Beautiful Green Friendly Homey City
Not much to do
Good party town but you need to be there on a saturday for tailgating
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
We came to town in an RV and it needed some service. We didn't find out until about 7 PM that we...more
I had been to this hotel several years ago when it was a Sheraton Hotel. It was great then. I wasn't...more
Banging pipes, hard boiled eggs that were brown with green yolks, green pool water (that we found...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 sandwichmore
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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.
Annual celebration of Czech heritage in Central Iowa, held at St. Ludmilla's Church in Cedar Rapids.
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.
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.
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.more
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