Cedar Rapids: The Thriving City On The River

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Many great cities have been built on the banks of a river and Cedar Rapids in Iowa is no different. It’s actually large enough to sit on both banks of the Cedar River. It’s the second-largest city in the state, home to about 133,000 people. The river has so many things you can enjoy, such as rafting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, etc. In the city, you’ll find some classic American cuisine as many of the restaurants offer comfort food. The landscape is vast and thanks to some great parks, there is plenty of room to roam, stroll and walk through some amazing green fields, meadows and hiking paths

Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area

If you would like to slow down your trip and enjoy the wildlife, head to the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area. Here there are guides and events which you can participate in to experience the best of the city’s nature and wildlife. It’s a northern state, so you might see some American bison crossing the river, perhaps some eagles fishing in the river, and aquatic wildlife such as beavers. The area is run well, with plenty of guides on hand to show you the best hiking paths, fishing spots and places to sit and do a bit of bird watching. If you take the Sand Point or Swan Lake trails, you could see the rare horned owl, green heron or the yellow-billed cuckoo.

Live music

Cedar Rapids is known for being a tourist hot spot for a reason. During certain times of the year, it becomes a party and festival magnet. If you want to see live music in the city while you’re visiting, there are Tickets On Sale for Orleans and other bands. There will be pop music, rock, metal and other genres. The music will be held in open-air stadiums where many of the attendees will be able to sit or stand on the lawn. It’s a relaxing atmosphere, with lots of food and drink options from many different cultures. Not to mention that there will be competitions and games around the grounds if you want to win prizes.

Paddling in the river

Along the river you will find many water sport and recreational activity businesses. The most common form of hobby on the Cedar River is paddling. Family canoes are quite popular as well as two-seat canoes for couples. Your family will be given a life jacket each, taught some basic safety drills and you will be allowed to paddle away within a few minutes. It’s a great way to see the wildlife around the city, but also, to be away from the noise and bustle of the traffic, people and commerce. Remember to learn some basic paddling techniques with your children so you have an even and straight path through the water.

Cedar Rapids is such an underrated city until it comes to party and festival season. The sun is shining, the food is cooking and the music is playing; now is the time to visit this great city and see if all the stereotypes of Cedar Rapids live up. 


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