January 3, 2012

PUBLISHER’S CORNER – 50 Plus things to do in the Quad Cities

Adams,-Dan-colorBy Dan Adams
Lighthouse Homecare

50 Plus things to do in the Quad Cities.

I traveled a fair amount in 2011, and inevitably people always ask where I live. “Quad-Cities,” I say, then followed by, “Pleasant Valley.” About half of the people know right where Quad-Cities is located and have either family or friends from this area. The other half have no clue. They respond, “Where is this again?” That response is always followed up by, “What is there to do in Quad-Cities?” Each time I return home, I think about this question, and I’m always on the lookout for new things to do in the area. With this thought in mind, here are my 50 Plus things to do in the Quad-Cities (in no particular order of importance).

• Bowling at the new Blackhawk Hotel
• A walk on the new riverfront park in Rock Island
• Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
• John Deere Pavilion
• A stroll through LeClaire
• Riverbend Antiques in Davenport (don’t forget to pet the dog that looks like a rug)
• Fish & Chips at SteepleGate Inn
• TPC Deere Run
• Davenport Country Club
• The many YMCAs
• Maria’s in Moline (best Mexican food)
• Dunn’s Coffee
• Buffalo Bill Museum
• Black Hawk State Historical Site
• Bucktown Center for the Arts
• Figge Art Museum
• Take a stroll across the bridge to nowhere in Davenport
• A boat ride on the Mississippi River
• CASI Holiday Hat Bash
• River Action’s Fathers Day bicycle ride
• YMCA Turkey Trot
• Farmers Market on Saturday mornings
• Lagomarcino’s
• River Bandits
• Quad-City Botanical Center
• Jim’s Rib Haven
• German American Heritage Center
• Festival of Trees
• Rent an inflatable jump at QCJUMPZONE.COM
• Celebration River Cruises
• Realm Wellness Spa in Rock Island
• Creekside Vineyard
• Red Crow happy hour
• Family Museum
• Niabi Zoo
• Davenport Skatepark (okay just to watch)
• Cordova Dragway Park
• A run or two at Snowstar
• Rock Island Arsenal Museum
• John Deere Classic
• Bix Festival
• A shoeshine at the Quad-City Airport
• A ride on The Loop (it’s only a buck, 50 cents for seniors)
• Whitey’s Ice Cream
• Many local bands (check out RCREADER.COM for complete listings)
• Redstone Room
• Great Mississippi Valley Fair
• Quad-City Symphony
• Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead

and of course let’s not forget…..

• The Ross’s Magic Mountain.

I could go on and on about what to do in the Quad-Cities. It’s a great place to live, work and play. Don’t like my list? Drop us an email and tell us what are your favorite things to do in and around the Quad-Cities. We will enter you into a
drawing to win one of many prizes throughout the next year. Our email is info@50pluslife.com.

Dan Adams can be contacted by calling (563) 505-8821 or at dandadams@gmail.com