Take advantage of Cedar Rapids' recreational spaces

If you’re like most people, the word “vacation” conjures up long drives, faraway places, new experiences and probably some sun and sand. While it’s safe to say that most of us don’t get away quite as much as we’d like, vacations also involve headaches related to getting everyone in the car, requesting time off from work, budgeting, watching expenses and so on.

It’s no wonder many people want to live somewhere with easy access to parks and recreational areas, the kinds of places that allow them to go on mini-vacations without having to travel more than a few miles from their doorstep.

Everyone knows about Central Park in New York or the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, but when people speak of other famous parks and green areas, few mention Cedar Rapids. And they really should.

Sure, it’s only a mid-sized city, but Cedar Rapids has more recreational space than many big cities. How much? Let’s just say that with 74 parks — many of which contain athletic fields, pavilions and playgrounds — four golf courses and six swimming pools, there are enough green and recreational areas in this city to fill a book.

For the weekend warrior looking for a mini-vacation around town, there’s no shortage of options.

Getting started

If you already have a favorite park but want to explore more, you can find a handy resource on the Cedar Rapids’ Parks & Recreation home page. In the left-hand column you can click on links to find specific information for municipal poolsgolf coursestrailsevents and more. To get started, here’s a sampling of some great parks to explore:

  • Guthridge Park — Technically it’s in Hiawatha, but the numerous sports facilities and walking trails attract people from all over the area.
  • Seminole Valley Park  Right on the banks of the Cedar River, this park houses the Usher’s Ferry Historic Village and beautiful, natural scenery.
  • Ellis Park — With a golf course, gardening plots, swimming pool and just about everything else, this is an obvious favorite among residents and visitors alike.
  • Shaver Park  If you’re looking for a great disc golf course, this 18-hole course takes you through some wonderfully wooded terrain.
  • Bever Park — Not only does this park boast a pool and an ice rink, but it’s also home to Old MacDonald’s Farm, where kids — and adults — can meet and pet chickens, cows, piglets, sheep and more. These facilities are even open year-round.

Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. So if you’ve been thinking about your next vacation, remember that it can happen right here in our fair city.

To learn about these and other great parks, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor®. They have the experience and knowledge to tell you all about the recreational opportunities throughout Cedar Rapids.

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