Sanford Museum & Planetarium
Cherokee, Iowa










Fun & Free in Cherokee

The Sanford Museum is not the only great place to experience for free.
Cherokee, Iowa, is a community with a wealth of attractions that won’t cost you a dime!

We have several fun and free experiences for families, school groups, and tours. So if you are looking for places to go and things to do, come and explore Cherokee!

We suggest that you call the phone numbers provided before visiting.


Depot Renovation, Inc.

Depot Renovation, Inc., is a group of volunteers who work to preserve the Illinois Central Railroad Depot,
located at 119 South 4th Street.

As the railroad was the key reason for the growth of Cherokee, the depot and entire railroad complex are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Depot Renovation Group, with the aid of memberships, donations, and grants, has purchased the depot from the city and added a caboose to the area.  The depot includes an HO scale model railroad and Northwest Iowa Railroad Museum. Events include farmers' markets, Fall Family Fun Festival, bake sales, and a western cookout.

For more information contact Jim Adamson at 712-225-4664 or 712-229-9502.


Lily of the Valley #5

One Room School

The school is a living history center for children and adults to preserve and promote Iowa’s rich educational heritage.

From May through September, the school is available for school trips, curriculum for school use, adult programs and a tours, and is a repository of historical, educational equipment, supplies, images, and materials.

It is handicap accessible.
For more information and reservations call 712-225-1533 or 712-225-2568.


Cherokee Parks and Recreation Department
Cherokee has lovely parks to spend time in, play hard or while away the day. Koser Spring Lake Park is located along Hwy 59 South and Gillette Park, on Bluff Street.  Koser Spring Lake Park has 40 camping spaces with electrical, water and sewer hookups, shower and restroom facilities, asphalt paved walking/jogging trail, modern playground equipment, paddle boats, fishing and many shelter facilities.

For more information and fees, please call

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