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 is there to enjoy 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. 


Grinnell College's third annual Summerfest — a free, daylong celebration of learning, discovery, and entertainment for all ages — will take place on campus from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

See a preview of the concept for a public art piece at the corner of highways 6 & 146. Two public information sessions about the design will take place on Friday, May 12.