- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Davenport, Iowa
With a population of just under 100,000, Davenport is the regional beacon and hub of the metropolitan Quad Cities, and the third largest city in Iowa. In fact, the U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois the prestigious City Livability Award.
Davenport is a place proud of its unique heritage at the crossroads of America. Geographically defined by the unusual path of the Mississippi River - the only place where the Mississippi runs from east to west- citizens like to say that the sun always shines on their city. Today, its rays are brighter than ever.
Davenport is experiencing its greatest revitalization in more than 80 years. It offers some of the nation's best schools; unique, friendly neighborhoods; highest quality public services and a distinguished reputation for entertainment, the arts and especially river music! Davenport, where the Mississippi celebrates, is a great place to live, work, raise a family, and visit.
Here are reasons why to visit Davenport, Iowa.
The Quad Cities have many places to go for a tasty brew, but Davenport’s Front Street Brewery and Great River Brewery are among the best. Front Street has two locations— one is a taproom, and the other is a pub with a full restaurant menu. Great River has an amazing patio out front and offers free tours on the weekends, complete with samples.
Davenport is, surprisingly, a hub for culture, and has some great museums, including the Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum and Science Center, and the German American Heritage Center. There’s always an exciting exhibit going on at each of the museums, and they’re all family friendly. Hit up the Figge before September 25 to check out the Wonderful World of Oz exhibit and to get free admission.
FREIGHT HOUSE FARMER’S MARKET
The unique thing about the Freight House is not only does it offer fresh produce, plants, meat, baked goods, and handmade items from dozens of vendors at their outdoor market during the warm weather months, but the market stays open year round indoors as well. Check out the outdoor market now through the end of October on Tuesdays from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
VILLAGE OF EAST DAVENPORT
Nestled among a neighborhood of older homes near the Mississippi, the Village is home to shops, restaurants, and bars, many of which are housed in historic buildings. Popular spots in the Village include old fashioned soda fountain Lagomarcino’s, sandwich shop Village Corner Deli, and coffee shop/bistro Brew in the Village.