Le Mars, Iowa

Le Mars on the Map
Living in the Ice Cream Capital of the World is just as fun as working there! Le Mars, Iowa is conveniently located within hours of several major cities. With a population of close to 10,000 people, this northwestern Iowa city offers families a community environment and an ideal quality of life. Le Mars is proud of its community and welcomes you to be a part of it!

Life in Le Mars

Downtown Le Mars, Iowa at Night
Le Mars' quaint downtown district and friendly residents collaborate to preserve the history of the town while maintaining a progressive economic climate. The town provides a variety of entertainment options for residents and visitors alike.
Willow Creek Golf Course has varying levels of difficulty for new or experienced golfers. The winding creek adds a unique and challenging element.
• The Le Mars Community Theater presents four productions each year and has two world premiers.
• The Le Mars YMCA has a zero depth entrance pool, two body slides, a skate park and various other family attractions.
• The Plymouth County Fair, located in Le Mars, is one of the largest county fairs in the state of Iowa. In 2009, the fair drew a record attendance of 92,500!
• Le Mars celebrates why life is sweet with Ice Cream Days celebrated annually the third weekend in June with a full slate of events, activities, entertainment and tons of free ice cream!

Education & Health Care

Education and Health Services in Le Mars
• The fully-accredited Le Mars Community School system includes three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.
Gehlen Catholic School has more than 500 students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Floyd Valley Hospital is a municipally-owned, full-service general acute care, critical access 25-bed hospital, located in Le Mars. Floyd Valley Hospital is licensed by the State of Iowa, affiliated with the Avera Network of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is a member of the Iowa Hospital Association.

Good Eats

The town also features some of the best restaurants around—several of which have earned national accolades.
Archies has served hand-cut, dry–aged steaks for more than 60 years. It was ranked in the top U.S. Steakhouses by Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine.
Habitué is a coffeehouse and creperie that offers a cozy atmosphere, great lattes and delicious desserts. Wells president Mike Wells and his wife Cheryl, opened Habitué in March 2010. All profits generated by Habitué are reinvested in Side by Side, a local foundation benefiting the community.
• The executive chef at 4 Brothers Bar & Grill puts a unique spin on the traditional steak and potato dinner. The restaurant offers a wide variety of food at various prices.
• As much a part of Le Mars' heritage as ice cream, Bob’s Drive Inn has been the local destination for drive-in fare such as shakes, fries, onion rings and the like with two famous "loose-meat" stars of the menu board – the Bob's Dog or "tavern" sandwich. Every year since 1949, patrons from both near and far celebrate the February re-opening of this Le Mars tradition after a brief seasonal shut down in November.

Learn more about life in Northwest Iowa:
Le Mars Chamber of Commerce
Le Mars Visitors Guide
Sioux City Chamber of Commerce
City of Sioux City
Downtown Sioux City Online

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