5 Reasons To Visit Uptown Ankeny

The Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market is a favorite activity, taking place every Saturday morning throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to noon. Photo: Uptown Ankeny.

Located in the heart of Ankeny, Uptown is the ultimate Saturday hub for fitness, fun, food and more. Park the car and explore these activities.

Pose in the Grass: Every Saturday morning at 8 a.m., free outdoor yoga takes over Wagner Park. Yogis of all skill levels—including kids—have fun practicing downward dog and warrior two. Instructors lead from the elevated bandshell, so it’s easy to follow along in this judgment-free, grassy zone.

Shop Like a Local: Also on Saturday mornings nearby, area vendors bring honey, sweets, fresh produce, arts and crafts, and more to the farmers market. Two open-air pavilions are easy to explore, and there’s ample parking in the area.

Cruise the Trails: With 90 miles of bike trails in town, it’s easy to find your perfect path. A perennial favorite is the High Trestle Trail starting right in Uptown. Spend a day on the 50-mile-round trip ride exploring the towns along the way and snapping photos of the High Trestle Trail Bridge.

Chill with a Brew: Several drinking and dining establishments are right off the trail in Uptown. Park your ride at the Trailside Tap or Firetrucker Brewery for a cold one, then stroll to nearby Uptown Food & Beverage Co. for a burger or specialty pizza.

Find Retail Bliss: Whether you’re looking for a new bike, home décor, or a clothing refresh, you’ll find options here. Favorites include Walnut + Willow and Charmed Chic Boutique. Make sure to walk by Stoner Music to see if any local artists are jamming out on their guitars.

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