50 Fun Things To Do In Iowa City

With a strong literary history and arts culture, Iowa City offers plenty of interesting activities to do if you’re in town. From the historic Iowa Old Capitol Building to the Literary Walk, you’ll find plenty of things to marvel at, places to eat, and spots to relax. Check out 50 of our top selections in the state:

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Nile Kinnick Stadium

Scream and chant with the rest of Iowa Hawkeyes football fans for a night at the Nile Kinnick Stadium!

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Old Capitol

Take in the beauty inside & out of Old Capitol on a self-guided walking tour

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University of Iowa

Take an evening stroll at University of Iowa with Lots of beautiful buildings and green spaces around

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Hickory Hill Park

Reconnect with nature at Hickory Hill Park

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Museum of Natural History

Walk through 500 million years of our natural and cultural heritage at Museum of Natural History

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Outfox Escape Room

Test your wits and see if you can outfox the game at Outfox Escape Room

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Martinis Bar

Have a nice beer in a garden type environment outside, under a tent at Martinis Bar

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FilmScene

Take your popcorn and a cold beer right to your seat to enjoy a flick, up on the roof at FilmScene

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Devonian Fossil Gorge

Walk on a 375 million year old ocean floor at Devonian Fossil Gorge

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Clear Creek Trail

Walk along the creek at Clear Creek Trail

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Terry Trueblood Recreational Area

Bike, Run, Swim, Paddle or Fish at Terry Trueblood Recreational Area

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S.T. Morrison Park

Go fishing at the pond or Go swimming in the pool at S.T. Morrison Park

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Antique Car Museum of Iowa

Celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile at Antique Car Museum of Iowa

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The Englert Theater

Find something to suit or stretch your tastes from over 300 events a year at The Englert Theater

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Hancher Auditorium

Get entertained seeing a hit broadway show performance at Hancher Auditorium

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Tailgaters Sports Bar

Order some good food and check out live entertainment at Tailgaters Sports Bar

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Blue Moose Tap House

Dance the night away at Blue Moose Tap House

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Pleasant Valley Golf Course

Play a round of Golf at Pleasant Valley Golf Course

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Wilson Orchard

Take a tractor-drawn hayride tour of Wilson Orchard

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University of Iowa Museum of Art

Wander through a great and diverse collection of art at University of Iowa Museum of Art

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Rez Adventures

Make splashes with modern aquatic doohickeys at Rez Adventures

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Creekside Ball Park

Play Baseball, Softball or just hang out around the water at Creekside Ball Park

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Cedar River Tank Tours

Take a relaxing float down the Cedar River and enjoy the magnificent rock bluffs and golden sand beaches with Cedar River Tank Tours

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Iowa Avenue Literary Walk

Celebrate works by 49 writers with ties to Iowa City at Iowa Avenue Literary Walk

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Sugarbottom Mountain Bike Area

Pick a starting point & ride the entire system at Sugarbottom Mountain Bike Area

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Turkey Creek Disc Golf Course

Play frisbee golf at Turkey Creek Disc Golf Course

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Coral Ridge Mall

Shop, Dine, Catch a flick or do some ice skating at Coral Ridge Mall

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Thornberry Dog Park

Unleash your pup at Thornberry Dog Park

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Mormon Handcart Site

Experience a handcart trek much like the one pioneers endured over 150 years ago, by visiting Mormon Handcart Site

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Winans Chocolates and Coffees

Drink a fresh roasted cup of coffee with some delicious chocolate from Winans Chocolates and Coffees

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Daydream Comics

Take some comic books & graphic novels to browse and rekindle your love of comics at Daydream Comics!

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Studio 13

Shake your stage fright and sing some karaoke at Studio 13

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Amana Woolen Mill

Visit Amana Woodlen Mill for a tour of the only woolen mill still in operation in the state of Iowa

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Iowa Children's Museum

Imagine…Create…Discover…Explore in a 28,000 square foot playground for young minds at at Iowa Children’s Museum

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University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives

Check out 200,000 rare books range in age from the 15th century to newly created artists’ books, at University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives

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Macbride Nature Recreation Area

Hike your gear to the Macbride Nature Recreation Area

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Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

Dress the part of your favorite Star-Trek character and take a picture with Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

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Steven Vail Gallery

Walk through Steven Vail Gallery, a super hip contemporary art gallery

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Clinton Street Social Club

Try a Grandpa’s Coffin (it’s a drink!) and their famous mussels and oysters at Clinton Street Social Club

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Iowa Firefighters Memorial

Take a top notch history lesson from the exhibits at Iowa Firefighters Memorial

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The Mill

Relish your taste buds with Pizza & drinks while watching your favorite game at The Mill

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Johnson County Historical Society

Relive the local history with Johnson County Historical Society

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Lake Macbride State Park

Rent a paddle board or a canoe and Enjoy the water, sand and views at Lake Macbride State Park

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Riverside Casino

“Live it Up” in the Riverside Casino

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Mendoza Wine Bar & Music

Enjoy a diverse selection of over 100 wines and a full menu at Mendoza Wine Bar

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Sam's Pizza

Devour a delicious Pizza in a live music at Sam’s Pizza

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Brown Deer Golf Club

Hit some golf balls at Brown Deer Golf Club

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Gabe's

Quench your thirst of rock band music at Gabe’s

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Finkbine Golf Course

Tee it up and test your skills against family and friends at Finkbine Golf Course

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Deep Lakes Park

Enjoy fishing, kayaking, hiking and nature watching at Deep Lakes Park

There’s plenty to do in historical Iowa City. Although not as large as others, there’s still plenty of activities for both residents and visitors to check off the list. We’ve tried to knock out as many as possible here, but it’s possible we missed some. Make sure to Fun Things To Do know if there’s additions that need to be made! Don’t forget to check out the things to do in Des Moines and attractions in Sioux City as well!