Top 20 Attractions in the Corridor | Iowa City Cedar Rapids Moms

Here’s a list of the Top 20 Attractions in the Corridor Area:

1. Devonian Fossil Gorge

Kinnick Stadium, home for the Iowa football team, served its 90th season of hosting Hawkeye football games in 2019. Currently the 28th largest college-owned stadium in the nation (69,250), Kinnick Stadium ranks as one of college football’s finest facilities and is routinely filled on Saturdays each fall.

2. Nile Kinnick Stadium

Imagine walking on a 375 million year old ocean floor! This glimpse into Iowa’s geologic past was first exposed during the Floods of 1993 at Coralville Lake, then again more were exposed during the Floods of 2008. The fossils and limestone bedrock of the Devonian Fossil Gorge date back almost 200 million years before the dinosaurs! Read more on the History page.

3. Old Capitol Museum

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.

4. University of Iowa

Iowa offers majors, minors, and certificates in more than 200 areas of study. Some of the most popular majors include business, engineering, biology, psychology, and English.

5. Wilson’s Orchard

Wilson’s Orchard and Farm grows more than just apples. Choosing crops — such as pumpkins, strawberries, corn — that not only provide our community with locally grown food, but also contribute to the sustainability and health of our farm’s ecosystem.

6. Museum of Natural History

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.

7. Terry Trueblood Recreational Area

It’s one of the City’s parks and recreation complexes.

8. Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Named for the late Roy Carver, a long-time supporter of the University of Iowa, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, one of the 25 largest university-owned facilities in the nation, opened in January of 1983 and underwent a multi-million dollar facelift that was completed in September, 2011.

9. The Englert Theater

The mission of The Englert Theatre is to own, maintain, and operate The Englert Theatre as a community arts center and performance space, enhancing the vitality of Iowa City’s historic downtown by preserving its last historic theater.

10. Iowa Avenue Literary Walk

The Literary Walk, conceptualized by the Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee in 1999, celebrates works by 49 writers who have ties to Iowa. The Literary Walk is comprised of a series of bronze relief panels that feature authors’ words as well as attribution. The panels are visually connected by a series of general quotations about books and writing stamped into the concrete sidewalk. All artwork, by Gregg LeFevre, is set in the pavement along both sides of Iowa Avenue from Clinton Street to Gilbert Street. It was installed in conjunction with the Iowa Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project, which took place from 2000 to 2001.

11. 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.

12. Brucemore

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a 19th-century mansion, filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families. Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.

13. NewBo City Market

NewBo City Market is a dynamic public space promoting health, happiness, and well-being in the heart of the New Bohemia District near downtown Cedar Rapids. As a gathering place, business incubator, and event center, NewBo City Market services many different needs for a wide spectrum of people and organizations. This remarkable nonprofit organization is home to unique food and retail business start-ups; farmers and artisans markets; and numerous community arts, entertainment, and educational events. There is always something new and different happening at NewBo.

14. Czech Village / New Bohemia District

The Czech Village and New Bohemia neighborhoods make up the DISTRICT and are a lively place for family and friends to gather and take in great entertainment, award-winning restaurants, fun bars, world-class museums and, of course, unique shopping.

15. Cedar Rapids Museum of Arts

Inspired by the extraordinary art gathered at the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago, community leaders from Cedar Rapids formed an art club in 1895. Ten years later, when they were offered a specially designed gallery in the new Carnegie Library, the club incorporated as the Cedar Rapids Art Association. The first painting was acquired for the collection in 1906. Local artists were often important members, helping arrange exhibitions, lectures, and special events.

16. Paramount Theater

The Paramount Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of just 300 movie palaces left in the United States according to a story in USA Today. Built in the architecturally extravagant 1920’s, the theatre annually hosts concerts, fundraisers, corporate meetings, dance recitals and a Broadway Series. The Theatre is home to Orchestra Iowa, the region’s premier symphony orchestra.

17. Indian Creek Nature Center

For decades Indian Creek Nature Center has led the area in sustainable building and operations practices. In 1993, the first net-metered solar panel system in Iowa was installed on the maple sugar house. Relocated to the barn a few years later, these panels have consistently produced 25% of their electricity. The purpose of the Nature Center is to promote a sustainable future by:

  • Nurturing individuals through environmental education.
  • Providing leadership in land protection and restoration.
  • Encouraging responsible interactions with nature.

18. Grant Wood Studio

The Grant Wood Studio is owned and operated by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and is a member of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

19. Cedar River

The Cedar River is a 338-mile-long (544 km) river in Minnesota and Iowa. It is a tributary of the Iowa River, which flows to the Mississippi River. The Cedar River takes its name from the red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) trees growing there, and was originally called the Red Cedar River by the Meskwaki. The first Mississippi steamboat reached Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1844, and during the next decade, the Red Cedar (as it was still called) was an important commercial waterway. The surrounding region is known officially as the Cedar River Valley, though it is more commonly referred to simply as the Cedar Valley.

20. African American Museum of Iowa

The African American Museum of Iowa is the only statewide museum devoted to preserving African American history and culture. Their mission includes exhibiting and teaching the African American heritage of Iowa. They educate over 30,000 people each year through museum tours, traveling exhibits, research services, youth and adult education programs, and community and fundraising events. Visit the museum to see the collection and exhibits that trace Iowa’s African American history from its origins to the present.

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