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Newton is the perfect Central Iowa getaway at just 30 miles from Des Moines. Whether you are interested in world-class auto racing at Iowa Speedway, like to enjoy community festivals, are an art and sculpture enthusiast, history buff, love to golf, enjoy shopping in an eclectic downtown atmosphere or want to tour the Maytag Dairy Farms and sample their famous Maytag Blue Cheese, Newton has many attractions making our community a destination and a perfect place for a fun-filled weekend, family reunions, or motor coach tours.

Newton’s downtown historic district is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a place where the historic buildings house one-of-a-kind shops you’ll love to explore. While you shop, you’ll experience the architecture of years gone by, from our unique courthouse to historic churches.

If you enjoy spending time outside, Newton is the perfect place to visit. You’ll delight in nature at the Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Westwood Golf Course is a challenging municipal course with rolling hills on the front nine and an abundance of water and sand. Newton also has a beautifully shaded dog park to exercise your four-legged friend. And you can speed things up with world-class racing at Iowa Speedway. Enjoy IndyCar and NASCAR Xfinity races or watch go cart racing at the Newton Kart Klub just south of the high school.

Art and culture are alive and thriving in Newton. We’re known for our nearly 90 pieces of art and sculptures located throughout the city, and you’ll find beautiful murals on many of our downtown buildings. Pick up a map at the Newton Visitor Center so you can take your own tour to enjoy them all. The Centre for Arts & Artists houses many artist studios and art, as well as a gift shop.

Take a stroll through the Jasper County Historical Museum in Newton where you’ll see artifacts of the county displayed in individual room settings, including a country store, a new agricultural building, a reproduction of a Victorian home and a 1930s home, and tools used by early settlers. The largest exhibit in the museum recognizes the growth of the Maytag Company through examples of many products it manufactured since the first washing machine was produced under the Maytag label in 1907. And don’t forget to check out the Blacksmith Shop.

One of the highlights in Newton is Maytag Dairy Farms. The dairy farm is home to the famous Maytag Blue Cheese used worldwide in the finest restaurants. Go out to Maytag Dairy Farms for a tour of the shipping and packaging area and don’t forget to sample some of their famous cheese.

Newton is such a distinctive place. You’ll never tire of exploring all we have to offer – from catching a movie on a “really big screen” at the Valle Drive-In; or on the two smaller screens at Capitol II Theatre in downtown Newton. Take a bike ride or walk the trails on the city hike and bike trails. Maytag Park houses Newton’s local pool, as well as the Fred Maytag Bowl, an ice-skating rink in the winter months and a spectacular disc golf course. And, the entire park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

There is so much to do and see in Newton and the greater Newton area, but when you’re ready to sit back and relax, enjoy one of our many local restaurants, and then settle in for the night at a local hotel or a bed-and-breakfast.

If you would like more information on travel and tourism in Newton, contact the Newton Convention and Visitors Bureau, come out to the Newton Visitors Center or take a peek at their website at www.visitnewton.com and they’ll help make your visit the best it can be. No matter where or what you decide to go or do in Newton, you’ll be impressed with the many amenities we have to offer.

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