What to do and see in Rock Island, Illinois (IL): The Best Free Things to do

October 21, 2021 Misti Hsu

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. Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show

5000 44th St (44th St. & the Rock River), Rock Island, IL 61201-7131 +1 309-786-8987 http://www.backwatergamblers.com/Home.aspx
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5.0 based on 21 reviews

Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show

2. Rock Island Arsenal

1776 E Street 1 Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL 61299 +1 309-782-4420 [email protected] http://www.riamwr.com/
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4.5 based on 109 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 jandsminerals - Brown Deer, United States

The check-in process was fairly quick, however,it was the middle of the week. Hubby was stationed at the arsenal 50 years ago and we always wanted to go back to visit and did just that this summer. There is a lot of history on the island. There are two cemeteries on the island. The National Cemetery was not only beautiful, but the displays were interesting to just walk through. There was also a confederate cemetery dating back to the civil war. We were able to drive most places on the island and really enjoyed the views of the Mississippi River. Some of the old buildings were absolutely beautiful including quarters #1 which we understand is the 2nd largest government owned residence behind the White House. If traveling in the area, it is worth a few hours to look around. There is also an area devoted to old artillery that is kept up beautifully. On our visit there was a young man actually repainting the old tanks.

3. Jumer's Casino Rock Island

777 Jumers Dr, Rock Island, IL 61201-7606 +1 800-477-7747 [email protected] http://www.jumerscasinohotel.com
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4.5 based on 2,063 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 T698CNdavidb

Clean non smoking wide selection of plays friendly great rooms good food great steak house gifts good selection on comps

4. Atomic Cannon

Rodman Avenue Memorial Park, Rock Island, IL
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Atomic Cannon

5. Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 16

33109 102nd Ave. W, Rock Island, IL
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 16

6. Rock Island Arsenal Museum

3500 N Avenue Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL 61299-5000 +1 309-782-5021 http://www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org/museum/
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Rock Island Arsenal Museum

The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the Army’s second oldest museum. It first opened to the public on July 4, 1905. The museum tells the story of Rock Island Arsenal and Arsenal Island from the establishment of Fort Armstrong in 1816 to today. Among the museum's highlights is its firearms collection. Consisting of more than 1200 military and civilian firearms, the collection is one of the most unique in the country. Visitors can see a wall-gun from the American Revolution, rifles from the Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer’s last stand, and experiment firearms from Rock Island Arsenal’s Rodman Laboratories. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from Noon to 4:00pm

Reviewed By 567arisl

Unbelievable amounts of guns! Any gun and military enthusiast would enjoy their time here! The amount of information on all the weaponry there is very extensive

7. Icons Martini Bar

124 18th St, Rock Island, IL 61201-8725 +1 309-788-4266 http://www.facebook.com/ICONS-MARTINI-53570603071/
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Icons Martini Bar

8. Sunset Park

Rock Island, IL +1 309-732-7275 http://www.rigov.org/Facilities.aspx?Page=detail&RID=32
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4.0 based on 15 reviews

Sunset Park

9. Radicle Effect Brewerks

1340 31st St College Hill West District, Rock Island, IL 61201-2949 +1 309-283-7605 http://www.rebrewerks.com/index.html
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4.0 based on 9 reviews

Radicle Effect Brewerks

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