Charles Mullan changed history in the town of Prairie Rapids Crossing. The first postmaster filed a petition for the city's post office, but he altered the name on the paperwork to his personal preference. In 1851, the town nestled on the banks of the Cedar River was granted a post office with Waterloo as its official name. Offering the charm of the small community, Waterloo, Iowa hotels give easy access to local attractions.
While staying in one of these Waterloo hotels, check out these popular attractions:
If you are looking to cool off during a hot day, a trip to Lost Island Water Park will have your family grabbing their swimsuits. The hydro-magnetic water coasters offer a big splash. Then, catch some shade under the palm trees.
Outdoor activities are plentiful at the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. With 52 miles of trails, you can hike along the route once used by the Illinois Central Railroad. The tracks were removed after the railroad service was abandoned, leaving a flat trail for running, walking and biking.
The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum starts with the story of five fallen soldiers from a single family and highlights the sacrifice of all Iowa veterans. Honoring veterans from the Civil War to the present, the memorial museum shares the stories of the servicemen.
The Waterloo Center for the Arts is a fascinating look at culture. You can view the largest collection of Haitian art in the country plus feast your eyes on a range of art mediums, including American decorative arts and Mexican folk art.
The Phelps Youth Pavilion is an interactive children's museum with a hands-on teaching approach. The Junior Art Gallery focuses on learning, but the kids will have a great time.
Pulling into the parking lot of The Heart Of Darkness, you need to be ready for 30 minutes of terror. Known as the scariest location in Cedar Valley, this haunted attraction offers nine separately themed areas with classic beasts and modern day monsters.
See the Haitian art, honor the veterans who are American heroes and relax on your next trip to Waterloo, IA. Reserve with Choice Hotels today.
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