Welcome to Council Bluffs and Southwest Iowa

Whether you are planning your visit, or you are looking for things to do between games, the following links should help you get the process started.

Bayliss Park In Downtown Council Bluffs, Next To The Union Pacific Railroad Museum

To see a short video of the attractions in and around Council Bluffs, click the film reel. Then scroll down this page to see details of and links to our local sites.

LinkCouncil Bluffs Visitors Guide

Use this link to see the most recent visitors guide to Council Bluffs.


Council Bluffs Recreation Complex

This link will take you to the Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation page. On the left you will see a tab for "CB Rec Complex." This is the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex and is the location for the tournament you are attending. Please note that the soccer field layout given on this link is not necessarily the layout used for the tournament.


Historic General Dodge House
Union Pacific Railroad Museum

The Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau has a wealth of information on its web site such as locations for dining, lodging, shopping, and places to see. Check out their video to see first hand some of the things available to you during your stay.

Look Here!Union Pacific Exhibit Opens May 12

The entire first floor of The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is being transformed into the state-of-the-art, million-dollar exhibit "Building America." The exhibit's grand opening will be May 12, 2012. Follow this link to find out more about the "Building America" exhibit.


Henry Doorly Zoo's Scott Aquarium

One of the top zoological parks in the country is located only a few miles west of the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex. Cross the Missouri River and take the first Nebraska exit off of Interstate 80 to see the Henry Doorly Zoo.


Omaha Skyline and the Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

Although the Omaha metropolitan area extends many miles to the west, the center of Omaha's visitor experience lies just a few miles across the Missouri River from Council Bluffs. Whether you're looking for dining in the Old Market, a concert at the Holland Center, or a step back into the area's railroad past at the Durham Museum, you can find it in downtown Omaha, only minutes away from Council Bluffs.


Biking Along the Missouri River Near the Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

Most of the hotels in Council Bluffs are located along or near Interstates 80 and 29, putting them within a short distance of the soccer complex. You can find a complete list of hotels on the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau (Hotels) web site.


Ruth Anne Dodge Memorial Sculpted By Daniel Chester French

Discover the interesting history of Council Bluffs and it's connections with the 16th president of the United States. The Lincoln Monument commemorates Abraham Lincoln's visit in 1859, and the nearby Ruth Anne Dodge Memorial, known locally as the "Black Angel," was sculpted by Daniel Chester French, the artist who sculpted the figure of Abraham Lincoln in Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial.

Squirrel Cage Jail

Have you ever seen a squirrel cage jail - for humans, not squirrels? Council Bluffs has one of only three left in the United States. It was closed as a jail in 1969 but is now open to visitors as a museum.

For these and other interesting things to see and learn about the area's history, visit the Pottawattamie County Historical Society's web site.


If you have time to expand your tour of the area beyond southwest Iowa, check this site to see the attractions available throughout all of western Iowa.


CBYSA's Golden Spike Tournament coincides with the beginning of Council Bluffs Community Pride Week (Celebrate CB), May 10-19, 2012. An event tournament visitors will be able to take advantage of is Barbeque in the Bluffs.

BBQ in the Bluffs and Celebrate CB will be bringing you the great music of High Heel. Enjoy entertainment while you enjoy the smell of fine barbecue at Quaker Steak and Lube (outside) near the Recreation Complex. Quaker Steak will be serving up food and drinks both outside at the BBQ and inside their fine restaurant.

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