Even before the first European settlers came to the area, the mighty waters of the Mississippi River were an important draw for native tribes looking to trade goods. Today, this bustling region is known as the Quad Cities, which includes Bettendorf and Davenport in southeast Iowa and East Moline, Moline and Rock Island in northwest Illinois.
Visitors enjoy the Quad Cities for its many local attractions, including the TDK Bank Sports Complex, Davenport Skybridge, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, John Deere Pavilion, Rhythm City Casino, Mississippi River Visitor Center, Modern Woodman Park and the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center. The 1990s brought new energy to the area, inspiring a revitalization of its downtown areas and surrounding neighborhoods that can be enjoyed today.
There are plenty of activities for families on vacations and business travelers looking to do something fun on their downtime. From summer festivals with live music to seasonal events along the Mississippi River, there are plenty of reasons to indulge in the finer experiences of the Quad Cities.
Village of East Davenport
Village of East Davenport, known by locals as The Village, is a historic mixed-use district with shopping, dining, culture and entertainment located along the mighty Mississippi River. After strolling along the waterway, you can explore the many boutique shops that are located there, including The Plaid Rabbit for unique gifts, Calla with home accessories and glassware, Revolution in the Village for women’s consignment clothing and jewelry, and Wide River Winery to sample local vino.
When you’re hungry, there are plenty of restaurants and bars offering daily specials and happy hour pricing. BREW serves comfort food, craft beer, wine and select coffee drinks with a charming patio where you can enjoy good weather, and if your craving something sweet, Lagomarcino’s is where you can purchase fine chocolates.
The local attraction hosts numerous events year-round like the Village Sidewalk Stroll, the Riverssance Art Fair and the Quad-Cities Tweed Ride. When you simply want to experience the spirit of the Quad Cities, you can spend the day walking along the river and through the quaint streets of the Village of East Davenport, which is listed as a historic district of the National Register of Historic Places.