You don’t have to travel far for new experiences – head to Iowa City where you can explore the city, learn a little, bring out your artsy side and enjoy all the foods. Check out our guide below.
Photo credit: The Java House
Time for some java! Start your day at Java House in downtown Iowa City. Enjoy the comfy furniture and ambience inside, or if it’s nice, sit outside and people watch as you sip on your coffee.
211 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240
Take a walk down the infamous pedestrian mall. The shops won’t be open this early, but it’s the perfect time for a nice quiet walk to soak in the magic of downtown Iowa City. If you have kids, stop by the playground in front of the Iowa City Library for a little playtime.
201 Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240
Photo credit: Prairie Lights
A trip downtown wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Prairie Lights. Peruse the aisles of literature and pick out a new book to read.
Prairie Lights Books & Cafe
15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240
Next, head to the Museum of Natural History where you can learn about Iowa’s geological, cultural and ecological history. Admission is free and the hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday.
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
17 North Clinton Street, Macbride Hall, Iowa City, IA 52240
Photo credit: Stella Restaurant
After a hunger for knowledge, comes a real hunger for food. You won’t be disappointed with lunch at Stella near Kinnick Stadium. They have a wide selection of burgers, chicken, pizza and cajun dishes. Try the “Burnside” or “Conjunction Junction” (veggie burger version) if you like a spicy burger!
1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246
Time to get out and explore the outdoors! Travel to the Devonian Fossil Gorge where you can walk the gorge and see fossils from long ago. Climb the causeway and check out the Coralville Dam while you’re there too.
Devonian Fossil Gorge
2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd NE, Iowa City, IA 52240
Feeling artsy? Bring out your inner artist with a visit to Fired Up Iowa City. Choose a mug, bowl or plate to paint and make your own. Prices start at $15 and include painting time, colors, clear glazing and firing.
Fired Up Iowa City
520 E Washington St, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Photo credit: Iowa City Downtown District
Head back to the Ped Mall where things will be a little more lively. Stop into any stores or boutiques that catch your eye, and then head to Film Scene for an afternoon showing. Film Scene is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to enriching the cultural vitality of the Iowa City area through film that challenges, inspires, educates and entertains.
118 E College St, Ste 101, Iowa City, Iowa
Photo credit: Wig & Pen Pizza Pub
Ready for another great restaurant? Make your way to Wig & Pen Pizza Pub, a local favorite of many. Choose between thin crust, Chicago style stuffed or the flying tomato. There are also non-pizza options including sandwiches, salads and chicken wings,
Wig & Pen Pizza Pub
1220 US-6, Iowa City, IA 52246
No night is complete without ice cream, right?! Give your belly what it needs with a scoop of the good stuff at Heyn’s Ice Cream on First Avenue. Heyn’s premium ice cream is made with 14% buttermilk fat content, which means denser and creamier ice cream. All of their ice cream is made in-store with quality ingredients. If you’re a cookie dough fan, try the monster mash!
Heyn’s Ice Cream
811 S 1st Ave, Iowa City, IA 52245