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Resort Hospitality LLC
Reynolds Motor Company
1900 42nd Ave
East Moline IL

Rock Island Memorial Park
4205 30th Ave
Rock Island IL

Rock Island Parks & Recreation
4303 24 St
Rock Island IL

Roto Rooter
(563) 388-9900

Sammi Kay's Gifts
1105 Christie St
Davenport IA

Scott County Kennel Club
626 W. River Drive
Davenport IA

Seaford Clothing
2613 5TH Ave
Rock Island IL

Sexton Ford
3802 16th Street
Moline IL

Simplicity Contractors

Sleep Inn
Smile Awhile Preschool
300 West 2ND AVE
Milan IL.

St. Mary's Cemetery
2301 3rd St
East Moline IL

Stay Bridge Suites
4729 Progress Drive
Davenport IA

What's there for me to see and do around town?

-- Abbey Hotel -- Motorists coming into Iowa across the Interstate 74 bridge see this Romanesque structure atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. At night, it's a brightly lit landmark. It formerly had served as a cloistered Carmelite monastery for many years. It offers 19 guest rooms, three banquet rooms and a chapel to rent; 1401 Central Ave., Bettendorf; (563) 355-0291;

-- Abbey Station -- Rock Island's former Rock Island Lines depot has been restored and renovated to contain an elegant ballroom. Abbey Station is available for meetings, wedding receptions, and banquets. Sunday brunch is offered on holidays and special occasions. A railroad memorial stands nearby with inscriptions describing important events in area railroad history; 32nd Street and 5th Avenue, Rock Island; (563) 355-0291;

-- Adler Theatre -- The former RKO Orpheum vaudeville house, built in 1931, seats 2,400 and hosts a variety of performing-arts presentations, ranging from theater to symphony. Recent renovation project includes stage expansion and back-stage renovation; 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport; (563) 326-8500;

-- Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show -- Free water-skiing shows at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, on the Rock River at 44th Street in Rock Island; (309) 786-8987;

-- Belgian Museum of the Quad Cities -- The former Center for Belgian Culture features an Old World lace exhibition and special displays of memorabilia from early Belgian immigrants. The Quad-Cities once had the second-largest Belgian population in the United States. Free admission to the center is 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; Belgian-waffle breakfasts, $5, 8 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of every month; 712 18th Ave., Moline; (309) 762-0167;

-- Ben Butterworth Memorial Parkway -- Features a jogging path and the Ralph B. Birks Bike Trail, part of the Great River Trail, along the Mississippi River, plus a marina, gazebos, playgrounds and picnic facilities, restrooms, boating, fishing, a memorial garden and nature study. River Drive, Moline, from 22nd to 55th streets; (309) 797-0785

-- Black Hawk State Historic Site -- One of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, here are more than four miles of hiking trails amid rolling woodlands and steep bluffs along the Rock River at the site of Black Hawk's village, Saukenuk. Includes the Dickson-Sears Pioneer Cemetery, the Hauberg Indian Museum, Watch Tower Lodge and a restored prairie. Most of the park is a nature preserve and is open year-round; Blackhawk Road between 15th and 24th streets, Rock Island; museum, (309) 788-9536; office, (309) 788-0177;

-- Brettun and Black Mercantile Museum -- Housed in a restored 1849 brick building, the museum contains exhibits and artifacts related to the river, mining, pottery and mills, and oil paintings by Hampton artists depicting Hampton life. Open from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day to Sept. 22; annual apple festival will be held 1-4 p.m. Sept. 22; 601 1st Ave., Hampton; (309) 755-0362

-- Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead -- The first home of the famous frontier scout, buffalo hunter and Wild West showman, William F. Cody, has been restored and furnished in mid-19th-century style. Buffalo and Texas longhorn cattle graze nearby. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April-October. Adults $2, 16 and under free; 28050 230th Ave., near Bluff Road west of Princeton, Iowa, off County Road F33; (563) 225-2981;

-- Buffalo Bill Museum -- Features the famous Indian scout and impresario, plus pioneer, riverboat and Indian memorabilia and the sternwheeler Lone Star. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays May 15 to Oct. 15; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays Oct. 16-May14; noon-5 p.m. Sundays year-round. Admission $5 for adults; children $1; 200 N. River Drive, LeClaire, Iowa (take U.S. 67 north from Bettendorf); (563) 289-5580;

-- Butterworth Center -- The home of Katherine Butterworth, granddaughter of John Deere, was built as a wedding gift for her in 1892 and is now a community meeting hall. Tours are held hourly 1-4 p.m. Sundays in July and August, and by appointment Monday through Friday year-round. Visitors may stroll through the gardens to see the wide variety of flowers and plants; 1105 8th St., Moline; (309) 765-7971;

