Attractions in Cedar Rapids, IA

Parks & Trails

PARKS AND TRAILS OPEN FOR USE

SW/SE Quadrant

  • Hidder
  • Redmond
  • Hoover
  • Huston
  • Poets Park
  • Wellington
  • Prairie Park Fishery

NW/SW Quadrant

  • Cleveland
  • Delaney
  • Ellis Harbor
  • Wilderness Estates
  • 10th Square
  • Reed
  • Jackson

NE Quadrant

  • Huntington Ridge
  • Artists Memorial
  • Fox Trail
  • Twin Pines
  • Nixon

Urban Core

  • McGrath Amphitheatre
  • Sunner Memorial
  • Hayes
  • Mays Island
  • Greene Square

Locate a Park Near You: Cedar Rapids Parks Finder

CLOSED FOR TREE AND DEBRIS REMOVAL

  • Bever Park
  • Cherry Hill Park
  • Daniels Park
  • Ellis Park
  • Ellis Golf
  • Jones Park
  • Shaver Park
  • Noelridge Park
  • Van Vechten Park

The public is reminded to follow CDC guidelines when using parks including:

  • Follow social distancing standards of a minimum of six feet between you and other park users.
  • Do not gather in groups beyond members of your own household.
  • Practice good personal hygiene – wash your hands regularly.
  • Be aware that park restrooms are currently closed and water is not turned on. Please bring hand sanitizer with you.
  • Please carry out any trash that is brought into the parks.
  • If you have been sick in the last two weeks or have a cough, fever or other flu-like symptoms, stay home for the health and safety of yourself and others.
  • Individuals 65 years of age and older, or those with underlying conditions, are strongly encouraged to stay at home to avoid potential exposures.
  • Trail users on any trail system are encouraged to maintain distance between themselves and others by signaling your presence with your voice, bell, or horn, and stepping off the trail to allow others to pass. 

 

Community Centers
Dog Parks
  • K9 Acres Dog Park
  • Cheyenne Dog Park
  • Dave Wright Family Dog Park
Golf Courses

Driving Ranges

Twin Pines / Gardner / Ellis Park

Prices:
Small bucket (25-30 balls): $5.00
Medium bucket (35-40 balls): $7.00
Large bucket (70 balls): $8.00
XL bucket (100 balls): $10.00

2020 Specials
BUCKET OF FUN
 for the family – (1) X-LARGE bucket of range balls & (2) HOT DOGS for $12   (Borrow some of our clubs at no charge.)

BUCKET & BREWS – (1) LARGE bucket of range balls & (2) beers of your choice for $12

Come practice your swing or simply warm-up those muscles before your next round. The hours are from 7:00 a.m. until dusk.
**NOTE: Ellis and Twin Pines do driving range maintenance on Wednesday’s mornings.
Ellis is closed till 9:00 a.m. and Twin Pines is closed till 11:00 a.m.

 

Golf Courses

Ellis Golf Course

Address: 1401 Zika Ave NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Course Ratings  
Blue: 71.1/125
White: 69.7/120
Gold (Men): 67.1/113
Gold (Women): 72.1/128
Red: 68.2/115

Book a tee time!

 

Gardner Golf Course

Address: 5101 Golf Course Rd, Hwy 13, Marion, IA 52302

Course Ratings
Blue: 71.4/116
Gold: 66.5/104
White: 69.7/112
Red: 72.0/115

Book a tee time!

 

Twin Pines Golf Course

Address: 3800 42nd St NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Course Ratings (rerated September 2014)
Men’s White: 67.2/108; Front nine: 33.3/108; Back nine: 33.9/107
Men’s Red: 64.9/97; Front nine: 32.1/93; Back nine: 32.8/100
Women’s Red: 69.3/111; Front nine: 34.2/108; Back nine: 35.1/114

Book a tee time!

 

Jones Golf Course **CLOSED TILL FURTHER NOTICE**

Address: 2901 Fruitland Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Course Ratings  
Blue: 69.7/121
White: 67.8/117
Gold (Men): 66.5/115
Gold (Women): 69.2/108
Red: 66.1/100

Book a tee time!

