If you’re out in the Quad Cities, you’ll find Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport, Iowa. It’s the largest of the Quad Cities by a longshot. With over 100,000 residents in town, you’re getting popular locations that tourists have raved about.
And you may have heard of a few of them. We’re looking at a few museums, parks, breweries, and even an entire village on the list of nine locations to round out your stay at Rhythm City Casino Resort.
So, if you’re interested in turning your trip to the casino into an all-out vacation, you’ve come to the right place.
Ready to see all the goods in Davenport? Let’s begin.
1 – Figge Art Museum
The location has garnered over 200 reviews and holds a solid 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor along with a Traveler’s Choice 2020 Distinction.
What more could you want?
If you’re an art enthusiast, you have a lot to love when you frequent this awesome venue. The Figge Art Museum boasts an affordable admission price, and it’s a fantastic place to take the entire family. And that’s especially true if you’re on kid duty while others are having fun at Rhythm City Casino.
Per reviewers on TripAdvisor, many will or have made return trips because one common denominator is that the museum is always offering you something new to love.
So, even if you’ve been to the Davenport area and the museum before, make sure you take another tour. It’s a sure bet that you will find something new and exciting.
2 – Vander Veer Botanical Park
This is another popular location that has over 170 reviews. The Vander Veer Botanical Park is a smaller venue. So, it’s great to frequent if you only want a small break from the endless gaming at Rhythm City Casino.
However, you’ll find impeccable scenery at this not-so-hidden gem in the area. From the walkways to the well-maintained trees and gardens and the fountains, you’re in for a relaxing couple of hours when you venture to Vander Veer Botanical Park.
Check out the flora, the windmills, and the tree-lined paths as you take a peaceful walk through a tiny piece of paradise in the Heartland. And if you’re looking for a fantastical setting, head over during the winter months.
3 – Putnam Museum and Science Center
There is something for everyone at the Putnam Museum and Science Center. Whether you’re a history or a science buff, you’re bound to find a few cool points of interest at one of the most popular locations in Davenport.
Step away from Rhythm City Casino for a few hours, because you’re going to be here for at least the early part of the afternoon.
What will you discover? Classes, special events, interactive exhibits, and as with the Figge Art Museum, they’re always bringing something new into the venue.
So, if you’ve been here before, come back for more if it’s been a while since you last toured the museum.
4 – Freight House Farmers Market
If you’re looking to sample the freshest local fare, head over to the famous Freight House Farmers Market and you will find your share. This is the ideal place to be in the area if you’re looking to stock up on fresh food during your stay at Rhythm City Casino Resort.
Also, if you’re insistent on keeping up your healthy diet and exercise regimen and refuse to eat out, this is where you want to be.
Pack your Foreman grill, Tupperware, and other essentials, head over to the Freight House Farmers Market, and prepare your meals like a champ.
Or if you’re just not in the mood to eat out every time you’re scavenging for food, mark this location high on your list.
5 – Great River Brewery
Oh, the locals on TripAdvisor have spoken. They love the Great River Brewery. So, if they’re making consistent return trips to arguably the area’s finest brewery, you know something fantastic is waiting inside when you invade Davenport, Iowa.
Discover some of the area’s finest local crafts. Even if you had your fair share over at Rhythm City Casino Resort, you’ll get a sweet behind-the-scenes tour on the process. Plus, you’ll get some awesome beer that you’ll only find in the Quad Cities.
Some reviewers have stressed that you’ll want to carve out more time than usual, because there is just too much good to sample.
6 – Davenport Skybridge
This is a popular stop, judging from over 215 reviews it has garnered on TripAdvisor. Reviewers rave about the way the bridge just lights up at night, and it makes for an awesome way to kick off the nightlife when you’re in the area—if nightlife’s your thing, anyway.
Reviewers have praised the view you’ll get on the Mississippi River, especially if you head over at night. Sometimes, you’ll find some entertainment around the area. So, for free admission and cheap parking, it’s more than worth catching an amazing view of the area.
7 – Modern Woodmen Park
Looking to get your sports fix in a venue other than the casino? You’ll find it at Modern Woodmen Park.
When it’s baseball season, head on over and catch a game featuring the Quad Cities River Bandits. They were the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros until 2020. And starting in 2021, they have since become affiliated with the Kansas City Royals.
So, you’re looking at some future stars in action when you head over to the historic Modern Woodmen Park, which as of 2021 will celebrate its 90th season. As a smaller park, it holds just over 4,000, but it also boasts several attractions within the attraction.
Whether you’re a fan of the Kansas City Royals and are interested in seeing the future at work, or if you’d like some live, Minor League Baseball action, head over to Modern Woodmen Park.
8 – Village of East Davenport
If you’re looking for live entertainment, a unique shopping experience, and a plethora of restaurants and bars that even Rhythm City Casino Resort can’t provide, head over to this 120-acre district whose roots span back to the 1850s.
You’re taking a step back in time to a quaint setting when you step foot in the Village of East Davenport. Best yet, reviewers on TripAdvisor have commended the district for its independent businesses. You aren’t getting any chains here.
So, if you have an affinity for small, local, mom-and-pop settings, a trip to the Village of East Davenport should be right up your alley. Best yet, it’s a pedestrian-friendly location. Many reviewers will park outside the village and take the river walk.
Combine the fine scenery that you’ll get on the Mississippi River and the classic shops that comprise East Davenport, and you’ve set yourself up for an entire day’s worth of activities. Plus, it’ll give you a nice break away from the casino if you need 24 hours to recharge the battery.
9 – German American Heritage Center
Are you German-American? Or are you interested in learning a bit more about the culture?
But the exhibits in the venue go far beyond it. We’re talking exhibits from the earliest days of German settlers in Davenport to World War I, and even to the days they tore down the Berlin Wall back in 1989.
It’s a must-visit location if you’re interested in history. But if you’re looking to gain more insight on how German culture influenced America, or if you claim German ancestry, then put a trip to this location at the top of the list.
You don’t want to miss out on one of the finest historical locations the Davenport, Iowa, area offers. They have a clean interior, an informative staff, and so much to love regarding one of the most influencing cultures that helped shape America.
Sure, you can make an entire vacation by taking a trip to Rhythm City Casino Resort. But given the sheer size and scope of Davenport, Iowa, you’re selling yourself short if you don’t at least head out and explore the area.
Best yet, some of these locations won’t take too much time out of your busy schedule. But if you’re looking to take a day or two away from the casino resort, you will find a lot of fun things to do in Davenport, Iowa.
So, use today’s list as a starting point and discover one of the finest cities surrounding one of Iowa’s finest casinos.
Have you been to Rhythm City Casino? If so, did you visit any of the locations on this list? Let us know in the comments. We’re looking forward to reading your stories.