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Choosing an Iowa City Neighborhood: A Mom’s Guide to North Liberty

Want to be a hop away from Iowa City (9 miles) and a skip to Cedar Rapids (19 miles) but still live in a super happening place? This once small town has become so popular they had to conduct their own special census in 2015. What is this oasis we’re referring to? North Liberty!

New to town or considering North Liberty? We asked local mommas to tell us their favorites about this fun town and have compiled them here.


City of North Liberty Website 
Map of North Liberty Neighborhoods
North Liberty Television 
North Liberty Nextdoor App
Request to join “North Liberty Mamas” secret Facebook page


North Liberty doesn’t have its own school district. It’s split between Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD). The dividing line between the two is Jones Boulevard. 

ICCSD: Penn Elementary, Garner Elementary, Van Allen Elementary, North Central Junior High, Liberty High School (opening Fall 2017), Wickham Elementary School

CCA: North Bend Elementary School (located in North Liberty)
 Tiffin Elementary, CCA Middle School, CCA High School (Located in Tiffin)

Other: Heritage ChristianMontessori Children’s Garden

Food & Drink: 

You will find many places to grab a cup of coffee, happy hour drink, cupcake, or taco in North Liberty. Below is a list of local favorites: 

Red’s Ale House – flatbread pizzas, a great outdoor patio area, and 2-for-1 happy hour drinks
El Taquito – the newest Mexican restaurant in town, over by Dairy Queen & Pizza Ranch 
Capanna Coffee & Gelato – cozy place to warm up with a good drink or cool down with a yummy treat
Heyn’s Ice Cream 
Bluebird Cafe – all day breakfast!
Beer Burger – all burgers come with a pretzel bun, and be sure to try their milkshakes! 
J&A Tap – local dive bar that is known for their senior specials and karaoke 
Mirabitos – great Italian food with good service
El Cactus – Super tacos
Cafe Muse – the newest coffee shop in town, very open & modern!
Tin Roost – Coming soon! We can’t wait for the huge outdoor patios
Casey’s – gas station known for it’s pizza 
Bobber’s – outdoor volleyball and live music all right on “the Res,” AKA Coralville reservoir! 
Pizza Plus – try the breadsticks! 
Molly’s Cupcakes
Rocky O’Brien’s

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Heyn’s Ice Cream is a great place to cool down after a day of ball games!

Outdoor Parks: 

The City of North Liberty has put together a great listing of all the local parks & trails. It features things like restrooms, picnic tables, size, drinking fountains, etc. 

Our favorite park is Penn Meadows which features a splash pad and is home to many ball diamonds. 

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North Liberty Splash Pad at Penn Meadows Park

Good to know: 

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North Liberty Community Gardens – rentable plots to grow your own harvest, teach the kids young about fruits and vegetables.


North Liberty is home to many different faith denominations. Again, the City has done an excellent job of listing all the area churches with service times. Hopefully you can find a faith community that fits you and your family! 


Real Deals Home Decor
Vintage Soul Boutique
Tiny Feet Boutique and Playspace

Fun Stuff to do: 

Debut Dance Studio
Champagne Academy of Irish Dance
North Liberty Rec Center – swimming, & kids play area
North Liberty Library – Did you know the library just built and opened a lactation room? Perfect for the nursing/pumping mother–go check it out! 
North Liberty Farmer’s Market
Sugar Bottom Bikes
Forever Green Nursery 
Quail Creek Golf Course
Colony Country Pumpkin Patch

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Colony Country Pumpkin Patch offers many fun activities for the kids to do


UIHC Quick Care 
Mercy Urgent Care

Event Spaces: 

South Slope 
North Liberty Rec Center 
North Liberty Rec Center
Tiny Feet Boutique and Playspace
Sleep Inn continental breakfast space (Sleep Inn is also the only hotel in town) 

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Tiny Feet is a great place to host events from young to mom’s nights out!


University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU)
Hills Bank
Collins Community Credit Union 

Clearly, North Liberty has a lot to offer. The city continues to grow and get lots of new, fun, exciting, and kid-friendly things all the time! Come check out this local hot spot so many love to call home. 

What is YOUR favorite thing about North Liberty? 

Kudos to many moms that sent in pictures of their kiddos enjoying some favorite spots and to my co-contributor Brenda Delsing for helping me compile and get links to these local spots! 


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One Response to Choosing an Iowa City Neighborhood: A Mom’s Guide to North Liberty

  1. Laura Marie webber March 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    Love the information blog about north liberty and it’s wonderful sites. Lots to do for young families to grow and thrive.! Well written Mandy I’m proud of you🙂 Love Laura kiss my granddaughter😘

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