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Quad Cities Fishing Facts and Events

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.

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Rediscover Longview Park in Rock Island

We headed to Rock Island’s Longview Park this weekend – a favorite of ours going back to when my husband and I had our first date together playing disc golf – and confirmed, yet again, why this is one of our very favorite Quad Cities parks. If you have babies or toddlers, you MUST go and check out the Expression Swings!

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West Lake Park – You Should Tri or Try it

Every June for the past 10 years, my husband has completed in the Quad Cities Triathlon at West Lake Park in Davenport, IA. Each year when we go to cheer him on, I am reminded of all the unique recreational opportunities in the Quad Cities. Doing a triathlon at West Lake is pretty fun, but just hanging out there is something else you should try.

Two things you should tri/try at West Lake:

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Return Visit: Early Fall at Vander Veer Botanical Park

On the first perfect fall day last week, I drove south on Harrison Street and decided to take a turn into Vander Veer Park in Davenport to see what  the new season had brought to the botanical center. The park, established in 1885, and conservatory are a special place for me to gather my thoughts and to enjoy nature in the middle of the city.

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Go Outside: QC Outdoor Attractions

Three and a half years ago I moved to the Quad Cities from my hometown in Central Illinois. Though I’m not a native, I have come to love it here; Whitey’s Ice Cream, local craft beers, and the Figge Art Museum have all found a place in my heart. Here are a few local outdoor attractions that I recommend. From hiking and camping to biking and boating, there’s something for everybody so get out there and have a great time at one (or all) of these local spots.

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Family-friendly summer concerts in the Quad Cities

If you love music and you love spending time outdoors, the Quad Cities has tons of can’t-miss concerts for the entire family.

My husband and I have enjoyed outdoor concerts for years in parks across Illinois and Iowa. It was one of our favorite parts of summertime in the QC. When my son came along, we couldn’t wait to bring him along.

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