Buxton Park

Nestled in the city’s center is Buxton Park, a tranquil escape where you’ll find brilliant blooms, a butterfly garden, arboretum, ornamental fountain, children’s garden and more.
people walking through the park
The Jewel of Indianola

This peaceful, serene park lies in the center of town adjacent to Simpson College. Walkways wind you through formal gardens, wind sculptures, a butterfly garden and plenty of public art. Take a break on a bench near the ornamental fountain — get lost in your favorite book, or take a few photos by the quaint gazebo.

A children’s garden captures the curiosity of the littlest explorers. There’s a play tunnel, interactive Natureland game, musical instruments and the perfect display of touch-and-feel plants. Visit the Buxton Park website for a scavenger hunt the whole family will love — find living creatures, brilliant blooms and leaves of all colors and textures.

Garden at Buxton Park
people doing puzzle outside in the park
Buxton Park fountain garden

Find the display case near the gazebo for a brochure featuring a self-guided tour of the Buxton arboretum or download it here. There are more than 60 species of trees and plants in the park.

During the National Balloon Classic, Buxton Park is home to the Indianola Summer Art Festival. You can wander the park and shop an eclectic mix of works from artists near and far — fiber, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, wood and so much more!

The land for Buxton Park was generously donated by William and Elizabeth Buxton in 1906. It was the city’s first public park. Take a sunny afternoon and get to know its history and beauty.

Visit Buxton Park: 705 N Buxton St, Indianola