Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center
Since it opened in 2009, the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center has become a popular location for business events, banquets and receptions. In total, the facility has 24,000 square feet of convention space, including a 15,000 ballroom and eight meeting rooms accommodating up to 1,500 guests. State-of-the-art technology available at the facility includes lighting, microphones and projection screens. There is also a business center with copy and fax machine services, WiFi and computer stations. Together with catering options and a walkway leading to the Isle Casino, this convention center is an ideal location for major events in the Quad Cities region.
Modern Woodmen Park
If you love baseball, you’ll want to make sure Modern Woodmen Park is on your “must visit” list when you stay at the Cambria® Hotel Bettendorf - Quad Cities. Originally called Municipal Stadium when it opened in 1931, the sports facility is an affiliate of the Houston Astros and home of the region’s minor league baseball team, the Quad Cities River Bandits. In 2013, USA Today and 10best.com voted Modern Woodmen the top minor-league ballpark in the United States. To add to the fun, the park is home to a 110-foot Ferris wheel and a double-decker carousel purchased from Pier 39 in San Francisco.
Quad City Botanical Center
Just across the Mississippi River in Rock Island, Illinois is Quad City Botanical Center. Though the original founders initially wanted to build a greenhouse, it was quickly determined that a botanical education center would “bear the most fruit” for the Quad City community. Since it opened in 1998, the Botanical Center has created several immersive learning “playgrounds” for visitors to enjoy, including a Children’s Garden, Tropical Sun Garden, the Scott County Regional Authority Rare Conifer Collection, the Physically Enabling Garden, a seasonal butterfly garden and a secret garden with a Hobbit house. The center is open seven days a week with special holiday hours and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Figge Art Museum
You can visit Figge Art Museum in Davenport, just across from LeClaire Park and the Mississippi River. The museum originally opened in 1928 and is hailed as the first municipal art gallery in the country. There are over 4,000 creative works and has noteworthy collections of art and design by Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, Frank Lloyd Wright and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among others. Special events take place throughout the year, including Artist Talk, Yoga at the Figge, dance performances and fundraising galas. Tickets are currently $10 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 60 years and older and students with a college or high school ID, and just $4 for children ages 4-12. Children under the age of 4 get in for free, and free admission is available to everyone on Thursdays after 5 p.m.