10 Things to Do in Muscatine That You Shouldn't Miss

November 28, 2017 Velvet Mowry

Muscatine is a city in Muscatine County, Iowa, United States. The population was estimated at 23,968 in 2015, an increase from 22,697 in the 2000 census. The county seat of Muscatine County, it is located along the Mississippi River. The local business association says that the name Muscatine is not used by any other community.
Restaurants in Muscatine

1. Pine Creek Grist Mill

1884 Wildcat Den Rd, Muscatine, IA 52761-9479 +1 563-263-4337
Excellent
74%
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24%
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Pine Creek Grist Mill

Reviewed By MMM_and_MPM - Bettendorf, Iowa

We drove out from the Quad Cities with the idea of some scenic hiking on a beautiful summer day. We weren't disappointed as we hiked by and through interesting rock formations and along quiet, cool forested trails. We were surprised by how few insects there were. The 1848 Pine Creek Grist Mill is a destination in itself and needs to be visited while the volunteers are there to lead tours through the mills inner workings. Unfortunately we were too late for that historical perspective. In some ways the trails, rock formations and wood steps and landings reminded us of the Maquoketa Caves park.

2. Muscatine History and Industry Center

117 W 2nd St, Muscatine, IA 52761-3714 +1 563-263-1052
Excellent
79%
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Muscatine History and Industry Center

Reviewed By liam665 - Columbus, Ohio

We stopped in looking for something else and got drawn into the museum, and we're really glad we did! It was a perfect case of getting fascinated by something you didn't think you were interested in. The person working there was extremely helpful and informative (she also helped us with the thing that we had originally stopped in about), and we left with a whole new appreciation not just for buttons, but also for economic history, labor history, midwest regional history, etc. It was a wonderful experience.

3. Muscatine Art Center

1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA 52761-3429 +1 563-263-8282
Excellent
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5 based on 19 reviews

Muscatine Art Center

Reviewed By michaelRehwaldt - washington dc

Some generous individuals have gifted a large number of Impressionist paintings as well as Picasso etc. Not what you would expect to find in a small town art gallery or even a mid sized city. Truly a treasure with many treasures

4. Discovery Park

3300 Cedar St, Muscatine, IA 52761-2375
Excellent
57%
Good
38%
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Discovery Park

Reviewed By Mary R

The discovery center,offers educational information on the habitat that surrounds us. It tells about the various fish that are available for the catching. (With a liscens). They have several walkways you can take, there is a gazebo perfect for a wedding. This is truly a great place for picture taking.

5. Contrary Brewing Company

411 W Mississippi Dr, Muscatine, IA 52761-3150 +1 563-299-7894
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5 based on 9 reviews

Contrary Brewing Company

Reviewed By Phill N

I seriously can not get enough of this place! The beer is unbelievably fresh and the menu changes all the time. The pennies are incredible! Plenty of seating, some recliners, a couple big group tables, an awesome deck that gives wonderful views of the Mississippi River. The nicest people you could meet as well!!!

6. Muscatine Aquatic Center

1 Park Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761 +1 563-263-0884
Excellent
31%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
6%
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4 based on 16 reviews

Muscatine Aquatic Center

Reviewed By Vacationnthree

This pool is located in Weed Park. It was nicely designed. There is a zero entry area and play area for toddlers, a area for a little older then on the other side of the wall it is deeper for even older kids. They have short wide slides, a tall slide and diving boards in the designated deep area.
I am very comfortable taking my daughter here, the rates are very reasonable. There is a snack area that I feel is very reasonably priced too.
The only thing that would be nicer is to have a few more umbrellas for shade. I go early to ensure I get a umbrella as I don't like to get too much sun.

7. Deep Lakes Park

2554 Pettibone Ave, Muscatine, IA 52761-9137
Excellent
68%
Good
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

This 425-acre county park features over 120 acres of small lakes and ponds amongst a landscape of grassy/brushy areas and sand dunes.

Reviewed By Beavercowboy - Muscatine, Iowa

I would ever get to swim in a gravel pit again! I grew up in Muscatine and , as a kid, "swam in the pits" regularly. I loved them because of their clear, relatively clean water. So refreshing! Trespassing laws we're strengthened in the 1970's and getting caught swimming in the pits carried a heavy fine.
Today, Muscatine County has Deep Lakes Park, which is centered around an abandoned gravel pit. One can swim, fish, and picnic at the park. There are porta-potties there if you need, a boat dock and a roped-off swimming area.

(Note: Do yourself a favor and follow all posted rules to the letter. There is a no leeway law enforcement policy in effect and fines appear to be heavy.)

8. Weed Park

Washington St, Intersection of River Road & Washington Street, Muscatine, IA 52761
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5 based on 4 reviews

Weed Park

Reviewed By willtulsaok - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Weed Park is a comfortable park for adults to walk around and for kids to play. Our motivation was to visit the two 150 year old 10 inch Rodman cannons mounted to guard the Mississippi River. After seeing these huge cannons, the rest of the park invites you to stroll around. We think it would be worth the time to get off the highway, come into Muscatine, and visit this hidden little park.

9. Wildcat Den State Park

1884 Wildcat Den Rd, Muscatine, IA 52761-9479
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Wildcat Den State Park

Reviewed By SteveMirn - Fort Collins, Colorado

I've been to Wildcat Den State Park several times and have thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the place. Especially fun are the Pine Creek Grist Mill and the Old Stone Church (oldstonechurch.us) just a mile north of the park on Verdi Ave and 180th.

10. Swamp White Oak Preserve

1620 231st St, Muscatine, IA
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3.5 based on 2 reviews

Swamp White Oak Preserve

This is a conservation area run by the nature conservancy. Open to the public. Official office is in Letts Iowa (Louisa County) While the Preserve is north in Muscatine county

Reviewed By nswamp

A great place to walk and see what Iowa looked like a long time ago. They are slowly taking it back to pre-plow days. The poison ivy is everywhere so if you are allergic, be careful. If your dogs get into the brush, you will need to wash the urushiol off.

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