Rock Island, IL is an unexpected treasure trove of history and a hub of activity.
Visit Rock Island Arsenal, a still-functioning military base, for a chance to see military equipment dating from the civil war to present. The Rock Island Arsenal Museum exhibits an impressive collection of guns and memorabilia.
Get a sense of life on the “Great River” at the visitor’s center and tour the locking dam. Watch to see one of many barges crossing through the lock. Admire the flowers at the Botanical Center and stroll through the gardens at your leisure. Plan a picnic or a short hike in the Black Hawk State Historic Site, an inner-city park that is also home to the Hauberg Indian Museum where you can peruse a collection of Sauk and Meskwaki artifacts. Of course, the Mississippi River offers water sports from boating and fishing to waterskiing and swimming.
There’s always something going on in the Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, no matter what time of day you visit. Watch theatrical performances, comedy and live music at one of the area’s fantastic venues. Browse works by local artisans and comb through the specialty boutiques. Dance the night away or share a romantic evening in the area’s trendy restaurants and clubs.
There are many activities to choose from in Rock Island, but choosing to stay with an IHG hotel should be the easiest call you make. Booking with a comfortable and affordable IHG hotel is the best way to make the most of your visit.