The largest of the Quad Cities on the Iowa-Illinois border makes a convenient stop for travelers along I-80 or I-74. Check out the art museum, catch a baseball game at Modern Woodmen Park and explore the area's German heritage.
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Modern Woodmen Park
Credit: Courtesy of Modern Woodmen Park

Do

Figge Art Museum

One gallery is dedicated to Frank Lloyd Wright; another features American artists of the 1920s and 1930s, including Grant Wood. figgeartmuseum.org

Freight House Farmers Market

Find fresh produce, baked goods and crafts on Saturdays year-round. freighthousefarmersmarket.com

German American Heritage Center

Housed in an 1860s hotel where many German immigrants stayed, this center focuses on the immigrants' experiences, as well as the history of the Quad Cities area and German culture. gahc.org

German American Heritage Center
Credit: Courtesy of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau

Modern Woodmen Park

The minor-league Quad Cities River Bandits play at this ballpark where a bounce house, roller coaster, carousel and other rides provide entertainment off the field. milb.com/quad-cities

Nahant Marsh

A self-guided tour through the marsh introduces you to several types of wetland environments. The educational center hosts events for kids and adults. nahantmarsh.org

Putnam Museum and Science Center 

Get up close to polar bears in the Hall of Mammals or have fun with hands-on experiments in the Science Center. putnam.org

Putnam Museum exhibit
Putnam Museum. Courtesy of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.
| Credit: Courtesy of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau

Vander Veer Botanical Park 

Explore a 33-acre park's conservatory, gardens and lagoon. cityofdavenport.com

Eat and Drink

Boozie's Bar and Grill

This restaurant is the perfect spot to discuss your Davenport discoveries. booziesdavenport.com

The Machine Shed

Stuffed pork chops, pot roast, and creamed chicken and biscuits are among the hearty, from-scratch meals at this farm-theme restaurant. machineshed.com

Lagomarcino's Soda Fountain

Indulge in hot fudge sundaes, banana splits, ice cream sodas and chocolate-covered toffees at this century-old store. lagomarcinos.com

Stay

The Current Iowa

This boutique hotel opened recently in the 1910 Putnam building. Original artwork in every room and Mississippi River views enhance your stay. thecurrentiowa.com

Hotel Blackhawk

The refurbished 11-story Hotel Blackhawk blends classic and contemporary styles to create a chic overnight spot downtown. hotelblackhawk.com

Hotel Blackhawk
Hotel Blackhawk
| Credit: Jay Wilde

Doubletree by Hilton 

A six-story atrium with waterfall fountain anchors this newly renovated hotel downtown, which has 223 guest rooms and a lobby bar. hilton.com