QUAD CITIES, IOWA

  • Village of East Davenport – The Village of East Davenport invites you to discover our unique blend of history, shopping, confectioneries, galleries, pubs, dining, lodging, events & celebrations, along with our scenic parks that overlook the the mighty Mississippi River. Come for an unstructured day, strolling from place to place and discovering surprises among the many unique shops that make-up the Village of East Davenport, Iowa.

  • Isabel Bloom Studio - During your visit you’ll have behind-the-scenes access to every step in the making of each Isabel Bloom sculpture. Guests can browse the shop, learn how these renowned statues are created and view a video about the process every 20 minutes. Isabel Rose Scherer was raised in the city of Davenport and began her artistic lifestyle early. In the early 1930’s Isabel attended Grant Wood’s Stone City Art Colony where she learned how to carve limestone sculptures flawlessly. Her legacy lives on in the city of Davenport, as her art pieces and influences are seen throughout the city, as well as her protégé, Donna Young, who works to this day to help preserve Bloom’s legacy. During the one-hour-and-fifteen-minute guided tour, enjoy behind-the-scenes access to every step in the making of each Isabel Bloom sculpture. During the tour, discover how our company maintains the legacy of artist Isabel Bloom. Get a glimpse of some of her original art and photos and learn how her innovations still influence what we do today. As a remembrance of the tour, shop the gift shop where you can purchase exclusive sculptures available only to tour guests.

  • Figge Art Museum - The Figge Art Museum is the premier art exhibition and education facility. With soaring glass walls reflecting the constantly changing sky, the museum’s expansive galleries and intimate rooms are home to some of the Midwest’s finest art collections. This gargantuan glass building on the banks of the Mississippi, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, is home to one of the Midwest’s finest art collections, and hosts world-class traveling exhibitions. Its studios, auditorium and spacious lobby are alive with art classes, lectures and special events that attract visitors of all ages. Tour the facility touching in nearly every style of art, spanning across the world, from classical to modern.

  • River Music Experience - Listen to the sounds of American roots music.Guests will have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a remarkable show available only to our American Duchess passengers (See show times on map). Founded in 2004, the River Music Experience began primarily as a museum celebrating roots music and the Quad-Cities’ musical heritage. The program was so successful that the museum now hosts more live music and offers more opportunities for local musicians to perform. Explore the history of music in the Quad Cities and then stop in the Redstone Room to listen to live music as you snack on a delicious treat offered from the restaurant and bar inside. (Located half a block down West 2nd Street from the Figge Art Museum, then make a right onto Main Street.)

  • German-American Heritage Center - The German American Heritage Center is housed in the restored Germania Haus/Miller Hotel, which was originally used by many German immigrants during the 19th century and was built in 1862. The Center includes preserved documents and artifacts related to the role of German immigrants during the development of the Quad Cities. The Center features a museum, archives, and records repository.Founded on August 1, 1994 as a private, not-for-profit organization, the German American Heritage Center (GAHC) seeks to preserve the heritage of German speaking ancestors for present and future generations and to enrich the knowledge of the German immigrant experience. Today, the heritage center has evolved into a museum that includes a large permanent exhibit and two rotating special exhibits. Within the permanent exhibit, visitors enjoy an orientation theater, six education stations, and two restored hotel rooms. Visitors enjoy an interactive experience as you learn about immigrants’ journey by sea, train and foot, to their final destination at the German American Heritage Center building, which was originally a very busy hotel for thousands of immigrants in the 1860s.

  • Quad City Botanicals Center - Dedicated to bringing people and plants together in fun and meaningful ways.Adjacent to the Mississippi River in downtown Rock Island, Illinois, the Quad City Botanical Center showcases many gardens and greenrooms, showing the beauty and art of gardening. This massive garden opened in 1998 as a public garden displaying hundreds of plants ranging from tropical varieties to regional zone five perennials. The center is open 360 days a year, offering guided tours of the gardens and ground, the greenhouse, and educational programs. Quad City Botanical Center is comprised of an indoor tropical atrium, a spacious banquet room, a seasonal G-Scale garden train exhibit, other thriving outdoor gardens, an educational greenhouse, a three-season event canopy, resource library, and gift shop.

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Quad Cities Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

During the Civil War, the near-by river-towns (Davenport, Iowa, Rock Island, Illinois, and Moline, Illinois) thoughtful planning and strong leaders helped them to flourish while other settlements began to fail. It was during this same time period that the three towns began to refer to themselves as the “Tri-Cities.” Today, despite the name “Quad Cities,” the city is comprised of five towns in total with the addition of East Moline, Illinois and Bettendorf, Iowa. Enjoy a culture of this “melting-pot” city and uncover the stories of the Quad Cities’ past in the many museums, boutiques, and eateries!

Quad Cities, Iowa

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION

The Man Behind the Title: The Life and Presidency of Herbert Hoover

In the fall of 1929, America was on the brink of a devastating economic disaster the likes of which have never been replicated to this day.  Stock markets crashed, unemployment began to skyrocket and moral was steadily declining, The Great Depression was upon us.  It was within this environment that the United States welcomed its 31st president, President Herbert Hoover, into an unrelenting period of hardship in this country’s history.  Join us at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site as we explore the history and hardships of the man behind the title of President of the United States.

APPROXIMATE DURATION  4.25 hours

CAPACITY 50 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$69.00

TIMING

12:30 PM – 4:45 PM

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

Scenic Iowa Countryside, Hoover Gravesites

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

Herbert Hoover Visitors Center, Presidential Library and Museum, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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The John Deere Experience

Discover a true American success story as you learn the legacy behind one of America’s Agricultural giants. Learn how a legendary agricultural entrepreneur’s legacy has carried on throughout the generations at the Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center. Conclude the day at the John Deere Pavilion where we will see machines displayed in their working environments, hear stories about owners and operators as they describe a typical workday, and then get a closer look as you climb in!

APPROXIMATE DURATION  4.5 hours

CAPACITY 50 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$69.00

TIMING

12:00 PM – 4:30 PM  

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

Agricultural machinery and its evolution

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

John Deere Factory, Climb aboard real full-sized tractors and machinery, John Deere Pavilion

AVAILABLE VOYAGE(S)

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Uncovering the Hidden Treasures of LeClaire, Iowa

Perfectly situated along the bend of the Mighty Mississippi River, the city of LeClaire is one of Iowa’s most beautiful hidden treasures. Begin with a narrated city tour through the beautiful streets before uncovering LeClaire’s most prized possessions, the Lone Star Wooden Hull Steam-Powered Paddle Wheel, the very first licensed pilot on the Mississippi! Continue the adventure at the Antique Archeology Shop located just downtown, better known as the home base location for History Channel sensation, “American Pickers!”

APPROXIMATE DURATION  3.75 hours

CAPACITY 50 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$49.00

TIMING

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

Sites and Attractions throughout the city of LeClaire

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

The Lone Star Wooden Hull Steam-Powered Paddle Wheel, The Buffalo Bill Museum, River Pilot’s Pier, Optional Downtown Shopping, Antique Archeology Shop*

*The stars of this popular television show are not frequently found in the shop.

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