7 ways to beat the heat in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City

Stay cool with ice skating, pools and snow cones

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for most parts of Iowa through Saturday evening.

Temperatures are predicted to be in the low 90s, but heat index values are expected to peak between 100 and 115 degrees. Little relief is expected at night with heat indexes forecast between 75 and 80 degrees.

The weather service says such weather increases the risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

So, be careful out there.

But if you are heading out, here are a few ways to stay cool:


Ice Skating

  • Hit the ice at rinks in Cedar Rapids and Coralville.

  • The Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Road SW, is open from 1-5 p.m. Friday and 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $5 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday. Skate rental is $2.

  • The Coral Ridge Ice Arena, located at the Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave., Coralville. Cost is $6; free for kids age 3 and younger. Skate rental is $2.

  • Hours: 
    10 am to 9 pm Friday, 
    Noon to 4 pm and 6-9 Sat. 
    Noon to 4 pm Sun. 


Pools/water activities

Take a dip at one of the Corridor’s popular pools or cool off at one of many area splash pads, including the new water feature at Greene Square in downtown Cedar Rapids. Here is a list of area pools:

Cedar Rapids — Bever Pool, Ellis Pool and Jones Pool

North Liberty — North Liberty Aquatic Center

Coralville — Coralville Community Aquatic Center

Iowa City — Robert A. Lee Recreation Center and City Park Pool.


Ice Cream

Grab a cone or sundae at your favorite place for ice cream. Here are just a few suggestions:

Cedar Rapids — Deb’s Ice Cream and Deli, 215 Third St SE; Parlor City Ice Cream, 1936 42nd St. NE (and in Marion at 955 29th Ave.).

North Liberty — Heyn’s Ice Cream, 25 E. Cherry St.

Coralville — Whitey’s Ice Cream, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave.

Iowa City — Heyn’s Ice Cream, 811 First Ave; Dane’s Dairy; 1430 Willow Creek Court


Shaved Ice

Head over to Fruitzen Shaved Ice, 288 Blairs Ferry Road NE, and pick up a tasty shaved ice. A tradition in Cedar Rapids since 2002, Fruitzen offers four sizes of shaved ice ranging in price from $2 for a “short stack” to $3.50 for a large. Dozens of flavors are available.



Catch the premiere of “Star Trek Beyond” or “Ice Age: Collision Course” at one of the Corridor’s movie theaters, which are typically nice places to stay cool on a hot day.

“Star Trek Beyond” is showing all day Friday at theaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Coralville. Times include 10 a.m. at Wehrenberg Galaxy 16 Cine in Cedar Rapids and midnight at Marcus Coral Ridge Cinema in Coralville.

“Ice Age: Collision Course” is also showing all day Friday, with times including noon at Carmike Wynnsong 12 in Cedar Rapids and 10:20 p.m. at Marcus Coral Ridge Cinema.



Even though school is out, there are plenty of learning experiences to be found at area museums. Here is a sampling:

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art — 410 Third Ave. SE,; open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum is presenting exhibits on Roman art, Auguste Rodin and Diego Lasansky.

Grant Wood Studio — 810 Second Ave. SE; open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is the original home and studio of American artist Grant Wood. Admission is free.

University of Iowa Museum of Natural History — 17 N. Clinton St.; open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Old Capitol Museum — 21 N. Clinton St.; open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.



Read a good book at your local library, or attend a free program.

The movie “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” plays at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE. Admission is free. Other events can be found at crlibrary.org.

Family Storytime with Paul is a family friendly event scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. More events are online at icpl.org.


Cooling Center

In some cases, you may simply need to get to somewhere cool. If so, the Johnson County Salvation Army has you covered. The organization is running a cooling center at 1116 S. Gilbert Court, Iowa City, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Water is to be available throughout the day as well.

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