Located approximately four miles northwest of Iowa City, the town of Coralville, Iowa, boasts a unique progressive environment. With the Iowa River also close by, Coralville is a haven for nature enthusiasts who want to take advantage of exciting riverfront recreation. Approximately 19,000 people live here and enjoy the safe streets and quiet neighborhoods that attract families to the suburban lifestyle.
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When construction began in Coralville in 1843, the town housed the largest dam along the Iowa River, which local mills used to generate hydroelectric power. The town received its name after a Harvard zoologist mentioned in a lecture that he was impressed by the fossilized coral he found in the limestone along the Iowa River. Today, Coralville is one of the fastest growing cities in Iowa. The close distance between Coralville and Iowa City has caused the two to build a strong relationship over the years. Many people who rent Coralville apartments commute downtown to Iowa City for work, but enjoy the Midwestern comforts of life in a smaller town. Residents here are very welcoming of newcomers from all backgrounds
The Iowa Children's Museum is one of Coralville's largest attractions and invites kids of all ages to enjoy a number of hands-on, educational exhibits. The museum aims to inspire and promote imagination, discovery and exploration with a playful learning process. The Antique Car Museum of Iowa is also in town and educates visitors on the history of transportation. With more than 90 antique cars ranging from the year 1899 to today, the museum features car-related memorabilia and an interactive showroom. Coralville is home to a number of exciting festivals throughout the year, including the 4th Fest, Aisle of Lights Weekend and FRY Fest.
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