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Top 10 Things To Do This Winter

The temperatures may be chilly, but there are plenty of activities to keep you warm in Cedar Rapids this winter!

Ice Skating

Skate indoors at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Enjoy Public Skate offered almost daily – check the calendar for times and if you need some tips, they offer Learn to Skate programs for all ages.
Skate outdoors too! Bundle up and practice your skating skills this winter at one of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department's free ice rinks. The rinks remain open for as long as weather conditions permit — so don't miss out! They are open for all recreational use and are not scheduled or supervised. Rinks are located at Jones Park Tennis Court, 200 Wilson Ave SW and Noelridge Park Tennis Court, 4900 Council St. NE.

Indoor Go Karts

Speedeezz Indoor Karting is in a new, expanded location! Feeling fast and furious? This is the place for you! Head over to Speedeezz Indoor Karting for an electrifying go kart racing experience. 

Snowshoeing/Cross Country Skiing

For just $8-12 per person, rent snow shoes at Indian Creek Nature Center  (photo below) so long as there is five or more inches of snow cover. Check out the City of Cedar Rapids cross country ski trails at Ellis Golf Course, Jones Park, Seminole Valley Park, Twin Pines Golf Course, and the Sac and Fox Trail. They are opened, marked and groomed when they are completely covered with snow and conditions allow grooming. Call the Winter Sports Hotline, 319-286-5700, for trail openings and conditions.

Linn County Conservation trails that are available for cross-country skiing include: Matsell Bridge Natural Area 5 miles; Morgan Creek Park 3.8 miles; Squaw Creek Park 3.5 miles; Wickiup Hill Learning Center 3.3 miles; Pinicon Ridge Park 1.5 miles.  4” of snow is required for our equipment to be able to groom trails. Tracks are first “rolled” and then “groomed”. Hikers, horses, and dogs are encouraged to stay off the Nordic ski track. Find more information here by scolling to Winter Activities.

Hockey Action

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders are part of the USHL offering exciting hockey action the entire family will enjoy. Home games are played at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. See the schedule and grab tickets here.

Indoor Playground

The Play Station is located just off Collins Road in Cedar Rapids. This 3-story indoor playground designed for kids 12 & under is Iowa’s best indoor playground. Spend quality time together, playing, pretending, challenging, and giggling! 

Virtual Reality Arcade

Cedar Rapids Virtual Reality (CRVR) is a new, 6-booth virtual reality arcade located inside of the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Open Thursday-Sunday it offers single and multiplayer games.



Sledding hills at Bowman Elementary School, Jones and Shawnee Parks in Cedar Rapids and Squaw Creek Park in Marion are also great options. Find park information here and safety tips here.

Troughout Linn County the area next to Red Cedar Lodge at Squaw Creek Park and a hill by Woodpecker Lodge at Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City are popular for sledding during the winter months. 

Warm Up!

Warm up with your favorite fancy coffee or hot chocolate at a local coffee shop - view a few suggestions here.

Shop, Dine, Explore

While you are out, take time to explore a new neighborhood – Uptown Marion, Czech Village / New Bohemia Main Street, Kingston Village, The MedQuarter – support the local shops and restaurants that make each of the districts unique.

Jump Around

At AirFX Trampoline Park, you’ll enjoy 40,000 square feet of family fun! Including wall-to-wall trampolines, dodgeball court, trampoline basketball, 18- and 24-foot tumble tracks, jumping pits, and more! 

Photos courtesty of the following: Indian Creek Nature Center, @stewgetsbuckets, Liz Zabel, The Play Station, Uptown Marion, Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation, CRVR

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