You may find yourself surrounded by colorful, cozy-looking trees in Iowa City! Started in 2012, each winter, the Tree Huggers program prompts 200 local knitters to wrap up their city's trees, yarn-bombing style. Don your black and gold, and drive your Iowa City rental car here to add to the city's colorful atmosphere!

Kinnick Stadium

Cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes football team as they enter through the tunnel to AC/DC's "Back in Black" surrounded by over 10,000 screaming University of Iowa students. One thing is for sure about this team, they have extremely enthusiastic fans! The 70,585 seats are filled by Iowans, Midwesterners and more. Named after Nile Kinnick, 1939 Heisman Trophy winner, this stadium is the 20th largest college-owned stadium in the U.S. The space was renovated in 2006 in order to allow for new:

  • Scoreboard technology
  • Better locker rooms
  • More concession stands
  • More restrooms
  • More  private suites
  • More seating and a new press box

Home games are often sold out so be sure to get your tickets ahead of time!

Iowa Children's Museum

"Play and learn" is the unofficial motto of this fun museum! For kids 12 and under, the colorful hands-on exhibits inspire imagination, and teach real-world skills. Check out the Notion of Motion exhibit for some kid-friendly physics while:

  • building a race car
  • racing golf balls down a roller coaster
  • climbing a rock wall

Try the City Money exhibit to learn about saving and spending while using an ATM and visiting with a bank teller! The largest exhibit, Take flight, is sure to be a hit for all ages with remote control flight simulators, a wind table, pig parachutes and more. If you want your kids to have fun while learning math and science be sure to take your Iowa City rental car to this inspiring museum!

Devonian Fossil Gorge

If you've got a junior paleontologist or archeologist on your hands head north to this U.S. Army Corp Engineer managed area, for a glimpse of the past! Fossils in this gorge are 375 million years old and clearly show what once an ocean floor was. From corals to brachiopods and crinoids, these fossils are almost 200 million years older than the dinosaurs! Now that's a fun fact to tell in a "What did you do this summer?" essay!

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