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Summer Bucket List | In & Around Cedar Rapids

Embark on an unforgettable summer adventure in Cedar Rapids! From vibrant festivals to serene nature trails, Cedar Rapids offers a plethora of activities that promise to make this season one to remember. Join us as we explore the best of what this charming city has to offer, creating cherished memories and endless summer smiles along the way. Get ready to dive into our Cedar Rapids summer bucket list and experience the magic of the season like never before!

summer bucket list

Shop at Local Farmers Markets

In the summer, Farmers Markets become an essential destination for fresh local produce, handmade crafts, and delightful treats. It’s an excellent opportunity to show support for local farmers and artisans while enjoying the abundance of the season!

Cool Down at a Splash Pad

Cool off from the summer heat by visiting a splash pad—perfect for refreshing fun with the family. Let the kids splash and play while you relax and enjoy the sun!

Go on a Family Bike Ride

Summer is the perfect time for family bike rides, where you can explore scenic trails and create lasting memories together. Feel the warm breeze as you pedal through parks, along rivers, and through charming neighborhoods, enjoying the beauty of Cedar Rapids along the way.

Attend an Outdoor Concert

Experience the magic of summer nights at an outdoor concert, where live music fills the air and stars twinkle overhead. Gather with friends and family, dance under the open sky, and create unforgettable memories against the backdrop of warm summer breezes.

Go Bowling

Bowling during the summer offers a refreshing indoor activity, perfect for beating the heat while having fun with family and friends.

Relax or Go Swimming at the Pool

Cool off and make a splash at the pool this summer! Whether you’re seeking a refreshing dip or some fun in the sun, the pool is the perfect place to beat the heat.

Take a Swing at Mini Golf

Mini golfing during the summer is a classic family activity, offering a fun-filled day of friendly competition and laughter under the warm sun. Whether you’re aiming for a hole-in-one or enjoying the whimsical obstacles, it’s the perfect way to spend during the sunny days of summer.

Go Berry Picking

Spend quality time outdoors, basking in the warm sun while filling your baskets with ripe, juicy berries straight from the vine. It’s a fun-filled activity for the whole family!

Cool Off Indoors and Go Ice Skating

Escape the summer heat by gliding gracefully on the ice at ImOn Ice Arena. It’s a refreshing and fun activity that offers a cool twist to your summer adventures.

Treat Yourself

Indulging in creamy scoops of ice cream is the quintessential summer treat, offering a refreshing escape from the heat. Whether it’s a classic cone from a neighborhood shop or a creative sundae piled high with toppings, every bite is a sweet reminder of the joys of summer.


A version of this post was published by author Jessica Sadler; it has since been updated.

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