"Cedar Falls, Iowa - A Nice City" Cedar Falls by mikehanneman

Cedar Falls Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 12 photos

You Might Be Coming To Cedar Falls!

I live in Waterloo, Iowa. It is right next to the city of Cedar Falls.

Waterloo and Cedar Falls are quite different. Waterloo is more of a blue collar town with a lot of ethnic diversity. Cedar Falls is smaller and has The University of Northern Iowa and UNI Dome.

I enjoy each city for its unique qualities.

You might be traveling to Cedar Falls for business, family or an activity at the UNI Dome. Cedar Falls is a clean and safe community that has a lot to offer people.

There are many events at the UNI Dome, Gallager Bluedorn Performing Art Center and other events. George Carlin was just at the Gallager Bluedorn Center and they also offer a wide variety of other entertainment like plays.

The University of Northern Iowa has a nice campus comprised of kids who come from mainly basic average families, relative to The University of Iowa.

Although there have been riots on College Hill near the campus during Homecoming in the past few years!

There are a lot of good restaurants, shops, hotels, and a nice mall, appropriatly named College Square Mall.

I like Cedar Falls' Industrial Park. They have a nice blend of companies. Large corporations down to smaller local businesses. There are two hotels in the Industrial Park and one being built.

I am sure you will enjoy your stay in Cedar Falls and I hope this information will be useful to you.

College Hill

If you are visiting The University of Northern Iowa and want to see where the student population hangs out, stop at College Hill. The "Hill" is located on the Northeast side of the campus.

It's not a big area but you will find some restaurnats and a number of establishments to get a drink.

As I mentioned before, the UNI students are great kids but things got out of hand several times on the Hill during Homecoming. Full blown riots. It was quiet this year, but there were a lot of police there too.

Downtown Cedar Falls

Downtown Cedar Falls is a unique throwback to the basic downtowns of the past. It is modern but has a newer more contemporary feel to it.

It is basically one winding street with a lot of restaurants and shops.

I would recommend people drive downtown to check it out. Have a lunch or supper and a drink. It has a nice atmosphere and some variety.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice people, lots to do and easy to get around.
  • Cons:It can be cold!
  • In a nutshell:A lot of people visit because of the University
  • Last visit to Cedar Falls: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2011 at 5:01 AM

    Hey Mike - enjoyed your tips on my old stomping ground. I spent WAY too much time on The Hill when I lived there - HA! And I worked at Tony's.

  • BeatChick's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    Hi Mike - doing a bit of research for an upcoming trip to SD and Cedar Falls is about the halfway point between there & Cincy! Popped in to check out some of the local dining options. Thanks for the reviews!! ~Mary

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    hi Mike dropped in to say hi as its been a while!...interesting to see some more of your pages and this here around where you live. Hope all is going well with you!

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:47 AM

    Thanks for sharing Cedar Falls...the steak sounds good.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Informative, interesting tips that are quite helpful for those visiting Cedar Falls.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Nice photos and interesting tips. I never realized there was such a contrast between these two adjoining cities.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2006 at 11:29 AM

    Hi, MIke! It looks like a great place to enjoy!

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