Great places to swim near Cedar Rapids.


The hot days are here along with ice cream cones, sunny skies and long days spent outside. Some might seek relief in an air-conditioned room, but no matter what your age, one of the best parts about summer is going out on these hot days and jumping into a cool lake.

Not everyone is thrilled about jumping into the Cedar River, but even so, there are a number of great swimming holes in the area. Here are some of our favorites.

Lake Mcbride State Park

Many Cedar Rapids swim lessons have taken place on this beautiful beach, just a 25-minute drive south of town. As a designated State Park, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has done a lot to ensure plenty of recreational opportunities for everyone here. The park features opportunities for fishing, boating, bike riding and camping, but really, what can be better than splashing around in the pristine waters?

Coralville Lake

A few miles south of Lake Mcbride, the sandy shores of Coralville Lake have been a favorite hot-summer-day retreat for residents of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. With pits for horseshoe and shelters to go to in case the weather turns, this is an ideal place to spend a summer day.

Palo Beach

The beach is back open after renovations! It was previously closed due to the water in Pleasant Creek Lake receding more than 75 feet, requiring the DNR to restore the present shoreline to make it safe for visitors.

Now, if you aren’t feeling up for the drive, and want something closer and in town, there are plenty of pools and splash pads in the city. Here are seven amazing splash pads you and your kids will love.

With so much to do in Cedar Rapids, it’s no wonder the population and economy are growing. To learn more about homes and neighborhoods, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They know the market and can show you some great properties.



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