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Biking, running, swimming or golfing, whatever your favorite recreation activity may be, the Quad Cities has a place to do it! The Quad Cities makes wonderful use of the rivers and bluffs, providing for a variety of park settings.

Spectator sports fans can definitely get their fill in the Quad Cities with the Quad City Mallards, the Steamwheelers, River Bandits, and the Backwater Gamblers. We at have provided for you a complete list of Recreational activities in the area.


Ben Butterworth Parkway

26th St. to 55th St.

Along the Mississippi River and River Dr.

Great For Walking, Biking, or Rollerblading along the river on a paved path.

(309) 797-0785

Black Hawk State Historic Site

Blackhawk Road

Rock Island, IL.

Former lands of Chief Black Hawk. Visit the museum, or hike on the trails. Lower park is along the Rock River.

(309) 788-9536

Credit Island Park

Drive or Bike around the Island. Try your hand at fishing or golfing, and enjoy the scenic view of the Mississippi River. Western Davenport Iowa along River Drive.

Duck Creek Parkway

Duck Creek Parkway, a multiple-use paved trail system, extending from Emeis Park in west Davenport 8.26 miles east to Bettendorf. A second paved trail, Riverfront Parkway, extends 4.75 miles along the Mississippi waterfront from Credit Island to Bettendorf. Both these trails have additional sections in Bettendorf.

Fejervary Park

The Fejervary Children's Zoo is located in scenic Fejervary Park, adjacent to the Davenport Museum of Art and the Putnam Museum of Natural History on West 12 th Street. The facility is owned and operated by the City of Davenport and in a cooperative partnership with the Niabi Zoo, located in Coal Valley, Illinois. Davenport, Iowa 1900 Telegraph Road (563) 326-7829

Illiniwek Forest Preserve
Illiniwek Forest Preserve, adjoining the east side of Hampton, Illinois along Route 84, contains 206 acres. Illiniwek's setting on the Mississippi River is ideally situated for a combination of recreation, both on land and in the water.  Facilities available at the park include primitive camping areas, sixty pads with water and electric hookups, shower houses, and a dumping station. Other facilities include boat launch ramps, hiking trails, a picnic shelter, and a wooded bluff picnic area overlooking the Mississippi River.

Indian Bluff Forest Preserve
Indian Bluff Forest Preserve contains 188 acres lying atop a low bluff overlooking the Rock River Valley just south of the Quad City Airport.
The main feature of the forest preserve is its 18 hole irrigated golf course. Golfing supplies, refreshments, and rental carts are available at the pro shop and clubhouse. Other features include a picnic shelter (which may be reserved), picnic areas, game areas, and playground equipment.

LeClaire Park and Band shell

With a full size outdoor stage, 750 festival seats and three acres of festival space. The Band shell is the site of the Bix Jazz Festival, the Mississippi Blues Festival, River Rockin Ribfest, and the Symphony Pops Concert. Located next to Rhythm City Casino in Davenport.

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve is located southwest of the Quad Cities area, seven miles west of Andalusia; off Illinois Route 92. The 1,600 acre forest preserve offers the visitor recreational activities including camping, hiking, picnic shelters, boating (boat rentals available), and fishing. Two of the main attractions at Loud Thunder are the 167 acre Lake George and the Mississippi River, which serves as its northern boundary. In addition to primitive camping areas, White Oak Campground offers 26 sites with water and electric hookups. (309) 795-1070

Niabi Zoo

Niabi Zoo offers an exciting learning experience, and is home to over 900 animals representing more than 160 species.
12908 Niabi Zoo Road

Coal Valley, IL 61240

(309) 799-5107


Davenport Shelters for rent

Duck Creek, Fejervary, Emeis, Credit Island and Marquette Street. Call (563) 326-7812.

Stampe Lilac Garden

Duck Creek Park, a popular wedding location maintained by the Davenport Horticultural Society (563) 326-7812

Scott County Park  

With 1280 acres, is the largest in Scott County. Located nine miles north of Davenport off U.S. Highway 61, the park has twelve picnic areas and shelters with tables, grills and/or fireplaces accessible. It offers two baseball fields, playground equipment, a radio-controlled airplane site, nature trails, an equestrian area and four unique camping areas. Modern restrooms and showers are available. Camping fees range from $9 to $15 depending on services. An olympic size swimming pool located near the Indian Hills Shelter has lifeguards and offers summer swimming lessons. Winter sports include sledding, cross-country skiing, tobogganing are held at the Whispering Pines Shelter each year. Long Grove, Iowa 19251 290 St. (563) 328-3282

Walnut Grover Pioneer Village

Walnut Grove was a Scott County cross-roads settlement and stage coach stop of the 1860s. The Village includes 18 historic buildings , some relocated from rural Scott County.

