The biggest paddle festival on the Mississippi River takes place here in the Quad Cities and it’s called FLOATZILLA. The name alone should make you want to participate, but the food, fun and a world record attempt should definitely draw you in for a fantastic annual event in mid-August.
If you have any young (or older) train enthusiasts in your family you won’t want to miss Little Conductor’s Day at the Quad City Botanical Center.
A day of family fun focused on trains includes train-themed crafts and activities hosted inside the facility. The highlight, however, is the Heartland Central Garden Railway set up in the outside Railroad Garden. For this special event, conductors from the Heartland Model Railway Club will be on hand to answer questions and host a variety of trains on the garden tracks. The trains are 1:24th scale and up to four separate trains can operate at a time.
I asked my fellow Quad Citizens for the best sandwiches available in the Quad Cities and they delivered. My mouth is literally watering as I write this and I can’t wait until my next lunch date! My advice: just start at the top of the list and work your way down. There’s not a single sandwich or establishment on this list that you will regret trying. Sooooo many tasty recommendations!
You don’t want to miss the 2019 Rock Island Artists’ Market.
“The artists’ market is community at its best. It’s a venue for local artists and vendors to share their work and it’s in Rock Island. There are jewelry vendors, snacks, produce vendors, clothing, accessories, pottery. You could find a gift for any friend or family member, something beautiful for yourself and produce for lunch or dinner that night. I love how friendly and excited everyone is at these events and Brandy VandeWalle is amazing, organized and a joy to be around,” shares Sarah McCoy, Rock Island resident.
With the Quad Cities located on the fourth largest river in the world AND settled in and around many other waterways and bodies of waters, it’s a great place to fish! June is an especially fun month to get started because there are some fun fishing events, including FREE fishing days both in Illinois and Iowa. Being so close to the border, we can take advantage of both states’ license free weekends.
During the 2019 Flood in Davenport, Iowa, our family like many others in the Quad Cities headed towards the wettest places. We found other Quad Citizens supporting the businesses near the flooded streets. Our family safely checked out the flood from the downtown Davenport Skybridge and then headed to a Quad Cities local favorite: Antonella’s Ristorante.
When you think football, you, of course, think Quad Cities, right? Well, maybe not, but perhaps you should!
SOME PRETTY FANTASTIC FOOTBALL MILESTONES TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE.
One of the best things about living in the Quad Cities is the vast number of Easter egg hunting opportunities for all ages and even for pets! Check these out and join the fun!
The Quad Cities now offers three fantastic indoor spaces to jump: Altitude Trampoline Park in Davenport, IA, Elevate Trampoline Park in Milan, IL, and Helium Trampoline & Indoor Adventure Park in Eldridge, IA. Our whole family (ages 2-40) loves to trampoline and enjoys the various activities, obstacles and fun at the different trampoline parks around the area. Recently, our toddlers have been taking advantage of the Toddler/Tot Times. You won’t want to miss this great opportunity for younger-child fun at a great price!
The Quad City Botanical Center is one of our family’s favorite places to visit. We’ve recently discovered the KinderNature classes offered once a month and they are FANTASTIC!