Things to Do

Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower
The 14 story tower commands a breathtaking view of Jefferson and the countryside of five counties. Visitors can take a glass elevator ride to the 120-ft. observation deck. The tower is located on the southwest corner of the Greene County Courthouse plaza in downtown Jefferson. The tower is 168 ft. 2 inches high and holds 14 bells that were cast in the Netherlands. The bells chime on the hour, quarter and half hour and music can be played from an electric keyboard. The tower has music playing daily. Open daily Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and weekends only in May and September. Other times by appt. by calling 515-386-2155. $3 for adults and $2 for children 5 and under.

Raccoon River Valley Trail
Come to Jefferson to bike the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Start at the Jefferson Milwaukee Depot on the Old Lincoln Highway and ride through Cooper, Herndon, Yale, Panora, Linden, Redfield, Adel, and Waukee to Clive. This 56 miles of paved trail is an absolutely beautiful ride!
Check out for more information.

Doreen Wilber Olympic Plaza
Doreen Wilber exemplifies an ordinary person who did extraordinary things. The inspiration and contribution made by one life can motivate everyone to make a difference in the world. Doreen (Hansen) Wilber was born in Rutland, IA and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1948. Doreen learned archery as an adult when her husband, Paul “Skeeter” Wilber, a local mechanic shop owner, received a bow and a set of arrows as payment for an auto repair bill. Without professional coaching or commercial sponsorship, she made it to the top of amateur archery. Skeeter gave Doreen instruction and was her only coach. Doreen was a natural archer, physically strong and displayed amazing concentration. Daily she committed to the discipline, focus, and practice of her sport. A great competitor with outstanding sportsmanship, she would take archery supplies to international opponents that had trouble getting them… even her fiercest competitors. Doreen was the first Iowa woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal. She was the Olympic Gold Medalist in Archery, Munich, Germany, 1972, setting two World records.

Robby Pedersen, Master Furniture Maker
A working museum building superior quality furniture with only the tools, techniques, & finishes of the 1800's. Items include building custom heirloom furniture, tables, benches, trunks, cupboards, beds, desks and repairs.
Tours and Demonstrations available.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday
Located 1 hour NW of Des Moines
115 S. Wilson Ave.
Jefferson, IA

Raccoon River Artisan Colony & General Store
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday
Located 1 hour NW of Des Moines
115 S. Wilson Ave.
Jefferson, IA

Greene County Community Center
Jefferson’s community center offers not only an indoor track, racquetball court, aerobic classes, and free weight lifting room, but also offers meeting room rentals, child care, batting cage, and a variety of programs both physical and educational for all ages. For more information call 515/386-3412.

Jefferson Parks & Rec. Dept.

Ice Rink
Chatauqua Park, During Winter Months

200 W Lincoln Way, (515) 386-2835

Softball Complex

Jefferson Swimming Pool
710 South Maple, is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
For pool hours and other information, call 515/386-9171.

Jefferson Community Golf Course
501 W. Greenewood Road, (515) 386-4178

Sierra Community Theatre
212 E. State St., 515/386-3176

Sparetime Lanes Bowling
118 S. Chestnut, 515/386-9119


  • A&W Restaurant
  • Bett & Bev's BBQ
  • Breadeaux Pizza
  • Casa de Oro
  • Casey's Pizza
  • Doc's Stadium Bar & Grill
  • HyVee Market Grill
  • Junkyard Cafe
  • Peony Chinese Restauran
  • Sparky's One Stop
  • Subway

Coffee Houses/Bakery

  • Dunkers by Matt
  • Greene Bean Coffee


For a list of community events, a searchable member directory and more - See Greene County Chamber and Development website:

You can also find several vacation packages on the Jefferson
Area Chamber of Commerce website.

For a list of businesses and tourism related information – See Greene County Development Corporation website:

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