Cedar Rapids  Tourism Office

FAM Tour

Join us in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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We invite you to share in the energy and excitement of our community as you experience historic cultural venues, walk our entertainment district, dine in our nationally-recognized culinary scene and attend live music & theatrical performances!

View our VIRTUAL FAM now and make plans to visit in person soon!

Apply Now with Julie Stow, Director of Meetings & Conventions or call 319-731-4558.

Sample Itinerary Below, Subject to Change

Day 1

Travel day and check into the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Cedar Rapids. Arriving early? We’re happy to provide activity ideas for you!
4:30: Welcome tour of Alliant Energy PowerHouse Convention Complex followed by welcome cocktails at 350 First.
6:30: We’ll continue our downtown walk to a farm to table dinner at Cobble Hill, owned by James Beard nominee Andy Schumacher and his wife Carrie. You may recognize Chef Andy from Next Food Network Star and Guy’s Grocery Games.

Day 2

8:15: Depart to start the day with breakfast at The Class Act in the luxurious Hotel at Kirkwood, followed by a facility tour and behind the scenes experience of their hospitality and culinary programs.
10:00: Tour Indian Creek Nature Center and view a working bee hive, experience the outdoor learning center and meet some of their resident creatures. The Amazing Space is one of only 31 certified Living Buildings in the world!
12:00: Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery: Tour, Tasting and Lunch. Find out why they were named American Distilling Institute’s Distillery of the Year!
2:30: We’re headed to Prairie Patch Farm for selfies and snuggles with the llamas before we take them on a hike through their nature preserve.
4:00: We’re off to the historic Paramount Theatre for a VIP behind the scenes tour!
6:30: Depart for cocktails and duckpin bowling at Pickle Palace, followed by a tour and dinner on their swanky rooftop patio. 

Day 3

9:30: We're heded to the NewBo District for breakfast at Crosby's!
11:00: Next, we’re on a culture crawl with stops at the African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library.
1:30: Beer tasting and tour at Lion Bridge Brewing Company. Lion Bridge offers artisan beer brewed in small batches offering creative new options that will keep you guessing and smiling.
2:30: Take a walk in the historic NewBo District and “Czech” out the neighborhood shops,  restaurants and culture. We love to climb the rock wall at SOKO Outfitters, grab an ice cream float at Sweet Mercantile or popcorn at Almost  Famous in between browsing the local shops.
6:00: We’re headed back to the NewBo District for cocktails and dinner at Lacayo, our fabulous Latin American inspired restaurant, where they cook and grind organic corn on their lava stone corn mill each day for their homemade tortillas.  
8:00: Enjoy evening entertainment - TBA

Day 4

Enjoy Sunday brunch (optional) at 350 First before traveling home.


Limited Space Available, Apply Now

Julie Stow, Director of Meetings & Conventions at j.stow@tourismcedarrapids.com, 319-731-4558


Previous Attendees Had This To Say:

Cheryl, FAM (familiarization tour) guest: "I stand firm that Cedar Rapids is the place to bring business but most of all, create cherished memories with new friends." 

Damita, FAM guest: "I was teary eyed leaving the Hotel at Kirkwood this morning.  I had an amazing time, thank you for the many experiences that we had! I now have enough to present to my group that Cedar Rapids is the place to come to!"

Sandrine, FAM guest: "Cedar Rapids is a gem of a city and all your partners and colleagues were fantastic as well.  The entire experience was top notch and you couldn't have planned a better FAM.  Thank you for this opportunity to visit Cedar Rapids and I now have the pleasure and duty of telling my friends, family and clients about it!"

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