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Free Family-Friendly Activities | In & Around Cedar Rapids

Looking for some budget-friendly fun to keep the kiddos entertained? From exploring parks to markets, and cultural spots, Cedar Rapids has a ton of free family-friendly activities for you and your little ones to enjoy!

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In Cedar Rapids

Art + History

Czech Village is such a charming neighborhood full of rich history, unique shops, and yummy eateries. The cultural vibe and friendly atmosphere are perfect for a family stroll.
208 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is a wonderful place to explore, filled with beautiful and inspiring works of art. Every Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, admission is completely free!
410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Visiting all of the Murals & More throughout Cedar Rapids is a great opportunity for a photo adventure or a scavenger hunt with the family!

Ushers Ferry Historic Village is a wonderful place for a family visit, with its charming, restored buildings and fascinating glimpse into the past. Make sure to pack a lunch and bring comfortable shoes; there’s a lot to see and you’ll want to take your time exploring everything!
5925 Seminole Valley Trail NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411

Brucemore Historic Site is not just a beautiful estate with stunning gardens, but it’s also full of rich history and fascinating stories. While there is a fee for house tours, the grounds of this historic estate are open to the public and free to explore. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the gardens and estate grounds
2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Tree Of Five Seasons sculpture is a great spot for some cute family photos!

Nature

Indian Creek Nature Center has hiking trails, nature exhibits, and educational programs. It’s a great place for families to explore the outdoors together.
5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Related: Go, See, Explore: Indian Creek Nature Center

Seminole Valley Park is an absolute gem for families! The lush greenery, winding trails, and charming picnic spots make it perfect for outdoor adventures with the little ones.
5925 Seminole Valley Trail NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411

Rock Island Botanical State Preserve has it all: sand prairies, oak savannas, wetlands, and woodlands. You’ll find rolling hills in the East and level land along the Cedar River in the West. With many plant species and rare butterflies, plus state-threatened turtles, it’s a nature lover’s paradise!
4501 Preserve Ln, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411

Prairie Park Fishery is a beautiful spot for a family picnic, walking, or fishing (with a proper license). The park offers scenic views and ample space for outdoor activities.
2125 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Old MacDonald’s Farm offers a wholesome experience where kids can learn about agriculture and interact with adorable animals!
2700 Bever Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Local Love

Kids Eat Free or Discounted | In & Around Cedar Rapids – Several restaurants that offer such deals, providing both delicious food and savings for parents. From casual eateries to family-friendly establishments, these spots cater to young appetites while offering a budget-friendly dining experience for the whole family to enjoy.

NewBo City Market is a public market in the New Bohemia district. It’s a great place to explore local vendors, enjoy free events, and listen to live music.
1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Cedar Rapids Area Libraries offer numerous free programs for children and families, including story times, craft sessions, and educational workshops!

Around Cedar Rapids

Art + History

American Gothic Barn is like stepping into a piece of history. It’s a picturesque backdrop for family photos, capturing a slice of rural America.
1278 US-30, Mt Vernon, IA 52314

Johnson County Freedom Rock is a symbol of our community’s resilience and the sacrifices made for our freedom.
122 N Chabal St, Solon, IA 52333

World’s Largest Wooden Nickel measuring 16 feet in diameter is a quirky roadside attraction that adds a touch of fun to a family road trip.
3246-3248 Iowa River Corridor Trail, Iowa City, IA 52240

Benton County Shellsburg, Iowa Freedom Rock gets repainted every year with a fresh message of gratitude for our nation’s veterans, reminding us of all of their immense sacrifices and our enduring appreciation for their service.
114 Main St E, Shellsburg, IA 52332

Iowa’s Largest Frying Pan is a quirky and exciting spot that the kids will love, and it’s perfect for making some unique family memories.
802 Main St, Brandon, IA 52210

The Amana Colonies is a great spot for a day trip with the kids – lots of charming shops and local history!
622 46th Ave, Amana, IA 52203

At Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, you can take a self-guided tour, visit Downtown West Branch, walk the nature trails, have a picnic where the President picnicked, and let your little ones become Junior Rangers!
110 Parkside Dr, West Branch, IA 52358

With over sixty boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and entertainment spots, the fun is limitless in Uptown Marion.
1070 7th Ave, Marion, IA 52302

Nature

The nature playscape, near the Wickiup Hill Learning Center, offers nearly an acre of outdoor adventure! It’s the perfect spot for kids to relax, explore, and connect with nature.
10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, IA 52341

The fossils and limestone bedrock at the Devonian Fossil Gorge are almost 200 million years older than the dinosaurs! It’s an amazing free family fun activity that’s perfect for curious kids and nature-loving parents.
2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd NE, Iowa City, IA 52240

Waldo’s Rock Park is the perfect spot for a day of adventure with the kiddos. Pack a picnic, explore the trails, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
6303 Partners Ave, Marion, IA 52302

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