The livable city

With a population of just under 100,000, Davenport is the regional beacon and hub of the metropolitan Quad Cities, and the third largest city in Iowa. In fact, the U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois the prestigious City Livability Award.

What's so unique about Davenport's heritage?
Davenport is a place proud of its unique heritage at the crossroads of America. Geographically defined by the unusual path of the Mississippi River - the only place where the Mississippi runs from east to west- citizens like to say that the sun always shines on their city. Today, its rays are brighter than ever.

Davenport is experiencing its greatest revitalization in more than 80 years. It offers some of the nation's best schools; unique, friendly neighborhoods; highest quality public services and a distinguished reputation for entertainment, the arts and especially river music! Davenport, where the Mississippi celebrates, is a great place to live, work, raise a family, and visit.

Where the Mississippi River celebrates

Adding to the high quality of life Davenport residents and visitors enjoy is the City's reputation for entertainment, the arts, recreation and especially music. The music runs deep in this part of the country with festivals and celebrations highlighting music from blues and jazz to reggae and classic, to country and rock and roll; along with everything else sprinkled in between.

What are the recreation draws in Davenport? When it comes to recreation, we are a hardy bunch that takes full advantage of all the area has to offer year round. In the spring and summer months the City Parks are packed with kids, parents and baseball fans for the best baseball games a hometown has to offer. The City has numerous parks which offer everything from botanical gardens and aquatic centers to soccer and horseback riding, two 18 hole and two nine hole golf courses, a children's zoo, ice skating rink, tennis courts, a phenomenal riverfront skatepark, and many parks with band shells that stay active with theater and concerts. If you are looking to slow down the pace, various national, regional and local recreational bike trails offer a number of scenic opportunities. There is so much to do and enjoy, there just are not enough hours in the day to experience everything.
Vander Veer Botanical Center is a gorgeous oasis in the middle of Davenport with walking trails, flower gardens, playground, reflection lagoon and magnificent fountain.
In the middle of winter, residents and visitors congregate along the Mississippi riverfront to view the hundreds of bald eagles that choose the area as a winter home. And, nothing beats a cup of hot chocolate while shivering through Davenport's giant Macy's-like balloon parade at the end of November or ice skating at the Vander Veer Park Lagoon during the annual City of Davenport Parks and Recreation Silver Skates competition. We offer something for every sports fan in every season.

What kind of shopping is available in Davenport?
If shopping is more your interest, Davenport has cornered the market. Retail corridors in all corners of the City offer big city items with friendly, Midwest customer service. Check out NorthPark Mall, 53rd Street corridor, Village of East Davenport and more.

What are some of the main attractions in Davenport?
In recent years, downtown Davenport has experienced an expansive river renaissance. It boasts the River Music Experience and Freight House Farmer's Market and internationally recognized Figge Art Museum as an architectural icon along Davenport's magnificent riverfront.
The River Music Experience is a non-profit focusing on music education related to the Mississippi River. Check out their live music venue, the Redstone Room, with local and national artists.
To truly take advantage of the history and magic associated with Davenport and the Mississippi River, the downtown Skybridge, is a great way to take in the view. Whether you have visited it once or a dozen times the view is spectacular.

Arts, museums, music, comedy, Broadway entertainment, Hollywood headliners, dance and symphony entertainers; Davenport has a long list of entertainment offerings and you are invited to be part of the excitement!

Be sure to visit Bucktown Center for the Arts, Putnam Museum, Adler Theater, and the numerous clubs, comedy clubs, restaurants, and nightlife venues that Davenport has to offer.

Bucktown Center for the Arts is a collective of individual artists' studios. See an artist at work, find that unique gift or just enjoy browsing the beautiful creations.
For more information on business, housing, recreation, schools, and the city of Davenport visit For information on downtown Davenport visit For information from the Chamber of Commerce visit
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