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When my cousin and his wife from Colorado visited the Quad Cities a few weeks ago one of the first things that they wanted to experience was seeing the Mississippi River. I had given them a packet of brochures from the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in Moline and they found a riverboat cruise on the Celebration Belle to be most inviting to them.
We were happy to find that the Celebration Belle was doing a scenic cruise on July 4th at 2:00 p.m. so we took advantage of the perfect day! Being a local I was happy to see the number of tourists who were on the cruise. Everyone was excited to be able to take a leisurely and informative tour of the area on the historic river.
The once quiet river community of LeClaire, IA, located just north of Interstate 80 on Highway 67 used to be known for 2 things: NEVER speed, and don’t wear a necktie into Sneaky Pete’s Steakhouse or your server will cut it off and hang it on the wall!
LeClaire has quickly become one of Midwest’s top tourist destinations. Like a cosmopolitan version of a Norman Rockwell painting; LeClaire offers visitors the perfect blend of the traditions of yesteryear with a vibrant contemporary pulse that makes it irresistible to kids of all ages!
Here are 6 reasons why LeClaire is one of the top tourist destinations in the Midwest:
1. Amazing views of the Mississippi River and an eclectic collection of shops and businesses adorn the main street (Cody Rd.).
The Quad Cities is hosting a lot of sports events this summer and fall from archery to BMX, from pool to softball to weightlifting. Check out our fun video the Quad Cities CVB Staff made.
The Quad Cities hosts its first large-scale archery tournament on July 17-19, 2015. The Regions Archery ProAm Tour Tournament features a Bowlife hunter simulation challenge that the public is welcome to try. The competition for 300 takes place on Credit Island, 2200 W. River Drive in Davenport. It is free for spectators. The team shoot is 1 p.m. on Friday; ProAm at 12 noon on Saturday; and 8 a.m. on Sunday.
The Quad Cities’ first all homebrew festival is Saturday, July 18th from 2-6pm down in The District in downtown Rock Island. River’s Edge Homebrew Festiv-Ale will feature over 50 different beers brewed by 10-12 home brew clubs from around the Midwest. The brewers will be pouring their own beers, so attendees will be able to meet the ladies and gentlemen behind the craft and chat with them about their concoctions.
When I think of shops unique to the Quad Cities, one that is top on my list is Dot’s Pots. Dot’s Pots is a pottery shop in a bungalow in Moline, Illinois. At first you will be attracted to the bright colors of the front entrance to the shop and the smiling moose sign out in front. Once inside you will find both functional and non functional pottery in all shapes and sizes, from miniatures for fairy gardens to multi-tiered bird baths to bowls and platters and humorous animal sculptures.
Deep in the heart of Rock Island, every Monday night, something very special is happening. People of all ages venture out around 7:30pm and head to Rozz Tox, a hip little coffee shop that is so much more than just a place to have tea. In the back there is a performance hall where live music is enjoyed during the evening hours. One would suspect that a Friday or a Saturday night would be the busiest of times here, but Moeller Mondays have changed that.