Are you looking for a way to capture the fall season? Activities abound in the Iowa City area – many of which are completely free. Below are a few of the local favorites spots, plus a few ‘spook’tacular Halloween events.
Things to Do
Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty has a corn maze that caters well to the family, but is enjoyable for folks of any age. Visit at night to partake in a flashlight maze to make it a bit more challenging! Kroul Farms in Solon sells Indian corn, gourds and squad, straw bales and pumpkins, plus has animals on the farm for those young ones and Halloween activities. Wilson’s Orchard is a must for the season, with rows of apple trees to wander through and all things apple to purchase, of course.
If you enjoy the great outdoors, you can’t miss Lake Macbride State Park, Iowa's largest state park. Its 2,180 acres welcome outdoor activities from camping and hiking to outdoor games and picnicking. A 5-mile multi-use trail on the north side of the lake connects the park to Solon and another 7 miles of hiking trails await, including one especially scenic trail that extends 1.5 miles between the beach and the lake's dam. Click the map at right for directions. Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty have bountiful parks in their own right – just pull on a sweatshirt and head out to find a new favorite place to admire the fall colors.
Hiking: Squire Point Trail and Woodpecker Trail are like hidden gems that only the locals seem to know about, but they provide spectacular views of the lake, particularly in the fall. Squire Point is accessible from Dubuque Street near the construction of Liberty High School in North Liberty. Woodpecker is accessible from West Overlook, closer to I-80.
Bicycling: Iowa River Corridor Trail is the most heavily used and longest paved trail in Iowa City, totaling about 14 miles. North Ridge Trail runs north and south from North Liberty to Coralville. What great riding weather!
Halloween Parade & Carnival (Free) Fri, Oct 23, 6:15-8pm Weatherdance Fountain in Pedestrian Mall, Downtown Iowa City Robert E. Lee Recreation Center, Iowa City Games, crafts, treats and glow stick dance party
Optimist Halloween Parade (Free) Sun, October 25, 2-4pm Coralville Aquatic Center to Recreation Center
Haunted Happenings ($3 per child) Thu-Fri, October 29-30, 6:30-8:30pm North Liberty Community Center Activities, snacks, drinks and candy
Creepy Campus Crawl: Histories & Mysteries at the Museums (Free) Fri, October 30, 5:30-8:30pm Museum of Natural History, MacBride Hall Old Capitol Museum
Tot Monster Mash ($15-20; ages 6 and under free) Fri, October 30, 9:30-11:30am Scanlon Gymnasium, Iowa City Games, stories, crafts
Don't hesitate to share your explorations with us! Tweet or use Facebook to post to the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau using #ICFall. No matter what you decide to do, savor the sights, smells and tastes of the season!