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The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline, and Rock Island in Illinois.

For more information contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
1601 River Drive, Suite 110 | Moline, IL 61265
direct 309-736-6827 | toll-free 800-747-7800 ext. 827

The Figge Art Museum is Turning 15 --Celebrate with 15 Days of Virtual Events and More

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center Named “#1 Best Hotel in Iowa” by U.S. News & World Report

What to See & Do

Explore the Quad Cities on a Segway or Bicycle

Explore the riverfront trails in the Quad Cities area on a guided Segway tour or rent a bicycle to go out on your own. IA Segway is Iowa's first and only guided Segway tours. The guided Segway tours take riders along the scenic Mississippi riverfront bike path learning about area history and landmarks.  The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau has now started its ninth season of bicycle rentals. Bikes can be rented from the visitor centers in downtown Moline, Davenport, and Rock Island.

The Loop Riverfront Buses are Launched in the Quad Cities

Called The Loop, these bright orange retro-style buses snake along both sides of the Mississippi River year-round giving tourists and residents a way to hop from city to city and easily take advantage of the area’s many entertainment venues, attractions, and restaurants.  For more information, call 563-344-4110 or visit


Iowa's Next Great Adventure Awaits at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

Iowa, set in what is known as America’s Heartland, is known for its Midwestern charm, down-home values and warm hospitality. True to its outdoor traditions, Iowa is host to many wonderful opportunities and attractions. But for outdoor sports enthusiasts, their next adventure starts at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

The 145,000-square foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Iowa’s second, is located at the southeast corner of the I-80 and Hwy 65 by-pass. While you’ll find a huge selection of outdoor gear, Bass Pro Shops stores are also part museum, art gallery, antique store, aquarium, education, conservation and entertainment center. The entire store is a tribute to the vast diversity of the Iowa landscape, its history and the culture of its people and, like other Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World stores, takes on the flavor and atmosphere of the region in which it is located. Using more than 3,500 area artifacts, antiques, pictures, mounts and memorabilia, the store becomes a living museum of Iowa’s hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor legacies.
Massive log and rock work frame the Grand Entrance and protects visitors from inclement weather. Inside, rustic wood floors, antique pine wall finishes, and vaulted post and beam construction ceiling make up the front lobby which resembles an old hunting lodge. A fire crackles in the large stone fireplace complete with a handcrafted metal screen featuring a pheasant sitting on the metal rim of an old wagon wheel that is resting against a fence row. A two-story old ‘Western lodge hotel’ is above the Customer Service counter areas. Two giant oxen, essential in early Iowa agricultural efforts, along with an archway of antler sheds and horns complete the entryway.

The multi-story waterfall cascades down rocks and into the aquarium which will be stocked with more than 400 fish native to the area including largemouth bass, white bass, brook trout, catfish, gar, walleye, crappie and smallmouth. Museum quality wildlife exhibits and dioramas are seen throughout the entire store. At any moment visitors could expect to come upon a covey of quail being flushed from grasslands or a sentinel of turkeys standing guard in a thicket. A feature diorama that begins on the right side of the clerestory and wraps around the aquarium depicts herds of buffalo and prong horn being chased across the prairies by wolves. Elsewhere in the store, visitors can walk ‘under a duck marsh’ and look up to see a fish-eye’s view of ducks diving and swimming on the surface. Various waterfowl, turkey and eagles may be seen flying and roosting throughout the clerestory.

Casual family dining is available in the Grill which is capable of seating 90 in the main dining room and has additional seating for 48 in a separate area. Customers can select from a menu featuring a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A private room can host up to 36 and is the perfect spot for a private lunch or dinner, seminar or even a fun birthday party.

The White River Fly Shop, featuring antique and collectible fly fishing memorabilia, has a vast selection of the latest in fly fishing gear. Experts will continue the art of hand-tying flies on site and assist customers in making the perfect selection. The attention to detail continues to be evident in the hunting department where cabinets are adorned with hand-carved animals. Customers will find an equally impressive array of hunting clothing and gear. The archery department offers a bow set-up shop and a 25-yard archery range that is perfect for testing new bows or sharpening necessary archery skills.

