For the Adventurer
Nature & Outdoors
Macbride Nature Recreation Area offers a host of activities, one of which is the Raptor Center, which currently displays 17 unreleasable birds of prey historically found in Iowa. Take a self-guided tours or opt for a guided tour for a small fee. A partnership of University of Iowa Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College, staff share a great deal of knowledge about raptor populations and habitats to visitors.
Terry Trueblood Recreation Area offers picnic area, multi-use trails and equipment for rent for water activities seasonally on Sand Lake. Kayak, try your hand at standup paddle boarding or take out a paddle boat for the afternoon or take a stroll around the lake. Located just a few minutes drive from downtown, you can enjoy getting away without traveling far at all.
The Devonian Fossil Gorge is a completely unique geological site that explorers of all ages can enjoy. Stop inside the site’s welcome center, learn about the history of the gorge and see the fossils and coral firsthand. Camping sites, disc golf and shelters are also nearby.
Behind the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center lies the Iowa River Landing Wetlands Park a two-acre pond surrounded by five acres of wetlands. It features three distinct types of wetlands in addition to a cascading waterfall and viewing tower.
Jump on a bike and ride to an adventurous caffeine crawl! One of the best things about Iowa City is its love of caffeine and bike culture - and if you are anything like locals, you will need a shot of caffeine to keep pedaling. Why not combine the two and create a scenic bike route that takes our visitors by some of the coolest local coffee shops?
The first stop on our caffeine buzzed crawl is Bread Garden Market. Located in the heart of the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City, Bread Garden offers everything from a fresh coffee bar to a full service grocery store with chef inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make sure to tell your co-riders to “Meet me at the market!” Next, travel to Coralville to visit Winans Chocolate + Coffee. Not only does Winans offer internationally hand sourced freshly roasted coffee, but the shop also carries handmade premium chocolates. Yum!
Complete your ride at Dunn Brothers Coffee…now this one will be a bit of a jaunt but it’s worth it - trust us. Located conveniently on Highway 965, this locally owned coffee shop is known for roasting their beans in small batches, resulting in some of the freshest brews possible. Come for the coffee and stay for the welcoming atmosphere.