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Explore our vibrant downtown district featuring award-winning museums, locally-owned restaurants, and an impressive riverside amphitheatre. Tour the new John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, visit the Isle Casino, and enjoy the Cedar Valley Trails via bicycle or kayak. Catch exciting sports teams and immerse yourself in arts and culture. And did we mention we're home to Lost Island Water Park? It's Iowa's largest! Plus, dig a little deeper and check out our family-friendly festivals and events.

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Last season of Travel Waterloo, we featured what you, the fan, can experience on a typical night at historic Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo. This season, we're going behind-the-scenes to see how a great fan experience at a Waterloo Bucks game is created. My buddy Zay was back for this week’s episode, and I can speak for us both when I say, there’s a lot we didn’t know happened on a typical game day with the Bucks.


Field Prep. Everyone, from the grounds crew to the players, coaches and staff, spends more time at the ballpark than they do anywhere else. During the season, they devote a lot of hard work and sweat into creating the best experience for fans. And, Zay and I got a first-hand look at some of the not-so-glamourous aspects of the job when we weeded the warning track on a steamy, 90 degree day in Iowa.

Field Prep

Team. As you’ll see in the episode, the team is like one big family. Between daily practices and 35+ games during the season, they spend a ton of time together. We had a blast spending some time with them as well while they were playing ping pong, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and preparing for the big game.


Food and beverages. Food and beverages are also a big part of the fan experience at a Waterloo Bucks game. Zay found his favorite spot at Riverfront Stadium – the soda machine in the concessions stand, and I found mine – the beer cooler. Let’s just say we were both pretty surprised when we found out the sheer volume of food and beverages they go through at a game, especially on Buck Night.

New this year at Riverfront Stadium is a 474-square-foot LED video board. Fans will enjoy an enhanced in-game experience on this new video board as well as special movie nights throughout the summer.

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- Aaron Buzza, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Summer wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the beach, pool, splash pad, or Iowa’s largest water park. From thrilling water slides to relaxing lazy river rides, you’ll find plenty of “cool” ways to enjoy some fun in the sun here in the Cedar Valley.

George Wyth Beach


George Wyth State Park
3659 Wyth Rd, Waterloo
(319) 232-5505
Hours: Daily 11am-7pm
Daily Admission: Free
Offerings: Kayak, paddle board and paddle boat rentals available. Restrooms and concessions on site.

*Please note that there are no lifeguards on duty.


Byrnes Pool
1001 Campbell Ave, Waterloo
(319) 291-4453
Hours: Mon-Fri 1-4:30pm & 6:30-8:30pm; Sat & Sun 1-4:30pm & 5:30-7:30pm
Daily Admission: $4; Kids 2 & under $1; Family Night $10; Pre-School Swim $3
Offerings: Zero-depth entry, water slides, diving boards, water features and more.

Gates Pool
620 E Donald St, Waterloo
(319) 291-4458
Hours: Daily 1-5pm
Daily Admission: $4; Kids 2 & under $1; Family Night $10; Pre-School Swim $3
Offerings: Zero-depth entry, water slides, diving boards, water features and more.

The Falls
3025 S Main, Cedar Falls
(319) 266-8468
Hours: Mon-Sat Noon-8:30pm; Sun 1-8:30pm
Daily Admission: $6; Kids 2 & under $3; Lap Swim & Water Walking $6
Offerings: Zero-depth entry, water slides, lazy river, 8-lane lap pool, water features and more.

Mark's Park

Splash Pads

Mark’s Park
225 Commercial St, Waterloo
(319) 291-4490
Hours: Daily 9am-9pm
Daily Admission: Free
Offerings: Splash pad and playground.

Lost Island Waterpark

Water Parks

Lost Island Waterpark
2225 E Shaulis Rd, Waterloo
(319) 233-8414
Hours: Daily 10:30am-6:30pm
Daily Admission: $26.40+ tax; Kids 3 & under free
Offerings: 11 major water slides, lazy river, wave pool, 3 children’s play areas, gift shop and more.

