Davenport, 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.
Davenport is the 3rd largest city in the State of Iowa. Davenport is a place proud of its unique heritage at the crossroads of America. Geographically defined by the unusual path of the Mississippi River - the only place where the Mississippi runs from east to west.
A few of Davenport’s attractions include the Figge Art Museum, River Music Experience and Red Stone Room for live music, the Sky Bridge, Putnam Museum & IMAX Theater, award-winning Modern Woodmen baseball stadium, German American Heritage Center, Bucktown Center for the Arts, Vander Veere Botanical Center and Park, Adler Theatre – serving up top broadway performances, and Rhythm City casino. Bucktown Center for the Arts features working artist studios and art for sale in a fully renovated warehouse in the downtown area.
You’ll also find a nice selection of bars, clubs, coffee shops, and restaurants in the downtown area. Local night spots include Mac’s Tavern, The Carriage Haus, Penguin’s Comedy Club, Front Street Brewery, and Great River Brewery. Dining options include Antonella’s Trattoria Ristorante, Boozie’s Bar & Grill, Downtown Deli, Mojo’s Café, and Duck City Bistro to name a few.
Head east out of the downtown area on River Drive and you will find yourself at the historic Village of East Davenport. This 6-square block shopping district is filled with quaint shops, restaurants, pubs, antique stores, and galleries. And if you like to really to shop, you’ll have your choice of over 200 stores at NorthPark Mall and along the area’s 53rd Street shopping corridor.
Like the other cities, Davenport’s riverfront hosts a variety of world-class festivals including the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, River Rockin’ Rib Fest, River Roots Live Music Fest, the Quad City Symphony’s Riverfront Pops Concert and Festival of Trees.