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We are a bi-state, Iowa and Illinois, family of communities along the Mississippi River. We pack a serious punch with our Midwestern spirit.
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Great Brunch SpotsHere's a list of local favorites for brunch!
QC Black Owned EateriesCelebrating Black History month is a great reminder to support Black owned business in the Quad Cities. We have several Black owned restaurants, lounges, and coffee shops to devour all year long.
QC Dog ParksEveryone has energy to burn off, and that even includes your dogs. The Quad Cities has many options for dog parks where dogs can run off-leash and play with other dogs. Take your dog and find a favorite or dog park hop. We have put together a list of dog parks in the QC.
8 ways to feel like a kid again in the Quad CitiesRelease your inner child in the Quad Cities with our all-ages, family fun opportunities!
Coziest Coffee Shops in the Quad CitiesCoffee is always a good idea. Everything gets better with coffee. Conversation is the best ingredient of coffee. Coffee is a Hug in a Mug. There's always time for coffee. Great ideas start with great coffee. If my life had a flavor, it would be coffee. When we asked Quad Citizens for their favorite cozy coffee shops, there were lots of answers from establishments that have been in the QC for decades to new shops we've just recently embraced. The ambiance and flavors available are diverse and welcoming. Many of our favorites can also be found on the Quad Cities Coffee Trail where you can enjoy coffee and get prizes! QCCoffeeTrail.com
Best QC Restaurants to Celebrate Lunar New YearLunar New Year is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar. Besides wearing red, I highly suggest taking the opportunity to enjoy some of the best restaurants in the Quad Cities. It falls on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023, starting a year of the Rabbit. Years of the Rabbit include 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927…
Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing in the Quad Citiesou see a fresh expanse of newly fallen snow. What do you want to do? Make footprints across it, write your name, make a snow angel, build a snowman, etc. Did snowshoeing come to mind? Or maybe going for a hike? If not, maybe it should! Kelly Daugherty is an avid outdoors person, even in the winter. “It definitely helps eliminate some of those winter blues,” Kelly says. “It's a mental benefit for everyone, even the dog! My big dog, a Great Pyrenees named Adekes, LOVES snow. He would stay out there for hours if we would let him.” Winter hiking or snowshoeing offers a whole new view of the woods. You can see through the woods to what may be on the other side of that tree or what may be around the corner. A lot of times in the summer months when everything is all green and lush, you miss seeing things like animal tracks or the way the ice forms on certain objects. A snow-filled scene is like no other—the way it settles on the trees is always different and always beautiful. If you’re ready to go snowshoeing, any kind of snow will work…but a brand-new snowfall is the best. There’s nothing better than a fresh snowfall when it has gotten just cold enough to form a nice, crunchy layer on the top. Watch out for icy areas or icy weather conditions because you’ll be too busy watching your step to enjoy nature’s beauty.
Terrific Train Sites and Sightings in the Quad CitiesFor those who love (or even just like) trains, the Quad Cities is a wonderland of interesting facts, historical significance, fun adventures, and enjoyable viewing. You’ll find delightful toy trains, exciting train rides, and big imposing engines.
FAVORITE INDOOR PLACES IN THE QCFind time to rediscover some of the Quad Cities’ favorite indoor places. Explore history, Get creative, Be active, Drive tractors, Stop to smell the flowers, and Discover science all here in the QC.
Holiday Shopping Guide: Local Quad Cities treasuresThe Quad Cities takes great pride in its local makers. This holiday gift guide will help you decide where to find those authentic treasures that your family and friends will adore.
QC Family PassMany of our family favorites are highlighted in the QC Family Pass. Visitors and Quad Citizens alike will love it.