Avoca was established in 1869, in connection with the construction of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad through the area. The name "Avoca" is derived from an old Irish tale, meaning "where the bright waters meet". Though the biggest town in rural Pottawattamie County, Avoca has a population of only 1683*. It is famous for being the hometown of several notable actors (including Richard Beymer,and Johnny Carson), and is the home of the original Pottawattamie County Fair established in 1896. Home to the East Pottawattamie County Courthouse, Farmall-Land USA Museum, Octagon House, Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum, Avoca Public Library, Volkswagen Beetle Spider and much more... this beautiful city is unique in its history, art, architecture, and stunning tree-lined streets.
Avoca Main Street is the heart of Avoca! Initiated to reestablish the town to its original glory, this program is one that instills economic and community development at the highest level. With a downtown area rich in old-time charm yet revitalized with beautiful facades and landscaping, Avoca is a picturesque town.
The Farmer's Market is the place to feel right at home in Avoca. Kick off the summer with a stroll at the Wednesday night markets and stock up on local fresh finds. Discover vegetables and fruits, pastries, honey, meats, one-of-a-kind gifts, and much more while connecting with local farmers and vendors. In conclusion to an amazing summer season, the Avoca Main Street group collaborates with a local chef to curate a "Longest Table" event. This is an event you DO NOT want to miss! Featuring a locally sourced, five-course dinner and entertainment under the stars. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dinner and conversation, with residents from Avoca and surrounding communities.
Not only is Avoca an area with unique local businesses, but they also provide exciting outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages. Take in the beautiful scenery and facilities of Edgington Memorial Park, with multiple play areas, ball diamonds, sand volleyball courts, soccer fields, walking trails and picnic shelters for the whole family to enjoy! Looking for a better way to beat the summer heat? Stop by the Splash Aquatic Center featuring swimming lanes, diving boards, a waterslide, waterfall, zero entry pool and a food court to grab a treat! The aquatic center offers regular swimming hours during the summer (late May - mid August) as well as swimming lessons for the kids.
Jump on the West Nishnabotna River on the outskirts of town and paddle or float across miles of beautiful river trails. A stand-up paddleboard gives you a fun way to explore, while a single or multi-day canoe or kayak adventure offers unspoiled scenery. At the end of the day, camp out and relax by a campfire near the shore. Pottawattamie County has multiple camping options along the Nishnabotna River including full camping sites with showers at Botna Bend Park (in Hancock) or more primitive sites at Olde Towne Park (Macedonia). Cast your line and wait for your big catch, enjoy some bird watching or artifact hunt along the way.
Pottawattamie County offers unmatched trails for bikers of all levels with trailheads right around every corner. Once you've finished your ride through the spectacular countryside, stop in at one of the local eateries, bars or wineries and share stories with other bikers. Runners and walkers share the love of traveling along our trails as well. Tee off and play a round at the Avoca Countryview Golf Course, featuring a stunning 9-hole course lined with mature trees, manicured greens, sparkling ponds and an amazing Clubhouse all 47-years in the making! Come out to Avoca for endless opportunities and exploration!
Celebrate with the community, family and friends at the iconic "Holidays on Main" during Thanksgiving weekend! With hot drinks, sweet treats, games for the kids, live music, vendors and more, this is one of many events to help support small rural businesses. And it wouldn't be complete without an appearance by Santa! Bring the kids and your holiday spirit.