Group Tours

Group Tour at Barn Happy in Cedar Falls, Iowa

Group Tours are Welcome!

There is so much to do in Cedar Falls that it is hard to choose just one itinerary! Come find out why Cedar Falls, Iowa was named one of John Villani's "One Hundred Best Small Art Towns in America".

The Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau would be glad to help you with all the details of your trip to Cedar Falls. Whether you would like spending a day immersed in the history of Cedar Falls or exploring the landmarks on the University of Northern Iowa campus, we can help plan a memorable visit to our community that will meet your group's needs.

This 2020 Profile Sheet will give you an overview of our community and sample itineraries are provided below for your convenience (NEW itineraries have been added for 2020). Would you like more ideas? The Companion Sheet to our Visitor Guide offers inspiration and a list of activites to interest your groups.

Want more information? We'd be happy to help you. Simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page or give us a call at 800-845-1955

Black Hawk County Barn Quilt Tour,

(photo of McMahill's "Modified Churn Dash" on the Barn Quilt Tour)

Sample Itineraries

It's a Festival of a Trip - NEW

Experience a day at one of our 13+ annual events including the College Hill Arts Festival and the Cedar Basin Music Festival. Visit the Ice House Museum and the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum. Dine like a local as a group or on your own as you meander in the Downtown District. Relax and laugh during a Laughing Yoga session.      

THIS IS Cedar Falls - NEW

Like the state of Iowa, we know Cedar Falls is a great place to live, work and vacation. Travel Iowa's hashtag, #ThisIsIowa, encourages visitors to engage in a conversation on social media, sharing their travels within the state. In Cedar Falls, #WeKnowHowToWeekend every day of the week learning at Hartman Reserve Nature Center, shopping in our historic downtown district, exploring museums, dining out and enjoying a live performance at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and the Oster Regent Theatre.     

Iowa Prairie Heritage

Celebrate Iowa Prairie Heritage Week in September or customize this itinerary to meet your needs over the summer. Experience the University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center, shop at Barn Happy (an award-winning and unique retail shop), enjoy a program on bird watching, butterflies or wildflowers at Hartman Reserve Nature Center and discover the the Cedar Valley Arboretum with a self-guided tour.  

Native Iowa

Enjoy native Iowa with a trip to the newly renovated Hartman Reserve Nature Center and lunch in the community room. You'll love the spectacular view! Your nature adventure will continue at University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center and a visit to Barn Happy. Barn Happy is a 1925 renovated barn with a marvelous gift shop that specializes in Iowa made products. Savor a slice of pie and a cup of coffee before you head home! 

Historic Route 20

Historic Route 20 takes road-trip enthusiasts through 12 states from Boston, Massachusetts to New Port, Oregon. In Iowa, Route 20 runs through 33 communities, including rural towns and large cities. Great food, history and shopping are on the agenda as we explore Route 20 in Cedar Falls and Waterloo. #WeKnowHowToWeekend!   

Holiday Shows 2020

Be dazzled by the site of poinsettias at Petersen and Tietz Greenhouse, shop and dine in the Cedar Falls Downtown District, choose from several holiday shows and finish your visit by dining in an intimate holiday setting at the Cedar Falls Woman's Club. 

Barns, Brews and Kangaroos

Enjoy a step-on-guide tour of the Barn Quilts of Black Hawk County, dine and shop in a renovated 1925 dairy barn and visit kangaroos at a local dairy farm. History, brews and great food will be experienced at the final stop!

Black Hawk County Barn Quilt Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of Black Hawk County's Barn Quilts, dining at Barn Happy and shopping at a quilt store!

Panther for a Day
Dedicate your day to the University of Northern Iowa. Get a behind-the-scenes view of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, tour the Botanical Center, dine on campus, experience the Rod Library and UNI Museum and top off your day with a little shopping at the UNI Book Store. 

Blue Ribbon
Experience award winning Cedar Falls!  Choose from museums, festivals, nature, theatre, dining, shopping, tours and visual arts for your Blue Ribbon Day!

Syrup, Cider and Prairie 
Make maple syrup or apple cider at Hartman Reserve Nature Center in the morning.  Visit the UNI Tall Grass Prairie Center in the afternoon to learn about plants native to Iowa.

Cedar Valley Art & creative!

(Photo at Cedar Valley Art & Wine)

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2019 - Volume 13, Number 2

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Group-Friendly Restaurants

For a listing of group friendly restaurants, please see the listing below. For additional information on any of the listed restaurants, please contact our office or the restaurant directly.


Group-Friendly Restaurants in Cedar Falls 


Photo of Chix on Tour! Call the Cedar Falls Tourism Bureau and we can help you with your next group tour to Cedar Falls!

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We look forward to assisting you in planning a trip to Cedar Falls!

Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau
6510 Hudson Road
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

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We'd be happy to help you customize your itinerary to Cedar Falls. We also offer fam tours, a welcome reception or greeting and a step-on-guide for our barn quilt tour. Let us know how we can help you!