More than a hunting and fishing store, visitors will also find items perfect for camping, hiking, outdoor cooking, bird watching or whatever your outdoor pleasures may be. A gift and nature center offers a variety of items from artwork to lamps, to bird feeders and furniture, to home decorating items and gifts for the holidays. Cooking accessories include cookbooks, spices, grills and jerky making items.

The marine and boat center displays a full range of boats from Tracker Marine--the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing boats. From big water boats to small fishing boats, canoeing and even kayaking, customers will find exactly what they need to have fun on the water with selections from Tracker, Nitro, Tahoe, Sun Tracker, Mako and more. And, another company first, the store features their first inside boat preparation area where customers can walk in and watch the boat they just purchased being prepped to be delivered. An on-site, state-of-the-art boat service center with 4 service bays will also be available for customers’ convenience for boat rigging.

For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.


What to See & Do

Capitol Theater

209 N 3rd St, Burlington

This 1937 Art Deco jewel, along with its reception and gallery annex reopened in June 2012. The 400 seat venue will host not only independent and classic films but also regional and nationally prominent artists. Whether you are visiting as a talented performer or a valued patron, we invite you to come “Experience the Magic” of the Capitol Theater.


What to See & Do

The Figge Art Museum is Turning 15 --Celebrate with 15 Days of Virtual Events and More

The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, turns 15 on August 6, 2020. In celebration of this milestone, the museum will have 15 days of virtual events from August 6-21 including performances, classes, behind-the-scenes tours, artist demonstrations and more! Museum admission will be FREE as the museum celebrates 15 years of serving the Quad Cities.

The public is invited to support the museum and celebrate by registering for 15th anniversary events at Events for all ages and interests are available and the museum is urging everyone to take part in this unique celebration designed to bring art and people together in fun and innovative ways. All proceeds support the Figge’s art and education programs, enabling the museum to bring art and people together at a time when our community needs it most.

With the museum successfully paying off the $3 million building debt this year, the 15 days of events will culminate with a live mortgage burning ceremony.

The Figge opened its doors on August 6, 2005, and is the renamed successor to the Davenport Museum of Art, which opened on October 10, 1928, as the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery. The building was designed by British architect David Chipperfield and is one of his first architectural commissions in the U.S. The Figge Art Museum gets its name from the V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Foundation, which donated $13 million towards its $47 million construction.

In conjunction with the 15th anniversary events, an online auction of art pieces and experiences will be
taking place at: <> Art pieces will be open for online bidding, along with experiences – including a membership to the Outing Club, a half-hour performance by pianist Julian Gargiulo, the opportunity to adopt a portrait in the Figge’s For America major exhibition, an in-home dinner with Chef Stu from Zeke’s Island Café, a party at Up at the Current Iowa, a private art session and a birthday party at the Figge – will also be available for bidding.

The 15th anniversary celebration is just one example of how the Figge staff has adapted to changing times. In addition to all the virtual offerings to celebrate the 15th anniversary, the museum also has a Virtual Museum that offers ways to connect to the museum from the comfort of home. From virtual art exhibitions and educational art videos to audio tours and art prompts, there are a number of ways to engage.

In addition to going virtual, the museum is open for visitors Tuesday to Sunday. There are five exhibits on display in addition to the permanent collection pieces.

About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture consists of works by over 30 ceramic artists through August 30. With uncanny detail, About Face examines the lineage and influence between the revolutionary generation of artists working in figural ceramics during the mid-twentieth century and artists working today.
Magnetic West – The Enduring Allure of the American West explores the American West through over 160 photographs by influential photographers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries demonstrating the significant role photography played in the West’s development. Continues through September 20.

The Figge created a new interactive exhibition that encourages participation by people of all ages to engage by simply sending an email. All participation is electronic whether you are in the museum or at home. Remote Control allows for remote play through a variety of activities and games, but participation from the public is needed in order for this exhibition to work. All are invited to play, discover, add to the conversation and stitch a story into the fabric of the community through August 30.

