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Cedar Rapids Things to Do

Cedar Rapids Things to Do

Cedar Rapids is a vibrant, growing city. Regardless of whether you just moved to the area or have been a Cedar Rapids native your whole life, there are still plenty of fun things to do in the city! If you’re looking to get out and explore, check out the city’s nightlife, shopping, and arts scene.

There are a wide variety of activities in Cedar Rapids that are suitable for everyone! From water parks to our parks, when you move into Pheasant Run Apartments, you will have everything you need. Check out our list of 5 places to visit and 5 restaurants to try!


Places to Visit

nature center in Iowa

The new building for the preserve, called Amazing Space, opened in September 2016. Guests can unwind in the Bird Room, check out the interactive watershed table, or learn how much energy the solar panels generate. Don’t forget to stop by the Creekside Shop to buy some raw honey!

You can explore the beautiful trails or attend a performance in the amphitheater. Dogs are allowed on the trails if you have them leashed. Indian Creek Nature Center is an amazing place to experience the outdoors and learn about nature firsthand.

a library filled with books on shelves

The National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) honors Iowa's strong Czech and Slovak heritage. In 1995, the three presidents of the United States, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia dedicated the museum.

The permanent collection includes folk costumes and fine art, and they also have items on loan from the National Museum in Prague. Lastly, NCSML has a sizable library with Slavic media.

nature near Cedar Rapids

Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center is an educational nature center with 751 acres of nature. Individuals, organizations, and nature clubs can all take advantage of lifelong learning opportunities.

The learning center has a bird viewing area and observation deck if you want to soak in nature. There are 6 miles of interpretive trails through wetland, prairie, woodland, and savanna. They also have cross-country skiing trails open during the winter.

a man is looking at pictures on a wall

The 63,000 square foot Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) is located downtown and aims to promote art education and enthusiasm among the local population. The museum has the largest collections of well-known Iowa artists, including Grant Wood, Bertha Jacques, and Mauricio Lasansky.

They also have ancient and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and other works including a large collection of Roman busts. In addition to their vast permanent collection and changing exhibitions, CRMA offers educational programs and events.

walking trail in park in Cedar Rapids

Cherry Hill Park is a city park in the neighborhood with sports courts, an aquatic center, playgrounds, walking trails, and picnic facilities. The pavilion is available to rent. The 64-acre park features basketball courts, soccer fields, and ball diamonds.

The Cherry Hill Aquatic Center is the city’s largest aquatic center, with three water slides, eight 25-yard lap lanes, six 50-meter lap lanes, and a diving board.

Best Places to Eat in Cedar Rapids

The developing food scene in Cedar Rapids is starting to attract national notice, offering a wide range of delectable food selections. There are a plethora of distinctive locations, menus, and cuisines to discover in Cedar Rapids, ranging from comfort food favorites to farm-to-table and baked goods. Savor the warm hospitality that is the distinguishing feature of the Midwest while you indulge your palate.

a bowl of granola with berries and a strawberry

American Skillet

American Skillet serves American diner food such as pancakes and French toast. The service is kind and accommodating. Some of the menu highlights are their amazing skillets dishes or the best omelet in town. This cozy little restaurant has the best version of comfort food.

 4820 Johnson Ave NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

a sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes on a plate

16th Avenue Grill

16th Avenue Grill serves amazing breakfast and lunch everyday. The Beschta family opened the diner in 2009. The menu features dishes including steak stroganoff, handmade potato soup, and all-day breakfast items.

 3130 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

a hamburger on a plate fries

Olive Tree Restaurant

Olive Tree is a local favorite with breakfast all day. They are well-known for their breaded tenderloins for a good reason. If you’re not into that, try their pancakes as big as the plate or perfect biscuits and gravy or fresh, homemade soup.

 2201 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

a slice of peanut butter pie on a plate with a fork

Runts Munchies LLC.

Runts serves fair food and baked goods in Downtown Cedar Rapids. They make delicious baked goods such as biscuits, cupcakes, and brownies. You've got to try their funnel cake fries!

 118 2nd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

a plate of chicken and a bowl of greens

Wawa Caribbean Restaurant

Wawa Caribbean is proud to introduce Cedar Rapids to the tastes of the Caribbean. The restaurant uses authentic recipes and spices with farm-fresh products that are sourced locally in Iowa to make incredible food. Their beef is seasoned overnight with island flavor! You should check out their popular dishes, such as plantains and spicy jerk chicken.

 4342 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404