Putnam Museum and Science Center, Davenport Iowa
Putnam Museum and Science Center, Davenport

Home to the many marvels of the Mississippi River, the Quad Cities' beautiful riverfront communities offer endless family fun. Discover everything from world-class museums and historic sites to bike trails, shopping and exciting annual events. So, what are you waiting for? Pack up the car and head out for the ultimate family weekend getaway.

The Current Iowa, Davenport Iowa
The Current Iowa, Davenport

Where to Go

1. The Putnam Museum and Science Center

Dive deep into world and local history with a visit to this exciting, hands-on museum in Davenport. Visit their famous 3,000-year-old mummy in the Unearthing Ancient Egypt exhibit or go back in time to explore the region's history in the River, Prairie and People exhibit. Also, the newly reimagined Science Center Galleries features interactive stations that make science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts fun for all ages.

2. Palmers Hill Golf Course

Located in Bettendorf, this award-winning golf course features 18 holes of professionally-designed green. The course includes challenges such as 100-year-old oak trees, rolling hills, ponds and a meandering creek. And, their new putting course known as The Forge provides 18 holes on a 1.5 acre rippled putting green, making it the first of its kind in the region. 

3. TBK Entertainment Center

A can't-miss family destination, TBK features a full-service restaurant, upscale bar and lounge, 32 bowling lanes, a video game arcade with redemption gaming and escape rooms, and a two-story, state-of-the-art laser tag arena. You simply can't go wrong with a visit to this premier family entertainment venue in Bettendorf

Where to Eat

1. Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream

Started in Davenport in 1972, Happy Joe's tasty offerings have been serving the Quad Cities for over 40 years. Known as the inventor of the taco pizza, the restaurant's menu of pizza, pasta bakes and sweet treats ensures even the pickiest eater will find something they love.

2. Front Street Brewery

Recognized as the oldest brew pub in the state, Front Street Brewery not only offers delicious American cuisines and craft brews, but also beautiful views of the Mississippi River. Whether you're relaxing on the outdoor patio or enjoying the casual atmosphere inside, this Davenport eatery ensures an enjoyable dining experience.

Where to Stay

The Current Iowa

A step inside the doors of Iowa's hippest hotel will wow the whole family. Part of the Marriot Autograph Collection of hotels, The Current Iowa  in Davenport offers guests the choice between premier rooms, junior suites and one- and two-bedroom suites. All rooms are elegantly designed with plenty of surprises and upscale amenities, and include access to the fitness center, swimming pool and oversized hot tub.