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

Many people know that Cedar Rapids is known as the city of 5 seasons, but a few might not know what that means. The fifth season was created as the season to have time to enjoy all of the other seasons. Spend the day in Cedar Rapids experiencing a small slice of what the city has to offer.

Dash Coffee Roasters Cedar Rapids, IA

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Grab a cup of joe

Fuel up for your day of adventure in Cedar Rapids with some coffee at Dash Coffee Roasters. Recently opened near downtown, Dash offers a full espresso menu, tea, breakfast and lunch. Try a matcha latte and the Tuscan Sun breakfast sandwich!

Dash Coffee Roasters
120 3rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Indian Creek Nature Center Cedar Rapids, IA

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Explore natural habitats

Enjoy the woodlands, prairie, wildlife and trails at the Indian Creek Nature Center. Walk through the four miles of trail that include 210 acres of wetlands, forest, prairie and more.

Indian Creek Nature Center
5300 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Brucemore Cedar Rapids, IA

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 Tour a historic home

Take a tour of Cedar Rapids’ most historic homes. Previously home to three different families, Brucemore has been preserved to show what life was like on the estate. Learn more about the history of the home, including fun facts like that one of the families kept a pet lion on the property.

2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Newbo City Market Cedar Rapids, IA

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Explore the market

Hungry for lunch? Head to Newbo City Market where you’ll have endless options for food. The great part about the market is that there’s no fighting about what to eat-everyone can pick up food where they want, and then you can eat it together. Feel free to try food from a few different places!

Newbo City Market
1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


Choose your museum adventure

Cedar Rapids is lucky to have many great museums within small proximity to each other. Visit one (or more!) that you find interesting.

Museum of Art
410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

African American Museum of Iowa
410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Pl SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


The Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery Cedar Rapids, IA

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Hit the arcade

Missing the days of playing Pac-Man and Pinball at the arcade with your friends? You don’t have to miss them any longer – play all the classics at The Quarter Barrel. They are also a brewery and pizzeria, so you can enjoy a nice cold one and some delicious ‘za while you play. Share in the love of arcade games with your kids – they’re welcome too!

The Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery
616 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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