Weekend Getaways In and Around the QC
People are planning summer vacations now that schools are letting out for summer, and it won't be long before you hear the words, "I'm booooored." Check out these fun things you can do around the Quad City Area.
A lot of the places on this list are in the Quad Cities proper, but there are a few that you may have to plan a weekend trip for.
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Backwater Gamblers - Rock Island, IL
"A non-profit water ski show team that performs free water ski shows every Wednesday and Sunday at 6:30 pm on the Rock River."
Sky Tours Zipline - Dubuque , IA
A hidden-away gem that lets you fly through the forest of Union Park on a 9-zipline-long course. The lines are between 300 and 1,000 feet, reaching up to 75 feet.
The John Deere House - Moline, IL
"The house was owned by industrialist John Deere, it sits on the edge of a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River Valley and the urban landscape below."
Black Hawk State Historic Site - Rock Island, IL
"Pause a moment and picture a forest in the middle of the city -- an urban paradise... Hiking trails that wind deep into the woods, up rugged hills and along the banks of a gentle river, remote spots where nature wraps around you..."
Analog Arcade - Davenport, IA
"Have a beer downtown and play some retro arcade games and pinball."
Sunderbruch Park - Davenport, IA
"Sunderbruch Park is the crown jewel of off-road riding in Davenport, Iowa. Comprised of 99% singletrack trails with a full gamut of difficulty levels."
Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds Stock Car Races - Davenport, IA
"Don't miss the 1/4 mile oval dirt track races every Friday."
Live at Five - Davenport, IA
"A different band takes the stage at River Music Experience every Friday."
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Maquoketa, IA
"Visitors to Maquoketa Caves State Park once again have the opportunity to explore the remarkable cave features of the park. The caves are currently open and free of charge."
Trainland USA - Colfax, IA
"Trainland U.S.A. is an operating toy train museum, displaying Lionel trains and accessories. It is so named because it depicts the development of the railroad across the United States."
Wild Cat Den State Park - Muscatine, IA
"Wildcat Den State Park offers a variety of picnic settings, 28 campsites, and trails to fascinating sites as 'Steamboat Rock,' 'Devil's Punch Bowl,' and 'Fat Man's Squeeze.'"
Maple City Cruise Night - Monmouth, IL
"Maple City Cruise Night attracts an average of 2,000 vehicles, more than 25,000 people, and has been going strong for thirteen years. The event is sponsored by the Maple City Street Machines Club."
Blue Grass Homecoming Days - Blue Grass, IA
"Our many activities include: carnival rides, food vendors, games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, beer tent, raffles, 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Runs, Homemade Pie Contest, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Saturday night fireworks, area fire department water fights, Sunday parade at 1:00 pm and so much more!"
Rhubarb Festival - Aledo, IL
"Will feature more than 3,000 homemade Rhubarb Pies for sale, Rhubarb Sampling, 12,000 free Rhubarb seeds given away, crafts, music, entertainment and more all set in our historic downtown."
House on the Rock - Spring Green, WI
"Visionary architecture, eclectic collections and incredible stories await you at the House on the Rock Attraction, Alex Jordan’s imaginary, awe-inspiring man-made retreat. "
Fenelon Place Elevator - Dubuque, IA
"The Fenelon Place elevator is described as the world’s shortest, steepest scenic railway, 296 feet in length, elevating passengers 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place."
Manchester Whitewater Park - Manchester, IA
"Our park consists of 6 drops at roughly 18″ per drop and spans over 800ft. in length."
Prairie du Chien, WI
"Our history dates back to the 17th century with many sites preserved and open to visitors. A wide variety of attractions and activities throughout the year make it one of the choice destinations in Wisconsin."
Anderson's Canoe Rental - Maquoketa, IA
"Float down the Maquoketa River with ease. Anderson's provides pickup and drop off service."
Tug Fest - Le Claire, IA or Port Byron, IL
"Tug Fest is a family week-end event filled with live entertainment, a huge parade, scenic 5K run/walk for adults and children, Carnival Rides and amusements, food, craft vendors, children's tug, and the TUG - Iowa against Illinois."
New Windsor Fair and Rodeo - New Windsor, IL
"The New Windsor Fair, Rodeo and horse show is celebrating its 77th year this August. The dates of the 2016 fair and rodeo are Thursday, August 18 through Saturday August 20 with rodeo performances starting at 7:00 p.m. each evening."
Morrison Summer Extravaganza - Morrison, IL
"Bring the whole family for a day full of free kids activities, bounce houses, food, eating contests, bags tournaments, volleyball, and music by 30 West."
Float Rite Park - Somerset, WI
"At Float Rite Park, we offer the best Camping and longest Tubing experience on the Apple River! Campgrounds and cabins available."
Mississippi Palisades State Park - Savanna, IL
"The trails at the Mississippi Palisades, especially the park’s southern routes, put you in touch with the past."
Upper Limits - Bloomington, IL
"Upper Limits offers something for everyone. From our 65′ silos, main climbing area of overhanging terrain, outdoor boulder, 110′ outdoor wall, and six autobelays. We offer a large selection of classes and can accommodate any skill level."
Midwest Old Threshers - Mt. Pleasant, IA
"Families come from miles around to join in a walk through the past. Please help us preserve, nurture and protect our historical agricultural treasures for future generations to enjoy."
Breakfast Diva @ Farmer's Guest House - Galena, IL
"Susan Steffan is, owner-innkeeper of the Award-winning Farmers Guest House bed & breakfast in beautiful Galena, IL. Susan is known as the Breakfast Diva having been a contestant on the Food Network."
Psycho Silo Saloon - Langley, IL
"This unique outdoor bar is open Friday-Sunday during the summer. You'll find a variety of beers and full bar for mixed drinks as well. Food vendors vary by weekend."
Summer Splash - Rock Falls, IL
"Live entertainment, family activities, vendors, food, and so much more!"
Seven Sins Sideshow
"7 Sins Sideshow is a group of traveling sins! The family of freaks performs in and around the QCA."
4x4 Summerfest - Morrison, IL
"June 11 - Motocross, Bogs & Drags"
Truckers Jamboree - Walcott, IA
"This event is a great place to celebrate and learn about trucking and those big rigs. It’s our way of saying thank you to the millions of truck drivers that deliver the goods we consume."
Giant Goose Conservation Workshop - Atkinson, IL
"Izaak Walton Giant Goose Conservation and Educational Center offers fishing, camping and boating for its members."
Fireman's Festival - Illinois City, IL
"Activities include a parade, car show, kid zone, Civil War living history, BINGO, Bags, improv comedy, live music, and more!"
Polo Town and Country Days - Polo, IL
"The festival has expanded into a four day event that is kicked off with one of the most amazing fireworks display in the area! Don't miss the Dwyer and Michaels Rock & Roll Show & Revue on Friday night!"
Lost Island Waterpark - Waterloo, IA
"Lost Island Water Park is a tropical, paradise-themed water park located in Waterloo, Iowa. It is open from May to October each year."