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East Central Iowa, Iowa

East Central Iowa

Step back in time and across oceans for a taste of Old World tradition. Visit seven authentic German villages to sample wines, beers and delicious fare. Or, shop for master-crafted furniture and clocks. Then fast-forward to the 21st century for a thrilling evening of stock car racing.

Explore East Central Iowa

The Historic Englert Theatre

The Englert Theatre opened in downtown Iowa City on September 26, 1912

Iowa City, IA HistoricTheatres

Sutliff Bridge

The massive iron bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was constructed in 1898 at the crossing of Sutliff'

Sutliff, IA Historic Bridges

Paramount Theater

Performing arts theater hosts a Broadway series, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Cedar Rapids Theatre Organ Society, family shows and national touring concerts.

Cedar Rapids, IA Theatres

Pine Creek Grist Mill

Restored 1848 grist mill with intact machinery and millstones. Also visit the old country school on site.

Muscatine, IA Mills

Mennonite Museum and Archives

Museum and archives devoted to early Amish and Mennonite cultures and lifestyles, including genealogy books and research materials. Located within the Kalona Historical Village

Kalona, IA Museums



Old Capitol Museum

National historic landmark, located on the University of Iowa Pentacrest, restored to reflect the years it served as the last capitol of the Iowa Territory (1842-1846) and as the first state capitol (1846-1857). Guided tours and video presentation available.

Iowa City, IA Museums


Muscatine Art Center

Visit 1908 Edwardian mansion, which houses French Impressionist works and American decorative arts. Large contemporary gallery features changing exhibitions, Japanese garden and sculpture court.

Muscatine, IA Art Centers

Devonian Fossil Gorge

Historic floods during the summer of 1993 surged over the emergency spillway and eroded a 15-foot deep channel, exposing the underlying bedrock. Visitors can walk over acres of Devonian Age sea floor and get a first-hand look at fossils normally hidden from view. Gorge open dawn-dusk daily.

Iowa City, IA Historic Sites

Communal Kitchen and Cooper Shop Museum

Authentic Amana communal kitchen house, including kitchen area and dining room, preserved as it was when the communal system ended in 1932. Across the street is the coopershop, where barrels were made.

Amana, IA Museums

Explore East Central Iowa