6 favorite ways to get on the water in the Quad Cities

The Quad Cities straddles the 4th largest river in the world and are we lucky! There are so many fun water adventures here, where the Mississippi River travels east to west and meets the Rock River. We also have lakes, ponds, dams, and more. Getting on the water is a must whether you are visiting or living in the QC.

Here are my 6 favorite ways to get on the water in the Quad Cities:

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Get the Message in a Bottle at the Figge

You need to make plans to stop by the Figge Art Museum in Davenport by September 17 to see the Message in a Bottle Collection.

Living Lands & Waters founder Chad Pregracke provided the materials for this unique exhibit featuring bottles he and his teams have found over the years as they work to clean up the country’s waterways.

What a fun exhibit! From tell-me-you’ve-found-me to life stories and drawings, the Message in a Bottle Collection showcases a variety of the adventures and notes that have traveled along our famous rivers.

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Tug across the Mississippi!

Remember in gym class when you would all line up for a classroom versus classroom (or boys versus girls) tug-of-war? You pulled with all your might, struggling to keep your feet planted on the ground. For a brief moment in time, you were having the time of your life. And now, even when out of required recreation classes, you can still have that fun while supporting a great cause.

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Cruising the Mississippi River on the Celebration Belle

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.

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Pedal, Paddle, Trail

It was warm September morning and I was midway through an intense mountain biking workout at Scott County Park. Just as I rounded return that would lead me into a grove of trees, a deer ran across the path just 3 feet in front of me. My initial reaction was to jerk my handlebars in the opposite direction of the deer, resulting in what could only be described as an amateur version of aerial acrobatics that unfortunately was not captured on camera. I stood up and dusted myself off, hopped on my bike, and finished my work out with a huge grin on my face.

I was recalling a day just two months prior when I was biking with my son, Alex, at Scott County Park. He was insistent that we ride Area 51 (the Double Black Diamond route…or REALLY TOUGH for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term).

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