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5 Best Moline Waterfront Activities Along the Mississippi River

5 Best Moline Waterfront Activities Along the Mississippi River

Some of the best attractions in Moline, Illinois, are waterfront or located along the Mississippi River. If the weather is nice, enjoy a walk along the river, or stop in to one of these fun and interesting attractions.

Step Inside the Mississippi River Visitor Center

Everyone has their own preferences and things they enjoy. If you start your journey at the Mississippi River Visitor Center, you can learn more about Moline and what the city has to offer while enjoying the beautiful views. Learn about all the waterfront activities you can enjoy on your trip so you don’t risk missing out on anything. More than 30,000 people visit the center annually to see what the area is all about.

Enjoy Authentic German Fare at the Bierstube

Founded by an Austrian immigrant in 2000, this authentic restaurant offers delicious German food, your choice of 21 beers on tap and even more in bottles, and waterside dining. Make sure to try the German Reuben egg rolls and the sausage dinner that comes with any two types of sausage from the menu. The restaurant also hosts music and events often, so check the website to see what’s going on when you’re in town.

Catch a Concert or Sporting Event at TaxSlayer Center

TaxSlayer Center is an 18,000-square-foot event center right on the Mississippi River. Check the schedule to see if one of your favorite artists is performing during your stay. You can catch a hockey or an indoor football game at the arena, as well. If the weather is nice, make sure to book your hotel near the stadium and the river. This will make for an easy and scenic walk back after the event.

Take a Ride on the Celebration Belle Riverboat

This 750-passenger paddleboat takes guests up and down the Mississippi River. Depending on your time and preferences, you can take an all-day cruise or enjoy a night cruise with dinner and dancing. If you want to soak up some history, you can buy tickets for the narrated lunch cruise or the sightseeing cruise. The themed trips — such as the fiesta cruise or the Oktoberfest cruise — are always fun, too. You will learn more about the history of the river and enjoy the views of the cities along the Mississippi.

Visit the John Deere Pavilion

Whether you like tractors or not, the John Deere Pavilion is a cool experience for all ages. This pavilion is essentially the visitor’s center for the John Deere factory. You can participate in interactive exhibits, tour the factory, drive a tractor, or learn about the history of this legendary company. The Pavilion brings in more than 200,000 visitors a year and is a must-see in the waterfront area.

Although there is plenty to do in Moline and the Quad Cities, the waterfront is arguably one of the town’s best spots. Grab a drink, enjoy the food, walk the waterfront, and visit all the attractions this area has to offer.



Mike Thomas is a travel explorer, consultant and renowned blogger. He travels almost 10,000 miles every year to different corners of the world and shares his experience, adventures and stories in T- Holland Travel Guide for more than one year.