9 Fun Warm-Weather Activities Along the Quad Cities Riverfront
Looking for activities to do the rest of summer and early fall, all while enjoying the Mighty Mississippi? Here are several ways you can take in the beautiful riverfront scenery the Quad Cities has to offer.
Stand up Paddle Board and Kayak Rentals
YMCA Sylvan Boathouse located in Moline, Illinois offers paddle board and kayak rentals. Hours are Friday-Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Customers can choose between 1-hour or 2-hour rental. Prices and more information here.
Bike Paths Along the River
Great River Trail on the Illinois side
Bicyclists can enjoy this 62.5-mile paved trail along the Mighty Mississippi that starts in Rock Island, Illinois and ends in Savana, Illinois. Stop at several restaurants, shops, and breweries along the way. The whole trail system is 10 feet wide, so bicyclists have plenty of room to pass fellow bikers and/or walkers.
RiverWay Trail on the Iowa side
This paved bike trail runs through the Iowa Quad Cities. Bikers can start at Credit Island Park in Davenport and enjoy the beautiful Mississippi River scenery through Riverdale, Iowa. Stop by historic villages, the Figge Art Museum, charming neighborhoods, and local restaurants along the way.
Twilight River Cruises
Looking for an overnight river cruise experience on the Mighty Mississippi? The Twilight River Cruise is perfect for you! Enjoy a two-night river cruise that stars in LeClaire, Iowa travels to Dubuque, Iowa, and then returns to LeClaire. The Twilight River Cruise is a non-gambling boat that allows passengers to explore local shops, museums, and restaurants in both LeClaire and Dubuque. Departures are every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday Memorial Day through October. For more information, click here.
Celebration River Cruise
Is a two-day river cruise too long for you? Then the Celebration River Cruise is a perfect alternative. The Celebration Belle is a 750-passenger luxury, non-gaming riverboat - the largest on the Upper Mississippi River. There are several cruise options to choose from, ranging from narrated sightseeing to lunch cruises. You can even rent the boat for any special occasion! Cruising season is March through December; dockside season is January and February. For more information on prices, hours, and cruise options, click here.
Channel Cat Taxi
The Channel Cat offers three open-aired boat taxis that allow passengers to get a taste of what is considered the most dangerous section of the upper Mississippi. The Channel Cat runs Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Services are extended to October if weather permits it. There are four pick up and dropoff locations. For more information on locations and times, click here.
Located at The Bend, along the Mississippi, Sweatstock Festival is a weekend-long festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock Aug. 16-17. More than 100 standout Quad Cities musicians will recreate Woodstock performances. For more details about times and prices, click here.
Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops: The Music of Queen
On Saturday, August 17, let the Quad City Symphony Orchestra rock you with a killer setlist of Queen’s greatest hits. Located on the Rock Island Arsenal Island, gates open to the public at noon and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets range from $5-20. Click here for more information about the event and tickets.
Schwiebert Park Concert Series
Starting August 23, Schwiebert Park in Rock Island, IL will offering free concerts every Thursday night through October 11. Enjoy food and beverages from Happy Joe’s and Bent River. Concessions open at 6:00 pm, dance lessons begin at 6:30pm, and music starts at 7:00pm. Bring lawn chairs, but please leave outside alcoholic beverages at home. Click here for a complete lineup.