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Science Center
Science Center Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Cedar Rapids, IA
Science Museum in Cedar Rapids, IA USA

The Elementary Gallery entertains all ages with a Weather Station, Optical Illusion room, various magnetics, levers, and electricity displays, the Plasma Ball, Music Pipes, and Pulleys. There's something for everyone to explore and learn!


Buffalo Bill Museum
Buffalo Bill Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Iowa
Museum in Leclaire, IA USA

Enjoy a fun filled day at the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa. You'll discover fascinating history along the Mighty Mississippi River that will entertain and educate.

Brucemore
Brucemore Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Cedar Rapids, IA
Historic Site in Cedar Rapids, IA USA

A National Trust Historic Site The 1886 Queen Anne-style mansion is the center of a 26-acre historic. áTours and special exhibits explore the history of Cedar Rapids. áActivities include mansion tours,exibits, music concerts outdoor theatre, garden walks and holiday events.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Cedar Rapids, IA
Museum in Cedar Rapids, IA USA

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses more than 7,200 works of art spanning many eras-from Roman antiquity to the present. áThe collection is particularly strong in American art, especially from the first half of the 20th century.

Waterloo Center for the Arts
Waterloo Center for the Arts Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Waterloo, IA
Art Museum in Waterloo, IA USA

Something creative for the entire family! Discover the arts.


Historic General Dodge House
Historic General Dodge House Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Council Bluffs, IA
Historic Site in Council Bluffs, IA USA

This three-story, 14-room, lavish Victorian home, is one of Iowa's premier historic homes. Perhaps one of Council Bluffs' most famous residents, Gen. Grenville M. Dodge has been called the greatest railroad builder of all time.

Western Historic Trails Center
Western Historic Trails Center Top Attraction!
Nature in Council Bluffs, IA USA

Two hundred-plus sculptures by artist Timothy Woodman interpret Lewis & Clark, Mormon Pioneers, California and Oregon trails. Western Historic Trails Center was built and designed by the National Parks Service as an interpretive center. The Center has interpretive exhibit that will take you on a journey with one of four Pioneer Trails.

Antique Acres
Antique Acres
Farm in Cedar Falls, IA USA

Antique Acres preserves agricultural history and heritage. Best known for its yearly Old Time Power Show every August, Antique Acres preserves agricultural history and heritage.

Bentonsport Historic District
Bentonsport Historic District things to do on a rainy day in Iowa
Historic Site in BENTONSPORT, IA USA

artisan, historic village Small village with working artisans, historic buildings and bridge set among a county park. Visit quaint shops with antiques, hand made crafts, quilt shop or fudge/sandwich shop.


Bike to Indy-Town
Bike to Indy-Town
Excursion in Indianola, IA USA

Motorcycle exhibition Bike Night is for any motorcycle enthusiasts! Come and enjoy standard and custom motorcycle displays, live music, food and beverages, live radio broadcast, award presentations, vendors and exhibits.

Buffalo Bill Cody Museum of LeClaire
Buffalo Bill Cody Museum of LeClaire things to do on a rainy day in Davenport, IA
Museum in Le Claire, IA USA

Museum of LeClaire history The Buffalo Bill Cody museum features a wide variety of artifacts regarding Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Congress, as well as various artifacts related to the history of LeClaire, Iowa.

Effigy Mounds National Monument
Effigy Mounds National Monument
National Park in Harpers Ferry, IA USA

National Monument Prehistoric mounds are common from the plains of the Midwest to the Atlantic seaboard, but only in this general area was there a culture that regularly constructed mounds in the shape of mammals, birds, or reptiles.

Friday Night Live
Friday Night Live things to do on a rainy day in Des Moines, IA
Concert in Indianola, IA USA

Enjoy live music

Ice House Museum
Ice House Museum things to do on a rainy day in Cedar Falls, IA
Museum in Cedar Falls, IA USA

Learn the story of ice harvesting in an ice house! This 1921 round structure contains tools once used to cut ice from the Cedar River right nearby. Experience an international industry that brought fresh food to the world, and learn how this once-common business transformed our culture and daily lives.

Kendrick Sawmill and Manufacturing Tours
Kendrick Sawmill and Manufacturing Tours
Tour in Edgewood, IA USA

Tour Iowa's largest sawmill and it's sister companies. KFP leads guided head set tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30am, by appointment. • Cost is $10/person • Reservations are preferred.

Little Red Schoolhouse
Little Red Schoolhouse things to do on a rainy day in Cedar Falls, IA
Museum in Cedar Falls, IA USA

Tour this 1909 one-room schoolhouse! From the slate blackboard to the potbellied stove, this schoolhouse recalls a time when brothers, sisters, and neighboring children gathered together to learn in a building like this. Imagine the students stoking the fire, reciting their lessons, and singing songs.

Marshall Center School, University of Northern Iowa
Marshall Center School, University of Northern Iowa
Historic Site in Cedar Falls, IA USA

Authentically restored one-room schoolhouse. The Marshall Center School is an active reminder of Iowa's historically prominent role in quality education, the role of the University of Northern Iowa in training teachers, and the shaping of 19th Century America through its rural schools.

National Balloon Museum And U. S. Ballooning Hall of Fame
National Balloon Museum And U. S. Ballooning Hall of Fame things to do on a rainy day in Des Moines, IA
Hall of Fame Museum in Indianola, IA USA

National Balloon Museum And U. S. Ballooning Hall of Fame The National Balloon Museum dedicates itself to providing the public with a comprehensive understanding of ballooning and its history through its exhibitions and collections.

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum things to do on a rainy day in Waterloo, IA
Museum in Waterloo, IA USA

The history of the Olympics oldest sport - wrestling.

Putnam Museum of History & Natural Science
Putnam Museum of History & Natural Science things to do on a rainy day in Davenport, IA
Science Museum in Davenport, IA USA

Explore science and history at the region's biggest museum! From a giant screen six stories tall and seven stories wide, a

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