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Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Food & shopping all in one. Live music and free excercise classes are held outside during warmer weather. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Museum
“Cedar Rapids has had a diverse immigrant population since its conception. One of the largest groups of immigrants were Czechs. Learn about the influence they had on Cedar Rapids through the decades! They have both permanent and traveling displays, so even if you have visited in the past, it is worth it to check in to see what's new! Check out the Czech Village just down the road from the museum, there are local shops and restaurants in this district.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Food
“The fact that this is an amazing brewery almost overshadows it's excellent dining options -- but don't miss out! They have an Americana inspired menu, with snack options, as well as tacos, burgers, brisket, and more! But don't get too distracted, the beer is still the main course. They always have at least one nitro on tap, and have a rotating list of beers to keep it fresh for each season. There is something here for every style of beer drinker! (Cider for non-beer fans, and house brewed orange soda and root beer for non-alcoholic choices!)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my favorite places listed on here! Easily the best atmosphere, decor, and well put together bar/restaurant. Much more classy and up scale compared to the rest. Slightly expensive for bar & restaurant but well worth it for the unique food and experience. Most people arrive here for a late night dinner and turn it into late hour drinks. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cafe
“Good friends own this, and our daughter worked there in high school. Great place to hang out. Awesome breakfasts, esp breakfast burrito.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food with some vegetarian options. Live music Thursday, Friday, Sat. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Fantastic place to enjoy the large beer menu sit with some friends and order some late night appetizers . Slightly classier then the rest with a great atmosphere. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“A laid back atmosphere in the downtown area. Made fresh, reasonably priced and they have at least 6 televisions.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Paramount Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of just 300 movie palaces left in the United States according to a story in USA Today. Built in the architecturally extravagant 1920's, the theatre annually hosts concerts, fundraisers, corporate meetings, dance recitals and a Broadway Series. The Theatre is home to Orchestra Iowa, the region’s premier symphony orchestra. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“Cobble Hill is probably the finest restaurant in Cedar Rapids. It has a distinct New York atmosphere, and the food is outstanding. Be prepared to pay for it - drinks, dinner and tip will probably be around $100 for two, but worth it if you are looking for a really classy night out.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“location of the National Czech and Slovak Museum. On October 21 1995, presidents Bill Clinton of the United States, Václav Havel of the Czech Republic and Michal Kovác of the Slovak Republic presided over the current building’s dedication.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“Stellar Grant Wood and Marvin Cone collections, with other rotating exhibits from Roman to contemporary.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Set in a historic bank building, this stylish fixture serves upscale Italian fare & craft cocktails.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the only National Historic Trust site in the State of Iowa, and has very strong personal and family connections to this Air BnB host”
  • 5 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Grant Wood painted the iconic American Gothic in this very studio. But that wasn't all he painted! Clearly inspired by Iowan landscape, he painted beautiful landscapes of farms and fields. Stop by to view the studio, and have any questions answered by a docent will be there to answer any questions you may have. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Community theater staging plays & musicals, screening films & offering arts classes for all ages”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Art Gallery
“Food & shopping all in one. Live music and free excercise classes are held outside during warmer weather. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my favorite places listed on here! Easily the best atmosphere, decor, and well put together bar/restaurant. Much more classy and up scale compared to the rest. Slightly expensive for bar & restaurant but well worth it for the unique food and experience. Most people arrive here for a late night dinner and turn it into late hour drinks. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cafe
“Good friends own this, and our daughter worked there in high school. Great place to hang out. Awesome breakfasts, esp breakfast burrito.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Fantastic place to enjoy the large beer menu sit with some friends and order some late night appetizers . Slightly classier then the rest with a great atmosphere. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“A laid back atmosphere in the downtown area. Made fresh, reasonably priced and they have at least 6 televisions.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Cobble Hill is probably the finest restaurant in Cedar Rapids. It has a distinct New York atmosphere, and the food is outstanding. Be prepared to pay for it - drinks, dinner and tip will probably be around $100 for two, but worth it if you are looking for a really classy night out.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Set in a historic bank building, this stylish fixture serves upscale Italian fare & craft cocktails.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Caucho is an urban taco joint in Cedar Rapids, IA with handcrafted unique eats, original recipe & authentic mexican food. Stop by for dinner or takeout!”
  • 3 locals recommend

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