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Parks & Recreation Department
Weather Cancellation Hotline: 319-286-5700
Phone: 319-286-5566, option 1
Fax: 319-540-8843

Northwest Recreation Center
1340 11th Street NW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

City Services Center (CSC)
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Old MacDonald's Farm

Old MacDonald's Farm in Bever Park, 2700 Bever Avenue SE, is maintained and operated by the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department. Located on the southeast side of Cedar Rapids, it is a free petting farm that is open to the public and features farm animals and North American waterfowl. This city landmark is over 100 years old and is enjoyed by people of all ages. A minimum $1 donation is appreciated when you visit.

Old MacDonald's Farm is open daily beginning May 8, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 1, 2023.

Two children, a girl and a boy, feeding the goats at Old MacDonald's Farm while their mother looks on.

One-hour group tours of the farm are available by appointment only for all groups, including school groups and day cares. Tours are $4 per person and available every day of the week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Participants receive in-depth, hands-on experience with the animals. Call 319-286-5763 to schedule your tour.

The first hour of your party will be a guided farm tour with a party host. In this hour, you will have hands-on contact with the animals and will be able to feed them as well. The second hour will be free time at the pavilion near the duck exhibit. The birthday child will receive a gift. Bring your own cake, snacks, and beverages. Two-hour party reservations are available May 8 - October 1 and can be scheduled between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Call 319-286-5763 to set up your party. Reservations are required two weeks in advance. The fee is $159 per two-hour period and includes pavilion reservation and farm tour. Non-refundable.

Need to let go and escape the usual routine with some friends, colleagues, or family? A Goat Yoga party may be the perfect option for you! Fun and laughter are the foundation of this unusual yoga class where you can interact with these smart and social animals. Parties for ages 13 and up are available June - August. The fee is $133 for a one-hour class. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring your own mat or towel. Call 319-286-5763 to set up your party or to discuss a different age range. Reservations are required two weeks in advance.

Special thanks to  Ralph H. Clement for his work on the book “ Tales of the Town” that provided a beautiful description of the creek and boulder at Bever Park.




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