There was one more stop on the four day swing through Iowa. The last game on our trip was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our first stop on our journey to Cedar Rapids was in Waterloo, Iowa where we visited the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Dan Gable Museum. This was one of the most interesting stops as the Hall of Fame used to be located in Newton, Iowa.
The museum is larger now and has a lot more members then it used to. It also has a section for everybody. The museum is not that big as it is located in downtown Waterloo and right next to Flirty’s strip club. Anyway, the museum has a section for amateur wrestling, pro wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling and Olympic competition. The museum gives a great history and insight into wrestling. There is also a ring that you can step into and take a picture. Or maybe you want to try some of your moves on a mat in the Dan Gable Teaching Center. There is something for all ages at the wrestling National Hall of Fame.
The next stop that was on our tour was the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is free and gives you an opportunity to look at the history of Iowa athletics. All sports are covered in the hall of fame and allow you to see some of the trophies that have been won such as the Orange Bowl or the Peach Bowl. On the third floor, there is an interactive area where you can shoot hoops and kick field goals which will entertain both kids and their parents. The best part is the facility is quick and easy to get through and free.
There is one last stop that you need to make in Iowa City. Off the highway there is a giant wooden coin and when I say giant, I mean giant. It is a giant wooden buffalo nickel that says, “Don’t Tread on Me”. The thing is ridiculously large and gave us chuckles as we took several goofy pictures. Although we got bigger and more immature laughs at the name Kum & Go which apparently is a big gas station chain in Iowa.
After we got all the childish giggles out of our system it was time to go to the last ballgame on our tour which was the Cedar Rapids Kernals. Again, this is a park that is very hard to find. Our directions were wrong but we did finally find the park which is located on Kurt Warner Dr and Veterans Memorial Parkway. The Cedar Rapids Kernals are the single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and have an awesome logo which is a stalk of corn. Cedar Rapids seemed to take the best of both Burlington and Clinton. First, Cedar Rapids had plenty of individual seats instead of metal bleachers. Second, the park was big but there were no bad seats in the house and you were close to the action. Cedar Rapids had a modern feel and was a great place to watch a ball game and was my favorite stadium of the three single A teams that we saw.
If you’re looking for a fun trip that you can do in a weekend that will be light on the wallet except for gas of course, take a look at the minor league baseball teams in your area or the states around you. With over 170 minor league baseball teams, you should be able to find several in the area that are not that far away. While you’re at it, take a look at roadsideamerica.com and see what kind of goofy attractions are in the area. You might be surprised by how much goofy fun you can have over a weekend.