Our town has repeatedly been named as one of the best and coolest college towns in America – alongside places like Berkeley, Boulder, and Cambridge. Grinnell combines the artful intellectual buzz of a college town with the genuine warmth and friendliness that defines "Iowa nice." And we love it.

What to enjoy what’s here? Grab a bike or simply walk into town to enjoy things like:

  • Movies at the Strand
  • Coffee at Saints Rest
  • Sandwiches or a beer and good company at Lonnski's Pub and Deli
  • Shopping at many of the locally-owned businesses, including craft, grocery, book, bike and clothing stores
  • Grinnell's many bike trails, parks, and sports venues

Within an easy bike ride, you’ll find a state park as well as a nature preserve (a favorite spot for the cross-country runners).

TripAdvisor calls Grinnell “a great city with a decidedly metropolitan feel,” with countless events and festivals throughout the year. 


The mission of Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) is to secure food sovereignty by seeding, growing, and harvesting Meskwaki indigenous knowledge and life-ways.

Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD fall season concludes with Alban Berg's "Lulu" on Saturday, Nov. 21.