Cedar Rapids Travel Guide

  • Eastern Iowa airport
    Eastern Iowa airport
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  • Shuttle van (they also use cars)
    Shuttle van (they also use cars)
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  • Mom at Ellis Park, Cedar Rapids
    Mom at Ellis Park, Cedar Rapids
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Cedar Rapids Things to Do

  • Great bike trails!

    I love the bike trails in Cedar Rapids. They are very scenic, well maintained, and they take you all over town. Its really great to see parks like these, I hope the trend continues in Cedar Rapids and spreads to other towns.

  • The Paramount Theater

    The Paramount Theater was build in the 1920's. This 1901 seat theater hosts many events each year, from the Cedar Rapids Symphony ,ballet, broadway series, to local events and meetings.The theater is listed in the National Register of Historic places which lists places of historical or architectual signifigance. The theather was build in a...

  • Check out Ellis Park

    Ellis Park is on the Northwest side of Cedar Rapids. There are tennis courts, a public swimming pool, horseshoe pits, golf course, rose gardens, baseball fields, and walking trails. There are several shelters for picnics or parties.Ellis Park is right on the Cedar River. There is a large population of both geese and ducks here and this last weekend...

  • Bever Park - Kid Friendly Park!

    I remember going to this park as a child distinctly because of the zoo. It's changed over the years, and it's now Old MacDonald's Farm. There are pigs, sheep, rabbits, ducks, donkeys, a cow, and prairie dogs. There is a large playground area and lots of open space and big leafy trees. There is a public swimming pool at this park as well.


    Once a month during the warmer months (May-September), you can gather with other fun wine lovers, taste and learn about wines, sample cheeses and party dips, and win door prizes! This outrageous tasting bash takes place in an outdoor venue at a quaint little boutique wine shop in Shueyville, Iowa: The Secret Cellar. Check out their website for...

  • National Czech and Slovak Museum

    Interesting place to study the culture and heritage of the Czech and Slovak settlers who me made a new home for themselves in the broad expanses of Iowa.The Museum is a modern convenient facility with a good research library, gift shop, and an interesting permanent exhibit that details the general history of the Czech and Slovak lands, as well as...


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Cedar Rapids Restaurants

  • Old World Charm (and Carbohydrates!)

    Food Coma Central. Authentic Central European restaurant with hearty Bohemian specialities, just like the old country. Spaetzle and Goulash and more dumplings than you can shake a stick at. Pierogis at least as good as those in Hammond Indiana! Nothing nouveau, lite, or "heart-smart" here! Just good thick sauces, Iowa pork, real veal, and...

  • Cook your own steak

    This place has a unique concept in that it is set up like a butcher's shop and you select your cut of meat. From there, they provide marinades and grills for you to cook your own steak.

  • New chef brings life to tired restaurant

    My wife and I used to be regular customers of Daniel Arthurs restaurant in Downtown Cedar Rapids. The food was world class, unlike anything else in the corridor. We were dissapointed to learn in late january that the Chef that made that restaurant what it was was no longer there. His name is Clint Goodman, and he was the Iowa chef ot the year in...

  • Don't Go Here!!

    Terrible experience. Extremely overpriced for the quality of food and service. For a party of 8 it took the service 1 hour to get our food to us all. The food was warm when we received it. The sauces were congealed and cold. Between a party of 8 there was 1 beverage refilled. The food was ALL overdone. Spices run ramapant in all the dishes taking...

  • Smart Coffeehouse near Coe College

    Considerably Above Average java joint near Coe College and the main downtown strip. Interesting art on the walls, poetry in the bathrooms, and intelligent staff who know how to make a smiley with the cappacino foam.

  • You have to try this place

    A cool little Gourmet sandwich shop in a strip mall across from westdale mall this place is a real treat i ate there twice on my trip to CR big sandwiches cool atmosphere with all original oil paintings on the walls this place is a definite must it is locally owned according to their menu Loaded baked potato sandwich


Cedar Rapids Nightlife

  • Best marquaritas in town

    Papa Juan's serves very good marquaritas, and also has an extensive food menu, half Italian and half Mexican. All the food is well prepared and served in generous proportions. There is a large group of friendly locals who make it a fun place to hang out while waiting for your food, watching one of the many TV's or just enjoying a well made...