 

Airport National Public Golf Course

Address: 3001 Wright Brothers Blvd E, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

 

St Andrews Golf Club

Address: 1866 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

 

The Cedar Rapids Country Club

Address: 550 27th St Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

 

Elmcrest Country Club

Address: 1 Zach Johnson Dr N E, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

 

 

Lakes
  • Cedar Lake
  • Robbins Lake
  • Lakeview Lake
  • Manhattan/Robbins Lake Park
  • Don Murphy Lake Park
  • Prairie Park Fishery
Farms & Orchards

Allen’s Orchard

Address: 5801 10th St, Marion, IA 52302
Phone: (319) 377-1408
 
Address: 1115 US-30, Mt Vernon, IA 52314
Phone: (319) 361-7692
 
Address: 7000 Tower Terrace Rd, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411
Phone: (319) 393-4050
 
Address: 9409 C Avenue, Marion, IA 52302
Phone: (319) 377-0977
 
Address: 840 Bass Ln, Mt Vernon, IA 52314
Phone: (319) 895-6480
Museums

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is in downtown Cedar Rapids. It is privately owned and was established in 1905. The museum acquired the old Cedar Rapids Public Library building after the library moved into a new location in 1985. The mission of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is to excite, engage, and educate through the arts.

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

The NCSML preserves, presents, and transcends unique stories of Czech and Slovak history and culture through innovative experiences and active engagement to reach cross-cultural audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.

African American Museum Of Iowa

The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American history.

Brucemore

Historic site, community cultural center, and so much more, Brucemore’s mission is to engage the public in the history, traditions, resources, and on-going preservation of Brucemore for the enrichment of the community.

The History Center

The mission of The History Center is to provide a unique community resource that preserves and shares the stories of our past and connects people of all ages to the present and future of Linn County. We are dedicated to connecting the past to the present and future of Linn County and are passionate about making our history both accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Ushers Ferry Historic Village (Temporarily Closed)

Ushers Ferry Historic Village provides the citizens of Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa with a venue for family friendly activities, events and programs that build community from the historical perspective of a small Iowa town at the turn of the 20th century. Located on a ten acre site in beautiful Seminole Valley, Ushers Ferry features nine ADA accessible, historic buildings available to tour that depict life in a small Iowa town between the years of 1890 and 1910.

The Granger House Victorian Museum (Temporarily Closed)

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a wonderful example of Victorian Italianate architecture, The Granger House Victorian Museum is the only restored middle-class family home in the Cedar Rapids area. Occupied by a single family for nearly 100 years, the house contains many of its original furnishings and is arranged to reflect the lifestyle of a successful, late 19th-century middle-class family.

Parks & Recreation Department Resources

Attractions in Coralville, IA

Parks & Trails

PARKS AND TRAILS OPEN FOR USE

Altmaier Family Park & Disc Golf Course

Features

  • 18-hole disc golf course
  • Corn hole (bags game)
  • Parking
  • Picnic area(s)
  • Restroom (portable)

Auburn Hills Park

Features

  • Gym / community room
  • Playground
  • Trails

Central Park

Features

  • Small picnic shelter
  • Trails
  • Walking trail

Dovetail Recreation Area

Features

  • Fishing pond
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Walking trail
  • Youth soccer fields

Iowa River Landing Wetland Park

Features

  • Drinking fountain
  • Fishing
  • Interpretive signage
  • Pond
  • Restrooms
  • Trails
  • Viewing tower
  • Wetland walkways

Kiddie Korral Park

Features

  • Playground
  • Small picnic shelter

M.A. Ewalt Recreation Area

Features

  • Pond
  • Walking trail

North Ridge Park

Features

  • Fishing pond
  • Playground
  • Small picnic shelter
  • Trails

S.T. Morrison Park

Features

  • Fishing pond
  • Large shelters
  • Playground
  • Pool
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Small picnic shelter
  • Tennis courts
  • Youth ball diamonds

Park Shelters

Coralville Creekside Ballpark

Coralville Creekside Cross

Trails

Community Centers

Coralville Recreation Center

Features

  • Exercise room
  • Game room
  • Gym / community room
  • Meeting rooms
  • Parking (free)
  • Pool

