Sanford Museum and PlanetariumSanford Museum and Planetarium

The Sanford Museum and Planetarium was the first accredited museum in the state of Iowa.  The museum boasts a permanent collection as well as rotating displays on a variety of subjects including: archaeology, art, astronomy, geology, history, natural history, and paleontology. The museum association holds monthly programs.  The planetarium was the first in Iowa and is truly a visit to the stars.  Public programs about the constellations are given monthly.

Address: 117 East Willow  |  Phone: 712.225.3922

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Cherokee DepotDepot

The railroad was the key reason for the growth of Cherokee. The depot and entire railroad complex are listed in the National Register of Historic places.  The Depot Renovation works to preserve the Illinois Central Railroad Depot located in Cherokee.  The depot includes an HO scale model railroad and Northwest Iowa Railroad Museum. In the summer months, the depot is home to the Cherokee Area Farmer’s Market.

Address: 119 South 4th Street  |  Phone: 712.225.4664

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Cherokee Golf and Country ClubCherokee Golf and Country Club

Golf enthusiasts won’t want to miss this 9 Hole Golf Course with its challenging terrain. The Cherokee Golf and Country Club is home of the annual Sioux Valley Match Play Tournament, Iowa’s oldest Match Play Tournament. While you are there, be sure to visit The Chateau restaurant, located inside the country club.

Address: 800 North 11th Street

Phone: 712.225.4687




Gillette ShelterCherokee Parks and Recreation

Cherokee's parks offer many opportunities for enjoyment for all residents and visitors.  Koser Spring Lake Park, located near the Little Sioux River, contains over 40 camping spaces with electrical, water and sewer hookups, and nearby shower and restroom facilities.  Circling the lake is a 1.1 mile asphalt walking/jogging trail.  Modern playground equipment, several shelter facilities and fishing opportunities await visitors. 

Directly across Hwy. 59 is Wescott Park, which contains ball diamonds, a shelter, concession stand and restroom facilities.

Koser Spring Lake ParkCheck out Gillette Park, home of the Bacon Aquatic Center, a favorite of young and old alike! The aquatic center, new in 2007, has a zero-entry pool with children's features including a sand play area and splash pad.  Older swimmers enjoy a flume slide as well as an enclosed tower slide. See the Bacon Aquatic Center page for more information (website). Contained within Gillette Park is a new, large playground area, a walking trail, and an open shelter with tables and benches for your enjoyment.

Phone: 712.225.2715

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Cherokee County ParksCherokee County Parks

Cherokee County has over 1,000 acres of land devoted to parks that are managed by the Cherokee County Conservation Board.  These parks vary in development from modern camping sites with electricity to natural areas with no facilities. The diversity of parks available allow residents and visitors to enjoy the individual advantages of each. Enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, fishing,  horseback riding, and canoeing on the Little Sioux River.

Phone: 712.225.6709

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Bacon Aquadic CenterBacon Aquatic Center

The Bacon Aquatic Center opened in June of 2007, after a hugely successful fundraising campaign. The aquatic center has a zero-entry pool with children's features including a sand play area and splash pad. It holds 293,000 gallons of water and contains a 23' high, 136' long open flume water slide, a 23' high, 82' long enclosed water slide and 12' high and 4' high diving boards. A concession stand, 6 large canopies and over 35 lounge chairs, picnic tables and lockers are also available.

Address: 625 West Bluff Street  |  Phone: 712.225.1130

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Wellness CenterCRMC Wellness Center

This full-service health & wellness facility includes an indoor aquatic center, gymnasium, racquetball courts, walking/jogging track, exercise area, interactive game area, den and locker rooms. The Wellness Center offers a wide variety of classes and programs throughout the year

Address: 320 Sioux Valley Drive

Phone: 712.225.6858

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Cherokee BowlCherokee Bowl

Cherokee Bowl is a beautiful 16 lane center that has been family owned and operated since 1977.  With state of the art technology and a professional, attentive staff, Cherokee Bowl delivers the best bowling experience around!

Address: 201 East Linden Street  |  Phone: 712.225.4311

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Cherokee SymphonyCherokee Symphony

Cherokee could be the smallest city in the country to boast their own symphony orchestra.  The orchestra provides the community with the highest quality musical entertainment while giving musicians in the area a semi-professional outlet for their talents.  The symphony was founded in 1956 and has been under the direction of Lee Thorson since 1981. This 60-member orchestra has been referred to as “the best kept secret in Northwest Iowa”.

Phone: 712.225.5216  |  Visit Their Website at



Cherokee Community TheaterCherokee Community Theater

For over 50 years, the Cherokee Community Theater has entertained, enriched, and inspired the Cherokee Community. Throughout the year they produce high quality dramas, comedies and musicals. This thriving organization is self-supporting and operates entirely with volunteers.

Address: 530 West Bluff Street  |  Phone: 712.225.4440 (reservations only)

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Lily of the Valley One Room School HouseLily of the Valley #5 One Room School


The one-room schoolhouse located in Cherokee is operated seasonally by the Cherokee County Retired School Teachers.  Their goal is to create a living history center for children and adults to preserve and promote Iowa’s rich educational heritage.  From May through September, the school is available for school trips, curriculum for school use, adult programs and tours.



More Recreation Activities Include...

  • Cherokee Little League
  • Cherokee Clippers Swim team
  • Disk Golf
  • Hearshey Youth Track & Field Meet
  • Outdoor Fun Fair
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Indoor Volleyball
  • Basketball Leagues
  • Six Tennis Courts
  • Future Braves Flag Football
  • Fall Youth Soccer
  • Adult Slow Pitch Softball
  • Sand Volleyball Leagues
  • Archery