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Must Do's
Explore our vibrant downtown district featuring award-winning museums, locally-owned restaurants, and an impressive riverside amphitheater. Tour the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, visit the Isle Casino and catch exciting games with the Waterloo Bucks in the summer and the Waterloo Black Hawks in the winter. Or immerse yourself in arts, culture and history with a visit to the Grout Museum District, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area and the Waterloo Center for the Arts.  

Outdoor Adventures & Exciting Eateries
Relax in nature by enjoying the Cedar Valley Trails via bicycle or kayak or stroll through the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens. Or, for the best of family fun, be sure to add Lost Island Water Park, Iowa’s largest, to your itinerary. For a more low key family outing, stop by Palmer's Family Fun for a night of friendly competition.

Unwind with a casual evening sipping craft brews and indulging in tasty meals at SingleSpeed Brewing Co. or Jameson's Public House. Or sit down to a home-cooked meal at Morg's Diner, a casual slice at Basal Pizza. If you're hungry in the morning, stop at Rockets Bakery for a delicious donut and coffee.

Community Highlights
Plus, check out our family-friendly festivals and events. Return to some of your favorites or experience something new in Waterloo. Follow the hashtag #ExperienceWaterloo for photos, videos, and travel inspiration

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