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

Only a hop, skip and jump away from Cedar Rapids, Marion offers a unique charm and small-town atmosphere. Don’t let the small-town vibe fool you – there are many things to do. From great restaurants to coffee shops to entertainment venues… you’ll find it all in Marion!

Aurora Coffee Co Marion Iowa

9:00 AM

Fuel up with some coffee and treats at Aurora Coffee Co. Choose from frappes, smoothies espresso drinks, tea and more. They also have baked goods – scones, cinnamon rolls, muffins and bars. Owned by Aurora and James Moes, Aurora offers 10% off to teachers and veterans, and gives free drip coffee to police. In a hurry? Order online and they’ll bring it out to your car!

Aurora Coffee Co.
905 29th Ave, Marion, Iowa 52302


10:00 AM

Head to Uptown Marion where you can peruse the aisles of the shops for a new outfit or gift for a loved one. Lillian’s of Marion, JOY Women’s Clothing & Accessories, and Di Moda Boutique carry a wide assortment of tops, bottoms, dresses, footwear, outerwear and accessories.

Lillians of Marion
710 10th St, Marion, IA 52302

JOY Women’s Clothing & Accessories
710 11th St, Marion, IA 52302

Di Moda Boutique
720 11th St, Marion, IA 52302

11:00 AM

Home to walking trails, a children’s discovery garden, playground, lily pond and more, there’s so much to do at Lowe Park. If it’s nice, visit the Iowa State University Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Gardens, or if it’s chilly, head inside the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center where there is an art gallery.

Lowe Park
4500 N. 10th St, Marion, IA 52302


12:00 PM

¿Hambriento? (Hungry?) Get ready to fill your tummy with delicious, authentic, Mexican food at Mi Tierra Mexican Restaurant. You may have trouble choosing from their huge menu of tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas and seafood dishes, so choose a few things to share with your table-mates!

Mi Tierra Mexican Restaurant
835 7th Ave, Marion, IA 52302

1:00 PM

Tour the Granger House Museum, a historic home once owned by Earl and Dora Granger. The family moved into the house in 1973 and lived in it until 1969. The story of the family is told through diaries, artifacts, furnishings and photographs in the house.

Granger House Museum
790 10th St, Marion, IA 52302


2:00 PM

Looking for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Get to the chocolate shop! You may have a hard time making up your mind between the nut clusters, fudge, caramel and truffles, so feel free to buy extra for later.

Marion Chocolate Shop
1244 7th Ave, Marion, IA 52302

3:00 PM

Catch a matinee on the big screen at Collins Road Theatres. There’s something for everyone at this theatre – comedy, drama, horror, children’s movies and more. Tickets are only $6 for adults and the snacks are affordable too!

Collins Road Theatres
462 Twixt Town Rd, Marion, IA 52302


5:30 PM

Did someone say pizza?! Voted #1 in the Cedar Rapids area on the KCRG A-list, Zoey’s serves Chicago-style, New York Thin and their ‘NewZago’ creation of Chicago-style dough pressed flat like New York crust. They also have calzones and subs for the non-pizza lovers. Don’t forget dessert! The “zookie” cookie pizza is a must have!

Zoey’s Pizzeria
690 10th St, Marion, IA 52302

ice cream

7:00 PM

If the pizza wasn’t enough, head to Parlor City Ice Cream where you’ll find endless ice cream flavors, over 50 different shakes and malts and their famous low-fat yogurt. Parlor City Ice Cream is a small family owned business that has served the community since 1962.

Parlor City Ice Cream
955 29th Ave, Marion IA 52302


8:00 PM

If you’re just not ready for the night to end, make your way to Ramsey’s Wine Bistro where you can enjoy wine by the glass, imported or domestic beer and a wide variety of appetizers and sandwiches while listening to live music.

Ramsey’s Wine Bistro
1120 7th Ave, Marion, IA 52302

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