Sculpture trails. Watercraft rentals. Historic sites.
UPDATE: For the health and safety of the public, due to COVID-19, the City of Cedar Rapids (and other area communities) is temporarily closing playgrounds and outdoor exercise stations in parks. Parks, trails and dog parks will remain open. Find recommendations for using parks here.
Stretch your legs and expand your horizons throughout Linn County. Whether you're looking for a relaxing afternoon in the park or an adventurous day on the river, it's easy to enjoy Iowa's incredible natural resources. The area is home to over 100 miles of trails, numerous parks and recreational areas.
Here are a few of our top outdoor activities and highlights to explore:
Indian Creek Nature Center
This beautiful escape offers four miles of trails and plenty of interactive opportunities for visitors to learn about the local environment and wildlife. With indoor and outdoor exhibits and ongoing events in the amphitheater, there is plenty to do and see at the Indian Creek Nature Center all year round.
Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park
The perfect family outdoor activity for Spring, Summer, and Fall. Visit Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park to see Chickens, Lamb, Cattle, Goats and other animals. The farm offers educational programming and ongoing events too!
Cedar River Trail
Cruise this smooth 12.6 mile trail past Cedar Lake and Cedar River to enjoy seasonal vegetation, wildflowers, and native wildlife. The Cedar River Trail trail runs right through downtown Cedar Rapids and is popular for running, walking, and bicycling or rollerblading too.
Browse even more options for outdoor fun below: