Monday, August 21, 2017

Family Weekend in the Quad Cities


Family fun in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa

We recently spent three wonderful days exploring the Quad Cities uncovering an incredible location for a long family weekend featuring local makers, river fun, nature havens, local history and foodie treats. Straddling the Mississippi, the Quad Cities of Moline and Rock Island in Illinois and Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa offer a wealth of family fun activities with a little something for everyone's interests.


Pouring pieces at Isabel Bloom Studio in Davenport, Iowa
Pouring new pieces at Isabel Bloom Studio in Davenport, Iowa
During our visit, we had fun meeting makers at the Isabel Bloom Studio and Bucktown Arts Center. Seeing art in action gives families a peek into production you may not see everyday and insight into creative processes.

Bridge view from the Channel Cat on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities
Bridge view from the Channel Cat on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities
Views of the Mississippi River and the Rock River are stunning in the Quad Cities. Many of the attractions that we visited during our stay were on or very near the river. So, we enjoyed plenty of time soaking in river views. Our boat ride on the Mississippi was simply magnificent!

Forest trail in Black Hawk State Park in Rock Island, Illinois
Forest trail in Black Hawk State Park in Rock Island, Illinois
We began both of our mornings exploring nature preserves -- Black Hawk State Park and Nahant Marsh. Each morning started with peaceful spotting birds at each preserve and reveling in the unique scenery at each. Always a wonderful way to start the day!

Antique phonograph at the Bix Beiderbecke Museum in Davenport, Iowa
Antique phonograph at the Bix Beiderbecke Museum in Davenport, Iowa
Both the Putnam Museum and the Bix Beirderbecke Museum gave us glimpses of the history of the Quad Cities. Bix was a jazz musician and composer from Davenport. The museum not only introduced us to Bix but the heyday of jazz as well. The Putnam Museum laid out the history of the Quad Cities. The Putnam Museum also contains engaging science exhibits sparking hands on learning!

Climbing tractors at John Deere Pavilion
Climbing tractors at John Deere Pavilion
Of course, while visiting we explored the John Deere Pavilion. Who can resist climbing on tractors?

Sundae with hot fudge at Lagomarcino's in Moline, Illinois
Sundae with their original hot fudge at Lagomarcino's in Moline, Illinois
We also discovered some great foodies finds! We stopped for the famous hot fudge at Lagomarcino's and discovered several other foodie treats! Follow along the next couple of weeks as we explore the Quad Cities including:
**Disclosure: Thank you to Visit Quad Cities for hosting our visit. We received complimentary experiences in ordered to facilitate to bring these reviews to you. No other compensation was a received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Exploring family fun in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa

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