As the Midwest wakes up from its long winter’s nap, discover Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center where kids of all ages bird watch, look for snakes and frogs from the marsh boardwalk, explore the natural playground, take a zipline ride and traverse the hiking trails. Speaking of trails, scout out the more than 100 miles of bike trails the city has to offer.
When you are in the downtown core of Cedar Rapids, stop by a designated scooter and bike parking station, download the app, and scan the code to borrow an electric bike or scooter from the bike share program. First stop on your ride has to be the roof of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. There you can check out the green roof, full of sedum and other native plants that will be springing back to life. Refuel on your journey with a stop into an ice cream shop—like Dan and Debbie’s Creamery or The Freeze—or a family-friendly brewery—such as Lion Bridge or Thew Brewing.
Looking for a hidden gems? Morgan Creek Park, on the edge of Cedar Rapids, delivers a stunning arboretum ﬁlled 250 species of trees with fragrant spring blossoms and woodland trails full of blue bells. And don’t miss the centrally located Old MacDonald’s Farm at Bever Park. This long-time favorite has been entertaining families free of charge for 100 years. Get up close and personal with farm animals, like chickens, goats, cattle and more.
Written by Katie Giorgio