Every year, area visitors get the luxury of experiencing Cedar Rapids for the first time. This summer, why not tour your own backyard and experience Cedar Rapids the way visitors do?
Welcome to Build Your Future
Each day, our fellow Cedar Rapidians work to build and better their community, culture, business and life in Cedar Rapids. There is no better example of resiliency and determination than the history and heritage thriving in Czech Village. Stop in for a brew at Lion Bridge, sit down for an authentic meal at Rodina and enjoy a kolache from Sykora Bakery while wandering through the unique and fun shops. Plus, take in everything from the new Gridiron Champs: George Halas & the Chicago Bears exhibit to the Faces of Freedom permanent exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.
Don’t stop there, stroll across the river to NewBo City Market and the New Bohemian Shopping District to discover a wide range of locally made goods and treats.
Just like Czech, Slovak and Moravian immigrants, Cedar Rapids is enriched by the culture and experiences preserved at the African American Museum of Iowa, the Mother Mosque of America Islamic Cultural and Heritage Center (the oldest mosque in North America) and Brucemore Historic Mansion & Grounds. Spend an afternoon at each, and you will truly understand the beauty of our unique and diverse melting pot.
Welcome to Be Who You Want to Be
Look no further than the extensive collection from “American Gothic” artist Grant Wood on display at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art to see how our community inspires ambition, creativity and art around the world. Take in the history of Grant Wood’s Studio to find your own inspiration.
Inspiration is fueled by accessibility, and Cedar Rapids is dedicated to ensuring that all people can access City parks, buildings and parking with ease. Experience the expanded accessibility at many local favorites, including: Noelridge Park, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, Alliant Energy PowerHouse, Old MacDonald’s Farm, Veterans Memorial Stadium, ImOn Ice, the Cedar Rapids Public Library and the soon-to-be opened Redmond Park playground.
Welcome to Live the American Dream
After 30 years of creating awareness, inclusivity and visibility for LGBTQ+ individuals in Cedar Rapids, don’t miss out as CR Pride expands the annual Pride Festival (July 9, 2022) to include an Inaugural Pride Parade traveling through the NewBo District on June 4. While you’re flying high, zip on over to the Eastern Iowa Airport on June 5 for a free aviation block party featuring aircrafts, live music and food trucks hosted by NGPA: The Worldwide LGBT Aviation Community.
Welcome is Our Language
In Cedar Rapids, we celebrate everybody regardless of ability, religion, culture or orientation. Welcome truly is our language.