4pm - midnight
Saturday: 1pm - midnight
Sunday: 2pm - 6pm 

1900 North Grand Avenue
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-4200
Lost Island Nature Center
Serving a purpose to instill the public, with the knowledge and appreication, of the wetlands and the opportunities they provide!
3259 355th Avenue
Ruthven , IA 51358
Phone: (712) 837-4866
Parker Museum

Reverend and Mrs. Parker, along with a group of county citizens, established the Parker Historical Society in 1960.  Managed by the Parker Historical Society of Clay County. 

Open by appointment.

300 E 3rd Street
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-3304
Prairie Heritage Center

The Prairie Heritage Center provides environmental education, as it relates to the prairie and the region!! 

Prairie Heritage Center Hours:

Wednesday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday & Sunday  1:00pm - 4:00pm 

4931 Yellow Avenue
Peterson , IA 51047
Phone: (712) 295-7200
Remillard Signs & Barn Quilts
Visit their location to view and purchase your own barn quilt.
2855 370th Street
Dickens , IA 51333
Phone: (877) 966-3744
Rock Forest School

The Rock Forest School was one of the first frame schoolhouses in Clay County.  With past memorabilia, the schoolhouse brings you back in time.

Museum open by appointment. 

Peterson , IA 51047
Phone: (712) 261-1875
Royal Community Center
A new facility, located in the heart of Royal.  Great for family reunions, small meetings, and local gatherings.  Call 933-2421 for more information or to make reservations.
302 Main Street
Royal , IA 51357
Phone: (712) 933-2421
Royal Schoolhouse Museum
Visit the old country schoolhouse, located north of the Community Center.  It was formerly the Riverton No. 8 Fair Play School, was built in 1935, and moved to Royal in 1947.  The building was used as classroom for some time before it closed.  Restoration began in 1999. 

Inside, visitors will find school house items and community information about Royal's businesses, churches, and schools that were formally located in the town.  Open by appointment.  Call City Hall for details.
3rd Avenue & Main Street
Royal , IA 51357
Phone: (712) 933-2421
Sleepy Hollow Aronia
Aronia berries are one of the healthiest berries in America.  Sleepy Hollow Aronia, located near Peterson, offers a short season where you can pick your own berries.  The aronia berry is usually ready to pick in September.  Contact the Pingels to arrange a visit.
2450 - 430th Street
Peterson , IA 51047
Phone: (712) 295-5513
Spencer Area Activity Center
The SAAC mission is to provide social and educational opportunities that will involve and enrich peoples' lives. 

Meeting room space available for rent.  Call 262-1782 for details.
104 East 4th Street
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-1782
Spencer Family Aquatic Center

Entire fun for the whole FAMILY!!!

612 4th Street SE
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 580-7275
Spencer Golf & Country Club
The Place to Play!

Meeting space available - call 262-2004. 
2200 W 18th Street
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-2028
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Just for the fun of it!
1320 4th Avenue SW
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 580-7280
Spencer Parks
Walk, bike, or run along 11 miles of paved trails in Spencer.  

Enjoy the 17 parks within the city limits.  Visit the website for addresses and amenities.
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 580-7260
Spencer's Historic District
Spencer Main Street Co.
Take a walking tour of Spencer's Historic Grand Avenue Commercial District!  Tour booklets are available at the Spencer Main Street Office and Clay County CVB Office.  
122 West 5th Street
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-7246
Sunny Brook Schoolhouse
Take a trip into the past and visit the restored Clay County schoolhouse.  Call the Everly City Hall for access to the building and for more information.
Everly , IA 51338
Phone: (712) 834-2691
The Prairie Flower
Natural prairies, hunting cabin, and first-class guided tours!
1765 290th Street
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-5864
The Shrimp Shed
The Shrimp Shed is a family-owned business in Clay County, Iowa. 

The Shrimp Shed provides you naturally raised, clean, saltwater shrimp. We use a ZEAH system (Zero Exchange Aerobic Heterotrophic System). The water is tested daily and is as close as a natural habitat for the shrimp - minus all the pollutants! We add NO chemicals, antibiotics or hormones. When you eat their shrimp, they are providing you a fresh and delicious shrimp that is full of healthy benefits!
1550 Hwy. 18
Everly , IA 51338
Phone: (712) 834-2323
West Side Vineyard
Established in 2007 by the Barglof family. 

Available for tours.  Host annual Harvest Fest in summer. 
2055 360th Street
Spencer , IA 51301
Phone: (712) 260-5763

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