Feb 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Welcome in Cedar Falls and Waterloo

I can speak with some authority on this blog, Seniors, having lived here with my family for over 25 years. The two cites are intertwined much like the Twin Cities in Minnesota. First of all this is Iowa: a great place to raise a family and a state that is known for its high standards for education on all levels of instruction. Waterloo is the larger of the twin cities (70,000 inhabitants);  Cedar Falls has 40,000 happy folks, so the combined cities form a rather large metropolitan area.

Home to the University of Northern Iowa, UNI is a quality, state-supported university of approximately 13,000 students, located on the west side of Cedar Falls. The University has a great claim to fame in the UNI-Dome that can hold up to 16,000 rabid fans. It is a multi-sport complex, where Curt Warner played quarterback for the UNI Panthers.

There are lots of great reasons to visit Cedar Falls.  Enjoy the charm of the nationally recognized historic downtown district called the Parkade, where Lady Bird Johnson came to help celebrate the official opening.  Ride, run, paddle or walk the 100+ miles of recreational trails in the area, and visit the newly re-opened Ice House Museum! There can not be many ice houses left in America today.  This one  is in excellent shape and houses hundreds of pieces of antique farm equipment.

This new interactive map will provide senior travelers with information on the major attractions, places to eat, shopping, where to stay, parks & trails and super golf courses. Cedar Falls is very proud of its ancestry and the Ice House is a prime example.  Other sources of pride include the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, the University Museum, The Oster Regent Theater and The Hartman Reserve Nature Center.

The Oster Regent Theatre, home of the Cedar Falls Community Theatre is a hip, fun and happening place to be for live performance in the Midwest. Great plays are performed live on stage throughout the year. Some are musicals and many are great comedies and farces that have proven to be hits. Facebook further elaborates on this totally remodeled theater.

The “official city guide” highlights two special festivals: the annual Sturgis Falls Celebration (CF was originally called Sturgis Falls) and the annual College Hill Arts Festival. This publication provides seniors with an overview of the entire area. Indoors or out, winter or summer, there’s lots to do in Cedar Falls!  Check out the attractions listings or use the search feature at the top of the page to find something that suits your interest. Find your way around CF with this map. There is a great deal of history in CF and several additional sites are highlighted here.

Seniors Enjoy Visiting the Home of John Deere Tractors

Waterloo, a beautiful northeastern Iowa city, located on the banks of the picturesque Cedar River, is in the process of finishing up a complete face lift, transforming downtown into a brand new adventure. Already known for being one of the States foremost historic towns, Waterloo is introducing a number of redevelopment projects. In recent years multiple additions have been made to the to downtown Cultural District including the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, the Phelps Youth Pavilion and the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum. Each feature state of the art exhibits, interactive activities and a wealth of knowledge and creativity. This website provides lots of attractions for seniors to see and do in the area.

A major employer is John Deere where the “best tractors in the world are made” and of course, all painted “Deere Green.” Visit the John Deere Tractor Assembly to watch a tractor being built start to finish. Tour times are: 8 am, 10 am, & 1 pm weekdays. The local paper is always a great means to get to know a city and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier is a great place to start. An organization called “Silos and Smokestacks” has an office in Waterloo and invites seniors to check the entire area.

Even good old reliable TripAdvisor has visited Waterloo/Cedar Falls and recommends two top-rated B&Bs. You will be kept busy in these two towns seniors.  Plan on checking out the many neat things to see and do.  Enjoy the super restaurants and why not plan on staying in a B&B? jeb

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