Things to Do

Family Fun
  • Cedar Falls Public Library

    Cedar Falls Public Library

    524 Main Street , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    The Cedar Falls Public Library is home to books and magazines and SO MUCH MORE!

    The library offers family-friendly events such as SummerFest (June) and LitCon (November). They also offer activities for teens (Game of Thrones Tavern Trivia, Minecraft, Teen Nights, for example),  workshops for adults (The Memoir Project, The Seed Library workshops, Trivia) and lots of activities for youth, including projects for Spring Break every March.

    Did you know they have a book store? At the Book Nook, shop for current and slightly used hardcover and paperback books and magazines. They even have gift certificates!

    Visit Friends of the Library online and click on the CFPL Newsletter link to read about activities and news of the library! 

    And, don't forget to visit their Co-Lab (collaborative laboratory makerspace). 

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  • Escapology


    2518 Melrose Drive , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    The Live Escape Game. Cedar Fall's original premium real-life escape game experience!

    Located in a prime spot, up to 8 players will be challenged by working together to find clues, solve puzzles, and pick locks that will free them from the game room. Do you have what it takes to escape?

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  • The Falls Aquatic Center

    The Falls Aquatic Center

    3025 South Main Street , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    Three distinct pool areas, handicapped accessible, concessions, shade structures, lounge chairs, and more! The Adventure Falls offers a 196 foot long enclosed tube slide and a 176 foot long raft slide that come off a 21 foot tall tower.  Patrons can float in the 450 foot long lazy river, complete with fountains, sprays, rapids, and falling water. The Safari Falls features a beach style entry, home to an elephant and other floating creatures at play among the fountains, slides, sprays and a large dump bucket.  The Rock Falls is a traditional pool with a twist! The area has an 8 lane, 25 meter pool with a lap line, floatable objects to climb on, a water basketball area, and water volleyball area.  There is also an attached diving well.  Patrons must be 46 inches tall to use the watersides and 44 inches tall to use the lazy river.

    Weather permitting. Aquatic Center is open from the end of May until mid-August.

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  • Golf Lab

    Golf Lab

    201 Washington Street, Suite B , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    A state of the art indoor golf studio located in downtown Cedar Falls. Features include 3 private simulator bays equipped with Foresight GCHawks, a large putting green with Putt View putting simulator technology, stocked bar and ample space to hang out and watch the game.

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  • Grid Lounge

    Grid Lounge

    100 East 2nd Street , Ste. 103 , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    Iowa's only sim racing lounge. Experience the thrill of racing on renowned tracks from all over the globe in realistic simulators used by professional race car drivers. Stop in for 30 minutes to try, or stay until closing—open race times, private events, and memberships are available. 

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  • Hartman Reserve Nature Center

    Hartman Reserve Nature Center

    657 Reserve Drive , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    Interpretive Center: 
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

    Trails are open, sunrise to sunset. 

    Hartman Reserve Nature Center is a 308.9-acre nature reserve located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The reserve is dedicated to teaching youth about nature through hands on experiences and preservation.
    A variety of workshops and events are held throughout the year including the Maple Syrup Festival in March. 

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  • Hurling Hatchet Urban Axe Throwing

    Hurling Hatchet Urban Axe Throwing

    100 East 2nd Street , Suite 103 , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    Cedar Valley's axe throwing bar is located in the Cedar Falls Downtown District. Book private events, celebrate special occasions, join a league or just book a lane with friends. Group events or have walk-ins range from 1 – 2 hours of axe throwing fun.  

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  • Ninja\U


    5911 University Avenue , Suite 350 , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    This ninja warrior obstacle training facility is owned & run by two local dads who dreamed of bringing an American Ninja Warrior gym to the Cedar Valley. Basically an indoor park on steroids, this 8,000 square foot facility is the best place to play whether you are 2 or 82. Drop in and play anytime, enroll in a ninja or fitness class, or book a party to celebrate the next birthday in your family! You'll discover iconic obstacles (like the warped walls) and some new ones, along with rock climbing, a dodgeball court, a preschool play area, and a laser-timed incline hill sprint called Everest!

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  • Pizza Ranch & FunZone Arcade

    Pizza Ranch & FunZone Arcade

    4302 University Avenue , Suite B , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    Buffet chain offering pizza, fried chicken & classic American sides in an Old West-themed setting. Play games and win prizes at the Cedar Falls Pizza Ranch FunZone Arcade.

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  • Cadillac XBC

    Cadillac XBC

    350 La Porte Road , Waterloo, IA 50702

    Monday: Noon - 9:00 pm
    Tuesday: Noon - 10:00 pm
    Wednesday & Thursday: Noon - 9:00 pm
    Friday & Saturday:  Noon - Midnight
    Sunday: Noon - 9:00 pm

    Born from the legacy that was Cadillac Lanes, Cadillac XBC (Xtreme Bowling Center) is home to The Grid VR (Virtual Reality), Omega Strike Laser Tag, and Xtreme Arcade Games...and bowling (including Xtreme Cosmic Bowling)! 

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  • Get Air

    Get Air

    3731 University Avenue , Waterloo, IA 50701

    Indoor trampoline park plus slack line, foam pits, ninja course, kiddie court and more. 

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  • Hansen's Dairy

    Hansen's Dairy

    8461 Lincoln Road , Hudson, IA 50643

    April - October:
    Make a reservation for a hands-on tour at 3:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.  Book online at

    Educational and entertaining, visitors ride the trolley to the farm, feed a calf, milk a cow, pet the kangaroos, make butter, and try all of our products (including ice cream)! 

    Hansen's Dairy is a family-owned farm and creamery in Hudson, Iowa. Products can be purchased at Hansen's Tour Center, their Waterloo or Cedar Falls stores, or from one of their vendors.

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  • Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

    Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

    777 Isle of Capri Boulevard , Waterloo, IA 50701

    The Isle Casino features over 35,000 square feet of gaming space, the Edge Arcade, and three restaurant choices (The Brew Brothers, Simply Yummy Baking Company, and Hidden Pizza).

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  • Lost Island Themepark

    Lost Island Themepark

    2600 E. Shaulis Road , Waterloo, IA 50701

    The brand-new, highly anticipated Lost Island Themepark is now open!! The 100+ Million Dollar theme park currently features 22 rides with 2 more coming later this summer, along with many interactive attractions. Discover the 5 different realms in the park, each containing their own distinct characters and architecture. There is over 80 acres of rides and attractions for all ages. Come and experience the newest theme park in the country, right here in Iowa! While visiting, don't forget to make it a weekend and check out Lost Island Waterpark, voted #2 in the US for USA Today's 10 Best Outdoor Waterparks.

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