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10 Things to Do in Davenport This Weekend

Davenport offers some of the most amazing sights and activities in Iowa and lucky for you, Candlelight Park offers you easy access to it all! Spend a day exploring all of the amazing shops and restaurants with your friends. Or uncover hidden treasures in one of the amazing museums like the Figge Art Museum! There are so many activities and places to visit for every occasion, like romantic date nights, family fun days, or a quiet day spent with yourself!

Below is our complete guide to every exciting adventure that awaits you here in Davenport, IA! Being so close to the action at Candlelight Park, you’ll always have something fun to do while you’re in the area.

 

Top 5 Places To Visit

 

1. Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum first opened in August of 2005 as the successor to the Davenport Museum of Art. This museum works closely with local universities and colleges for higher education programs. It is considered one of the oldest art institutions in the country (Davenport Museum of Art opened in 1928) and the first municipal art gallery in the United States. The Figge is 115,000 square feet and 4 levels

Pricing to visit ranges from $4-$10 and is free for children under 4 years old, members, Thursday after 5 PM, and active-duty military members and their families. They also have a cafe called the Figge Cafe which serves salads, sandwiches, and soups as well as they have an extensive wine list. 

Be sure to check out their website as exhibits often change throughout the year! 

​​​​​​The museum is open Tuesday-Saturdays 11 AM-5 PM, Thursdays are extended hours until 8:30 PM, and Sundays are 11 AM-5 PM. 

225 W 2nd ST
Davenport, IA 52801
(563) 326-7804
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2. Vander Veer Botanical Park


The Vander Veer Botanical Park first opened in 1885 and has over 30 acres of gardens and floral displays. One of their most popular features in The Grand Allee, a walkway of trees and gardens that leads to the Stone Fountain. They also have a conservatory which is a garden under glass. The Conservatory rotates its displays annually and includes Spring Azaleas, summer tropicals, fall colors, and winter features. They also have a garden called the Enabling Garden, which is an accessible garden and features plantings that stimulate all the senses. Visit today to see all the different displays and gardens! 


The Conservatory and greenhouses are open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10 AM-4 PM and free to the public. The park is open every day from sunrise and closes a half-hour before sunset. 


215 W Central Park AVE
Davenport, IA 52803
(563) 326-7818
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3. The Putman Museum and Science Center


The Putnam has been open for over 150 years and continues to prosper. The museum is also a Smithsonian Affiliate since 2010. They offer unique, immersive, hands-on learning experiences to people of all ages! 

The science center is a very popular exhibit, which includes information on science, technology, engineering, and math education. The science center spans over 10,000 square feet and has over 45 hands-on learning stations. 

They also have other exhibits such as:
-The Dragon and the Rising Sun
-River, Prairie, and People
-Unearthing Ancient Egypt
-Uwe' Warumi
-Black Earth|Big River
-Hall of Mammals
-Ocean Experience
-And many more!

Visit today! Admission costs range from $8-$9 and kids under 2 are free! 

1717 W 12th ST
Davenport, IA 52804
(563) 324-1933
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4. Front Street Brewery and Taproom


Front Street Brewery has been open for nearly 25 years and is the second oldest brewery and the oldest brewpub in the state of Iowa. The brewery is located in downtown Davenport along the Mississippi River. One of their most popular beers, the Raging River, is named after the Great Flood of the Mississippi River which engulfed most of downtown Davenport. The brewery was first opened by Steve Zuidema and his wife Jenni Ash. In 2016, the brewery changed ownership, but the goal is still the same, serve great beer and provide excellent customer service.

Visit today and try out one of their beers such as the Cherry Bomb Blonde or the Bucktown Stout. They also have a large menu of food. We highly recommend any of their burgers or the sesame chicken tacos. They do have vegetarian options as well. 

421 W River DR
Davenport, IA 52801
(563) 324-4014

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5. Davenport Skybridge


The Davenport Skybridge is a cable-stayed bridge that goes over River Drive into downtown Davenport. The bridge was completed in 2005 and connects LeClaire Park to parking close to the River Music Experience. 

The bridge contains kaleidoscope lighting and displays various patterns, often themed to holidays or events in the city. The bridge does have an observation deck that looks over the Mississippi River, LeClaire Park Bandshell, the Centennial Bridge, and the Davenport Levee. 

Whenever you are in Davenport, this is a must-stop! 


W River Dr
Davenport, IA 52801
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Top 5 Amazing Places To Eat In Davenport

Davenport is home to Eastern Iowa Community College and has become a driving force in culture, community events and entertainment. This has attracted citizens from many different cultures. As a result, the city’s dining scene is an eclectic fusion of local tradition and international flavor. These five must-try restaurants define Davenports’s culinary culture, from laid-back bistros and cafes to innovative food served in luxury settings.


Tommy's Cafe

$-Cafe

Tommy's Cafe is known for being just like an old-school cafe. They serve breakfast and lunch. Visitors most recommend their donuts, cinnamon rolls, and chicken fried steak. We highly recommend trying their steak and eggs for breakfast! They are considered to be one of the best cafes in Davenport with a warm and friendly atmosphere with great prices. Stop in today!

916 W 3rd St
Davenport, IA, 52802
(563) 323-6689 

 

Cafe' d'Marie 

$$-Coffee shop

You won't find many places that have an almost perfect rating on Google, but Cafe' d'Marie does! This cafe has breakfast and lunch options that are healthy but also fulfilling! Stop in to try one of the specialty coffees, their quiche, or desserts! They also serve fresh soups and sandwiches. They do offer catering as well. We recommend trying their bread pudding or their mushroom soup when you stop by!

614 W 5th St
Davenport, IA, 52801
(563) 323-3293 

 

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

$$-Italian restaurant

Biaggi's is a popular Italian restaurant in Davenport that offers traditional Italian cuisine. They even offer a full gluten-free menu for those who have diet restrictions. We recommend starting off with their fried ravioli, then moving on to chicken piccata for your entree. Make sure to finish your meal off with one of their delicious desserts such as their tiramisu or lemon tower cake. They also have a large wine list to choose from.

5195 Utica Ridge Rd
Davenport, IA, 52807
(563) 344-2103 

Machine Shed Restaurant Davenport

$$-American restaurant

Machine Shed Restaurant is a popular family restaurant in Davenport that has farm decor and serves family-style American meals. They pride themselves on serving farm-to-table foods. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They do have a gluten-free portion of the menu as well. If you are stopping in for breakfast we recommend their pecan cinnamon roll or their blueberry pancakes. If stopping in for lunch we recommend their farmhouse burger. For dinner, try their classic fried chicken. Stop in today and see why Machine Shed is one of the most popular restaurants in Davenport.

7250 Northwest Blvd
Davenport, IA, 52806
(563) 391-2427 

 

Bayside Bistro

$$ - Bistro

This bistro is no ordinary sandwich shop! They use fresh ingredients and every order is made from scratch. They also serve smoothies. Bayside is a family-owned business that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We recommend any of their smoothies as well as trying out their pan-seared pecan-crusted trout which comes with two sides. Stop in today or give them a call to schedule catering!

1105 Christie St Suite A
Davenport, IA, 52803
(563) 277-8042


 


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