Waterloo
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Things to do in Waterloo

Check out our museums and attractions to burn off that kid energy. On a date night? Out with friends? We have romantic restaurants, a casino, and bars for every type of partier.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

LOOKING for kid-friendly activities?

Explore Waterloo’s Riverfront

The Riverloop Amphitheater – just as the name suggests, is a walkable loop along the river. The RiverLoop Amphitheatre is located adjacent to the Waterloo Center for the Arts. This unique venue right off the scenic Cedar River has music line-ups every weekend.

Explore 100+ Miles of Trails

Explore more and grab your bike. Waterloo boasts hundreds of miles of paved trails through state parks and along the Cedar River. Don’t have a bike? Rentals are available at Waterloo Bicycle Works. 

Things to Do with Kids in Waterloo

Waterloo is a great place for family activities of all kinds.

Check out a museum (or two). Play mad scientists at the Bluedorn Science Museum. Channel your inner Picasso at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Or travel back in time to WWII at the Sullivan Brothers Veterans Museum.

Need to work off some energy? Swim and slide at Lost Island Waterpark. Put around on the mini-golf course. Or practice your flip on the giant jumping pillow at Palmer’s Family FunGet Air indoor trampoline park has all the room to rum and jump and jump. Did we mention jump?

Ready for a picnic? Take in the natural beauty along the scenic trails at George Wyth State Park. Or enjoy live music at the Riverloop Amphitheatre, followed by a dip in the splash pad and fountain at Mark’s Park. More natural beauty and can be found at the Cedar Valley Arboretum – featuring a children’s Garden with a hobbit house.

Waterloo Nightlife

Entertainment and Bars in Waterloo

We don’t blame you for wanting a night on the town! A fun night is ready for you in Waterloo with a variety drinks and food. Classic Date night is always on at The Brown Bottle. Speaking of classics, classic Sports bars like Screaming Eagle have your game and your burgers to kick back and relax. An ecclectic atmosphere is a great place to have wood-fired Neopolitan style pizza at Basal Pizzeria. Or try a local brew at SingleSpeed Brewing Company. Entertainment happens every weekend at Kings & Queens Club, with local and regional drag show stars. Absalom Lounge might be one of the coolest hidden gems in Waterloo. Down in a speakeasy setting you’ll find ShaunQuez Ketton mixing up elevated cocktails and creating an inclusive space for all people.

Waterloo Casino

Feel like gaming? The Isle Casino and Hotel Waterloo has a variety of table games, slots, video poker, Baccarat, and full-service sports betting.

Book your room here and choose from a variety of hotels that fit your budget.