Waterloo City Facts
|Country||USA (United States of America)|
|Counties||Black Hawk County|
|Total Area||62 sq miles|
|Lat Long Coordinates||42.4928º N, 92.3428º W|
|Time Zone||CST (UTC−06:00)|
|Major Religion||Roman Catholic, Christian|
|Museums||Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum|
|Universities||University of Northern Iowa,Upper Iowa University|
- Cedar Valley Nature Trail
- Lost Island Water Park
- Phelps Youth Pavilion
- Waterloo Center for the Arts
- Waterloo Airport
About Waterloo, Iowa:
Originally called Prairie Rapids Crossing, Waterloo was incorporated as a city in 1868. It is located along the Cedar River and is the seat of Black Hawk County in northeastern Iowa.
Getting in and Around:
By Air – American Eagle airlines provides non-stop service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO). The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) in Cedar Rapids is served by Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express.
By Train – The Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad passes through the city.
By Road – I–380, U.S. 20, 63, and 218 and Iowa State Highway 21 traverse the Waterloo–Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area. The Avenue of the Saints, a highway in the Midwestern United States, also runs through the city. Burlington Trailways provides long-distance bus services to Chicago and the state capital Des Moines.
Best Time to Visit:
March through November, when the sky is blue and the fields are green, is an ideal time to visit popular tourist attractions in Waterloo.
What’s in Waterloo:
The Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) preserves and documents the story of Iowa’s agriculture. The Grout Museum District comprises a set of museums: Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Rensselaer Russell House Museum, and Victorian-era Snowden House. These museums chronicle region’s history, culture, and sciences. The seasonal paradise-themed Lost Island Waterpark features water slides, pools, mini-golf course, and a go-kart track.
Fostering community awareness, the Waterloo Center for the Arts (WCA) exhibits the largest collection of Haitian Art in the US, and collections of Mexican Folk Art, International Folk Art, and American Decorative Arts. Phelps Youth Pavilion (PYP) is an interactive museum for children and adults. Young Arena is a popular destination for public skating, hockey, and a track for running.
A large expanse of woodland in George Wyth Memorial State Park offers opportunities for bird-watching with over 200 avifauna. The park has 69 camping units with modern amenities, 5.5 miles of paved multipurpose trails, and fishing, sail-boating, and windsurfing in George Wyth Lake.
Sunrise Children’s Zoo, located on Ansborough Avenue, opens in summers and it allows petting farm animals such as miniature donkeys, pigs, and goats.
Travis Fulton, Mona Van Duyn, the Sullivan Brothers, and Michele Bachmann are famous people born in Waterloo.