Bettendorf , Iowa is part of the region known as the Quad Cities, located right along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The Quad Cities consists of the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. The region also includes smaller communities within a short driving distance.
Bettendorf is geographically defined by the unusual path of the Mississippi River - the only place where the Mississippi runs from east to west.
If you head east on River Drive from downtown Davenport, Iowa you’ll fine yourself in Bettendorf, Iowa - home of the Family Museum, Isle of Capri Riverboat Casino & Hotel, 53rd Street Shopping Corridor and just a 15 minute drive from a wonderful little town called LeClaire – a true river town from the past and the birthplace of the wild west’s Buffalo Bill Cody.
Bettendorf's award-winning Family Museum features a wonderful array of permanent, interactive exhibits and an excellent traveling exhibition schedule. At the museum children of all ages can emmerse themselves into interactive exhibits, traveling exhibitions, and a large waterplay area. The museum also features and outdoor park area where more interactive experiences can be found.
Dining in Bettendorf provides a variety of choices as do the wealth of biking trails and parks in this area.