There are a number of options for off-site activities for groups to complement their conference or event in the Iowa City community. For groups staying at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, this prime location within the Iowa River Landing provides walkable access to retailers, restaurants, and the Johnson County Historical Society Museum. Guests can take a walk on the trails behind the facility and visit the 11 art pieces throughout the district that make up the Iowa River Landing Sculpture Walk.
Guests can create their own works of art at Brush and Barrel, guided by step-by-step painting instruction. Instructors can also lead workshops off-site for a more personalized experience. Visit Big Picture Gallery & Studio for creative inspiration through painting or ceramics. Looking for a unique, intimate space for open discussion or planning session? We’ll help you make arrangements at the Iowa Writers’ House, a historic home that serves as a bed and breakfast and meeting space for literary workshops, plus offers a glimpse into Iowa City’s literary history. For an evening of live entertainment and locally produced wine and spirits, Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery is a fantastic host and located 20 minutes north.
For those looking for a little sporting action, Brown Deer Golf Club is a great option for groups. This beautiful 60 acre, 18-hole public course offers a driving range and restaurant. The Iowa City community is also a perfect place for spectators – University of Iowa Athletics hosts sporting events for its Big Ten teams in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Campus Recreation & Wellness Center and other impressive facilities. The University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame provides space for groups and a chance to see the athletic program’s high achievements over the years all in one place.
The core downtown area of Iowa City is unlike any other district in the state. The Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History offer rich experiences in history, and can also be utilized for group gatherings. It’s the center of the arts – catch a show at the Englert Theatre, a film at FilmScene, or a live production at Riverside Theatre. The University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium also isn’t far away.
For more ideas specific to your group, contact Monica Nieves. We are committed to helping make your conference or event a memorable experience for everyone.