Guide to Iowa City When You’re Here for Summer Research
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
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.
Calendar of Events. Online listing of most
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 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.
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.
Local indie movie theater (Film Scene),
bowling (Spare Me!), farmer’s
market, concerts, and more!
Wilson’s Orchard. Fruit
picking, food, drinks,
concerts, & community-
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
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.
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
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.
Macbride Nature Recreation Area. Enjoy prairie,
forest, Raptor Center, and wetland. 25 min
Palisades-Kepler State Park. Forest, wildlife,
mounds, bluffs, more! 35 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