Explore the majestic Mississippi, one of the five top recognized attractions in the world, aboard a variety of river cruises available in the Quad Cities. This travel itinerary is designed to get you out on the river and enjoy your time by the river.
The Channel Cat Water Taxi
offers something completely different, and is a great way to hop from downtown to downtown. One price allows you to ride all day, and the Channel Cat goes to 4 stops within an hour round-trip. If you only have an hour, you can enjoy the roundtrip ride and don't have to get off. It also has room for bicycles on board so you can use it to cross the river to another section of the riverfront bike trail.
The Channel Cat Water Taxi is a great way to hop between downtowns on the Mississippi River. One price allows you to ride all day, and bicycles are welcome onboard.
The Quad Cities is well-known for beautiful biking trails
that meander along the mighty Mississippi River, through parks, over bridges and through history-filled sections of these beautiful riverfront cities. There is a lot to see from the downtown riverfront bike paths.
You can enjoy a meal with your riverboat cruise on the Celebration Belle
. The Celebration Belle is one of the largest riverboats on the upper Mississippi. Experience the mystique of the river that captivated Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn as it sweeps around the great riverbend and flows east to west for one of only a few times over its length. The Celebration Belle offers a variety of cruises.
Enjoy a meal with your riverboat cruise on the Celebration Belle, the largest non-gaming riverboat on the upper Mississippi River.
The Twilight riverboat
will give you the romance of the river days gone by. Her unique rounded stern and ornate architectural detailing is reminders of those classic riverboats that Mark Twain called "Floating Palaces." The Twilight starts new Saturday tours in June on the second Saturday of the month. Take a 1.5 hour sightseeing cruise from the quaint riverfront town of LeClaire, Iowa
. Or if that seems too short, take a two-day overnight cruises from LeClaire to Dubuque, Iowa, with entertainment on board. Cruises include all meals, activities, and lodging at the Grand Harbor Hotel in Dubuque.
2016 celebrates the 25th anniversary of riverboat gaming in the nation. It started here in Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa. Both Iowa Quad Cities casinos celebrating something new this year. The Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf
is currently building a land-based casino at its downtown Bettendorf location which will include a 35,000 square foot gaming floor placed in the existing courtyard. Scheduled to open in the summer, the property includes three restaurants, over 500 hotel rooms and 40,000 square feet of convention space.
The Rhythm City Casino Resort
will be moving in June 2016 from downtown Davenport to a brand-new 320,000 square-foot casino and hotel resort at the corner of Interstates 80 and 74. The new facility includes four restaurants, a 1,500 seat entertainment venue, 106-room hotel, day spa, event center with seating up to 600, and gaming at one of the 800 slot machines or 35 table games.
The Quad Cities also has a third casino located in Rock Island, Illinois. In 2008, Jumer's Casino and Hotel
moved to a new casino and hotel. The facility includes 42,500 square-feet of gaming space, an event center, four eateries, salon and day spa, and a 205-room hotel.
The Mississippi River Visitor Center on the Rock Island Arsenal island provides a wealth of information on river history as well as a viewing platform to watch all the action at Lock & Dam 15.
The Mississippi River Visitor Center
on Rock Island Arsenal Island provides a wealth of information on river history and the development of the Lock & Dam system on the river. You might just see a barge lock through Lock & Dam 15 during your visit. Be sure to bring a valid government ID to enter the island, as this is an active military base.
The Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa has exhibits tracing the history of development along the Mississippi River.
If you can't get enough of the river, learn more at the Putnam Museum and Science Center
at the "Black Earth Big River" and "River, Prairie and People" exhibits to see how this unique area developed thousands of years ago up to today.
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