  • Cedar Rapids Biker Bar

    The Chrome Horse is a bar & grill located close to downtown Cedar Rapids. They have an extensive food menu & the usual drinks. Karaoke plays during the week, but they do have live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Good Drinks & Cheap Eats!

    Cocktails is located in Marion just outside of the NE side of Cedar Rapids. They have a reasonably priced food menu and live music or events several nights a week. Check out their website for the schedule.

  • Eclectic music, art and performance art

    If you like music, art and theatre that is out of the mainstream, then this is one place you'll want to visit, where you can find all three. This space is run by a non-profit group called Legion Art.http://www.legionarts.org/Among many, Ani DiFranco played here before she was famous.

  • Accoustic Music

    This is a fairly coffee shop which sometimes has live accoustic music. It's across the street from Coe College, the local, private, liberal arts college. So definately a college hang out. It's definately not typical small midwestern city place, more like something I'd expect to find on the west coast.

  • Live Rock and Blues

    This club is part of the Long Branch complex, which includes a restaurant and hotel. Mostly area acts play here, but it is usually a good time. The Long Branch has been a live music venue for a few decades.


Cedar Rapids Transportation

  • To and from the airport

    If you do not have or hire a car you will be reliant on taxi or airport shuttle. I don't hire cars after a long day's travelling across the Atlantic (not safe imo) so I chose to use the Airport Shuttle Service advertised on the airport's own website.It is not possible to book using the online website form if you live outside the US (unless you...

  • Fly in to Moline

    Cedar Rapids does have its own airport with regular flights by major airlines, but the fares are high. I've found that the fares are significantly lower to Moline IL which is about 1:15min drive. I'm a cheapskate and find an hour drive is no big deal, so I usually fly into Moline.

  • Rent a car

    You must have your own car to get around in Cedar Rapids. Unless you're staying downtown, there are a few things you can do within walking distance, but your opportunities are limited.You will not be able to just hail a cab or find them parked and waiting anywhere, you have to call for one and be prepared to wait 20-30min.


Cedar Rapids Shopping

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    Czech Cottage: Bohemian Arts and Crafts

    by yooperprof Written Aug 31, 2006

    Nice little shop in Cedar Rapid's Czech Village that features an assortment of local produced arts and crafts, as well as merchandise (books, CDs, glassware) imported from the old country.

    Moravian miscellany

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Cedar Rapids Local Customs

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    Kolach Festival

    by yooperprof Written Aug 31, 2006

    Annual celebration of Czech heritage in Central Iowa, held at St. Ludmilla's Church in Cedar Rapids.

    I'm sure they have good food, and polka music too

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Cedar Rapids Warnings and Dangers

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    Crime areas

    by Michael_SFBA Written Oct 1, 2005

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    There is one particular area in Cedar Rapids to avoid at night, bounded by 10th St, 19th St, C Ave NE, and 8th Ave SE. That's really larger than the entire problem area, and this is nothing like areas of really large cities, but compared to the rest of the city, which is quite safe, this is the one area to be cautious in. On some occasions, memebers of Chicago gangs have murdered their rivals in this area, on the street, and I also know of a number of violent muggings and rapes that have happened in this area.

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Cedar Rapids Off The Beaten Path

  • If You are visiting Cedar...

    by natdog Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If You are visiting Cedar Rapids in the summer, it is really beautiful to drive up to Palo, Iowa which is only about 20 minutes from town. go up to Pleasant Vally and see the beach and all the camping grounds. Another great place is Coe College, its a beautiful campus and you can become a member and come use the nice pool all year round (I might be your lifeguard!). From there you should walk around downtown, see all the wierd public sculpture, go to the historic paramount theatre, and go to some little pubs or larger bars such as muddy waters. You should also drive around the Washington Highschool area on Cottage Grove and see all the big old houses. There is a lot of history about the SW side of town, especially near downtown.

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Cedar Rapids Favorites

  • Municipal Island - Linn County...

    Another impressive structure on Cedar Rapid's Municipal Island is the depression-era Linn County Courthouse.

  • Municipal Island: City Hall

    Cedar Rapids is rather unique in having its major civic buildings all concentrated together on an island in the middle of its major river, the Cedar. The City Hall - formally called the Veterans Memorial Hall - is an impressive landmark that was built in the confident neo-classical style of the 1920s.

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