Lakou features mixed-media paintings and prints by Haitian artist Didier William. Born in Port-au-Prince and raised in Miami, William draws on Haitian history, mythology and personal experience to explore themes of cultural identity. Continues through August 23.
Seen and Heard: The Art of Empowerment will feature women artists who asserted their artistic empowerment despite social and cultural barriers. In addition to empowering themselves, several of the artists on view give voice and visibility to the marginalized through their work. Continues through May 2021.

“Over the past 15 years, the museum has become a centerpiece of downtown Davenport,” said Figge Executive Director and CEO Michelle Hargrave. “The Figge offers world-class exhibitions, engaging interactions with art, as well as innovative programs and brings our community together to build relationships, foster dialogue, and enhance well-being. As we move forward, we will continue to build upon the foundation of the past and grow our offerings in creative ways, particularly during this challenging and unprecedented time, and we look forward to our next period of growth and adventure with you.”

In 2019, the Figge served over 86,000 people, including visitors from all fifty states and many foreign countries. Its exhibitions feature world-renowned artists, both traditional and contemporary, and its education programs serve 3,400 Quad Cities students who come for tours with their classes, and nearly 17,000 students who participate in the Big Picture Outreach Program in their classrooms.

“We cannot wait to not only celebrate 15 years of the Figge, but also the community and local partners who support our efforts and make it all possible,” said Figge Director of Development Sara Volz. “We are excited to be able to continue our mission and celebrate this magnificent milestone through virtual events and are so grateful for all the community support us as we ring in 15 years and many more to come.”

Join the Figge and the Quad Cities community as the Figge rings in 15 years of serving YOU. Don’t forget to register for an event today at Now is the time to come together and show your love for the Figge.

About the Figge Art Museum:
The Figge Art Museum is located on the Mississippi River in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Museum hours are 10 a.m.––-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made at or by calling 563-345-6632. Reservation times are available at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday; Thursdays there is also a 5:30 p.m. slot available for all. The 10 a.m. reservation period Tuesday-Friday will be reserved for those who are high-risk visitors. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with ID and $4 children ages 4- 12. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and to all on Thursday evenings and FREE TO ALL August 6-21. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit

The Putnam New Science Center features more than 45 hands-on STEM learning stations

Flanked by contributors, students, dignitaries and board of trustees, Putnam President and CEO Kim Findlay today declared The Putnam’s new 10,000- square-foot Science Center open for business at a celebratory ribbon-cutting event. The ribbon cutting marked the cumulating effort of fundraising and planning to bring a renewed focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to the Quad Cities.

Using existing museum space, the center features more than 45 hands-on stations, creating a destination where families, school groups, and adults and can explore the wonders of science, engineering, and technology by doing rather than simply reading about a topic.

The Putnam partnered with numerous local, national and international institutions and companies to make the Science Center a reality. For example, Davenport-based Genesis Systems Group programmed the one-of-a-kind robotic arm featured at the entrance to the center. Roto, an international design and production firm, helped with the Putnam’s vision of repurposing existing museum space. Cobham created a thermodynamic station based on the products they create in the Quad Cities and sell worldwide.

The Putnam is also partnering with Davenport Schools to allow every sixth grader to experience the Center. Additionally, The Putnam will be working with Davenport West High School’s active learning classroom by offering a FabLab, a classroom that features high-tech equipment, 3D Printers, and Smart Boards that support active learning. The FabLab is connected visually to FabLabs throughout the world allowing users to connect with other users’ projects globally.

The new Science Center is comprised of a variety of stations dedicated to key aspects of STEM education. The "Innovation" section, for example, will showcase aerospace, robotics, architecture and structure, design and engineering, film and music. The "How Things Work" section immerses visitors in simple machines, electricity and magnets, and light and sound.

