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The Best Things to Do in Carroll, Iowa

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When you're not making a splash at our pool or having a drink at Swizzle Stick, head out and explore a variety of things to do in Carroll, Iowa. From the Farmstead Museum at Swan Lake State Park to Merchants Park Carroll Baseball Stadium, there are a variety of nearby attractions to enjoy with the whole family on your Carroll vacation.


Farmstead Museum at Swan Lake State Park

This museum is home to agricultural machinery, a historical barn and a bird viewing area. See conservation displays and mounted animals located in the hayloft of the barn. Swan Lake is located two miles south and 1/2 mile east of Carroll on 220th St.

Sauk Rail Trail

The Sauk Rail Trail is a 33-mile recreational trail that connects two state parks. Start in Swan Lake State Park south of Carroll and make your way to Blackhawk Lake State Park.

Carroll County Historical Society

Visit the museum and learn more about the history of Carroll County, thanks to a variety of preserved artifacts and exhibitions.

Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Depot and Park

This historic train station located in Wall Lake is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by Charles Sumner Frost in his classic Victorian Romanesque style, the park includes a relaxing community green space.


Downtown Shopping

Boasting a small town feel with a big city selection, downtown shopping in Carroll will make every fashionista happy. From an an enclosed mall and several blocks of boutiques, you'll find unique crafts, gifts, clothing and home stores.

Carroll Recreation Center

Keep in mind that Carrollton Inn is home to a pool, but if you'd rather venture out, the Carroll Aquatic Center offers an indoor swimming pool with spectator seating, instruction and team competition.  Also, enjoy basketball, volleyball, racquetball, tennis courts, exercise room, and other great features. Call (817) 949-8200 to learn more.

Carroll 5 Theater

See the latest blockbusters at our city theater, located within easy access of the hotel. 

Iowa Legendary Rye

Sample pure, white rye whiskey made using a bootlegger's recipe during Prohibition at this favorite local distiller. Tours are available, so check their website for more information.


Carroll Aquatic Center

Includes zero depth entry, lily pad, cargo net walkway, lane swimming, diving boards, drip slide, and high speed slides.

Carroll Bowl

Challenge your friends or family members to a game of bowling. Call (712) 792-9332 to learn more about Carroll Bowl.

Lakers Basketball Court

The Los Angeles Lakers donated a $25,000 basketball court to the city of Carroll in memory of an emergency plane landing by the Lakers (when they were based out of Minnesota) in a Carroll cornfield in 1960. The outdoor court is decorated in purple, yellow and light blue. The court is located at Veterans Memorial Park – Corner of Forest & 22nd Street, Carroll.

Merchants Park Carroll Baseball Stadium

Visit the historic 1949 Merchants Park, built for Carroll's semi-pro team (Merchants), and enjoy watching a collegiate baseball game. Home to some of the best high school, college and semi-pro baseball in Iowa, this is a great way to pass an afternoon. For more information, call (712) 792-5400.

Carroll Municipal Golf Course

The Carroll Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course that covers 150 acres of land, which includes watered greens and tee blocks, motorized carts, a club house and golf shop.