Things to Do

We hope that whatever brings you to Iowa City for your care with us, that your visit here can be a pleasant one for those receiving care and those here to lend their support and assistance.

Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa, is a vibrant city with things to do and see both day and night.

In addition to all that our UI Hospitals and Clinics building has to offer, we have created first-class shopping, dining, recreation and cultural attractions for you right within the Iowa City/Coralville area.

Things to Do in the Hospital

Wild Rose Gifts

You'll find a wide selection of gifts and other items at Wild Rose Gifts, located near the hospital's main entrance. Hospital volunteers can help you find gifts, cards, flowers, Hawkeye merchandise, toys, jewelry, candy, and more. Or you can purchase a gift certificate that's good in the store.

Patient and Visitor Activity Center

The Patient and Visitor Activity Center is a multi-use cultural space for patients and their families. Here, the hospital is transformed into a more human and healing environment with comfortable lounges, live music, fresh air, and so much more.

Play Spaces

Play areas on the inpatient units have an open-door policy and feature toys, games, and equipment to delight the playfulness in all of us. Our outdoor playcourt includes play areas appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers, and older children.

Donate Blood at DeGowin Blood Center

Your blood donation will take about 45 minutes. You can make an appointment or stop by for a donation (walk-ins are accepted). DeGowin Blood Center is open until 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and is located at C250 General Hospital (Elevator B to 2nd Level).

Things to Do in the Iowa City/Coralville Area

Visit the University of Iowa Campus

If you're a Hawkeye fan, you won't want to miss your opportunities to tour the places where the Hawkeyes play and practice as well as the fine exhibits at our Hawkeye Sports Hall of Fame. Other hotspots on campus include the Old Capitol Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Art.

University Events

Iowa is a Big Ten University that offers a vibrant mix of arts, cultural, recreational, athletic, social and political events available for all visitors to enjoy.

Community Events

Iowa City offers a rich calendar of entertainment events to appeal to all tastes. Museums, concerts, sports, and recreation activities are available on campus and within the community. You'll find links to several calendars and sites to help enrich your time in Iowa City and Coralville.

Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

No matter what you're looking for, Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty are sure to surprise you.

Other Area Attractions

We asked our nurses "Why Iowa?" Here are several features that attracted them to the Iowa City area.