17 Spring Break Activities in the Iowa City Area

Spring break is just around the corner! If you aren’t escaping to the beach or some other far-flung location, check out these great spring break activities in the Iowa City area — that are, of course, right here in our own backyard!

Image: Old Capitol, a destination for spring break activities in the Iowa City area

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17 Spring Break Activities in the Iowa City Area


Who doesn’t love a day trip to a museum for learning and exploration? Iowa City is home to the Old Capitol and Natural History museums — but during spring break you may have time for a quick drive to visit some of the other fascinating museums in eastern Iowa.

Sports and Active Play

If you live in the Iowa City area, it may be fun to bust out of your usual play routine and take a day trip to Burlington or Cedar Rapids for some fun. However, if you’re looking to stay local, Coral Ridge Mall is home to an indoor ice skating rink and the Iowa Children’s Museum. Check out our listing of indoor play places for more ideas!

Art and Creative

Spring break is an excellent time to reinvigorate your creativity. Head to an art museum for inspiration or create your own artwork!


Iowa City area and general eastern Iowa area is home to many beautiful state parks that are perfect for a hike, long walk, or picnic. Use your week to spend some time outdoors — weather permitting of course! Check out our list of hiking destinations with kids for more ideas.

If you are looking for more of a full-day trip, check out our guide to easy Iowa road trips!

Whether you travel far or stay close to home, have a great spring break! We hope this list of spring break activities in the Iowa City area is helpful for you and your family. 

Sarah Bengtson
Sarah is a proud Iowa native who currently lives in North Liberty with her husband and 2 sons. She grew up in rural Benton county and moved to the Iowa City area in 2005 to attend graduate school at the University of Iowa in Physical Therapy. Now she balances raising two growing boys with a work as a pediatric physical therapist. Outside of work and family, Sarah loves music, playing her cello, running, baking, crochet, church activities, and cheering for the Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Vikings.


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