The City of Forest City

By: Heather Kite

Where Nature's Close And Friends Are Closer

Forest City, Iowa

Have you ever wanted to take a trip to a nice quiet small town for a day or even longer? Well, Forest City is the place to do it, whether you are just passing by and grabbing a bite to eat or stay with a friend or family member for a week. Forest City is a nice town with lots to do. Come by to Forest City!


The RiverView Restaurant

The RiverView restaurant is placed in the beautiful Lodge Hotel. From sandwiches to fine- dining The RiverView restaurant is a great place for a party or get together. Come on down to the RiverView restaurant and enjoy your time.


Saturday-- 5pm-8pm for dinner only

Sunday-- Closed

Monday-- 5pm-8pm for dinner and 11am–2PM for lunch

Tuesday-- 15pm-8pm for dinner and 11am–2PM for lunch

Wednesday-- 5pm-8pm for dinner and 11am–2PM for lunch

Thursday-- 5pm-8pm for dinner and 11am–2PM for lunch

Friday-- 5pm-8pm for dinner and11am–2PM for lunch

The average cost for this restaurant goes anywhere from $5.99 lunch special to $19.99 12oz Rib-eye entrees

Ay Jaliscos

Ay Jalisco is a Mexican restaurant with amazing service and awesome food such as tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, and more . With cultural music in the background, you can throw parties here or just have a family night.


Saturday-- 11am-9pm

Sunday-- 11am-8pm

Monday-- 11am-8:30pm

Tuesday-- 11am-8:30pm

Wednesday-- 11am-8:30pm

Thursday-- 11am-8:30pm

Friday-- 11am-9pm

The average cost of this restaurant goes anywhere from $4.50-$8.00 during lunch and $6.25-$16.00 during dinner.

Scoopy Doo's Ice Cream & More

Scoopy Doo's Ice Cream & More is a fun hangout for teens and kids of all ages. It is located on Clark Street and a good place to take the kids in the summer. With the best Ice Cream in town and a great variety. Come to Scoopy Doo's and spend time with the Family.


Autumn and Winter

Monday-- 11am-7pm

Tuesday-- 11am-7pm

Wednesday-- 11am-7pm

Thursday-- 11am-7pm

Friday-- 11am-7pm

Saturday-- 11am-7pm

Sunday-- Closed

Spring and Summer

Monday-- 11am-9pm


Wednesday-- 11am-9pm

Thursday-- 11am-9pm

Friday-- 11am-9pm

Saturday-- 11am-9pm

The average cost of this restaurant goes anywhere from soft sever children Ice Cream cone for $1.50 to paninis for$7.99


The Forest Theater

A volunteer, non-profit, fun-filled, affordable movie theatre. The movies rotate every 1-2 weeks on Fridays. It is a perfect place to spend your weekend or to go with a group of friends. Whatever your reason is, come on down and enjoy your time.


Monday-- Closed

Tuesday-- 7:00pm

Wednesday-- 7:00pm

Thursday-- 7:00pm

Friday-- 7:00pm

Saturday-- 7:00pm

Sunday-- 4:00pm and 7:00pm

The cost for a ticket for someone under the age of 12 cost only $3 and for anyone over that age, it is $4 and the price for snakes varies on what you are buying.

Super Bowl Bowling Ally

A 12 lane fun filled bowling alley that you could spend all day at. Amazing pizza is served through Borderline Pizza and if you rent it out you can have a pretty awesome party there too.


Monday-- 3:30pm-9:30pm

Tuesday-- 3:30pm-9:30pm

Wednesday-- 3:30pm-9:30pm

Thursday-- 3:30pm-9:30pm

Friday-- 3:30pm-1:30am

Saturday-- 1:00pm-1:30am

Sunday-- 2:00pm-8:00pm

For the cost of a game call the number below.


The YMCA has a gym, weight lifting, a gym, workout room, pool, and an indoor track. The YMCA is the place to be for whatever age you are. If you are an athletic teen you can shoot some hoops, if you are with your family you can go to the game room or just swim. Whatever it is you want to do I am sure you can find something fun to do with the family, group of friends, or even by yourself. Enjoy your time at the YMCA.



Monday-- 5:30am – 9:00pm

Tuesday-- 5:30am – 9:00pm

Wednesday-- 5:30am – 9:00pm

Thursday-- 5:30am – 9:00pm

Friday-- 5:30am – 8:00pm

Saturday-- 7:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday-- 1:00pm – 5:00pm


Monday-- 5:30am – 8:00pm

Tuesday-- 5:30am – 8:00pm

Wednesday-- 5:30am – 8:00pm

Thursday-- 5:30am – 8:00pm

Friday-- 5:30am – 7:00pm

Saturday-- 7:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday-- Closed

The cost to come to the YMCA without a membership is only $5/person for one day or you can buy a membership ranging from $15-$50

Outdoor recreation

Pilot Knob State Park

With Iowa’s second highest point here it is a must see. With a beautiful amphitheater and quiet surroundings, this is the perfect place to have a nice picnic or go hiking it is all up to your imagination. Pilot Knob also has 60 campsites (48 have electrical hookups) and hidden within the 700-acre park is Dead Mans Lake. Come on down to Pilot Knob and have an amazing day.


Monday-- 4:00am-10:30pm

Tuesday-- 4:00am-10:30pm

Wednesday-- 4:00am-10:30pm

Thursday-- 4:00am-10:30pm

Friday-- 4:00am-10:30pm

Saturday-- 4:00am-10:30pm

Sunday-- 4:00am-10:30pm

Forest City Family Aquatic Center

The Family Aquatic Center has two diving boards, one water slide, a lazy river, water basketball, and a child water playground. With all of this, there are four divided areas for you to swim. The "Deep End" is 12ft deep and if you are lucky you might get open swim which is where you can swim anywhere. And at 6:30pm- 8:00pm on Sunday's are "Family Time". There are also lounge chairs all around the pool and if you don't want to sit in a chair you can lay a towel out on the grass. Outside of the Family Aquatic Center, there is a park for the kids to play at while that are waiting to swim. Come down to the Family Aquatic Center and put on sunscreen because you are going to have so much fun you lose track of time.


Monday-- 1:00pm–8:00PM

Tuesday-- 1:00pm–8:00PM


Thursday-- 1:00pm–8:00PM

Friday-- 1:00pm–8:00PM

Saturday-- 1:00pm–8:00PM

Sunday-- 1:00pm-6:30pm

If you want to swim just for a day and not buy a membership you only have to pay $4 per person. If you do want to buy a membership is $120.00 for a family pass and that goes all through the summer or you can buy a single pass for $80.00. If you are only going to stay awhile you can buy a

15 day

punch card which cost $50.00.

Bear Creek Golf Course

A fun filled 18 hole golf course with a bar and a restaurant. You could spend your whole day playing and then have some dinner at the restaurant. This golf course also offers two of the holes right on the edge of "The Riverview Restaurant" so you could just stop in there and eat if you are that far or just eat at the course's restaurant there. It doesn't matter where you want to eat just enjoy your time at the "Bear Creek Golf Course" and get that hole-in-one.


Monday-- Anytime

Tuesday-- League night

Wednesday-- Women's night

Thursday-- Men's night

Friday-- Couple's league

Saturday-- Anytime

Sunday-- Anytime

If you are going to go to the golf course before you come call and let them know that you are coming. Bring your own clubs, balls, and tees.