Coralville Community Aquatic Center

Features

  • 11,000+ square feet of surface water
  • 25 meter, L-shaped pool
  • Diving boards
  • Splash deck with fountains and play structures
  • Zero-depth entry
  • On-deck shaded seating
  • Full service concession stand
  • 3 slides (including an open flume body slide, and a space bowl that circles swimmers and drops into an 8-foot pool)

Youth Sports Park

Features

  • Baseball / softball
  • Batting cages
  • Field irrigation
  • Parking (free)
  • Picnic area(s)
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Scoreboards
  • Soccer
  • Walking trail
  • Youth ball diamonds
  • Youth soccer fields

Community Gardens

The Coralville Community Gardens offer a place for citizens to lease a plot to plant and grow their own fresh produce, herbs, and annual flowers. The gardens also offer a limited number of raised beds for those with mobility impairments. Composed material and top soil is applied over the entire garden area at the beginning of the season.

Indoor Pool

Effective November 16, 2020, the Coralville Recreation Center will limit lap swim numbers due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Johnson County. For information about masks, capacity limits, lap swim, lockers during COVID-19, and availability, see the “pools” tab on the Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Info page.

 
Golf Courses
Lakes
  • Coralville Lake
Museums

The Iowa Children’s Museum

At The Iowa Children’s Museum, children can take an imaginary trip to the moon, explore the science of skateboarding, create messy masterpieces, and explore a pirate’s ship, all in one afternoon! The learning laboratory is a unique space where kids and grownups can be silly, make mistakes, and create lasting memories. Click here to take a virtual walk through!

Antique Car Museum of Iowa

The Antique Car Museum of Iowa showcases over eighty automobiles dating from 1899 to 1995 as well as an original Skelly gas station, and a collection of antique Iowa license plates. The museum also features a gift shop.

Johnson County Historical Society

The Johnson County Historical Society is a private, non-profit group committed to serving the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation, and interpretation.

Parks & Recreation Department Resources

Parks and Recreation

Email

1506 8th St.
Coralville, IA  52241

Ph: 319.248.1750
Fx: 319.248.1899

Staff Directory

Recreation Center Hours*

*Subject to change due to COVID-19.

Effective November 17, 2020
Recreation Center and Indoor Pool by appointment only. Limited capacity.
See the COVID-19 Parks & Rec Restrictions.

October-April
(when not restricted by COVID-19)

Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 pm

Indoor Pool Hours

View the indoor pool calendar.

Cancellations

Ph: 319.248.1763
Updated after 4:00 pm

Attractions in Iowa City, IA

Parks & Trails

PARKS

Benton Hill Park

Blackhawk Mini Park/Pedestrian Mall

Black Springs Circle Park

Brookland Park

Calder Park 

Cardigan Park

Chadek Green Park

Chauncey Swan Park

City Park

College Green Park

Court Hill Park

Crandic Park

Creekside Park

Fairmeadows Park

Frauenholtz-Miller Park

Glendale Park

Happy Hollow Park

Harlocke Hill Park

Hickory Hill Park

Highland Park

Hunters Run Park

Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park

Kiwanis Park

Mercer Park

Napoleon Park

Ned Ashton Park

North Market Square Park

Oak Grove Park

Peninsula Park

Pheasant Hill Park

Reno Street Park

Rita’s Ranch Dog Park

Riverfront Crossings Park

Ryerson’s Woods State Preserve

Scott Park

Skateboard Park

Sturgis Ferry Park

Terrell Mill Park

Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park

Tower Court Park

Villa Park

Waterworks Prairie Park

Wetherby Park

Whispering Meadows Wetland Park

Willow Creek Park

Windsor Ridge Park

 

TRAILS

Iowa River Corridor (IRC) Trail

Iowa City’s longest (six miles) and most heavily used trail. Public parking for trail access is available at Napoleon Park, City Park, Ned Ashton Park, and Crandic Park. The IRC Trail provides access to several parks, the University of Iowa campus, downtown Iowa City, the Iowa River, and it connects to many intersecting streets and sidewalks, and on its north end provides access to Coralville.

Willow Creek Trail

Is approximately two miles long and connects to Willow Creek Park, Kiwanis Park, Walden Square commercial area, West High School, and surrounding neighborhoods. Public parking is available at Kiwanis Park and Willow Creek Park for trail access.

