2015-16 Muscatine Visitors Guide

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Official 2015-16 Visitors Guide for Muscatine & Surrounding Communities

VisitMuscatine.com • 563-272-2534

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Shopping & Dining Beyond the Ordinary! At Pearl Plaza, you’ll find a shopping destination as rare as our namesake. The shops at Pearl Plaza offer a cultivated shopping and dining experience unlike anything else in the region. The Pearl Plaza shops are housed in beautifully renovated buildings dating from the 1800s with fabulous views of the Mighty Mississippi. Elly’s Tea & Coffee House A downtown tradition. Sip your favorite beverage in our beautifully sunlit tea room. Specialty coffees ∙ imported teas ∙ fresh deli breakfast & lunch ∙ homemade desserts Visit: ellysteacoffee.com Open: Mon.-Fri. 7 am to 4 pm, Sat. 8 am to 4 pm 563-263-5043 Just Because LLC Gifts and Home Accessories Indulge your senses with inspiration for you and your home, come browse our selection of fine gifts and home accessories. Big city selection, back-porch friendly. Open: Mon.-Fri. 10 am to 6 pm, Sat. 10 am to 5 pm 563-264-0377

The HallTree Boutique Offering an exceptional selection of women’s clothing, jewelry, purses and accessories.

Visit: thehalltreeboutique.com Open: Mon.-Fri. 10 am to 6 pm, Sat. 9 am to 4 pm 563-288-0770

Port City Underground Restaurant This fabulous Italian restaurant combines a unique charming atmosphere with modern flavors that everyone will enjoy. We are proud to serve fresh, one of a kind, gourmet pizzas, pastas, soups, salads and sandwiches along with a vivacious wine and beer list. Open for Lunch: Tues.-Fri. 11 am to 1 pm Dinner: Tues.-Sat. 5 pm to 9 pm Visit: portcitypizzas.com 563-263-4743

Pearl City Iowa Realty - Anna Mack “Where finding a home is a blessing and not a nightmare” Come see our professional family of realtors for all your real estate needs!

222 W. 2nd Street Office 563-263-0433 Cell 563-299-1412 Fax (563) 263-0992 www.MuscatineIowaRealty.com • amack@machlink.com

Fresh Vintage Featuring up-cycled & re-purposed furnishings and gift items for home or office. An official stockist of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan Open: Tues.-Fri. 10 am to 5 pm, Sat. 10 am to 3 pm 563-299-4940

Under the Bed Antiques Reasonably priced...come in and look! Buddy L is my specialty. 203 West 2nd Street Open: Tues.-Sat. 11 am -5 pm 563-506-3017

Pearl Plaza: 208 West 2nd Street, Muscatine, Iowa • PearlPlaza.com

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Welcome to Muscatine

Muscatine is one of a kind, the only city in the world that bears its name. But before the town became a one-and-only, it was known as “Casey’s Woodpile” because Mississippi River steamboats stopped to restock, and after that it was renamed “Bloomington” until 1850. Since then, Muscatine has been referred to as the “Melon City” for its unique melons grown on Muscatine Island. Just as much as any nickname, the town’s been called the “Pearl Button Capital of the World” for producing 1.5 million pearl buttons annually 100 years ago. The “Pearl City” and the rest of Muscatine County has been known for its industry ever since, with numerous large companies calling the area home. As proud as we are of our industrial and entrepreneurial past and present, we’re just as proud of what else you’ll find here. We invite you to spend some quality time with Mother Nature and fish, kayak, hike, bike or just relax along the riverside. Sample some locally-made wine and enjoy a mouth-watering meal at one of our restaurants. Get in the game at our nationally-recognized sports complex or on the golf course. Then dig deeper and immerse yourself in our art and history, and rest your head in a bed and breakfast or at one of our hotels. Whatever goes into your perfect trip, you’ll discover that it’s Made in Muscatine.

Transportation Quad City International Airport 2200 69th Ave., Moline, IL 61265 309-764-9621 www.qcairport.com Muscatine Municipal Airport 5701 Hwy 61, Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-8672 www.muscatineiowa.gov

Royal Taxi Cab Service 810 Park Ave. Suite 4, Muscatine, IA 52761 563-262-8294 Pearl City Shuttle 45 Colony Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761 563-299-3513 www.netmuscatine.com

Index History of Muscatine




Annual Events


Area Map








Group Tours


Hold Your Event in Muscatine


See you in Muscatine


Distance from Regional Cities Starting Location

Mileage to Muscatine

Burlington, IA


Cedar Rapids, IA


Chicago, IL


Des Moines, IA


Dubuque, IA


Iowa City, IA


Indianapolis, IN


Kansas City, MO


Milwaukee, WI


Minneapolis, MN


Omaha, NE


Quad Cities, IA & IL


St. Louis, MO


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History of Muscatine

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Walk through our historic districts (West Hill and Downtown) to see the magnificent architectural styles of the numerous homes and buildings. Following is a list of buildings and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES IN THE CITY OF MUSCATINE: Alexander Clark House 203 W. Third St. Clark-Blackwell House 206 Cherry St. Downtown Commercial Historic District Second Street First Presbyterian Church 401 Iowa Ave. Greenwood Cemetery Chapel 1814 Lucas St. J.C.B. Warde House 205 Cherry St. Muscatine County Courthouse 401 E. Third St.

