Welcome to Le Mars, Iowa - "The Ice Cream Capital of the World". LeMars is located in North West Iowa in Plymouth County. Le Mars is 25 miles north of Sioux City, 85 miles southeast of Sioux Falls, 120 miles north of Omaha and 205 miles west of Des Moines. U.S. Highway 75 along with state highways 3 and 60 offer an excellent transportation network to nearby interstates as well as venues such as the Iowa Great Lakes. Le Mars features a municipal airport with a 4000 foot runway.
They also have many quality hotels, attractions, restaurants, and shopping opportunities for you to experience.
Estimated population in July 2006: 9,363.
Estimated median household income in 2005: $42,400.
Estimated median house value in 2005: $109,700. The average price of a home currently on the market is $160,150.00. For more information on homes currently on the market in LeMars Iowa, click here.
Le Mars Community Schools
Gehlen Catholic School is a K-12 fully accredited system with a 2002-2003 enrollment of 500 students and a certified teaching staff of 41. Visit Gehlen Catholic School at http://www.gehlencatholic.com/.
Cleveland Castle: Features a community constructed playground, lighted skating rink, picnic shelter with grills, four horseshoe pits and two basketball courts.
Hillview Recreation Area: Plymouth County's largest county park. Camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, cross country skiing, snow tubing, picnicking; prairies and forests. Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily - year round
Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center features museum, theater exhibits, ice cream parlor, gift shop, Big Apple Bagels and Star Hardees® Restaurant. Fun, educational and lots of ice cream - there's something for everyone! Visitor Center museum tour is self-guided, but guided tours are available for large groups (20 or more) upon request.
Museum admission: $3 Adults, $1 Youth ages 5 - 12, Children 4 and under are free
Hours: Winter (October 1-April 30) Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday. Summer (May1-September 30) Monday - Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.
Le Mars Art Center: View pieces from the Arts Center's permanent collection, as well as special displays housed in the historic Carnegie Library. Also see select signatures from Le Mars Autograph Collection featuring items collected by Don Mitchell.
Le Mars Community Theater: To promote and enhance the cultural experience of the Le Mars Community area by staging quality drama/musical productions.
Plymouth County Historical Museum: This museum was established in 1965 to preserve and conserve the history of Plymouth County and Le Mars for visitors and future generations.
Plymouth County Fair: Plymouth County Fairgrounds. Features the Historic Pioneer Village and Round Barn as well as the Plymouth County Fair every July.
Places to eat
Archie's Wayside, Burrito Factory, Lally's Eastside Café, Pizza Hut, Pizza Ranch, Mr. P's Pizza and Sports Grill
Bamboo Village, Big Apple Bagels Bakery & Café, Bob's Drive-In, China Buffet, Family Table of Le Mars, Godfathers Pizza, Jerry's Pizza, The Sanctuary, J & J Café, and 4 Brothers Bar & Grill. There are also fast food restaurants in LeMars. There is something for everyone.