-- Campbell's Island -- At this state historic site, Sauk warrior Black Hawk, with the aid of British arms, defeated Lt. John Campbell's American Army keelboats on July 19, 1814. Nearby, a RiverWay art project, Peace Garden, represents Sauk art, designed to honor the Native American history of the Quad-Cities. A road circles the island, and a marina is available. Enter Campbell's Island Causeway from Illinois 84 beyond 2nd Avenue North, East Moline; monument is on far side of the island near the south end. (563) 322-2969

-- Catich Gallery -- Gallery holds the collection of the Rev. Edward Catich, internationally acclaimed calligrapher. Rotating exhibits showcase regional artists. Hours 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday throughout the academic year and by appointment in summer. Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport; (563) 333-6252;

-- Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse -- Dinner shows Wednesday through Sunday and matinees Wednesdays in the Fort Theater, a 1920s vaudeville house. The dinner theater has been producing Broadway musicals and other popular entertainment for 30 years. 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island; (309) 786-7733;

-- Chippiannock Cemetery -- One of the oldest formal cemeteries in Western Illinois, established in 1855, features many imaginative grave markers -- rugged boulders, spheres, anchors, anvils, cradles, Celtic crosses, even a pyramid and two family dogs. Designed by landscape architect Almerin Hotchkiss, Chippiannock is listed on the National Register of Historical places. Group tours available by appointment only; 2901 12th St., Rock Island; (309) 788-6622;

-- Colonel Davenport House -- The oldest house in the Quad-Cities, built about 1833 by Col. George Davenport, who was killed there by "the Banditti of the Prairies" in an infamous 1845 murder. The house and a marker are on the loop of Davenport Drive on the northwestern shore of Arsenal Island. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, May through October. Adults, $5; seniors and students, $3; families, $10; (309) 786-7336;

-- Deere-Wiman House -- "Overlook" was built in 1872 by Charles Deere, son of John Deere; his descendants lived there until 1976. Now used as public meeting rooms, it contains many of the original furnishings. Tours held hourly, 1-4 p.m., on Sundays in July and August, and by appointment Monday through Friday year-round; 817 11th Ave., Moline; (309) 765-7971;

-- The District -- The Downtown Rock Island Arts and Entertainment District, concentrated on and around the Great River Plaza, runs from 1st to 4th avenues and 15th to 24th streets, including Casino Rock Island on the Mississippi River. Enjoy live entertainment, shopping and a variety of restaurants. Special events and festivals held year-round. (309) 788-6311;

-- Family Museum -- Exhibit galleries include "Amazing Acres," on weather and agriculture; "The Garden" for preschoolers; "Busy Bodies," about nutrition and healthy choices for children; "Rhythm Alley," about sound and music, and other traveling exhibits. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays in summer; 9 a.m. -7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays -Saturdays in fall; adults, $5; seniors, $2, under 1, free; 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf; (563) 344-4106;

-- Figge Art Museum -- -- Collection of approximately 3,000 works that reflect artistic styles and development from the Renaissance to contemporary art with particular strength in American regionalists, Mexican colonial, Haitian art; features works by Grant Wood and a rotating schedule of exhibits. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays; adults, $7; seniors, $6; children, $4; 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport; (563) 326-7804;

-- Francis Dickens' grave -- Francis Jeffrey Dickens, son of British novelist Charles Dickens, is buried on a high terrace on the east side of Riverside Cemetery. The cemetery is open from sunrise to sunset; 2900 6th Ave., Moline; (309) 797-0790.

-- Fryxell Geology Museum -- This museum on the Augustana College campus emphasizes displays of rocks, minerals and fossils. Free admission; open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and 1-4 p.m. weekends during the academic year. Located in Swenson Hall of Geosciences; enter drive across from Lincoln Park on 38th Street hill between 8th and 11th avenues, Rock Island. (309) 794-7318;

-- German American Heritage Center -- This regional immigrant museum and gift shop focuses on teaching, demonstrating and bringing to life the spirit, values and work ethic of the German immigrant. The first part of the building was constructed in 1862, and the structure as it stands today was completed in 1877. Open 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays or by appointment. 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport; (563) 322-8844;

-- Hauberg Civic Center -- Weddings, receptions, special events and public meetings are held in a 20-room mansion built for Susan Christina Denkmann-Hauberg, daughter of a local lumber baron, and designed by Robert C. Spencer, a friend of Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours Monday-Friday by appointment; gardens, designed by garden architect Jens Jensen, always open; 1300 24th St., Rock Island; (309) 732-2132;

-- Hauberg Indian Museum and Watch Tower Lodge -- Dioramas depict Sauk and Mesquakie Indian cultures between 1750 and 1800 and the natural history of the region. The lodge is available for public use. Open 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; free admission; Black Hawk State Historic Site, 1510 46th Ave. (Blackhawk Road), Rock Island; (309) 788-9536;

