As the Midwest wakes up from a long winter’s nap, discover new blooms at Noelridge Greenhouse with particularly spectacular showcases during Easter and Mother’s Day weekends.
Kids of all ages can bird watch, look for frogs from the marsh boardwalk, explore the natural playground and take a zipline ride at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center. Tap the trees and learn how maple syrup is made during Indian Creek Natue Center’s Maple Syrup Festival. Or meet spring’s newest baby animals at Bloomsbury Farm and enjoy the outdoor games, playground and derecho slide. Perfect for book worms, check out the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s green roof, full of sedum and other native plants that appear to spring back to life.
Itching to hit the trails? Cedar Rapids has more than 100 Miles of trails to tackle as the weather warms up. So lace up your shoes, pump up your tires or rent an electric bike or scooter from the city’s bike share program and get out there. The 50-mile Cedar Valley Nature Trail will breathe life into the long haulers or, for a shorter ride, try the 4-mile wooded Hoover Trail or 2-mile limestone Boyson Trail.
No Cedar Rapids spring is complete without a visit to the Morgan Creek Park Arboretum. Filled with 250 species of trees, fragrant spring blossoms and woodland trails full of blue bells, this is a spring-time can’t miss!