The 10 Best Things to Do in Rock Island, United States

January 4, 2018 Hector Krause

Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. The original Rock Island, from which the city name is derived, is the largest island on the Mississippi River. It is now called Arsenal Island. The population was 39,018 at the 2010 census. Located on the Mississippi River, it is one of the Quad Cities, along with neighboring Moline, East Moline, and the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf. The Quad Cities has a population of about 380,000. The city is home to Rock Island Arsenal, the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the US, which employs 6,000 people.
Restaurants in Rock Island

1. Jumer's Casino Rock Island

777 Jumers Dr, Rock Island, IL 61201-7606 +1 800-477-7747
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Jumer's Casino Rock Island

There’s no better place for nonstop gaming action and luxurious amenities than this Illinois Casino & Hotel. Jumer’s Casino and Hotel is equipped with the best in slots, table games, world-class hotel accommodations, amenities and dining. Jumer's amenities include a full service salon and day spa, four restaurants, gift shop, pool, fitness center and so much more! So, plan your visit to Jumer’s Casino and Hotel resort today. Your greatest Illinois gaming adventure awaits you!Recently Added: Aqua Driving Range with Floating Green.

Reviewed By LTCSPG - Davenport, Iowa

Beautiful building, lovely setting, great parking ---- But don't go to eat. First you have to walk about 100 yards through the casino to even find the restaurant. Then well the buffet was worth about $5. Food bins empty. Meat cold. And the fruit dumped out of the package into the serving bowls without being washed.

2. Figge Art Museum

225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801-1804 +1 563-326-7804
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 230 reviews

Figge Art Museum

Reviewed By Don M - Littleton, Colorado

We were very impressed with the lay-out and art. A couple of Picassos, Miro, and other modern masters (not our style but very good) Many Haiti paintings. Five Grant Wood with some memorabilia from Grant Wood's sister, nice old world 15th century Dutch, section on Frank Lloyd Wright, a Moran, a Bierstadt, a Russell.

3. TaxSlayer Center

1201 River Dr, Moline, IL 61265-1303 +1 309-764-2001
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

TaxSlayer Center

Reviewed By Beavercowboy - Muscatine, Iowa

No More Mr. Clean......

My buddy and I attended a concert by the Alice Cooper Group on Tuesday, May 13, 2018. The Taxslayer Center is a great venue for concerts. There really are no bad seats! The sound system is crisp snd clear, too. It has good access and a person can move quickly to the exits once sn event is finished. The restrooms are clean, too. It was a great show in a great venue!

4. Rock Island Arsenal

1776 E Street, 1 Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL 61299 +1 309-782-4420
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Rock Island Arsenal

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, America's largest government-owned arsenal is located on a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River.

Reviewed By Malachi - Wheatland, CA

This is where my family is buried, as all have served since the Civil War. This will be my eternal resting place too someday.

My grandfather, Waldo Goetsch, was it's Superintendent. There is a beautiful Confederate Cemetary to honor the PWO's who died here in captivity. We are one Nation under God, indivisible...

5. Vander Veer Botanical Park

215 West Central Park Avenue, Davenport, IA 52803 +1 563-326-7812
Excellent
59%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 150 reviews

Vander Veer Botanical Park

Reviewed By t0nylist0n - Davenport, Iowa

This park and conservatory is an interesting place year round and provides some interesting botanical exhibits. Regardless of the season, there is almost always a flowering plant. The place is great for weddings and receptions, and the staff is easy to work with!

6. The Putnam Museum & Science Center

1717 W 12th St, Davenport, IA 52804-3547 +1 563-324-1933
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

The Putnam Museum & Science Center

The Putnam is a place where people connect with history and ideas by doing, making and experiencing. Our classes and special events are a great complement to our hands-on exhibit galleries. There is always something new to discover and something for everyone at the Putnam.

Reviewed By EffieRose - QCA

Great exhibits for kids to use their fine and large motor skills. Exhibits are a little too advanced for toddlers and early elementary though there are activities within each exhibit for smaller children to participate and learn. The vacuum tubes and scarves had our grandsons entranced for 30 minutes plus! The dress up and play Indian village is great fun as is the tall tree house.

Of course, everyone must go to the lower level to see mummies and sarcophagus - as interesting now as it was 40 years ago

We remember the building when it was Davenport Art Gallery. It is great to see this wonderful space utilized by exhibits allowing room for large or small tours.

Whether visiting the Quad Cities or a resident, there are interesting exhibits for young and young at heart.

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL MUSEUMS!
Visit at least once a year, become a member, Volunteer and you will fall in love with this fantastic public museum! Our public owned museums enrich the lives of thousands of children and families who may never have the opportunity to visit a metropolitan museum. Support our local attractions.

7. Rock Island Arsenal Museum

Bldg. 60, North Avenue just east of Gillespie, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL +1 309-782-5021
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
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Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 99 reviews

Rock Island Arsenal Museum

Reviewed By Malachi - Wheatland, CA

This museum showcases the history of the Arsenal and the armaments it has produced over the years.

Its a working Army Command, so security is tight and requires a background check and residency in the US. My Vietnamese wife could not enter when we first visited last year before our marriage because she was traveling on a tourist visa. We returned this year after our marriage and with her green card and she had no problem getting on base. Clearances are issued for one year.

8. Chocolate Manor

110 E 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801-1502 +1 563-355-6600
Excellent
93%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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5 based on 61 reviews

Chocolate Manor

Reviewed By cherylg0829 - Hartford, Wisconsin

We found Chocolate Manor last year on our way to Kansas City from Wisconsin. Everyone was so friendly and outgoing and the chocolate is the best! We stopped last week again on our way thru and, just like the first time, they were so welcoming...MoreCherylg0829, Thank you for trying us out twice; I'm delighted to hear you had a positive experience at Chocolate Manor both times. We hope come summer time we will have the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you for your review, Randyl Mohr Co-Owner

9. Quad City Botanical Center

2525 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201-9008 +1 309-794-0991
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Quad City Botanical Center

Reviewed By Tsubasa99 - Singapore, Singapore

This isnt the worlds biggest botanical center; but for the QC area I think its rather good. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and can give you highlights of what's in bloom when you visit.

We just visited but unfortunately it was a bit too early for the outdoor gardens...its didnt stop us from exploring but not much to see this time of year.

I appreciate that the botanical center holds special events including literature readings, family friendly celebrations, etc. Its nice to see such a wonderful resource available to the community.

10. Freight House Farmers Market

421 W River Dr, Davenport, IA 52801-1136 +1 563-322-6009
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Freight House Farmers Market

Reviewed By davidlI5106MM

This is nice to have in our area. It is always nice to buy fresh produce, and there is lots more here. There are flea market type merchants selling various items in addition to all the food products. Food trucks are here with even more variety of foods. There are local crafts vendors selling their wares. There is a lot going on here, we often plan a bike ride on the adjacent bike path and before or after bike to Credit Island or go anywhere along the bike path.

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