The Quad Cities is full of parks, bike paths, and other outdor activities for your enjoyment. Experience the great outdoors with your fellow students. Interested in doing organized outdoor adventures? Check out Plan for Adventure, LLC on Facebook, the Quad Cities/Activities/Social Adventures/Hiking Club, or the Quad Cities Outdoor Women's Club!
For organized bicycling rides and activities, visit the Quad Cities Bicycle Club and The League of American Bicyclists, who are doing a FREE bicycle tour of Davenport's Roads and Trails Sunday, October 26 at 1:00pm. Contact Donnie Miller if interested.
Want to stay close to campus? Here are lots of things within walking distance to campus:
Vander Veer Botanical Park: A 33-acre botanical garden in the Vander Veer Park Historic District of Davenport, Iowa located between Brady and Harrison Streets just south of West Central Park Avenue in Davenport, Iowa.
Duck Creek Trail Parkway: A 13.5 mile asphalt trail that is great for running, biking, walking, inline skating, and is wheelchair accessible!
Eastern Avenue Disc Golf Course: There are 6 Disc Golf courses in the Quad Cities, but the closest to campus is Eastern Avenue Park.
Duck Creek Golf Course: Duck Creek is a beautiful 18-hole golf course which is 5,759 yards long and plays to a par of 70.
West Lake Park: West Lake Park is a 620 acre facility offering four lakes for fishing and/or swimming.
Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center: A 9-Hole golf course as result of a public-private partnership between the City of Davenport and the Quad Cities Chapter of the First Tee. FootGolf is now available at Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center. Players of both Soccer and Golf will get a kick out of Iowa's first and only American FootGolf League's accredited course, while also spending time in fresh air on a well-manicured course.
Scott County Park: Scott County Park, with 1,280 acres, is the largest in Scott County.
State Parks within Driving Distance:
Wildcat Den State Park: Wildcat Den State Park is one of the most unique in Iowa, combining natural beauty and solitude, preservation of historical structures, trails, camping and picnic areas for recreational use.
Maquoketa Caves State Park: Maquoketa Caves is probably Iowa's most unique state park. Its caves, limestone formations and rugged bluffs provide visitors a chance to "step back" into geological time thousands of years. Caves vary from the 1,100-feet Dancehall Cave with walkways and lighting system to Dugout Cave. The remaining caves are all different sizes and shapes. Some can be explored by walking while others can best be seen by crawling. In any case, a flashlight, old clothes, and shoes are most helpful.
Starved Rock State Park: A hike to the top of a sandstone butte or a peaceful stroll to explore any of the 18 canyons gives each visitor a memorable experience. The backdrop for hiking is 18 canyons formed by glacial melt-water and stream erosion. They slice dramatically through tree-covered, sandstone bluffs for four miles at Starved Rock State Park.
More Outdoor Activities in the Quad Cities:
Li'l Mississippi Golf: An eighteen-hole miniature golf course located on Kimberly Road in Davenport.
Michael's Fun World: Go karts, laser tag, batting cages, rock climbing, arcades, bowling, mini golf, and more.
Scuba Adventures QCA: The original oldest Dive Shop in eastern Iowa and Western Illinois since 1961. From Discover Scuba all the way through your continuing education, they will take time to do it RIGHT and show you the art of scuba diving!
QC Skydiving: Quad City Skydiving Center, Inc. is a safety oriented drop zone geared towards teaching beginners the exhilarating sport of SKYDIVING!
V2 Reining Horses: V2 Reining Horses was founded in 2007 by Tami Schiltz and Mike Davis. Together, Mike and Tami strive to share and promote their passion for the horse and its abilities with people in Iowa and the Midwest.
Grand Hannover Farm: Grand Hannover Farm in Davenport is a premier riding, training facility for dressage, english equitation, hunter jumper and basic horsemanship instruction.