Interactive experiences include, among others:

· An “Arch Bridge” where visitors create their own arch bridge and feel the stability of this basic architectural shape by walking over the bridge they have built – without fasteners

· A “Pull Yourself Up” pulley station where visitors hoist their own bodies with the help of pulley systems that increase their mechanical advantage

· The “Tennis Ball Launcher,” which illustrates the power of pressure as tennis balls are launched into the rafters using propulsion

· An “Innovation Station” where visitors can see a 3D printer and use CAD software

· The “Bernoulli Blower,” where visitors balance balls in streams of moving air, illustrating the Bernoulli Principle

· A “Giant Lever” challenge, where visitors on two sides of a giant lever are challenged to a tug-of-war, each side attempting to pull the lever in their direction – and the smaller person can win

· The “Standing Wave Tube,” which helps visitors discover the three-dimensional nature of sound

· A “LaserTable” where visitors can visualize a laser beam and control its direction by arranging a series of mirrors.

· The 14’ by 18’ suspended “Hexagonal Wave,” a display in The Putnam’s Grand Lobby that brings mathematic calculations to life. “We embrace everyone in the community, and we are looking forward to the community continuing to embrace The Putnam experience.” said Findlay.

For more information about the Science Center, visit or contact 563.324.1933. The museum is located at 1717 West 12th Street, Davenport, IA 52804.

About The Putnam’s Science Center
The Putnam’s Science Center provides a fun, hands-on learning experience to Quad Citians of all ages. The 147-year old institution is located in Davenport, Iowa, and features a collection of dynamic hands-on exhibits, a Giant Screen Theater and ongoing interactive demonstrations, community events and educational programs. Opening to the public April 12, the Putnam’s new Science Center will house more than 45 hands-on, interactive learning stations dedicated to exploring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) For more information, visit

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is comprised of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. The area is just a 2-1/2 hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

Freight House Complex

421 West River Drive, Davenport
Front Street Brewery has opened a new brew house and tasting room at the Freight House complex, in addition to their popular micro-brewery’s Davenport pub/restaurant location. Fresh Deli by Nostalgia Farms is the new other addition. The owners are committed to using as many local, fresh products as they can in their grilled items, casseroles, soups, and salads.,

German American Heritage Center's New Exhibit Traces German Immigrant Influence on Education

German immigrants brought their ideas about education to the U.S. and this has impacted public education as we know it today. A new exhibit about this free school movement opened on April 1 at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St. in Davenport, Iowa. The German American Heritage Center is open 1-4 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday. Admission is $3 adults; $2 for ages 60 and up; $1 for ages 6-18. For more information, contact 563-322-8844 or

The Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre

1717 W. 12th St. in Davenport current exhibit is about the science of ghost hunting. This interactive exhibit--the first of its kind--teaches critical thinking and allows the visitor to be a ghost hunter by trying the tools and equipment used by modern paranormal investigators. Admission charged. For more information, contact 563-324-1933 or

Where to Eat

The Machine Shed Restaurant in Davenport, Iowa, was chosen as “The Best Breakfast in America” by the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise series.

The most popular breakfast dishes are "The Hired Man's Breakfast" and the "Farmer’s Daughter." The heartiest Breakfast is "The Hungry Man's Breakfast." The Hired Man’s breakfast features two cooked-to-order eggs, choice of meat, choice of hash brown casserole, home fries, or shredded hash browns and choice of toast, English muffin, biscuit and gravy, or buttermilk pancake. The Farmer’s Daughter breakfast features one cooked-to-order eggs, choice of meat, choice of hash brown casserole, home fries, or shredded hash browns and choice of toast, English muffin, biscuit and gravy, or buttermilk pancake. The Hungry Man’s breakfast features three cooked-to-order eggs, American fries, country sausage, thick-cut bacon, slice of ham, two buttermilk pancakes, choice of potato, and choice of toast, English muffin, biscuit and gravy, or buttermilk pancake.

Bringing food from the farm to the table, The Machine Shed restaurant, 7250 Northwest Boulevard (Exit 292, Northwest Boulevard, Interstate 80), in Davenport has always been dedicated to the American farmer. Since it opened in 1978, their dedication to the farmer means that they began by and continue to use only the best beef, pork, and poultry. They cook from scratch using fresh ingredients that continues to win numerous awards. 

