Grinnell Chamber

Nature Retreat Itinerary

From active adventures to relaxing retreats, the Grinnell area is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors. Treat yourself to a day in nature. Get away from the distractions of life and take a nature retreat. 

1. Morning Bike Ride

Ride a portion of the Grinnell Area Recreation Trail (map on next page) or explore the Iowa countryside with a gravel bike ride (route ideas on page 27). Bikes can be rented from Bikes To You.

Disc golf at Lake Nyanza in Grinnell, IA

2. Round of Disc Golf

Enjoy a friendly game of disc golf at Lake Nyanza. The 18-hole disc golf course wraps along the edge of the lake, so make sure you bring a “floater” disc. Discs are available for purchase at Bikes To You and Sports Page Sporting Goods.

3. Picnic at Arbor Lake

Stop by McNally’s Foods for picnic food. Enjoy your picnic and relax at Arbor Lake, the perfect nature getaway right inside the city.

4. Afternoon Swim

Cool off at the Grinnell Mutual Aquatic Center with two thrilling water slides, zero-depth entry pool, and lazy river.

5. Relaxing Pontoon Ride

Head to Rock Creek State Park and rent a pontoon from the Rock Creek Marina. You will be surrounded by picturesque scenery as you explore the lake.

Enjoy an evening of burgers and beer at Oakland Acres Golf Club in Grinnell, Iowa.

6. Dinner & Drinks

End your day by grabbing a bite to eat at Oakland Acres Golf Club, which is near Rock Creek State Park. The club is the perfect place for burgers, fries, and cold beverages. Try out the golf simulators on the big screen!

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