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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

Want to stay close to campus? Here are lots of things within walking distance to campus:

Vander Veer Grand AlleeVander 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.

  • $ = FREE
  • Distance from campus = 0.1 Mile
  • Features: 0.9 mile loop, restrooms, playground, historic area, open space, lagoon with vending machines to feed ducks, beautiful fountain that is lighted at night


Junge Park:

  • $ = FREE
  • Distance from campus = 0.9 Mile
  • Features: Restrooms, picnic tables, barbeque grills, reservable picnic shelter, ball diamonds (6), basketball court, playground, walking path, sand volleyball courts (6)

Duck Creek Parkway

Duck Creek Trail Parkway: A 13.5 mile asphalt trail that is great for running, biking, walking, inline skating, and is wheelchair accessible!

    • $ = FREE
    • Distance from campus = 1 Mile
    • Begins at Emeis Park and Golf Course on the west side of Davenport and passes through Northwest Park, Marquette Park, Junge Park, Garfield Park, Eastern Avenue Park and Duck Creek Park and Golf Course where it enters Bettendorf. In Bettendorf it travels through Middle Park, Veterans Memorial Park and Devils Glen Park before it comes to an end.

Eastern Avenue Disc Golf Course: There are 6 Disc Golf courses in the Quad Cities, but the closest to campus is Eastern Avenue Park.Eastern Avenue Park

        • $ = FREE
        • Distance from campus = 1.5 Miles
        • The disc golf course is long and fairly open. Two creeks run through it, creating nine holes with water hazards for Pros.

Duck Creek Golf CourseDuck 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.

        • $ = $17-$19
        • Distance from campus = 3 Miles
        • It is the site of a former private arboretum and its 140 acres feature a mature stand of trees and dramatic changes in elevation as it follows Duck Creek eastward to the city's boundary. This challenging facility is popular with all skill levels.

For a full list of parks in Davenport, click here. Check out QC Wild Places for nature places all over the Quad Cities!

State Parks within Driving Distance:

Wildcat Den State Park WaterfallWildcat 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.

            • $ = FREE
            • Distance from campus = 21 Miles
            • Features: Within park: Bird Watching, Camping - Nonelectric, Camping - Youth Group, Concession, Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseshoe Pits, Interpretive Programs, Non-modern Campground, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Restrooms, Seasonal Festivals, Stream/Creek, Trails, Hiking, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing. Less than a mile: Canoeing.

Maquoketa Caves

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.

            • $ = FREE
            • Distance from campus = 46 Miles
            • Bird Watching, Camping - Electric, Camping - Nonelectric, Camping - Walk-to/Hike-in, Camping - Youth Group, Cave, Exploring, Dump Station, Geological Formations, Hiking, Interpretive Display, Museum, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Restrooms, Showers, Stream/Creek, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing

More Outdoor Activities in the Quad Cities:

Li'l Mississippi Golf: An eighteen-hole miniature golf course located on Kimberly Road in Davenport.

            • $ = $4.50 on College Days
            • Distance from campus = 3 Miles

Michael's Fun World: Go karts, laser tag, batting cages, rock climbing, arcades, bowling, mini golf, and more.

            • $ = $5-$5.75
            • Distance from campus = 5 Miles

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!

            • $ = See website for specific prices
            • Distance from campus = 5 Miles

QC Skydiving: Quad City Skydiving Center, Inc. is a safety oriented drop zone geared towards teaching beginners the exhilarating sport of SKYDIVING!

            • $ = $195 for a tandem jump, see website for additional prices
            • Distance from campus = 32 Miles

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.

            • $ = $25-40, see website
            • Distance from campus = 9 Miles

Grand Hannover Farm: Grand Hannover Farm in Davenport is a premier riding, training facility for dressage, english equitation, hunter jumper and basic horsemanship instruction.

        • $ = Contact for specific price
        • Distance from campus = 6 Miles