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22 Best and Fun Things To Do In Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Vacations are usually all about stopping to smell the roses; taking a bit of extra time to explore and admire your surroundings instead of rushing through like you would at, say, the supermarket.

We definitely recommend this approach when visiting Cedar Falls in Iowa, a college town with a lot to offer students and visitors.

Wander around the historic downtown, see a live performance by local artists, dine at one of the unique eateries, attend a sports game at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), or go shopping for antiques – whatever your interests, Cedar Falls is sure to impress!

There are also over a hundred miles of nature trails to explore, whether by bike or on foot, so you’re unlikely to get bored here during your stay.

If you’re interested in learning more about what this charming town has to offer, keep reading for an exciting list of recommendations

The 22 Most Popular Things To Do In Cedar Falls, Iowa

22. North Prairie Lake

4.7 ★★★★★ (3 reviews)

21. UNI Museum

2.0 ★★☆☆☆ (3 reviews)

Location: 1227 W 27th Street Cedar Falls IA

Tel:  319 273 2311

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20. Alice Wyth Lake

3.7 ★★★★☆ (7 reviews)

19. Thunder Woman County Park

4.2 ★★★★☆ (9 reviews)


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Location: Winslow Road Janesville IA

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18. Katoski Greenbelt

4.2 ★★★★☆ (64 reviews)


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Location: 2413 W Ridgeway Ave Waterloo IA

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17. Greenbelt Lake

4.5 ★★★★★ (93 reviews)


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Location: 900 Martin Road Waterloo IA

16. Seerley Park

4.3 ★★★★☆ (105 reviews)


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Location: Cedar Falls IA

Tel:  319 273 8624

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15. Paw Park

4.5 ★★★★★ (107 reviews)

Location: 3200 S Main Street Cedar Falls IA

Tel:  319 273 8636

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14. Valley View Park

4.5 ★★★★★ (125 reviews)


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Location: Waterloo IA

13. Gateway Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (168 reviews)

Location: & Lincoln Street & N Main Street Cedar Falls IA

12. Pfeiffer Springs Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (216 reviews)


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Location: Cedar Falls IA

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11. Escapology Escape Rooms Cedar Falls

4.9 ★★★★★ (238 reviews)

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Location: 2520 Melrose Dr suite e Cedar Falls IA

Tel:  319 553 3066

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10. Overman Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (298 reviews)

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Location: 316 W 3rd Street Cedar Falls IA

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9. Cedar Falls Historical Society

4.8 ★★★★★ (18 reviews)

Location: 308 W 3rd Street Cedar Falls IA

Tel:  319 266 5149

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8. Ice House Museum

4.4 ★★★★☆ (43 reviews)

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Location: 121 Center Street Cedar Falls IA

Tel:  319 266 5149

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7. Big Woods Lake

4.4 ★★★★☆ (45 reviews)

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6. Hearst Center For the Arts

4.6 ★★★★★ (96 reviews)


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Location: 304 W Seerley Blvd Cedar Falls IA

Tel:  319 273 8641

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5. Prairie Lakes Park

4.5 ★★★★★ (199 reviews)

Location: 924 Viking Road Cedar Falls IA

Tel:  319 273 8636

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4. Black Hawk Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (233 reviews)

Location: 2410 W Lone Tree Road Cedar Falls IA

Tel:  319 433 7275

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3. Big Woods Lake Recreation Area

4.6 ★★★★★ (310 reviews)


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Location: 1228 Big Woods Road Cedar Falls IA

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2. Hartman Reserve Nature Center

4.8 ★★★★★ (398 reviews)

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Location: 657 Reserve Dr Cedar Falls IA

Tel:  319 277 2187

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1. George Wyth State Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (829 reviews)

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Location: 3659 Wyth Road Waterloo IA

Tel:  319 232 5505

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Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Cedar Falls, Iowa! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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