Iowa City Things to Do

  • Iowa City Mansion near College Green Park
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    Old Downtown Iowa City, IA
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  • Johnson County Courthouse, Iowa City, IA
    Johnson County Courthouse, Iowa City, IA
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    sports fan?

    by jodssmile Written Oct 23, 2004

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    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!

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    Downtown Pedestrian Mall

    by Etoile2B Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    Downtown Iowa City

    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.

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    University of Iowa Events

    by mikehanneman Written Oct 3, 2006

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    ESPN's Gameday in Iowa City
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    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.

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  • If you're intrested in Iowa History

    by jamessurratt Written Feb 29, 2004

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    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.

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  • What to see in the Iowa City area?

    by jamessurratt Written Feb 29, 2004

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    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.

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  • Another popular tourist stop

    by jamessurratt Written Feb 29, 2004

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    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.

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  • Captain James T. Kirk's Birthday Party

    by reubenstreet Written Mar 16, 2009

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    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.

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    College of Dentistry

    by atufft Updated May 5, 2011

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    University of Iowa College of Dentistry
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    Edit in progress...photo error. Photo shown is Hawkeye Arena ;-)

    The University of Iowa College of Dentistry Building architecture has a roof that appears to resemble an inverted molar, reinforced by orthodontic wires. My images don't do justice to this huge and interesting building.

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  • Downtown and the Pedestrian...

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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.

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  • Wander around the downtown ped...

    by victophile Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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    Enjoy the signs....

    by leics Written Sep 4, 2012
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    Well, I enjoyed them anyway.

    I saw several which amused me, and which I very much think epitomise the character of IC: intelligent, courteous, friendly and with an almost-British sense of humour (deliberate understatement, irony).

    I loved it and I'll be looking out for more next time I visit!

    :-)

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    Visit the farmers' market....

    by leics Written Sep 4, 2012
    Heirloom potatoes....
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    ...which happens twice a week and, if my visit is anything to go by, is absolutely magnificent.

    This is a huuuge market, with fruits and vegetables, (including heirloom varieties), cheeses, honey, home-made produce... bread, cakes, cookies preserves... home-made almost-anything-which is not food... ornaments, trinkets, cards, garden bits & pieces...

    Want honey from an Amish apiarist? No problem. Fancy some blue-skinned potatoes? Ditto. What about a giant watermelon, or some fresh-picked wild mushrooms..or some tie-dyed clothes?

    Feel like a snack? How about a smoked Gouda baconburger with organic greens and tomato, or smoked brisket and farm egg hash? Fresh strawberry lemonade? No problem....

    Wonderful place absolutely, and still busy with buyers even though I visited only 10 minutes before it closed (I'd been otherwise engaged in events related to why I was actually in Iowa City).

    I trust the good citizens of IC know what a boon and a blessing their farmers' market is. I think they must do: it is the best and largest I have yet come across.

    The market operates from May until October, from 5pm-7pm on Wednesdays and from 7.30am to 12 noon on Saturdays.

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    Go to a bookshop and relish browsing...

    by leics Written Sep 4, 2012
    Inside The Haunted Bookshop
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    I couldn't really do this as much as I wanted: I had a weight limit to consider (and I had to think about whether I could actually lift my case!).

    But if you are larger than me, or travelling within the US, then there are two wonderful bookshops in Iowa City, absolute bliss for the book-browser. Both are friendly (is anywhere in Iowa City *not* friendly?), stuffed full of books, both with nooks and crannies and chairs where you can lose yourself in another world...

    'Prairie Lights' in the centre of downtown at 15 South Dubuque Street, established in 1978 and now (having moved premises) three and a half floors of new books:

    http://www.prairielights.com/

    Prairie Lights specialises in new fiction.

    And 'The Haunted Bookshop' , which has more than 400000 rare, out-of-print and secondhand books. some people could browse here all day and have to be kicked out at closing time! It specialises in poetry, literature, first and signed editions and Iowa-related books but also has vast quantities of other genres. A really wonderful place.

    http://www.thehauntedbookshop.com/shop/haunted/index.html?id=UeyEMtgn

    You'll find it at 203 North Linn Street, a few clocks from the centre of downtown, at its junction with East Market Street.

    If you intend to visit Iowa City, I suggest you leave space in your suitcase for the books you will almost certainly buy at one or both of these places..they are superb! :-)

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    Look up to find the old bits....

    by leics Written Sep 5, 2012
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    IC was 'born' in 1839, and you can still see evidence of its past architecture if you look carefully...and up.

    Obviously the first buildings are not longer there: they were of wood. But brick soon superceded them, and you can find buildings which date back to the mid-1800s; not old at all in UK terms, of course, but quite old for the US.

    The cornerstone for the Old Capitol (which was actually *the* state Capitol at the time) was laid in 1840.

    The Park House hotel (not a hotel, and not a building I saw this time) dates from 1852.

    'Old Brick' (originally First Presbyterian church) dates from 1856

    St Mary's church dates from 1867 (although there was an earlier church on site).

    And, if you look up, you'll see plenty of evidence of old IC as you wander downtown (see photos).

    I wish I'd found the information on the link I've given before I visited: there are even more historically interesting buildings than I had thought!

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    Read the quotes...

    by leics Written Sep 6, 2012
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    In 2008, Iowa City was designated b UNESCO as its third 'City of Literature'. That's quite a coup for such a small town.

    And you can enjoy getting a glimpse of that literary heritage by following the 'Iowa Avenue Literary Walk', a series of 49 bronze panels set into the pavement (sidewalk) with artwork and quotes from authors who have, or have had, links with IC. It was laid out in 1999.

    Although I personally knew very few of the authors or their works, the panels themselves are rather lovely works of art. It's worth seeking them out for that reason alone.

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