What's New in 2014
Fyre Lake Golf Club
Fyre Lake Golf Club
is a new Nicklaus Design golf course, and the 18-hole, 6,600-yard, par 70 layout course is woven over majestic elevation changes on a glorious lakefront setting and features a stunning island hole and tee. Fyre Lake operates as a semi-private golf club, open to the public on a per play greens fee. The new course is located 20 minutes outside of the metro Quad Cities.
1057 Fairway Lane, Sherrard, IL
Ferris Wheel at Modern Woodmen Park
Modern Woodmen Park
adds a new Ferris Wheel standing 112-feet outside of the left field wall of the ballpark, along with a carousel, 30' Moser Spring Ride, and other new games and attractions. Last season a dual zip line, rock climbing wall, and new bounce houses were unveiled at the home of the Quad Cities River Bandits. In a nationwide vote, Modern Woodmen Park was voted the "Best Minor League Ballpark" in the 2013 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards.
209 S. Gaines Street, Davenport, IA
Mississippi Valley Blues Society Award
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society
was honored for their annual festival with a Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the International Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tenn. The coveted award is the equivalent of lifetime achievement recognition. The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival has become one of the longest-running, most prestigious blues festivals in the world. It is held in July on the banks of the Mississippi River.
400 Biederbeck Drive, Davenport, IA
Festival held annually in July
CNN Hero of the Year
East Moline-native Chad Pregracke was named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year. He and his non-profit Living Lands and Waters
have dedicated their life's work to cleaning up the Mississippi River and other American waterways. Since 1998, about 70,000 volunteers have helped Pregracke collect 7 million pounds of trash. Chad is only the second person named from the U.S.
The new Children's Garden at the Quad City Botanical Center
creates a whimsical interpretation of nature when it opens in May 2014. The garden includes an entry plaza and a child-size version of the Mississippi River with a meandering shallow stream for children to play in the water.
2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL
Apr-Oct: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 12p-5p; Nov-Mar: Mon-Sat 10a-4p, Sun 11a-4p
$6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children under 16, $2 children under 6
The Family Museum
in Bettendorf, Iowa, invites guests to meet Professor Gilbert at his ThinkShop, a new permanent exhibit! Families and children use real tools to build one-of-a-kind inventions in this highly-interactive, hands-on space. Through the use of real building materials and recycled components, kids can bring ideas to life.
2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, IA
Mon-Thu 9a-8p, Fri-Sat 9a-5p
$7 ages 2-59, $4 seniors, military and children one year old
Lost Grove Lake
The new Lost Grove Lake
is nearly three-miles long covering almost 400 acres, and it sits among 1,700 acres of wildlife management property, six miles north of Davenport, Iowa, on Utica Ridge Road. This primitive area includes grassland habitat for bird-watching and public hunting. The slow-speed, no-wake lake is stocked with bluegill, largemouth bass, muskie, channel catfish, walleye, Redear sunfish, and crappie. Lost Grove Lake has three ADA-compliant fishing trails accessible by wheelchair. There are boat ramps, and canoe/kayak accesses along the shore fishing accesses.
210th Avenue, Eldridge, IA
now offers pontoon boat and jet ski rentals for two hours or up to all day during boating season on the Mississippi River. After a training session, you can pilot the pontoon boat on your own, or with advanced notice Grace Marine will provide an experienced captain so you can just sit back and relax.
1211 Canal Shore Drive, LeClaire, IA
"The Landing" Transient Boat Dock
"The Landing" includes 23 slips allowing residents, visitors, and transient boaters to reconnect to the Mississippi River and land-based features. The dock provides transient boaters access to the park amenities at Schwiebert Riverfront Park as well as downtown stores, shops, restaurants, and galleries in Rock Island's Arts and Entertainment District.
Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 100 17th Street, Rock Island, IL
new e-Tour brings new technology to the riverfront. QR Codes and web addresses on riverfront signs link trail users to information on RiverWay art, historical significance of river landmarks, wildlife and other facts about the Mississippi River and riverfront. The e-Tour is free and both phone and tablet-friendly.
Iowa 80 Truckstop Anniversary
The Iowa 80 Truckstop
turns 50 in 2014. The "world's largest truckstop" has grown to include a 300-seat restaurant; gift store, the Super Truck Showroom, a dentist, a barber shop, a chiropractor, a Dogomat pet wash, a workout room, laundry facilities, a 60-seat movie theatre, a trucker's TV lounge, a Verizon store kiosk, 24 private showers, a Food Court with 6 fast food restaurants, a convenience store, a custom embroidery and vinyl shop, 10 gas islands, 16 diesel lanes, a fuel center, a 7-bay truck service center, and the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum. They serve over 2 million cups of coffee per year!
Exit 284 on Interstate 80, Walcott, IA
Truck stop and restaurant open 24 hours a day; limited hours for some services
Free to visit truck stop and museum; fee required for some services
- Holiday Inn Express, Moline, IL - opening summer/fall
- Hilton Garden Inn, Bettendorf, IA - opening fall
- Heart of America Holiday Inn, Davenport, IA - opening late year