Visitors will marvel at the array of entertainment and activities that await in four neighboring cities along the Mississippi River.
Fun, friendly and oh so much to see and do. From riverboat cruises, museums and John Deere, to resort entertainment, festivals and baseball, there is always something happening in the Quad Cities.
No Shortage of Entertaining Pastimes
Cruise the Mississippi River aboard the Celebration Belle riverboat during a lunch or dinner cruise. Hop aboard the Channel Cat Water Taxi and enjoy the open-air and the splash of the waves.
Visit the John Deere Pavilion and sit in the seat of a combine or test your driving skills on a simulated tractor while you learn about agriculture and feeding the world. And, be sure to complete your John Deere experience with a guided tour through John Deere’s combine factory and the Deere family mansions.
Museums that tell the history of the area and feature international and national traveling exhibits will also keep you busy. Over 20 museums are scattered throughout The Quad Cities and feature everything from stories of Buffalo Bill Cody and German immigration to fine art collections, and Native American Indian history.
Go to Festivals, the Theater and Baseball Games
To add to your fun, plan your visit around a festival or special event. The Quad Cities is home to hundreds of music, food and art festivals. Blues, jazz, rock, and many other music stylings can be found not only at the festivals, but also at music venues throughout the downtown areas.
Live theater is also a part of the culture in the Quad Cities. Choose from intimate theater settings that feature local productions or large theaters that bring Broadway and dinner theater to the stage.
Grab a hot dog and beer and enjoy the view as the Quad Cities River Bandits play at their riverfront stadium. As the minor league team affiliated with the Houston Astros, the Bandits are sure to put on a great game of baseball.
Satisfy Your Cravings Throughout the Region
Speaking of food and drink, the Quad Cities offers award-winning micro-brews, wine, bourbon, gin, vodka and whiskey. They even serve up a bit of moonshine whiskey. Tours are available at many of the locations, or you can just stop in and enjoy.
Food is good here. Choose from a variety of locally owned restaurants serving traditional Midwestern-style cuisine. Local favorites include the Machine Shed, Bass Street Chop House, Harris Pizza, Jim’s Rib Haven and Bud’s Skyline Inn, to name a few.
If you have a sweet tooth, try an old-fashioned soda fountain drink or famous hot fudge sundae at Lagomarcino’s. Whitey’s Ice Cream is also a must for outstanding malts, shakes and ice cream in an amazing variety of flavors.
Come for a visit and experience Quad Cities, where the Midwestern hospitality will make you feel right at home.
About the Region: The Quad Cities includes Rock Island and Moline/East Moline in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa. The region is a 2.5-hour drive from Chicago, Illinois, and is served by the Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline.