Marion, IA Charter Bus Rentals
Book a Charter Bus for a Camping Trip, Visit to Museum or a Trip to a Butterfly Garden in Marion, IA
Marion is located less than 15 minutes drive away from Cedar Rapids, IA, and is considered a part of its Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was named after a Revolutionary War hero, Francis Marion. At the start of its development, Marion was chosen as the county seat for Linn County in 1839 and during the 19th century, active development took place around the City Square Park and even to this very day, the park is considered the city center for Marion, although businesses and factories have sprouted away from the park. It wasn’t until 1864 that a railroad found its way into the city and Marion became a railroad hub for Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway which was renamed Milwaukee Road. Throughout the years, Marion has always been a very family-friendly destination - there are churches, schools and countless residential areas throughout the city. As the number of homes, churches and schools grew, so did the number of parks. Today, there are 41 parks and wide open green spaces for visitors and the locals to enjoy and it plays host to one of the region’s most popular events - the Marion Arts Festival which is conventionally held every summer. There are fun concerts, LIVE performances, a farmers’ markets and kid-friendly activities held. It is also home to Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts, an active Historical Society, Marion Heritage Center and several National Historic Districts. Visitors should also make time for yearly events like The Swamp Fox Festival and Uptown Marion Market too. For golfers, they will get to take their pick from the spacious Hunters Ridge Golf Course and Country Club, Indian Creek Golf and Country Club and Squaw Creek Golf Course.
Thanks to its strategic location, countless parks, recreation centers, art attractions and campsites can be found within a short drive from Marion, IA. You can book a charter bus or mini bus to bring the kids out for a field trip at Indian Creek Nature Center or Squaw Creek Camping site where they get to learn about nature and local wildlife first-hand, or bring the coach to Brucemore Mansion for a tour to learn about a completely different era, or soak in all the information presented by the historic African American Historical Museum & Cultural Center of Iowa. If you love food and making new friends with the locals, your best bet would have to be a trip to NewBo City Market. It is all about amazing food, local entertainment, baked products and local produce at the attraction. For those who are looking for inspiring paintings and touching photographs and sculptures, bring the charter bus to Cedar Rapids Museum of Art where there are thousands of beautiful masterpieces on show and for a few hours of hilarious fun, visit Penguins Comedy Club instead. One of the problems about visiting these wonderful sites in a group is having to deal with traveling and parking. If this has troubled you, you have come to the right place. US Coachways is one of the country’s leading ground transportation companies with decades of experience in helping our customers put together successful weddings, birthday parties, social gatherings, corporate functions, exhibitions, road shows, tours and all types of different events. We are ready to be at your service too.
Add the Following Attractions and Landmarks to your List of Places to Visit in Marion, IA
Have limited time to do all the things that you wish to do when visiting Marion? Worry not, you can make the most of your time when in town by coming prepared and planning ahead. The following points of interest have captured the hearts of our travel writers and we hope that you get to visit them or experience the tours that they offer when in Marion, IA.
- Art & Culture — One of the best places to check out ballets, musicals and stage plays is Paramount Theater in downtown Cedar Rapids, IA. The beautiful, historic art attraction can seat up to nearly 1,700 patrons and it is considered a local cultural gem for the region. People often find the thousands of artwork from the 20th century at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art inspiring and the 100 year old building of CSPS a fun-filled attraction which has been used by bands from all around the world. You can also catch the locals in action when you make your way to The Englerttheater in downtown Iowa City; it is both an event venue and art space with programs aimed at educating local children, teens and people of all ages about art and creativity. You can also check out the rib-tickling comedy shows and open mic nights at Penguins Comedy Club but if you love cars, be sure to book a spot for yourself at Antique Car Museum of Iowa. The attraction features approximately a hundred different vehicles at its 28,000 square feet venue’s permanent collections.
- Restaurant & Shopping — While going shopping in a local mall can be a fun experience, nothing beats heading out to a nearby farmer's’ market like NewBo City Market. The stalls has everything to offer which includes fresh local seasonal produce, baked goods, meats of all types and mouth-watering gourmet traditional dishes. It features both permanent and rotating vendors. You can also celebrate someone’s birthday while enjoying traditional Cuban cuisine at The Lost Cuban in downtown Cedar Rapids, sample local, traditional barbeque from QDogs BBQ, discover new ways to tease your taste buds with Asian Fusion cuisine at Mandarin Spice Asian Grill, or dig into authentic Italian dishes from the professional chefs behind Cibo Fusion Restaurant & Lounge.
- Golf Courses & Sports Venues — Two of the biggest sports venues around the area are Veterans Memorial Stadium and Niles Kinnick Stadium. The Cedar Rapids Kernels is a soccer team affiliated with the Minnesota Twins organizations and they would often challenge other teams at the Veterans Memorial Stadium so, it would be amazing if you could spend a few hours cheering along with the locals when they are in action. Niles Kinnick Stadium is located within the campus of Iowa State University; it is home playing ground for their university’s football team, the Hawkeyes. Indeed, visiting the stadium is a must if you love sports because the attraction is one of the largest of its kind in the United States.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — Although the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library is one of the newer historic attractions in and around Marion and Cedar Rapids, it is a wonderful place to learn about Czech and Slovak history and culture. There are paintings, sculptures and a replica of an old steamer ship to explore and learn about. You should also head out to the 19th century Brucemore Mansion which is a historical site that caters to tourists and school field trips alike; sometimes, the venue is used for LIVE entertainment and concerts. Masonic Library & Museum holds more than 150,000 volumes of books, documents and also military artifacts, Civil War flag, Charles H. Swab Memorial collection and much, much more. You should learn about the contribution of Iowan African-Americans and life in Western Africa at African American Historical Museum & Cultural Center of Iowa, visit the sprawling campus of University of Iowa in Iowa City which is one of the country’s top 10 educational organizations, and then bring the charter bus to Old Capitol. The attraction was the site where Iowa’s very first governor was inaugurated and it became the first building to be owned by the University of Iowa.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — For those who are looking for an outdoor attraction to bring the kids to, check out Indian Creek Nature Center or bring the charter bus to Cedar River. Indian Creek is the perfect place to educate the kids about local ecosystem and environmental responsibility at its 200 acres park with a 4-mile hiking trails while Cedar River is the perfect place for picnics, fishing, hiking and other water-related leisurely activities. Visitors will also get to enjoy fun activities like camping with their families while enjoying various water hookups, butterfly garden and hiking trails at Morgan Creek Park, affordably book your own camping sites at Squaw Creek Camping after hiking out at its trail, go apple-picking during fall at Allen’s Apple Orchard (drop by the shop for delicious ciders, jellies and apple pies before leaving), or bring your friends out to Lake MacBride State Park for some swimming, BBQ picnic or book a lodge for an overnight outing with friends, family or colleagues.
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