What to do in Solon if you only have 24 hours Feature Image

Looking to get away from the city and spend the day in a smaller community? Tucked between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Solon has great restaurants, activities and more.

8:00 AM

Start the morning off right with a delicious and filling breakfast at Salt Fork Kitchen. Their menu includes some of the usual breakfast items, along with some creative, unexpected dishes. They also prepare their meals with as many local ingredients as possible to ensure freshness and quality. You’ll feel good about eating a great meal, while supporting local farmers.


Salt Fork Kitchen
112 E Main Street
Solon, IA 52333
(319) 624-2081

9:00 AM 

After breakfast, it’s time to get to the golf course to play a round of golf. Saddleback Ridge Golf Course has been open to the public since 2000, and has a links style layout that features many wide spacious fairways, large putting surfaces, and multiple tee complexes on each hole to satisfy all golfers, regardless of your skill level.

Saddleback Golf Course
4646 180th Street NE
Solon, IA 52333
(319) 624-1477

12:00 PM

Time for lunch! Head to Big Grove Brewery, where you’ll find a great beer selection, and tasty food. You can’t go wrong at Big Grove – try their parm fries, BGB burger, or chanterelle and sweet corn pizza, that includes pancetta, sunny side up egg, creamy béchamel, Parmiggiano Reggiano, and Aleppo chile.

Big Grove Brewery
101 W Main Street
Solon, IA 52333
(319) 624-2337

1:00 PM

After lunch, make your way to Lake Macbride State Park. Whether you’re into hiking the trails, camping, swimming, boating or fishing, there’s something for everyone. Rent a pedal boat from Lake Macbride Boat Rentals to enjoy the gorgeous views from the water.

Lake Macbride Boat Rentals
Lake MacBride Rd NE
Solon, IA 52333
(319) 624-2315

4:00 PM

It’s not everyday you get to see 17 unreleasable birds of prey historically found in Iowa, but today is the day! The Iowa Raptor Project is located near the Macbride Nature Recreation Area on Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE. Meet a barred owl, pelican, turkey vulture and more!

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photo credit Iowa Medicine

Iowa Raptor Project
Macbride Nature Recreation Area
2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE
Solon, IA 52333
(319) 624-7178

6:00 PM

It’s been a long day of activities! If you’re ready to get some more food in that belly, head back to Main Street, where Red Vespa awaits. Red Vespa features wood-fired Neapolitan pizza with house-made mozzarella, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pecorino Romano. Start with one of the selections from their burrata and mozzarella bar. You can’t go wrong with the Burrata Caprese, which includes Burrata (buttery fresh Italian cheese), roasted cherry tomatoes, basil pesto, fresh basil and olive oil. For dinner, try their Sweet Corn white pizza, which includes sweet corn, creme fraiche, garlic olive oil, Prosciutto Di Parma, Sicilian oregano, and fresh mozzarella.

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Red Vespa
208 E Main Street
Solon, IA 52333
(319) 624-2080

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