Cedar Falls is a lovely Midwestern destination for anyone looking for small-town charm and quality time outdoors. It is also home to the University of Northern Iowa and offers plenty of culture and history not found anywhere else in the country.
Here is a small sample of some of the attractions and activities that locals and out-of-towners enjoy, all easily accessible from the Cedar Falls hotels below:
Take an evening stroll on Cedar Falls' Main Street to meet the locals and take advantage of all the restaurants, bakeries and shops that make up the city’s quaint downtown. Its location makes other sights and activities easily accessible–hop on bikes and hit the Cedar Valley Trails or walk a few blocks to local historic sites like the Ice House Museum or Little Red Schoolhouse.
The University of Northern Iowa is a major part of the Cedar Falls community, so pay a visit to the campus if you can. Visitors and locals often find themselves at the UNI-Dome/McLeod Center to catch a football or basketball game. Family-friendly events are also held here so, you will find something for everyone.
A short walk away from downtown is the 320-acre park, Big Woods Lake Recreational Area. Get away from the hustle and bustle for swimming and fishing by the 65-acre lake.
Continue the adventures in the great outdoors with a visit to the Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Explore nearly 300 acres of lakes, valleys and prairies–see if you can catch a glimpse of a bald eagle! A visit to the interpretive Center is encouraged to get a good background of the wildlife around you.
The Hearst Center of the Arts is well worth the visit if you’re looking for a cultural experience with a unique local flavor. Come see the work of native Iowan artists, catch a live performance and mingle with local art aficionados!
Cedar Falls also has a rich history dating back to the Civil War–see it come to life at the Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum, the oldest museum in town. Step inside and find authentic furnishings, photos and other antiques that help you relive the days of Victorian-era Iowa! Don’t miss the William J. Lenoir Model Railroad Collection, also on display.
The next time you plan on visiting Cedar Falls, Iowa, just know that Choice Hotels provides the hospitality and guidance you need to make the most of everything this quaint city has to offer. Check out our selections below and reserve today!
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