*Discounted passes ($22.40+ tax) available at the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau office.

Have an awesome summer everyone!

- Beth Keeney, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo Credit: Lost Island Waterpark, Maxx Rentals, Waterloo Center for the Arts.

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It’s officially summer! What better way to cool off on a hot summer night than with some live music. Grab your friends and enjoy an evening out at one of these FREE summer concerts in Waterloo.


Don’t miss downtown Waterloo’s “T.G.I.F. Party” on Friday evenings at Lincoln Park. Friday’Loo concerts showcase talent from an eclectic line-up of local, regional and touring performing artists. The party starts at 5:30pm and goes until 9:30pm. While you’re there, you can enjoy some local eats and treats from one of the various food trucks on site. And, consider riding your bikes to Friday'Loo and park them at the Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective's bike valet (secure parking).

July 1 | Lotus
July 29 | Jake McVey
Aug 12 | PV & The Phantoms
Aug 26 | Milk and Honey Band
Sept 2 | Wooden Nickel Lottery 

*Food and beverages available for purchase.

Live Music Blog Post 1

Isle Summer Concert Series

Rock out to some of your favorite hits from the 80’s at the Isle’s Summer Concert Series. Concerts are held outdoors at the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, so don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs. Gates open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8pm.

June 30 | Mullett
July 28 | The Breakfast Club
Aug 25 | Spazmatics

*Beverages available for purchase.

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RiverLoop Rhythms

Enjoy fun for the whole family at RiverLoop Rhythms. Relax and unwind to the beats of some of the area’s best, all while overlooking the scenic Cedar River in downtown Waterloo. These concerts take place from 5:30-9:30pm at the beautiful RiverLoop Amphitheatre. Plus, the kiddos will have a blast splashing around next door at Mark’s Park – a splash pad and playground. Bike valet service is also available at RiverLoop Rhythms.

June 24 | Tony Brown
July 8 | Bob Dorr & The Blue Band
July 22 | Brazilian 2wins
Aug 19 | The Positives
Sept 9 | SIRES

*Food and beverages available for purchase.

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Street Thunder Bike Nights

Kick the weekend off early every Thursday at Street Thunder Bike Night. Join Screaming Eagle for a party on the street with live bands, cold beer, and good friends. Grill Master Spivey will be on the street cookin' up some delicious BBQ. The party starts at 6pm and the band starts at 7pm. Visit their website for a complete schedule of upcoming bands.

*Food and beverages available for purchase.

Waterloo Municipal Band Concerts

Come celebrate 90 years of entertainment. The Waterloo Municipal Band, under the direction of Bill Shepherd, is "Celebrating 90 Years" this summer at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre in downtown Waterloo. Their 2016 season includes a series of free concerts held every Thursday evening at 7:30pm during June and July.

Cedar Falls also has a variety of live music events taking place throughout the summer, including Live to 9, Municipal Band Concerts, and the Cedar Valley Acoustic Guitar Association at Movies Under the Moon. For a full listing of live music events taking place in the Cedar Valley, check out our events calendar.

- Beth Keeney, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo Credit: Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill, Waterloo Center for the Arts.

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Hello, this is Avery and Abbey Buzza writing this. On this week’s episode of Travel Waterloo, we let our dad have the week off. We wanted to show you how we're planning to celebrate Father’s Day, and give you some fun Waterloo ideas for you and your dad too. You should bring your dad to visit on Father’s Day and do what we did.

Shopping for Dad. The clothes at Palace Clothiers are really nice! Mr. Steve, the owner, had some great ideas for our dad, and will for yours also. Our mom said that people joke about getting ties for their dad on Father’s Day, so we looked at some (and tried some on ourselves) that had fun designs. Our favorite was the red one with elephants you see in the video. The belts we looked at are awesome! Mr. Steve said they fit better than regular belts and they come in bright colors. They even have UNI Panther and Iowa Hawkeye designs.