For more information about The Machine Shed and their entire breakfast menu, visit Davenport, Iowa, was the original location. Currently, there are five other Machine Shed restaurants in the Midwest. The Machine Shed is part of Heart of America Restaurant and Inns. Located on the Mississippi River in the Midwest, the Quad Cities is comprised of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, Illinois; and surrounding communities. For more information, visit


The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center Named “#1 Best Hotel in Iowa” by U.S. News & World Report

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, set on the banks of the picturesque Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, has been named the “#1 Best Hotel in Iowa” in the prestigious “2019 Best Hotels” rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the heart of historic downtown Muscatine in the scenic riverfront area, the AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel was recognized for its luxurious accommodations, outstanding customer service, beautiful views overlooking the gently rolling Mississippi River, and ideal location walking distance of the riverside town’s array of shops, restaurants and attractions. Opened in March 2018, the distinctive luxury boutique hotel is Iowa’s only hotel to hold the acclaimed AAA Four Diamond rating and IACC (International Association of Conference Centers) accreditation.

U.S. News & World Report’s ninth annual “Best Hotels” rankings evaluated more than 30,000 luxury properties across 400-plus destinations in the United States, Europe, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. The methodology accounts for both expert and guest sentiment, the combination of which helps determine each hotel’s rank. The rankings may be viewed at

“Having opened just one year ago, this esteemed recognition spotlights the hotel’s exceptional setting, sophisticated amenities, and the outstanding customer service our hospitality professionals deliver to our guests each day,” said Rebecca Howe, president of Riverview Hotel Development LLC, the hotel’s ownership group. “This attention-to-detail truly sets our hotel and conference center apart.”

Situated adjacent to the city’s River Walk Park, The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center features 122 uniquely-styled and well-appointed guest rooms which include a Presidential Suite, Chairman’s Suite, Junior Suites, and have the flexibility of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom configurations. The hotel’s state-of-the-art conference center is located on the hotel’s top floor and features 16 meeting rooms with a total of 12,723 square feet of meeting space, which includes the 4,719-square-foot Grand Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and a large outdoor balcony all overlooking the Mississippi River. Additional offerings at The Merrill include an indoor, heated saltwater pool; lounge with adjacent outdoor patio; a large fully-equipped fitness center; the full-service restaurant Maxwell’s; sundries shop; 24-hour business center; and concierge services.

The hotel is just 25 minutes from the Quad City area, and 30 minutes from Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline, Illinois. For information on the hotel, call (563) 263-2600 and visit The hotel is operated by Hostmark Hospitality Group and owned by Riverview Hotel Development LLC.

For more information contact General Manager Patrick Leonard at (563) 263-2600


O'Brien County Chapter Makes Iowa Pheasants Forever Country

Residents from O'Brien County have formed the newest chapter of Pheasants Forever (PF). The new chapter becomes Iowa's 105th and means all of the state's 99 counties are home to PF chapters. Iowa becomes the first state to claim such a distinction.

The O'Brien County Chapter of PF will focus efforts on improving O'Brien County wildlife habitat and connecting local youth to the outdoors. "There's a million habitat projects we can get started on right away, and youth programs have been long-lacking in the area and are definitely a main focus," said Eric Rodger, the chapter's newly-elected president. Rodger said he and his fellow members are extremely excited to finally be a part of Pheasants Forever in Iowa. "We've received a ton of support from other PF chapters," Rodger said. "They really want to see us succeed. It's great to be a part of a state network and a national network."

PF and its quail division, Quail Forever, are the only national conservation organizations that empower local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent. This local control allows members to see the fruits of their chapter efforts in their own communities, while belonging to a national organization with a voice on federal conservation policy in Washington, D.C.

The O'Brien County chapter gives local landowners the conservation resource they've been missing. "A lot of landowners in the area are looking for assistance, and now they have that resource to go through to get habitat projects started," Linquist said. After one meeting, the new chapter is well-represented, with members coming from all but one O'Brien County city. "Landowners, the communities, the businesses ˆ they're all behind the chapter," Linquist said.

For more information on the O'Brien County Chapter, contact Eric Rodger at (712)949-7030 or via e-mail at

If you are interested in joining a Pheasants Forever chapter in Iowa, please contact John Linquist at (712)754-3221 or via e-mail at

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