(37 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)



Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway, The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2017 schedule includes three exciting race weekends: June 23-24 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Iowa 200 and NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250), July 8-9 (ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300) and July 28-29 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150 presented by Vatterott College and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250). For tickets, call 1.866.787.8946.

3333 Rusty Wallace Drive
Newton, IA 50208
866.787.8946 (for tickets)
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Jasper County Museum

The main museum building houses many artifacts of the county displayed in individual room settings, including a country store, rural school room, and reproductions of rooms from the Victorian era and the 1930s. Newton was known as the “Washing Machine Center of the World” at a time when over 40% of the world’s washers were shipped from Newton and that exhibit includes information and artifacts from many of those companies. Maytag was the dominant company in the industry for many years and a large number and variety of Maytag products are on display. Products range from an early Buffalo Hay Press, rare 1907 Pastime washer and an exhibit of aluminum military parts, to the last Maytag machine made in Newton.

Winter Hours (self-guided tours only)
October 1–April 30
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Monday–Friday

Summer Hours (docent-led or self-guided tours)
May 1–September 30
1:00–4:00 p.m. 7 days/week (excluding major holidays)

1700 South 15th Avenue West
Newton, IA 50208


Maytag Dairy Farm

Manufacturers of world-famous Maytag Blue Cheese welcome visitors to their cheese shop overlooking the cheese plant and farm. Tour the packaging and shipping areas, view a video of the history and significance of Maytag Blue, and of course, sample cheese. In the past 12 years, employment has grown from 20 to 85 as cheese production has grown from 200,000 pounds a year to nearly one million pounds.

2282 E 8th St. N
Newton, IA 50208
Visitors have an opportunity to view a 10-minute video and visit the packaging area—45 min.
No charge


Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center

Just west of Newton, the largest prairie reconstruction project in the United States. Nearly 8,000 acres set among rolling hills of prairie grasses and rare prairie flowers of protected habitat to re-create tallgrass prairie and oak savanna, the native plant and animal communities existing in central Iowa prior to Euro-American settlement in the 1840’s. The Prairie Learning Center facilities include a visitor center with book store, theater, classrooms and exhibit area. Miles of trails radiate from the Center. In addition, an 800 acre drive-through bison enclosure is open. Teacher workshops, birding, hiking, biking, mushrooming, and wildlife watching are some of the outdoor activities featured for thousands of visitors each year.

PO Box 399
Prairie City, IA 50228
515.994.3400 or
Tour the Refuge: Dawn to dusk, 7 days a week.
Prairie Learning Center: Mon – Sat: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Admission


Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

The arboretum is about 3 acres of gardens, native trees, shrub roses, ornamental grasses and annual and perennial beds. A Learning Center will be built soon to accomodate seminars and classes.

3000 N 4th Ave.
Newton, IA