Top 10 Summer Activities in Waterloo & Cedar Falls
Everyone loves getting outside and enjoy the summertime. There are plenty of options available to all of us each and every day. Here is our 'Top 10' list of things to do during the summer in the Cedar Valley.
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum:
The NWHoF Dan Gable Museum features an entertaining look at the sport of wrestling at all levels. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends by appointment.
Who doesn’t like to enjoy a night with the family at newly renovated Riverfront Stadium? The Bucks play in the Northwoods League which features collegiate baseball players looking to get a taste of what life is like for a minor league ball player. The season runs from late May to the middle of August.
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens:
The gardens showcase 1,000’s of plants and trees native to this area. A beautiful display of day lilies is just a small part of the 35-acre facility. The Children’s Garden is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland filled with storybook cottages, lilly ponds, and play areas. Several living sculptures dot the landscape.
Main Street Cedar Falls:
The historic downtown Cedar Falls is dotted with 30 shops and boutiques. Each unique from the other. Shop. Dine. Play. You can do it all on Main Street. Not sure what to do while on Main Street? Check out the different activities: Movies Under the Moon, Gran Fondo, or even the Saturday Farmers Market
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center:
The GBPAC has a wide variety of shows each summer. Ranging from country, pop, and rock, there is something that should be to your liking.
Friday Night City Parties – Friday-Loo and Live to Nine:
We all work for the weekend, and most weeks Friday cannot get here soon enough. Friday-Loo in Waterloo and Live to Nine in Cedar Falls offers you a fun way to usher in the weekend. Live music and hanging with old friends. Heck, you might even make a few new ones.
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum:
John Deere has had a huge footprint in the Cedar Valley, and the newest museum to the area takes a look at the history of tractors and engines. You can experience how John Deere tractors shaped the world. There are activities for the kids as well.
Grout Museum District:
There are so many opportunities to explore. The Bluedorn Science Imaginarium is a popular stop for the kids, and is always filled with fun activities to inspire those young minds. The Rensselaer Russell House Museum and Snowden House preserve elements from the Victorian age. The Grout Museum of History and the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum add to the experience. You could spend a week or two seeing everything there is to discover.
Water Parks – The Falls and Lost Island Water Park:
When the Cedar Valley turns into a pressure cooker, there is no better way to cool off then when some nice cold water. Not throw in a few slides and splashes… now you’re talking.
Metro Trails & Cedar Valley Nature Trail:
There are miles and miles of bike trails throughout the Waterloo/Cedar Falls metro area. Hard surface and soft surface bike trails, but don’t forget the water trails too. All of these trails provide a relaxing way to reconnect with nature, discover scenery, and do it all from a unique vantage point.
Camping in the Cedar Valley:
A relaxing night by the fire, staring at the stars, and hanging out with family and friends at a campsite is therapeutic for a lot of people. We have a lot of options for campgrounds: George Wyth, Black Hawk, Big Woods, Hickory Hill, Deerwood, Grundy County Lake, and more.