West Liberty is a welcoming city approximately 17 miles east of Iowa City. The community is strong in volunteerism, supportive of education, and celebrates the rich diversity of their population. It’s a short drive to Iowa City (or to Muscatine in the opposite direction), so this location gives you a small town experience with easy access to bigger cities.
It’s a small but mighty town that certainly stands on its own with plenty of options for dining out, entertainment, and recreation. The city of West Liberty boasts 9 public parks, including 3 with playground equipment, a great assortment of locally-owned restaurants, a swimming pool with a water slide and fantastic wading pool, a wonderful public library, a quaint and affordable movie theater, a skate park, multiple ball diamonds, soccer fields, frisbee golf, tennis, fitness centers, a walking trail and much more.
The diversity found in West Liberty is refreshing. In fact, West Liberty proudly offers the only K-12 English/Spanish dual-language program in the state of Iowa. It’s a wonderful place to raise a family with cultural awareness and a genuine respect for others.
West Liberty is home to a variety of locally-owned restaurants including authentic Mexican cuisine, comfort food, traditional bar food, pizza, and subs.
Carnitas Ninos Mexican Restaurant
Casey’s General Store
Gabby’s Mexican Restaurant
Giri BP (Papa Johns Pizza)
JB’s Grub & Pub
Paul Revere’s Pizza
Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant
West Liberty Country Club
West Liberty Foods Market
Wink’s Bar and Grill
West Liberty features many welcoming churches for new families and offers a popular non-denominational Community Youth Group (CYG) for students grades 6-12. CYG allows local youth to explore and grow in their faith with regular gatherings including games, fellowship, and worship. CYG also organizes an annual mission trip.
Dutton Park (Softball/baseball fields, covered playground area, soccer fields, tennis courts, pickleball, sand volleyball pits, skate park)
Friendship Park (Swingset + Slide)
Kimberly Park (Public swimming pool, playground, 4 reservable shelters)
Railroad Park (Swingset + Slide + Wooden Train Playground)
Veterans Memorial Park
Wapsie Park (9-hole disc golf course, 3 softball fields, batting cage, soccer field, swing set, basketball courts, volleyball courts, reservable shelter, mile-long wooded trail)
Hoover Nature Trail (.8 mile paved trail)
Gas Stations/Convenience Stores
There are two gas stations/convenience stores to choose from, both of which also serve whole, cooked pizzas and various meal options. There are additional gas stations available between West Liberty and Interstate 80.
There is one local medical clinic in West Liberty, which features bilingual providers and staff, and offers routine and diagnostic care. There are also options for local chiropractic care, dentistry, and physical therapy. Take care of your pets, too, at the West Liberty Veterinary Clinic.
Active Health Chiropractic Clinic
Gentle Family Dentistry
Eye Associates of Iowa City
Dr. Michael Tharp (Dentist)
Integrated Therapy Specialists, P.C.
Mercy Family Medicine of West Liberty
West Liberty Pharmacy
The West Liberty Community School District includes West Liberty and the two smaller neighboring communities of Atalissa and Nichols, as well as rural students. The district has a notable Dual Language Program, which gives parents the option of enrolling their pre-k student(s) on a path towards bilingualism. The dual-language program at West Liberty is one of only a handful of similar programs in the nation. The program is about half native English speakers and half native Spanish speakers and is regular curriculum is taught in English half of the time and in Spanish half of the time. It is a longstanding and successful program for the district.
There are no excuses for being bored in West Liberty; this small town has a nice line-up of public amenities to keep you and kids entertained. It is also home to the Muscatine County Fair each July.
Last but not least, as Iowans we love to shop local, and West Liberty has you covered with food, hardware, gifts, and more available just down the street.
Check out West Liberty! You just might want to call it home!