Father's Day OP

Dining with Dad. Dads love to eat, right? We had lunch at The Other Place (OP). We love their pizza and dad does too! Other places we thought about going were The Lone Wolf, where they have great hamburgers and sweet potato fries. Dad said their shakes are great, too. Another place that is fun for dads is Screaming Eagle in downtown Waterloo. Or, you could go to Beck’s Taproom Grill if he wants to serve himself some beer. 

Father's Day Golfing

Golfing with Dad. We learned that Waterloo is great for golfing. Dad isn’t a good golfer, but he should take some lessons from Mr. Nate. We thought it would be fun to drive the golf carts too. We didn’t get to, but it sounds like Dad might take us golfing soon. Maybe even on Sunday.

Father's Day Palmer's

Fun with Dad. Our family loves Palmer’s Family Fun. The jumping pillow is so much fun. We thought it was funny that Mom and Dad got on there with us and jumped around. Dad is really good at go-karts and always tries to win. They do have go-karts that are for younger kids, so if you’re as tall as me (Avery) you can drive on your own and it is super fun. We liked the mini-golf, and our dad really enjoys going to the batting cage. He didn’t have his bat or batting gloves with him when we were there or you would have probably seen him hitting softballs too.

One other fun thing you can do for Father's Day is go to the Waterloo Bucks game. They play at 3:35pm and it's Daddy-Daughter Date Day. After the game, you can play catch in the outfield. There’s even a cupcake party with princesses! And, if you ride your bike to the game, you could win a prize.

We hope you and your dad have a great Father’s Day in Waterloo!

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- Avery & Abbey Buzza, Daughters of Aaron Buzza

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Usually, Aaron writes these blogs, telling readers and viewers about the upcoming episode of Travel Waterloo. Well, I’m Tavis Hall, Executive Director of Main Street Waterloo*, and I recently joined Aaron on a tour highlighting all that downtown Waterloo has to offer.

Downtown Waterloo prides itself as a great place to live, work and play. While technically called the “Central Business District,” the truth is downtown Waterloo is a neighborhood where residents, professionals, and community members come together for great cuisine, to share a drink, have a good time, and make great things happen in downtown and beyond.

El Patron

Good Eats. Downtown Waterloo offers 23 dining establishments to grab a bite to eat with family, friends and coworkers, with a wide variety of options. With options like Mexican, Thai, American, Irish, Italian, Chinese, Jamaican, and most recently, Neopolitan, there is literally something for everyone. Whether it’s chips and salsa at El Patron (and perhaps a margarita or two) or bangers and mash at Jameson’s Public House (and perhaps a Guinness or two), you’ll have no excuse to leave downtown Waterloo on an empty stomach.


Cold Drinks. What would a downtown be without a place to grab a drink? With over 19 bars downtown, it’s a great place to come talk shop or sit back and relax after a long week of work. Whether you like one-of-a-kind martini’s, like that offered at The Cellar, drinking from a glass boot, like they offer at Volks Haus, or sipping a cold one from an ice-cold clay mug at Screaming Eagle, downtown Waterloo knows how to have a good time.

Cigar Store

Shops & Services. Downtown Waterloo is home to 16 retail shops throughout the district…and we have it all. Getting hitched? Start your own history with a ring purchased at Roth Jewelers, who has been a part of the downtown Waterloo fabric for over 80 years. Then go to the Finery where Natalie can help you find the perfect dress for your perfect day. And, don’t forget to get your hair did at one of our six barbers or beauticians. Oh, the celebratory cigars – you can’t forget to go see John at the National Cigar Store.

With over $70,000,000 in commerce each year, Downtown Waterloo really is a great place to live, work and play. Plus, let’s not forget about the numerous other attractions and events residents and visitors can enjoy in and around the downtown district. We have fantastic museums, arts and culture, recreational trails and more. Come join us!

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*Designated Cultural & Entertainment District by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs in 2005.

- Tavis Hall, Executive Director at Main Street Waterloo

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