In the last two years, Council Bluffs has seen multiple new attractions and restaurants come to town, from a specialty bakery to a gastropub to an escape room. If you haven’t visited in a while, you’ll want to come check out our newest additions. Here are the spots you won’t want to miss:
Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails opened this summer. The restaurant serves American cuisine, craft beers, and as the name suggests, cocktails. Caddy’s has put some unique twists on classic recipes, for example serving a Bloody Mary with an entire lunch skewered over the top of it. The restaurant’s clean modern design elevates the dining experience.
Lincoln’s Pub In the fall, the 100 Block welcomed another new restaurant in addition to Caddy’s: Lincoln’s Pub. The trendy new gastropub offers American cuisine in the form of handhelds, dry-aged steaks and chops, and innovative cocktails.
712 Eat + Drink 712 opened in early 2017, serving contemporary American cuisine. The restaurant prides itself on making meals from locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. The restaurant’s drink list includes craft beers, cocktails, and sodas in addition to a wine list.
Stay Sweet, Nicola's This specialty bakery and coffee shop was established in 2014 but didn’t officially open in Council Bluffs until 2016. The bakery specializes in designer cakes and caters to dietary needs such as gluten-free and vegan items. The shop also sells pastries of the day, sweets, and has a full coffee bar.
Charles E. Lakin YMCA A little over a year ago, the YMCA changed addresses to a brand-new facility. The $17.5 million building is 78,000 square feet with exercise classrooms, a family center, lap pool, and more.
The Hub The YMCA’s previous home was put to good use; the building was converted into The Hub, Council Bluffs’ first trampoline park. The park includes dunk hoops, a jousting beam, and everything needed for a game of dodgeball. The Hub also has an in-house coffee shop, a perfect spot for tired parents who need a short break.
Dream Playground Re-Imagined Park The Dream Playground Re-Imagined Park was re-opened this October following a $1.3 million renovation. KMTV reports Dream Playground is now the largest ADA accessible playground in Iowa.
Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park Updates In the fall of 2017, Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park opened a rooftop pavilion along with a plaza and water play park. The rentable space provides spectacular views of the Missouri River and the Omaha skyline.
Pirate Putt Over a year ago, Pirate Putt opened its doors. The indoor miniature golf course offers two different 18-hole courses with obstacles like ramps, warped walls, and a “cannon.”
The Cryptic Room Two years ago, The Cryptic Room opened in downtown Council Bluffs. The escape room has four themed rooms to choose from with themes varying from a heist to a deserted island. Can you escape in time?
Iowa West Field House In early 2017, the Iowa West Field House opened. The sports facility has more than 100,000 square feet of space. A variety of sports are played in the Field House like volleyball, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, and more. Come see for yourself!
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