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Quad City Living: Fall Festivities

by Carly Miller
Posted on Sep 13, 2019

Whether you are new to the Quad Cities or just looking for a way to spend a day with friends, the Quad Cities offers a variety of activities in the fall. 

Freight House Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. every Saturday: The farmer's market is a great way to spend your Saturday morning. Stroll around the lot in the beautiful fall weather while checking out the booths of fresh vegetables and fruit and homemade crafts. There are great produce options available for a reasonable price. Who said college students only eat ramen? Arrive early to ensure the best selection of produce! 

Black Hawk State Historic Site: This 208-acre park is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It showcases the cultural history and diverse natural resources of the Quad Cities. There are gorgeous, scenic hiking trails, and the park features the John Hauberg Indian Museum. 

Altitude Trampoline Park, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-8p.m. Sunday: Get your workout in while laughing with friends! The trampoline park is an inexpensive way to get off campus for a night. The hours are ideal for college students since there is plenty of time to jump after class gets out. 

Niabi Zoo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday: This zoo is a great way to see lots of animals locally. After a short drive out of town, you can check out various mammals, amphibians, fish, reptiles, invertebrates and birds. Some days are free throughout the fall, which can be found on their website, www.niabizoo.com. 

Putnam Museum and Science Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday: Sometimes, it's nice to learn outside of the classroom. The Putnam was one of the first museums along the Mississippi River and includes a National Geographic giant screen theater. Currently, the featured exhibits are "Race: Are We So Different?" and "The Great Collectors & You." There are also 10 permanent exhibits, including "Black Earth | Big River," "Hall of Mammals," "Ocean Experience," "Unearthing Ancient Egypt," "Science Center," "Touch the Untouchable with Augmented Reality" and more! 

Pumpkin Patch: There are several farms just outside the Quad Cities that have hay rides, pumpkin patches and other fall festivities! 

Vander Veer Botanical Park: For a quick get-away, head across the street to Vander Veer Botanical Park. Watch the ducks, take a jog or walk around the perimeter or study by the fountain. Having a park across the street from campus is such a beautiful benefit that needs to be taken advantage of before Iowa’s winter hits. 

Figge Art Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday: The Figge is a very relaxing and informative way to spend a day. The building itself is engineered beautifully, and the entire space is sleek. Check out a variety of unique, curated art that will interest any set of eyes. There are both permanent and changing installations, so it is a must to visit a couple different times! 

Thrifting: Thrifting is a great way to save some extra cash while getting to go shopping. College students across the country have even started thrifting businesses on social media to make some extra money, despite their busy schedules. Grab some friends and check out some local thrift shops. It’s also a great way to get elements of a Halloween costume!  

Quad City Botanical Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday & Wednesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: Take a stroll around the 12, all unique botanical gardens. Whether you are a fan of wild or tropical flowers or anything in between, there is a garden for you! Admission is only $7 and is well worth the price. It is especially beautiful to visit during this time of year. There is also a garden shop inside the main building in which you can purchase a small plant to take home. 

Downtown Davenport: Heading downtown almost anywhere is a guaranteed success. Thankfully, the flooding is gone, and some normalcy has been restored. After all, what is more beautiful than looking over the Mississippi? The Skybridge and the park area are great for taking photos and walking around with friends. There are plenty of small stores and restaurants to visit as well.  

Cinemark Davenport 18 IMAX: Check out this movie theater in Davenport for a rainy day activity! There are great snacks, including Starbucks, and comfortable seats. Plus, it’s a clean theater. Bring your student ID for a discount every Tuesday!