Ahhh, the $64,000 question asked by kids to their parents. Well, you really just need to look in your own backyard. Well, maybe inside Madison County.
Your first and only stop you need to find out what to do is the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. It has everything you need for your day adventure.
Madison County Historical Complex, located at 815 Second Ave. in Winterset, will take you back in time to the roots of Madison County, with its strong ties to the Civil War, farming, family history and so much more. It’s where history comes alive. Jared McDonald and his great staff of volunteers are ready for a great 2013.
The John Wayne Birthplace is located at 216 S. Second St. Born in Winterset on May 26, 1907, Marion Morrison, better known as John Wayne, is the world’s most famous cowboy and one of the most recognizable faces in the world still today. Take a tour of his home filled with movie props, letters from presidents, famous actors and actresses and the gift shop filled with John Wayne items for any age.
Take a country drive and the famous covered bridges of Madison County. See the rolling hills in route to visit the bridges. As you visit each one, read the plaques that described each bridge. Walk through them and notice the workmanship that went into the construction dating back into the 1880s. It’s even a good idea to pack a picnic basket!
We have some great county-managed parks. Pammel Park just outside of Winterset has great walking, camping and fishing. Or if you just want some relaxation time, www.madisoncountyparks.org is a great website to bookmark for programs for the summer.
There is a lot to do right here in Madison County without driving a distance. Sometimes you don’t need to drive. Pedaling bikes can be a great way to spent family time and get into shape. Madison County Cycle Club always has some event happening. Check out www.madisoncountycycleclub.org
Everyone have a great summer and enjoy Madison County and its many hidden treasures.