Decorah offers many interesting and fun things to do including:
- Broadway—Phelps Park Historic District
- Decorah Fish Hatchery
- Decorah Parks and Recreation
- Freeport Bowstring Arch Bridge
- Pinter's Gardens and Pumpkins
- Porter House Museum
- Viking 3 Theatres
- Seed Savers Exchange
- Trout Run Trail
- Upper Iowa River
- Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
- Winneshiek Wildberry Winery
Decorah's terrain lends itself to spectacular road and mountain biking, as seen on Iowa Public Television. The 12 mile Trout Run Trail encircles Decorah. View the Trout Run Trail map for its complete route around Decorah. The following Decorah establishments offer bike rental and/or route planning:
- Decorah Bicycles
101 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: (563) 382-8209
Fax: (563) 382-9126
Toll Free: 1-888-629-9832
- Oneota River Cycles
208 E Water St
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: (563) 382-0421
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this neighborhood offers self-guided walking tour routes to view examples of Midwestern architecture dating to 1850, including a home used for the underground railroad. Self-guided tour maps are available on the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce website.
The State of Iowa has stocked more than 27 miles of trout streams since 1933. See (and feed!) fish of all sizes in tanks. Tours and trout fishing information is available. Open daily; free admission. Located on Trout Run Road off Highway 9 east of Decorah. Call (563) 382-8324 or visit the Decorah Fish Hatchery website for further information.
Twelve city parks feature scenic views, hiking opportunities, playgrounds, picnic areas, a swimming pool with a 125-foot water slide, ice skating, and riverside camping. Main office is in City Hall on Heivly Street. Call (563) 382-4158 or visit the City of Decorah website for further information.
This preserved bridge is one of four remaining in the United States. Built in 1879, it's the second longest in the nation. The bridge can be seen along Iowa Highway 9 just east of its intersection with Montgomery Street.
Just 4.5 miles west of Decorah, Pinter’s Gardens and Pumpkins is a destination for shopping, food, and fun. Visit the garden center for plants, flowers, and outdoor décor. Stay for lunch, cupcakes and homemade fudge from the bakery. In the fall, the farm offers a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, corn maze, giant jumping pillow, pedal carts and many more playground activities. There are haunted attractions at night during 3 weekends before Halloween! Bus tours welcome. Hours do change seasonally. Located at 2475 State Hwy 9 Decorah, Iowa 52101 or call (563) 382-0010. For further information, visit the Pinter's Gardens and Pumpkins website.
Built of native brick in 1867, this Italian Tuscan villa houses unique collections and furnishings and is surrounded by an unusual rock wall. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Mon.-Sun., with admission charge. Located at 401 West Broadway. Call (563) 382-8465 or visit the Porter House Museum website for further information.
Check out the latest releases at the three screen cinema. All movies are presented in digital with many in 3-D as well. SAC Cinema sponsors one student movie night per month (7 per academic year) at the Viking 3. Students who participate in the CAF are able to attend one newly released film for free. Call (563) 382-4898 for showtimes or visit the Viking 3 Theatres website for further information.
Founded in 1975 north of Decorah, SSE's scenic 890-acre headquarters, known as Heritage Farm, is a living museum of historic varieties of organic vegetables, apple trees, and Ancient White Park cattle. Visitors are welcome at Heritage Farm April through December. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A donation of $1 per visitor is suggested. Guided tours and bus tours are available for a charge of $3 per person, and can be arranged by calling Diane at (563) 382-5990. For further information, visit the Seed Savers Exchange website.
Enjoy the scenery Decorah offers by biking, hiking or running on the Trout Run Trail. View the Trout Run Trail map for its complete route around Decorah.
The Upper Iowa is the only river in the state that meets criteria for wild and scenic river designation. Popular for canoeing, tubing, and bass fishing, the following establishments offer canoe rentals and route planning:
- Hutchinson Family Farm Campground and B & B
2299 Scenic River Road
Decorah , IA 52101
Phone: (563) 382-3054
- Pulpit Rock Campground
505 Pulpit Rock Road
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: (563) 382-9551
- Randy's Bluffton Store
2619 Ravine Road
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: (563) 735-5738
- River & Trail Outfitters
212 Pulpit Rock Rd
Phone: (563) 382-6552
Vesterheim is America's oldest and largest museum devoted to one immigrant group and comprises a complex of 15 historic buildings, costumes, furniture, decorations, and fine arts reflective of Norwegian immigrant life. Open year-round except major holidays during the months November through April, Mon.-Sun., with admission charge. Luther students, faculty, and staff receive complimentary admission. Located at 502 West Water. Call (563) 382-9681 or visit the Vesterheim website for more information.
Enjoy a fun, friendly wine experience amidst the beautiful, rolling hills of Northeast Iowa. Opened in 2005, Winneshiek Wildberry Winery is a family-owned and operated winery specializing in fruit and table wines. There are now 8 beautiful acres of vineyard and 3 acres of rhubarb for guests to tour as well as a patio for enjoying the scenery and sipping wine. Located at 1966 337th Street, Decorah IA. Open Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Wildberry Winery website.
Much of the information here is reprinted with permission from "Winneshiek County: Tradition by Nature" courtesy of Winneshiek County Tourism Council. For more information, visit the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce website.