Old Jail 411 E. Fourth St. Pliny and Adelia Fay House 112 Locust St. S.M. McKibben House 102 Walnut St. Sinnett Octagon House U.S. Highways 38 & 61 Trinity Episcopal Church 411 E. Second St. W. Joseph Fuller House 1001 Mulberry Ave. Welch Apartments 224 Iowa Ave. West Hill District W. Second Street

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George H. and Loretta Ward House West Liberty

Bridge near West Liberty West Liberty

West Liberty Commercial Historic District West Liberty

Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad-Wilton Depot Wilton

Wilton Candy Kitchen Wilton

Samuel Nicholas House Nichols

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES JUST OUTSIDE THE CITY: Lock and Dam No. 16 Historic District 33109 102nd Ave. W., Illinois City, IL

Pine Mill Bridge Wildcat Den State Park

Pine Creek Grist Mill Wildcat Den State Park

Pine Mill German Methodist Episcopal Church 180th Street and Verde Avenue

CIVIL WAR MONUMENTS AND MARKERS: In 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War, Muscatine men hurried to enlist and Muscatine sent more men to war than any other county in Iowa. Later, in April of 1862, the casualty list from the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee touched every neighborhood in the city. For 50 years, the city celebrated Shiloh Day. Muscatine still remembers. Monuments and markers can be found in different parts of the county:

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Camp Strong Marker, Muscatine Civil War Monument, Wilton Marble Shaft in Cemetery, Wilton Muscatine County Courthouse, Muscatine

• Soldier Monument, West Liberty • Vandever Memorial Bridge on GAR Highway, Southwest of Moscow

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Ardon Creek Vineyard and Winery Founded on a 160-year-old family farm with a rich heritage, Ardon Creek Vineyard and Winery is a family-owned-and-managed operation. The vineyard is 4.1 acres in size and includes five varieties of winter-hardy grape vines. All of its wines are vinted and bottled in the winery. Ardon Creek hosts “Music in the Vineyard” during the summer and fall months and is also available for meetings and gatherings. 2391 Independence Ave., Letts, IA 52754 • 563-506-8044 www.ardoncreek.com

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Depot This renovated 1898 brick depot is open for you to visit Memorial Day through Labor Day and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It remains in its original location, adjacent to an active railroad line. Climb aboard the renovated caboose! 100 Railroad St., Wilton, IA 52778

City Park Located near Wilton Community School, City Park is the home of the Wilton Indoor Pool and also offers a playground area, shelters and a baseball field. 305 East Wate St., Wilton, IA 52778 www.wiltoniowa.org

Contrary Brewing Company Contrary Brewing Company is a nano brewery recently opened and located in downtown Muscatine. As its name suggests, this brewery doesn’t settle for just any beer, brewing in small batches to ensure consistent, quality brews each time. Stop in and enjoy a tasting flight or bring home a growler to enjoy any time. 411 W. Mississippi Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761 www.contrarybrewing.com

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Deep Lakes Park Fish, canoe, kayak, hike, explore and more at Deep Lakes Park. This 435-acre park, donated to Muscatine County by longtime sand and gravel business W.G. Block, is still referred to by locals as “the sand pits” and includes 130 acres of fishable water, including numerous small lakes and ponds with the largest lake totaling 55 acres. Amenities and facilities include parking lots, restrooms, a boat ramp on Lake Chester and Lake Jewel as well as access for canoes, kayaks and small boats. Deep Lakes Park is in its third year of a multiyear development plan. Future plans include trails, RV and primitive camping, rental cabins and a swimming beach. Access from Pettibone Avenue, Stewart Road, 41st Street South or 57th Street South, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-264-5922 www.muscatinecountyconservation.com

Discovery Park and Environmental Learning Center Walk or bike the 1.5 miles of paved trails or the 2 miles of mowed trails, fish from the stocked ponds, stop by the outdoor raptor enclosure or visit the Environmental Learning Center, all in the 85-acre natural park in an urban environment. The Environmental Learning Center offers numerous natural history exhibits, two 1,200-gallon aquariums with native fish, live reptiles and amphibians, more than 100 mounted animals and is the home to the Muscatine County Conservation Board office. The classroom in the Environmental Learning Center is available for rental by organized groups or businesses for workshops and meetings. 3300 Cedar St., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-264-5922 www.muscatinecountyconservation.com

