Sanford-museum-JohnSanford Museum and Planetarium

The Sanford Museum and Planetarium was the first accredited museum in the state of Iowa.  The museum boasts a permanent collection as well as rotating displays on a variety of subjects including: archaeology, art, astronomy, geology, history, natural history, and paleontology. The museum association holds monthly programs.  The planetarium was the first in Iowa and is truly a visit to the stars.  Public planetarium programs are held every Wednesday and Sunday at 4:00 PM and are free to the public.

Address: 117 East Willow  |  Phone: 712.225.3922

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The railroad was the key reason for the growth of Cherokee. The depot and entire railroad complex are listed in the National Register of Historic places.  The Depot Renovation works to preserve the Illinois Central Railroad Depot located in Cherokee.  The depot includes an HO scale model railroad and Northwest Iowa Railroad Museum. In the summer months, the depot is home to the Cherokee Area Farmer’s Market.

Address: 119 South 4th Street  |  Phone: 712.225.4664

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golf-webCherokee Golf and Country Club

Golf enthusiasts won’t want to miss this 9 Hole Golf Course with its challenging terrain. The Cherokee Golf and Country Club is home of the annual Sioux Valley Match Play Tournament, Iowa’s oldest Match Play Tournament.

Address: 800 North 11th Street

Phone: 712.225.4687  |  For more information visit their Facebook Page here.


Lake-webCherokee Parks and Recreation

Cherokee’s parks offer many opportunities for enjoyment for all residents and visitors.  Koser Spring Lake Park, located near the Little Sioux River, contains over 40 camping spaces with electrical, water and sewer hookups, and nearby shower and restroom facilities.  Circling the lake is a 1.1 mile asphalt walking/jogging trail. Directly across Hwy. 59 is Wescott Park, which contains ball diamonds, a shelter, concession stand and restroom facilities. Check out Gillette Park, home of the Bacon Aquatic Center, a favorite of young and old alike! See the Bacon Aquatic Center page for more information (website).

Phone: 712.225.2715  |  For more Information visit their website here.


Park-Picnic-Fall-webCherokee County Parks

Cherokee County has over 1,000 acres of land devoted to parks that are managed by the Cherokee County Conservation Board.  These parks vary in development from modern camping sites with electricity to natural areas with no facilities. The diversity of parks available allow residents and visitors to enjoy the individual advantages of each. Enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, fishing,  horseback riding, and canoeing on the Little Sioux River.

Phone: 712.225.6709

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Bacon-Aquadic-Center-webBacon Aquatic Center

The Bacon Aquatic Center opened in June of 2007, after a hugely successful fundraising campaign. The aquatic center has a zero-entry pool with children’s features including a sand play area and splash pad. It holds 293,000 gallons of water and contains a 23′ high, 136′ long open flume water slide, a 23′ high, 82′ long enclosed water slide and 12′ high and 4′ high diving boards.

Address: 625 West Bluff Street  |  Phone: 712.225.1130

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Wellness-Center-webCRMC Wellness Center

This full-service health & wellness facility includes an indoor aquatic center, gymnasium, racquetball courts, walking/jogging track, exercise area, interactive game area, den and locker rooms. The Wellness Center offers a wide variety of classes and programs throughout the year

Address: 320 Sioux Valley Drive

Phone: 712.225.6858

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CSymphony03webherokee Symphony

Cherokee could be the smallest city in the country to boast their own symphony orchestra.  The orchestra provides the community with the highest quality musical entertainment while giving musicians in the area a semi-professional outlet for their talents.  The symphony was founded in 1956 and is under the direction of Ted Hallberg. This 60-member orchestra has been referred to as “the best kept secret in Northwest Iowa”.

Phone: 712.225.5216  |  Visit Their Website at

Cherokee Community Theater

For over 50 years, the Cherokee Community Theater has entertained, enriched, and inspired the Cherokee Community. Throughout the year they produce high quality dramas, comedies and musicals. This thriving organization is self-supporting and operates entirely with volunteers.

Address: 530 West Bluff Street  |  Phone: 712.225.4440 (reservations only)

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Lily-of-the-Valley-webLily of the Valley #5 One Room School

The one-room schoolhouse located in Cherokee is operated seasonally by the Cherokee County Retired School Teachers.  Their goal is to create a living history center for children and adults to preserve and promote Iowa’s rich educational heritage.  From May through September, the school is available for school trips, curriculum for school use, adult programs and tours.

Cherokee County Freedom Rock

Artist Ray “Buba” Sorenson completed painting the Cherokee County Freedom Rock in July, 2017.  This was the 63rd rock Sorenson has completed as part of the Freedom Rock Tour, with the goal to have one in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Each Freedom Rock tells unique stories of the men and women who have served our country.  Each of the 4 men on the Cherokee County Rock have their own special stories of serving our country.

The front of the rock (facing the road) includes two veterans with Cherokee ties who earned the Distinguished Service Cross. This is the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army. They include WWI Veteran, Royal Johnson, and Father (Major General) Francis Sampson, one of the 20th century’s best-known Army Chaplains.

On the back of the rock (court house side) is Cherokee native Ben Laposky, who has been credited with making the first computer graphics and  Harry McManus, state wrestling champion for Cherokee in 1939. On the north side of the rock is an eagle, merged with an Indian Chief.  If you look closely at the eagle, the word “Cherokee” is visible.  The Cherokee County Freedom Rock was sponsored by the Cherokee VFW.

Address: 520 West Main Street, in front of the Cherokee County Courthouse.

More Recreation Activities Include…

  • Horse Shoe Pitts
  • Cherokee Clippers Swim team
  • Indoor Volleyball
  • Basketball Leagues
  • Six Tennis Courts
  • Future Braves Flag Football
  • Fall Youth Soccer
  • Adult Slow Pitch Softball
  • Sand Volleyball Leagues
  • Archery