View the Iowa City Trail Map

The trails depicted on the map are hard-surfaced, either concrete or asphalt, and all non-motorized use is permitted, including walking, jogging, in-line skating, skateboarding, scooting, etc. Please observe trail etiquette when using the trails, and respect other trail users.

 

Biking in Iowa City

City Channel 4 produced a series of short videos, that focus on bicycle education and safety. Each video will run 30 to 60 seconds and are meant for sharing with your friends, family, and co-workers on social media using #ICBikeShorts. The videos feature local bicyclists and cover a range of topics, anything from fixing a flat tire to locking your bike, to trail etiquette and navigating a roundabout. View the Bike Shorts series.

Bike Trail Map

Community Centers

Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 200 S. Gilbert St.

Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Drive.

City Park Pool, 200 Park Rd.

An Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department issued facilities pass is required to use the gym, game room and fitness area. There is no fee for the initial pass, and replacement passes cost $2 each. Passes are issued at the recreation centers.

Detailed Facility Pass Information

Patrons 16-years-old and older may be issued a facility pass at either recreation center. Youth ages 12-15 may be issued a pass provided a parent/guardian is present, and have completed and signed the membership form, also available at the recreation centers.

Note: Facility policy prohibits youth 11-years-old and younger from using the facility unless accompanied by a responsible person, 16-years-old or older who can provide constant supervision. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the fitness room.

Dog Parks

Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park
Located at 1867 Foster Rd.

Thornberry Off-Leash Park opened in 2006 and is an 11-acre park divided into sections to accommodate most dogs needs:

  • The Linder Tire Service Small Dog Yard is designated for dogs less than 18 inches tall at the shoulder. There is an asphalt path to the shelter and room to run.
  • Emma’s Run is available for dogs that may not do well with other dogs, but need a large area to run. Dogs may remain on leash for individual or group training in his area only.
  • Lucky Pawz Playground is the largest area. There are paved paths and two shelters with benches.
  • Lily’s Pond is a separate, fenced area with a 15-foot deep pond available for dog swimming when weather permits.

Rita’s Ranch
Located at 640 S. Scott Blvd.

Opened in 2009, Iowa City’s second dog park is a three-acre area within Scott Park. Rita’s Ranch includes a Lucky Pawz Playground area. Please note, Rita’s Ranch is located in a water retention area and all or part will be closed following heavy rain, spring thaw or when necessary to protect the turf.

Dog park tags and day passes
All dogs must display either a park permit tag or a day pass to use the off-leash dog parks. Owners without permits or passes may be fined $100 for each offense. Iowa City residents must have a current City of Iowa City dog license to get a park tag. Proof of rabies vaccination is also required to use the parks.

One-year permit tags may be purchased at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center, the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, and at both dog parks if staff is present. A copy of the dog’s up-to-date rabies vaccination records must be submitted with the dog park application at time of purchase. Annual tags are good from January 1 – December 31.

Download a dog park tag application here.

One-year permit tags cost:

  • $52 for Iowa City residents
  • $57 for non-residents

Discounts of $5 per year are available for dogs that are spayed or neutered.

Day passes are available for $5 per dog. Day pass envelopes can be found in the dispensers at the dog park entrances.

Please use the parks responsibly.

Dog park rules

For more information regarding Iowa City pet regulations, licensing, and adoption, visit the Iowa City Animal Services website.

Golf Courses

Pleasant Valley Golf Course

Address: 4390 Sand Rd SE, Iowa City, IA 52240

Rates

 

Finkbine Golf Course

Address: 1380 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52242

Rates

Driving Range

 

Hi Point Golf Course

Address: 3533 Taft Ave SE, Iowa City, IA 52240

Rates

Lakes
  • Sand Lake
  • Lake Ridge
Farms & Orchards

Wilson’s Orchard & Farm

Address: 4823 Dingleberry Rd NE #1, Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: (319) 535-0771
Museums

Plum Grove Historical Site

Plum Grove is a historic house located in Iowa City, United States. Plum Grove was the retirement home of Gov. Robert Lucas and the childhood home of the author Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (temporarily closed)

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and burial place of Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, located on the grounds of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.

