Cedar Valley Hotspots Noted as Key Attractions in Midwest!

We all know many of the great places and recreational opportunities in the Cedar Valley, and it’s fun when others celebrate and promote them as well!

Many Cedar Valley stops were shared by Chicago Parent, but it looks like they mixed up Cedar Falls with Cedar Rapids (a common misconception).

They shared several hot spots in the Cedar that you should be sure to check out! See a snippet of their article below and visit their website to view the full list of places to visit in the Midwest.

“What to see:

  • The Phelps Youth Pavilion is a wonderful example of what happens when an art museum combines with a children’s museum. Construct and design your own building, travel through a time machine and write on the cave walls or make Egyptian necklaces, or be a star on the Fun Stage.
  • The free John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum is sure to be a hit with the kids. Learn about the evolution of the machine, view artifacts, try the many hands-on activities, and of course check out the tractors. Tours are free too!”

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Recreational activities and opportunities for you and those you love to enjoy!

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  • “Splash away at Lost Island Waterpark. With 17 slides and pools, families of all ages will have a splashin’ good time.
  • Hit the Cedar Valley Nature Trails. Rent bikes from Waterloo Bicycle Works located by the trail. For scenic views, stick to the Riverwalk Loop which runs alongside the Cedar River and into the Riverview Recreation Area.
  • Let the kids imaginations run wild at the children’s museum, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium. With 91 hands-on exhibits, there is no shortage of fun.
  • Enjoy the beauty of nature at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. With a small pond with lily pads, playhouses, and sand toys, the kids garden will sure to be a highlight. Afterwards, take a scenic walk through the grounds and discover your favorite flower as you stroll the gardens.”


Photo from Cedar Falls Tourism

To assemble your list of family vacation ideas in the Midwest, visit Chicago Parent’s article to see more ideas of places to visit and explore!

20 Midwest Family Vacation Ideas

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