It's easy to walk around Iowa City, and I recommend a walk in the blocks immediately around the College Green Park, where there are a number of residences significant in architectural beauty, a few of which are protected by historical place designation.
Located between College and Washington Streets, College Green Park is the oldest park in town. It's mostly a grass knoll, uphill and away from the river, within an old neighborhood of mansions mostly turned college housing. The park was founded the same year as the town, and has plenty of room for the kids to run without worry. It's a good place to picnic.
Located along Clinton Street, the Old Capitol Town Center, a shopping mall now mostly occupied by University of Iowa extension offices, bookstore, and other functions. Across the street begins the city plaza, pedestrian mall, or simply, "Ped Mall", which is essentially the center of town, a place for outdoor live music and student protests. There are a number of art galleries and other small hip businesses located in the tree shrouded walk. I liked the bronze statues and other sculptural art here.
You’re Invited – Beam on in
What: Captain James T. Kirk’s (future) Birthday Celebration
Where: Murphy’s Bar & Grill, Riverside, Iowa
71 East First Street – 319-648-2888 (reservations helpful)
When: Saturday, March 21, 2009 – 6:00 p.m. to ???
6:00 p.m. – Order from Murphy’s dinner menu.
You can preview it at www.murphsbar.com
7:00 p.m. – Toast to Kirk. Enjoy Star Trek-themed cake, Romulan Ale (alcoholic), and Blue Moon Beverage (non-alcoholic) – provided by Riverside Area Community Club (RACC) and Jerry Murphy
James Tiberius Kirk won’t be born for another 219 years, but that doesn’t stop Riversiders from celebrating their future legendary son’s birthday – and we’d like you to join us.
Fun event for all ages – Door prizes – Come one, come all
Be the first in your galaxy to own a commemorative TrekFest XXV t-shirt. They’ll be available for purchase at the party.
The U of Iowa provides a lot of entertainment.
Last weekend ESPN's Gameday was in town for the Iowa Hawkeyes to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Contact the U of I to get more current info on sporting events, Hancher Auditorium etc.
Okay, Iowa City loves their Iowa Hawkeye football games.
Our stadium is 75 years old and finally they are giving the old girl a facelift this year.
Seats are almost always sold out, unless really bad team we play that Saturaday!
Call ahead or you may not get tickets.
The students sit in the Hawk Nest-the spot they only show on ESPN.
The great seats are gobbled up for years and eternity by those wealthy alumni who donate. Darn, I forgot to give my million today to get those 50 yard line tics!
But go and anywhere you sit, you will get caught up in the crowd and action!
Herky will get you off your feet and you'll find yourselve doing the I-O-W-A chant aross the whole stadium after each hometeam touchdown.
Only problem with games is you need to walk a bit to get to stadium, usually find a parking structure and pay few bucks to park.
There is a new train painted black and gold off of Coralville main drag, but is new 9/04 and they are working kinks out.
Anyway, if you like sports, Iowa fans love their hawkeyes and we have fun!
Iowa City has a great little downtown area near the Old Town mall that is paved with cobblestones. A lot of the bars, restaurants and shops in town are found here, along with the public library and a playground. Public art is featured prominently in this area and it's a great place to walk around and pass the day away.
Check out the Robert Lucas Home. I was there back before I landed my first job in Iowa City. The hostess told me, upon learning that I was a local, that she met another couple from Ohio where Robert Lucas had a home prior to coming to Iowa City. It was so close to them that they never got to see it. So they stopped to see this one so they could get an idea of what their "home" looked like! It was interesting to see what frontier life was like.
This is Iowa's Old Capitol Building which is now the heart of the University of Iowa campus. When open to tourists is shows a building that's been around since Iowa was still a territory. It suffered from fire a couple years ago but has been restored, at least from the outside. It's still being worked on the inside but should be available later on. See the website for the latest information.
You can start with the Devonian Fossil Gorge located north of Iowa City. Here, if you are interested in fossils, you will find them in a washed out area below the Coralville Lake Spillway which was uncovered during the floods of 1993. See the link to check on directions and phone for further information. This struck the interest of many at the time as the movie "Jurassic Park" was making the rounds through the theaters at the time even though the Devonian period was just prior to the dinosaurs.
Downtown and the Pedestrian Mall is worth a look and a walk around. They have some stores and places to eat or get an ice cream here. It's pretty nice, albeit not very large. There are of course the obligatory shops catering to the college students. I don't know how this place would be during the regular school year.
Wander around the downtown ped mall and on to the University of Iowa campus.
The campus is beautiful, with a river running through it. Downtown there are many wonderful, unique little stores. They show you the heart of Iowa City.
The College of Law has an impressive silver domed building, with a view of the river and city below it. It's also located on the edge of a small forested ravine over which there is a footbridge.
Just a nice, quiet mall. They have a few shops, a Best Buy, etc. They also have an ice skating rink inside!! This was the most unique part of the mall!!