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Ice House Museum

Exhibit shows how ice was harvested from the Cedar River from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Farm machinery, automobiles, and various exhibits show how work was done in that era by man, woman, and horse power. Listed on National Register of Historic Places.

Cedar Falls, IA Museums

Grout Museum of History & Science - Grout Museum District

History collection focuses on the period from 1933, when Iowa was opened for settlement, to the present. The Maytag Car, 1915 Waterloo Boy, Rath Packing Company whistle and Pioneer Hall Mural help visitors envision and understand bygone eras.

Waterloo, IA Museums

FFA Historical and Ag Museum

A visual history of our agricultural heritage and the role of small communities in rural America. Antique farm implements, tools, turn-of-the-century artifacts.

La Porte City, IA Museums

Bluedorn Science Imaginarium - Grout Museum District

A "playground for the imagination," this science center provides fun hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how science affects everyday life. Unravel the mysteries of motion with scientific experiments: Roll-A-Ball, Bernoulli Ball, and the hammer table. Entertaining and informative demonstrations.

Waterloo, IA Museums

Lost Island Adventure Park

Huge wave pool, eight major waterslides, "Lazy River," two 18-hole "adventure golf" courses, wheelchair accessible golf, go-cart track, concessions, interactive play areas, gift shop, and picnic area. Iowa's largest waterpark.

Waterloo, IA Water Parks

University of Northern Iowa Museums

Permanent natural history exhibits feature items from shells to mastodon bones, African antelope to Peruvian textiles. Changing exhibits highlight a variety of cultural and international themes. Call ahead to visit the nearby Marshall Center School, a restored 1893

Cedar Falls, IA Museums


Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum/George Wyth House

Tour Italianate home built in 1863 and restored to elegant 1880 Victorian life. Carriage House Museum houses the Historical Society'

Cedar Falls, IA Museums

Rensselaer Russell House Museum - Grout Museum District

This small jewel of mid-Victorian architecture, completed in 1861

Waterloo, IA Museums

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Features more than 400 varieties of trees and many special gardens, including hostas, herbs, a trial garden, Buck Rose garden, and a children's garden.

Waterloo, IA Arboretums



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