25 things to do while in your first year at Iowa State

Matilda Kuenster

  1. Visit Reiman Gardens; it’s free for students

  2. Go to a show at the Maintenance Shop in the Memorial Union

  3. Have a picnic at Ledges State Park, about a 25-minute drive from Ames

  4. Go to the Haunted Forest during Halloween season

  5. Go to the Farm House Museum, the first building on campus

  6. Participate in the annual Almost Naked Mile, which occurs during spring semester

  7. Go to a show at Octagon Center for the Arts

  8. Cheer on any Iowa State athletics team

  9. Take on the Campaniling tradition on Central Campus

  10. Rock Climb at Lied Gym or State Gym. It’s free for Iowa State students

  11. Participate in a 5K with some friends at Ada Hayden Park

  12. Grab brunch at Provisions Lot-F, a cozy cafe

  13. Canoe at McFarland Park

  14. See a play at Stephens Auditorium

  15. Grab a drink at Torrent Brewing Company on Main Street, Ames Cultural District

  16. Tube down the Skunk River

  17. Catch a show at London Underground — there’s usually live music on Fridays

  18. Visit the Brunnier Art Museum in the Scheman Building

  19. Take a walk down Main Street and visit all of the local businesses

  20. Tailgate at the Haunted Forest for an Iowa State football game

  21. Take a walk around Brookside Park

  22. Take a day trip to Des Moines

  23. Go bowling and play laser tag with friends at Perfect Games

  24. Play some old time games like PacMan at Time Out

  25. Visit Pizza Pit on Welch Avenue