What to Do

Whether you are visiting Fort Madison for business, pleasure or a social event, you will quickly discover the unusual blend of culture and natural beauty that makes Fort Madison so special. Fort Madison is home to many parks, playgrounds and monuments including Riverview, Old Settlers, Central and Ivanhoe Parks. While here, plan a tour to Old Fort Madison, North Lee County Historical Center Museum or the Fort Madison Art Center. The Lone Chimney Monument Historical Marker and Veterans Memorial are also worth visiting. Fort Madison is home to the oldest penal institution west of the Mississippi and the largest double-decker Swing Span Bridge in the world and one of a few toll bridges remaining on the Mississippi River.

Take a stroll in our historic district and enjoy the shopping experience of all our specialty stores: Fort Madison’s Downtown Directory:


Or maybe you’ll enjoy the leisurely self-guided tour through the tree lined streets to enjoy the Victorian style homes or stop into one of our many fine restaurants throughout town for a meal that is sure to please.

When you’re worn out from shopping, sightseeing or eating, grab a “Green Bike” from one of the many locations in town to explore the city. Or, if you are up for more exercise, try one of our many trails and get some exercise by taking advantage of one of the area’s many recreational opportunities. Check out the trail information in and around Fort Madison.

2014 Fort Madison Calendar of Events