Old Capitol Museum (temporarily closed to the public – virtual visits by appointment only)

The Old Capitol Museum seeks to educate the university, local, and national communities on the continuing significance of the humanities, as an invigorated and distinguished building that serves as a center of culture and civic discourse for the State of Iowa, through public outreach initiatives, educational programming, exhibitions, and academic scholarship.

University of Iowa Museum of Natural History (temporarily closed to the public – virtual visits by appointment only)

The mission of the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is to inspire in visitors of all ages understanding and a sense of wonder, discovery, respect, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds through exhibits, educational programs, and collections, as well as through linkages with UI research and activities.

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art (virtual visits – Museum offices will be available by appointment only)

The Stanley Museum of Art welcomes the University of Iowa community, all Iowans, and the world to discover and enjoy extraordinary works of art, explore new ideas, and cultivate new insights into history, culture, and the act of creation. We build diverse communities around our collections by fostering creative connections across the university, the state, and the world. Through the wise stewardship and dynamic presentation of the collections, the Stanley encourages transformative encounters with works of art and contemplation of the human story.

Parks & Recreation Department Resources

COVID-19 has presented many changes to our normal routines. All decisions made by the Parks and Recreation Department are made to keep you, users of the City’s parks as safe as possible during this pandemic.

*Please Note: Playgrounds and other park equipment are not disinfected by operations staff. When using park facilities consider the following precautions:

  • Practice good hand hygiene, using hand sanitizer frequently when soap and water are not available.
  • Recreate safely in groups of 10 or less and physically distance yourself from others by at least 6 feet.
  • Wear a face covering.

For all Iowa City COVID-19 news, updates and resources, visit icgov.org/coronavirus.

 

Closed Facilities & Programs

These facilities and programs are closed/discontinued until further notice to discourage large gatherings and encourage physical distancing and/or an inability to sufficiently clean at an acceptable frequency, or lack of staff available to maintain them.

  • Activity Guide – No Guide, please follow social for program updates
  • Baseball and Softball Field Rentals
  • Fountains
  • Iowa City Holiday Farmers Market – CANCELED
  • Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park Rentals
  • Iowa City School District Sports
  • Pools – Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Pool & City Park Pool
  • Scanlon Gym
  • Restrooms
  • Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
  • Terry Trueblood Lodge and Ned Ashton House Rentals – Please call to check for 2021 availability.

 

Questions? Please send an email to parksandrecreation@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5100

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Attractions in North Liberty, IA

Parks & Trails

PARKS

Beaver Kreek Park

Broadmoor Pond

Centennial Park

Cornerstone Park Nature Area

Creekside Commons Park

Deerfield Park

Freedom Park

Fox Run Neighborhood Park

Fox Run Park & Pond

Joy’s Park

Koser Park

Liberty Centre Park

Old Town Park

Parkview Neighborhood Park

 

TRAILS

North Liberty Recreational Trail

Download the Map of Parks & Trails

 

MORE

The City of North Liberty offers a seasonal outdoor rink. Enjoy winter and take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 115-foot outdoor ice rink installed on top of the tennis courts. Bring your own skates or borrow skates from the Recreation Department.

Check Rink Status

Hours

The rink will be open to all ages for free public skating from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the season (December-March) as long as weather conditions are agreeable. Lights will be on daily from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m to provide for safe evening skating. Enter using the southeast corner gate near the bleachers.

 

Community Centers

North Liberty Community Center

Address: 520 W Cherry St, North Liberty, IA 52317

Phone: (319) 626-5716

 

Dog Parks

Red Fern Dog Park

Located at 980 North Liberty Road, North Liberty, Iowa 52317

Golf Courses

Quail Creek Golf Course

Address: 700 Club House Rd, North Liberty, IA 52317

Rates

Lakes

Goose Lake

Stone Lake

Lake MacBride (Solon)

Farms & Orchards

Colony Pumpkin Patch

Address: 2780 Front St NE, North Liberty, IA 52317
Phone: (319) 626-6091
Parks & Recreation Department Resources

(319) 626-5716

520 W. Cherry St., North Liberty

Shelly Simpson, Director
ssimpson@northlibertyiowa.org

Brian Motley, Assistant Director
bmotley@northlibertyiowa.org

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