-- Hero Street Park -- Honors the 100-plus residents of Silvis' two-block 2nd Street (renamed Hero Street in 1967) who have served in the military -- more than from any other street of comparable size in the country. Eight, all Mexican-Americans, died in World War II and the Korean War. Hero Street has become a focus of pride for the Hispanic community; 1st Avenue and 2nd Street, Silvis; (309) 792-9181;

-- John Deere Commons -- Moline's entertainment and tourism center. The area includes i wireless Center, John Deere Pavilion, John Deere Collectors Center, Centre Station, shops, restaurants and The Radisson on John Deere Commons; River Drive, Moline, from 12th to 15th streets; (309) 765-1278;

-- John Deere Pavilion -- This 14,000-square-foot exhibition hall pays tribute to Deere & Co.'s heritage with displays of modern and antique farm equipment. Free admission; 9-5 Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays; 1400 River Drive, Moline; (309) 765-1000;

-- John Deere Planetarium -- A Spitz planetarium instrument projects the movement of stars and planets for study. The Carl Gamble Observatory features a computer-driven Celestron C-14 14-inch reflector telescope. Open for groups by appointment during the academic year; open to the public once in the fall, once in the spring, and for an annual public Christmas program; Augustana College, 820 38th St., Rock Island; enter the drive across from Lincoln Park on 38th Street hill, between 8th and 11th avenues. (309) 794-7327;

-- John Deere world headquarters -- The Deere Administrative Center, completed in 1964, was designed by Eero Saarinen, creator of the St. Louis Arch. The unpainted high-tensile steel structure, weathered to a warm cinnamon-brown, reminds some of Japanese temple architecture. It received an American Institute of Architects 25-Year Award in 1993 as one of "31 buildings that changed modern life." Product display open 9-5 daily; all tours self-guided; 1 John Deere Place, north of John Deere Road a mile east of 70th Street, Moline; (800) 765-9588;

-- John O'Donnell Stadium -- Completely renovated in 2004, this scenic 1931-vintage ballpark, named for a local sportswriter, rests on the banks of the Mississippi River at the foot of the Centennial Bridge in Davenport. It is the home of The Swing of the Quad Cities in the Class A Midwest League; the season runs from mid-April through Labor Day. Box seats, bleachers, suites, picnic area and kids zone available; River Drive and Gaines Street, Davenport; (563) 324-3000;

-- i wireless Center -- Among other awards, the former Mark of the Quad Cities has been named national Arena of the Year by Performance magazine, 1993-98. The center plays host to national concert and theatrical tours, conventions and business shows, Quad City Flames Hockey and the Quad City Steamwheelers in the af2 arena-football league. Seats up to 11,000, depending on the event; 1201 River Drive, Moline; (309) 764-2001;

-- Mississippi River Visitors Center and Lock and Dam 15 -- Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it features information on the Mississippi River as well as views of Lock and Dam 15. Hours 9-5 p.m. daily; tours of the dam available by reservation at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Closed Christmas and New Year. Access from 24th Street, Rock Island, or 2nd Street, Davenport; (309) 794-5338;

-- Mississippi Valley Welcome Center -- The "Gateway to Iowa" is open year-round at Interstate 80 (exit 306) and U.S. 67 near LeClaire. Provides information on the Quad-Cities area and the state of Iowa, with a scenic overlook of the river. (563) 322-3911, ext. 120 for welcome center, ext. 119 for Iowa Peddler gift shop;

-- Niabi Zoo -- More than 900 animals, representing more than 160 species of mammals, birds and reptiles, housed in simulated natural habitats. Carousel and train rides available. 9:30-5 daily in summer. On Niabi Zoo Road, just off U.S. 6 east of Coal Valley; adults, $5; seniors, $4.50; kids, $4; under 2, free; (309) 799-5107;

-- Playcrafters Barn Theater -- Community theater presenting popular comedies and dramas year-round in converted and renovated barn. New show presented for three weekends every second month. 4950 35th Ave., Moline; (309) 762-0330;

-- Putnam Museum -- Maintains permanent exhibit halls plus changing traveling exhibits. Exhibits include: Black Earth/Big River; Hall of Mammals; River, Prairie and People; Asian/Egyptian Gallery; Iowa's Wild Places, and River Valley Discovery Room. IMAX Theatre shows 2D and 3D films. Exhibit-hall hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and noon-5 p.m. Sundays; check for IMAX show times; 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport; (563) 324-1933;

-- QCCA Expo Center -- Hosts trade, craft, business, sports and nature shows in a converted millwork factory now owned by the Quad City Conservation Alliance; 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island; (309) 788-5912;