Located in Scott County Park in Long Grove, Iowa (563) 328-3283

West Lake Park

West Lake Park is a 620 acre facility offering four lakes for fishing and/or swimming. A boat dock, parking lot, handicap fishing dock, beach area, and paddle boat rentals are available for the water enthusiast. For the landlubbers - the park offers picnic facilities, playground areas, modern restrooms and two campground areas with electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups. The fees for camping range from $9 to $15 per night. Both camping areas have comfort stations and are equipped for the handicapped.

(563) 328-3281

Vander Veer Botanical Center

Vander Veer Botanical Park, which welcomes approximately 25,000 visitors to continuous floral shows year-round. The rose garden and conservatory are especially popular as wedding sites.
Between Brady and Harrison Streets South of East Central Park Ave. (563) 326-7818


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American Discovery Trail

A planned multi-purpose recreational transportation corridor that conceptually extends from California to Delaware. The trail gives local users the opportunity to ride or walk a trail of national significance. The American Discovery Trail travels north from Muscatine, Iowa along the Great River Trail from Buffalo to Davenport, Iowa. At the Arsenal Island, the American Discovery Trail crosses the Mississippi River into Rock Island County to the Illinois Great River Trail. It continues into Illinois to the Hennepin Canal State Parkway via East Moline, Silvis, Carbon Cliff and Colona. It leaves the Quad Cities from Colona along the Hennepin Canal east 75 miles to Ottawa.

The Great River Trail

A 62 mile Mississippi River experience from Rock Island's Sunset Marina to Savanna, Illinois. Always in sight or sound of the mighty waterway, it is a biking, hiking or jogging event which will pull you back time and time again. The Great River Trail is one of the many partners making up the 475 miles Grand Illinois Trail. This lengthy trail from the shores of the Mississippi to the beaches of Lake Michigan loops around Northern Illinois and offers outstanding vistas of both metropolitan and rural settings. In Rock Island County, the trail passes by such sites as the Rock Island Arsenal, the Quad City Botanical Center, Sylvan Island and The Mark of the Quad Cities.

The Great River Road

Parallels the Mississippi River from its source in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Over 3000 miles of federal, state and county roads make up the Great River Road and meander through woodlands, farmlands and river towns, north-south through the heart of our vast country. The Great River Road in Illinois was designated a federal Scenic Byway in the year 2000. The Illinois portion of the byway follows Route 84 and Illinois 92 along the River in Rock Island County. Water recreation, sports, cruises and historical areas are featured in the county. The historic Rock Island Arsenal and Civil War Confederate Prisoners Cemetery share an island in the river with the Corps of Engineers and Dam #15 Visitor Center. The Quad City area is one of the largest metropolitan concentrations on this portion of the Mississippi River.

The Quad Cities Bicycle Club

If you are looking for high quality bicycles and biking supplies, take a look at You will find a great selection of Mountain Bikes, Comfort Bikes,   Beach CruisersBMX Bikes, and Folding Bikes, as well as bicycle trailers , and bike carriers .

Golf Courses

Illinois Golf Courses

Byron Hills
Hillsdale Rd., 2 miles east of Port Byron. 309-523-2664. Par 71 - 6,107 yards

Country View
South off Wolfe Rd., 4 miles east of Colona. 309-441-5272

Mapel Glen
Rt. 6 east of Geneseo, 309-944-5418

Gibson Woods
Monmouth Park, Monmouth 309-734-9968

Hubbard Rd., East Moline, 2 miles east of Hampton. 309-496-2434. Par 72 - 6,338 yards

Governor's Driving Range and Learning Center
2180 53rd St., Moline 309-797-8384

Hawthorn Ridge
IL. 94, 22 miles south of Aledo, 309-582-5641. Par 72 - 6,492 yards

