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 sundries. Or you can purchase a gift certificate that's good in the store and online.

Wild Rose Books

Wild Rose Books is a convenient source of books, magazines, newspapers, music and movies, located near the hospital's main entrance. It is operated by the University Book Store, and has been known to carry a piece or two of Hawkeye merchandise.

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

Shopping in the Iowa City/Coralville Area

From our historic downtown area to area malls, Iowa City and Coralville offer a range of shopping choices. Use a pre-programmed search of local shopping choices for the most up-to-date list of retail outlets as well as a map showing their proximity to UI Hospitals and Clinics.

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

Use a pre-programmed search of local attractions within an easy drive from UI Hospitals and Clinics.