-- Quad City Arts Center -- Iowa and Illinois artists show their work in the gallery during monthly exhibits. Consignment gallery features 125 regional artists. Free admission. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 am.-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; 1715 2nd Ave., Rock Island; (309) 793-1213;

-- Quad City Botanical Center -- The building's vertical-glass design uses natural daylight for plant growth and passive solar energy year-round. Features a sun garden, tropical flowers, a 14-foot waterfall, changing art exhibits and outdoor conifer and perennial gardens. Guided tours available upon reservation. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; admission $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 5-12, $1 for ages 2-4 and free for children under 2; 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island; (309) 794-0991;

-- Quad City Music Guild -- Three Broadway musicals presented June through August, one in December and one in April in a year-round, newly renovated, 100-year-old Chatauqua building in Prospect Park. 1584 34th Ave., Moline; (309) 762-6610;

-- Prospect Park Pavilion -- A two-story pavilion restored to its 1903 appearance. Its former chocolate brown exterior, however, was repainted white with red and hunter-green accents. Its cedar roof underwent repair, closed rails were replaced with spindles, and a new wooden floor was installed. It was part of a $1.2 million park restoration that began with the dredging of a 2-acre pond, shoreline stabilization, and extensive landscaping. Other improvements include an 18-hole disc golf course, two miles of trails, a way-finding system, gazebo, and native plantings. Pavilion is located at 33rd Avenue and Park 16th Street, Moline.

-- Quad City Sports Center -- Year-round indoor skating facility, featuring an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink and standard-size hockey arena. Year-round youth and adult hockey leagues, plus broomball, lacrosse and dodgeball during the summer. 700 W. River Drive, Davenport; (563) 322-5220;

-- RiverCenter -- Hosts public and private functions year-round, including conventions, food shows, expositions, concerts and the annual Festival of Trees; call for schedule; 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport; (563) 326-8500;

-- River Music Experience -- An interactive music museum that opened in 2004 in the historic Redstone Building, tracing the people, places, styles and movement of roots music along the Mississippi River from the 1800s to today. Concerts and changing exhibits in second-floor galleries. Museum open 10-5 Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, 10-7 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 1-5 Sunday, earlier on gospel-brunch weekends. Mojo's, the museum's coffee and gift shop, features regular live performances and is open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-midnight Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and offers a summer concert series. Museum admission $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for children under 12; 131 W. 2nd St., Davenport; (877) 326-1333;

-- Rock Island Arsenal -- The nation's largest manufacturing arsenal is located on Arsenal Island between Rock Island and Davenport. The Arsenal Museum, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, traces island history and houses more than 1,100 military weapons. The Clock Tower, built in 1863-67, has four 12-foot faces and a 32-foot pendulum. A replica of the original 1816 Fort Armstrong blockhouse stands at the western tip of the island. The National Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of veterans; the Confederate Cemetery holds those who died in the island's Union prison camp during the Civil War. The Colonel Davenport House is the Quad-Cities' oldest residence. Also has recreation paths and a private golf course. Enter from Moline via the Arsenal Bridge at 16th Street. (309) 782-5021 (museum);

-- Rock Island County Historical Society Museum and Research Library -- An 1878 house holds the historical society's displays of pioneer artifacts, with carriage house exhibits and a modern research library for county historical and genealogical information. Library open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; museum open by appointment; 822 11th Ave., Moline; (309) 764-8590;

-- Saukenuk -- At one time, Saukenuk, in present-day Rock Island, was the second-largest Indian settlement in North America. In the westernmost battle of the Revolutionary War, the village was burned in 1780 at the order of Col. George Rogers Clark to retaliate for Indian participation in British attempts to capture Cahokia and St. Louis. A bronze plaque below the Hillside Motel, where 11th and 12th streets meet, marks the site of the village; a plaque mounted above the stone retaining wall south of the Watch Tower Inn at Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island, commemorates the Revolutionary War raid.

-- Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park -- Fourteen runs for various skill levels on 28 acres of river bluff along the Mississippi River from early December through mid-March. Intermediate and expert runs serviced by two quad chair lifts and two double chair lifts. Rope tows on tube hill and main teaching hill replaced by new "magic carpets." Extensive snowmaking system covers 100 percent of trails. Snow tubing, skiing lessons, ski and snowboard rental, and cafeteria and lounge available; 9500 126th St. W., Taylor Ridge, just outside Andalusia; take Illinois 92 west from Milan. (309) 798-2666 or (800) 383-4002;

-- Village of East Davenport -- This historic retail area, dating back to 1851, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shops and restaurants thrive in restored mid-19th-century buildings. Festivals and events throughout the year. River Drive and Mound Street, Davenport; (563) 322-0546;

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