Highland Springs
35th St. West Rock Island, 309-787-5814. Par 72 - 6,487 yards

Hillcrest Resort
16260 E. 350th St., Orion, 309-526-8700

Indian Bluff
Indian Bluff Rd., Milan 309-799-3868. Par 70 - 5,674 yards

3101 38th St., Rock Island, 309-788-2267. Par 69 - 5,770 yards

TPC at Deere Run
Silvis, Par 71, 7100 yards

South of Rt. 150, west of Alpha 309-872-5321

Iowa Golf Course

Credit Island
Credit Island Park Dr., Davenport, IA. 319-326-7820. 9 holes, par 34 - 2,632 yards

Duck Creek
Locust and Marlow, Davenport. 319-326-7824. Par 70 - 5,700 yards

Wisconsin & W. Locust, Davenport 319-326-7825. Par 72 - 6,500 yards

Hidden Hills
I-80 & Middle Rd., Bettendorf. 319-332-5616. Par 70 - 5,800 yards

U.S. 67 near LeClaire. 319-289-4653. 9 holes, par 36 - 2,950 yards

Palmer Hills
2100 block Middle Rd., Bettendorf 319-332-8296. Par 71 - 6,800 yards

Rustic Ridge
1151 E. Iowa, Eldridge. 319-285-8119. 9 holes, par 36 - 3,120 yards

Glynns Creek Golf Course
Scott County Park, Long Grove, 563-328-3280

Sunrise Golf
3947 Moencks Road, Bettendorf. 319-332-6386. 9 holes, par. 35 - 2,963 yards

Valley Golf and Recreation
6364 Northwest Blvd., Davenport. 319-391-9711. 9 holes, par 35 - 2,640 yards

Country Clubs

Crow Valley Golf Club
6300 Utica Ridge Rd., Bettendorf, IA. 319-359-1676

Davenport Country Club
25500 Valley Dr. Pleasant Valley, IA. 319-332-4050

Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club
R.I. Arsenal, IL. 309-793-1601

Pinnacle Country Club
11928 Knoxville, Rd., Milan, IL. 309-787-6191

Short Hills Country Club
11th St. near 25th Ave., East Moline, IL. 309-755-0618

Oakwood Country Club
Rt. 6, Coal Valley. 309-799-3153

Geneseo Country Club
rural Geneseo, IL., 309-944-3666

Fitness Centers

Golds Gym

4885 Utica Ridge Rd, Davenport , IA 52807

(563) 355-2900

D Js Body Shop Gym

2025 Jebens Ave, Davenport , IA 52804

(563) 388-9449

Quad Cities Rock Gym

810 Golden Valley Dr, Bettendorf , IA 52722

(563) 355-5533

Work Fitness Center

2535 Maplecrest Rd, Bettendorf , IA 52722

(563) 421-2680

Work Fitness Center

Davenport , IA 52801

(563) 344-3670

Bettendorf Life Fitness Center

2222 Middle Rd, Bettendorf , IA 52722

(563) 344-4119

Rock Island Fitness & Activity Center

1528 3rd Ave, Rock Island , IL 61201

(309) 732-7432

DePaepes Super Gym

1409 30th St, Rock Island , IL 61201

(309) 786-4143

Two Rivers- YMCA

2040 53rd St, Moline , IL 61265

(309) 736-7812

YWCA Of The Quad Cities

229 16th St, Rock Island , IL 61201

(309) 788-3479

Morrows Academy Of Martial Arts

Davenport , IA 52801

(563) 355-5970

Miletichs Martial Arts Center

810 Golden Valley Dr, Bettendorf , IA 52722

(563) 355-1866


Team Sports

Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Team

Enjoy a water ski show by the Quad Cities Nationally Ranked Backwater Gamblers. See their website for show schedules and locations.

Quad City Mallards

United League Hockey Team. See the Mallards play at the Mark of The Quad Cities.

Swing of the Quad Cities Baseball Team
The Class A Midwest League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins . See them play in Historic John O'Donnell Stadium.

Quad City Steam Wheelers

The Quad Cities Arena Football Team. See the high action games in the Mark of the Quad Cities.

Water Parks

Longview Park Aquatic Center White Water Junction Rock Island , IL 61201

(309) 732-7946

Wacky Waters

8228 S Fairmont St, Davenport , IA 52801

(563) 388-9910

Riverside Park & Riverslide

3300 5th Ave, Moline , IL 61265

(309) 797-0785

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