Grinnell Chamber

Group Tours

From historic architecture to agri-tourism, from unique shops and restaurants to getting into the action with hands-on art experiences, Grinnell is a unique destination for your next trip. Let us assist you from the planning stages through the tour, customized for your group. Get information and schedule your tour by contacting us at 641-236-6555 or We invite you to come explore our city and get into Grinnell!

Sample Itineraries

Here are a few examples of itineraries groups have used in the past. Our CVB staff will work with you to customize a Grinnell tour to your group's interests and schedule. Please email or call 641-236-6555 so we can begin customizing an itinerary for you. Our staff will work with you to arrange the logistics for each of your tour stops so you don't have to do all the leg work!

Day Trip: Local Foods, Victorian Homes, Contemporary Art and the Famous Jewel Box

Half Day: A Grinnell Sampler


Things To Do With Your Group

  • Admire the ornate details of Merchants National Bank, designed by Louis Sullivan
  • Discover Grinnell’s history with a visit to the Grinnell Historical Museum
  • Get inspired by a tour of the word-class art exhibits at Grinnell College Museum of Art
  • Explore the unique shops in our legendary downtown
  • Join the fun at community events and festivals
  • Learn about the local foods scene from a local producer and visit the Grinnell Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons
  • Take an architectural walking tour of our downtown
  • Visit Grinnell College and learn why it is called the “Harvard of the Midwest”
  • Learn about an international student's native culture and their experience being a college student in Iowa
  • Learn more about Grinnell’s thriving economy from the Chamber of Commerce
  • Dine at one of Iowa’s hottest independent restaurants (grill your own steak, eat at the historic  train depot, savor the flavors of Iowa’s Best Bite contest winner, and much more)
  • Get active at the new aquatic center, 11 public parks, bike trails, disc golf course and Rock Creek State Park
  • Attend a concert, lecture or sporting event at Grinnell College
  • Learn gardening secrets from local gardeners responsible for earning Grinnell the distinction as the “Best Bloomin’ Town in Iowa”
  • Take an industry tour at one of Grinnell's businesses

Schedule Your Group Tour

Contact the staff at the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau to begin customizing an itinerary for you visit to Grinnell. We will work with you to design a tour that fits your group's interests and schedule, and we will also eliminate much of your leg work by helping to schedule the stops on your tour. Our staff can also serve as a step-on tour guide for our bus tour. With advance notice, we can also schedule a special welcome from our Mayor. To start planning your visit to Grinnell, contact:



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