Guide to Iowa City When You’re Here for Summer Research

Bread Garden

Aldi. 760 Ruppert Road. Open 7 days/week,
9:00am-8:00pm. Access using Iowa City Transit.

Bread Garden Market. 225 S. Linn Street. Open 7 days/week, 
6:30am-9pm. Big-brand & natural foods, cafe, lunch buffet.

Coral Ridge Mall. Shops, ice skating, food, movie theater. Public transit access

IC farmers market

Costco. Accessible using Coralville Transit.

Famer’s Market. 415 E Washington Street.
Local produce, meat, baked goods. Sat 7:30am-12:00pm.

John’s Grocery. 401 E Market St.
Open 8am-11pm 7days/week.
Basic dry goods, some produce and meat.
Famous beer selection.

Natural Grocers. 1404 S. Gilbert Street.
Organic/natural grocer. Open 8:30am-8:36pm M-Sat,
                                        9am-7:35pm Sun. Public transit access.

New Pioneer Co-Op. 22 S Van Buren St.
Local co-op. Open 7am-10pm 7 days/week.

Target. Downtown: home goods and
groceries. Coral Ridge Mall has a supercenter

Trader Joe’s. 920 Ponseti Way, Coralville.
8am-9pm, 7 days/week. Public transit access.

WalMart. Iowa City and Coralville locations.
Accessible using public transit.

Calendar of Events. Online listing of most
campus-sponsored events.

Ashton  Prairie

Ashton Prairie. Active
research, education, and
restoration site. Relax with
pollinators, or run the
XCountry trail around it!


Campus Recreational Services.
Soccer, badmitton, canoeing,
swimming, rock climbing.
Find your sport through Rec Services.

Biology Greenhouse. A space for zen or learning
on the top floor of Biology Building East

Old Capitol Museum.
Stop in to see Iowa’s gold-domed
former capitol building.

van Allen

Van Allen Telescope.
For all star gazers. Find free
public viewing schedules online.

Bird Hall. MacBride Hall houses the UI’s large,
educational display of (mounted) birds.


Mammal Hall. Macbride Hall
houses the UI’s collection of (mounted) mammals.

Natural History Museum. Visit Macbride Hall to discover
Iowa’s natural history, from
Devonian Coral Reefs to modern humans.

IC Arts Festival

Arts Festival. June 3-5, 2022.
Performing, visual, and culinary
artists take over downtown!

Jazz Festival. July 1-3, 2022.
IC’s celebration of jazz and food.
Three downtown stages to see.

Free Movie Series. Full-length, outdoor
movie screenings on Saturday evenings.

Outdoor Movies

Chauncy-Swan Park.
Local indie movie theater (Film Scene),
bowling (Spare Me!), farmer’s
market, concerts, and more!

Wilson Orchard

Wilson’s Orchard. Fruit
picking, food, drinks,
concerts, & community-
focused activities.

Hickory Hill Park. Iowa City park: wooded
area, prairie, and creek. <5 min

Terry Trueblood. Paved trails near pond,
prairie, woodland. Boat rentals available. 5 min

Iowa City Transit
IC bike Library

Bike Library. 1222 S Gilbert Ct.
6-month bicycle loans. $50 fee plus
refundable deposit. Check hours online.

Iowa City Transit (ICT). $1/bus ride.
Multi-use passes available. Uses Transit App.

Coralville Transit. Hub in downtown Iowa City.
Pass information and app are same as Iowa City

Lost Island Themepark and Waterpark.
Waterloo, IA. Rides, go-carts, and waterplay!
1 hr 15 min drive

Adventureland Theme Park. Altoona, IA.
Rides and waterplay. 1 hr 30 min drive

national mississippi river museum & aquarium

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.
Dubuque, IA. Smithsonian museum with native species
aquarium, sting-ray touch tank, raptors, and historic exhibits. 1 hr 30 min

Amana Colonies. Historic German village
open to tourism. Explore shops, food, drink,
and festivals. 30 min drive

Kalona Historical Village. Historic Amish village
featuring tours, exhibits, and shops. 25 min drive.

Coralville Lake. Reservoir including Sugar
Bottom Trails. 15-20 min

iowa driftless area

Driftless Area. Bypassed by ice
age. Wildlife refuge, caves, more.
2 hr 15 min

Fossil Gorge. Exposed
Devonian-era fossil bed. 15 min

Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area. 13.5k acre
public area by Coralville Reservoir. 20 min

Kent Park. Prairie, forest, wetland habitats.
Frequent public events. 20 min

Lake MacBride. Boat and paddleboard rentals.
20 min

Macbride Nature Recreation Area. Enjoy prairie,
forest, Raptor Center, and wetland. 25 min

raptor center

Palisades-Kepler State Park. Forest, wildlife,
mounds, bluffs, more! 35 min

Squire Point and Woodpecker Trails. 15 min

Maquoketa Caves. 1.5 hr

Pictured Rocks Park. Wildlife management
area along Maquoketa River. 1 hr

Yellow River State Forest. Just north of Effigy
Mounds National Monument. 2.5 hr

Effigy Mounds National Monument. Over 200
Woodland-era mounds to explore. 2 hr 15 min

Effigy Mounds National Monument