I live in Ames and from time to time I visit Reiman Gardens. There is always something new to see. The outdoor exhibits, depending on the season, are varied and fun. There have been Lego exhibits, dinosaurs and giant gnomes, to name a few. The outdoor gardens meander farther than you would think if you drive by it on University Blvd.
Indoors there is the wonderful butterfly pavilion where you can walk among butterflies and see species not normally found in the Mid-west or North America. There is also a gift shop, of course!
Reiman Gardens also is a great place for a wedding reception or a class reunion.
I highly recommend it for a visit or for a fun event.