Dutton Sports Complex Open areas, baseball and softball fields, a covered playground area, soccer fields, tennis courts, pickleball, sand volleyball pits and a skate park are all offered at this West Liberty sports complex that opened in 2011. There is bleacher seating and restroom facilities on site. 700 115th St., West Liberty, IA 52776 • 319-627-2084 www.wlparksandrec.org

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Organized to promote the art of puppetry, the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre produces and presents high-quality performances and workshops. The company is committed to educating the public about arts, serving as a center for the exchange of ideas and enhancing the quality of community life. 319 N. Calhoun St., West Liberty, IA 52776 • 319-627-2287 www.puppetspuppets.com

Fairport Fish Hatchery The large fisherman eagle tree trunk sculptures will welcome you when you arrive at the Fairport Fish Hatchery, located 8 miles east of Muscatine on Highway 22, a scenic section of the Great River Road. With 18 ponds, this facility hatches and grows largemouth bass and bluegill to stock in Iowa lakes. Walleye are raised for stocking Iowa’s interior rivers. The hatchery was established in 1908 and started out as a freshwater mussel research and propagation station to contribute to the local pearl button industry. It became a fish hatchery in 1929. Visitors are always welcome and group tours can be arranged. 3390 Hwy 22, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-5062 www.iowadnr.gov

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Fuller Park Disc Golf Course Looking for a fun, free activity? This 18-hole disc golf course is located in Fuller Park and accommodates players of all skill levels with wide-open shots for the first-time recreational player and more difficult holes for the challenge-seekers. You will find yourself going up and down hills and across bridges in this wooded course. Fuller Park offers ample parking, a picnic shelter, a playground, restrooms, signage and benches throughout the park. Cedar Street (across from Discovery Park, near Highway 61), Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

Great River Road The Great River Road is a collection of state and local roads that follow the course of the Mississippi River through 10 states from Ontario to the Gulf of Mexico. Developed in 1938, the road is 2,340 miles designated with a green-and-white sign showing a river steamboat inside a pilot wheel with the name of the state or province. Muscatine holds a special fondness for the Great River Road as Muscatine native and entrepreneur Charles H. Young worked toward establishing the Great River Road and according to some, the idea for the green and white pilot wheel marker distinguishing the route is attributed to Young. Take a moment to enjoy the view at the Mark Twain Overlook (100-198 Lombard St. Muscatine) located by the entrance to the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge close to downtown Muscatine. Here you can find signage dedicated to Charles H. Young’s work toward establishing the Great River Road. www.iowagreatriverroad.com

Home Run Hitters Swing for the imaginary fences in this new indoor baseball and softball training facility, open year-round. Home Run Hitters has five batting cages available for hitting off machines, live throws or pitching. Hourly cage rentals are available for groups, teams and parties and a meeting space with a whiteboard and video monitor is also available. Home Run Hitters also hosts winter group clinics and summer camps. Be sure to check out the on-site pro shop. 115 Musser St., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-506-0283 www.hrhitters.com

Kent-Stein Park Kent-Stein Park is a 66-acre home run of a sports complex that welcomes about 100,000 visitors each year. The park has eight lighted baseball diamonds (including historic Tom Bruner Field), nine lighted softball diamonds, night lighted horseshoe courts, two concession stands, picnic areas, restroom facilities, walking/biking trails and fishing in the adjoining 11-acre slough. The park hosts events sponsored by national, state and local associations involving participants of all ages. Tournaments, camps, clinics, games and practices are welcome. 1900-2099 Oneida Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

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Kimberly Park and Community Pool Kimberly Park, home of the West Liberty public pool, features a playground, open areas and four reservable shelters, one of which is enclosed. West Eighth Street, West Liberty, IA 52776 • 319-627-2084 www.wlparksandrec.org

Lock and Dam No. 16 A great place to sit and enjoy the Mississippi River, Lock and Dam No. 16 is located on the Illinois side of the Mississippi. Watch the barges pass through the channel and make sure to stop during the winter as it’s the best place to see bald eagles. They come to fish in this area of the river as it rarely freezes due to constant churning of the waters passing through the dam. During the spring and fall seasons, you can also find a significant amount of pelicans frequenting this popular fishing hole while migrating through Iowa for the seasons. Watch from the observation deck or grab a picnic table, which are open year round. Tours are provided free of charge every Sunday at 2 p.m. beginning Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day weekend. 563-263-7913 www.mvr.usace.army.mil

Maid-Rite Diner Have a Maid-Rite sandwich in the town where it was invented. The first legendary loosemeat sandwich was created in 1926 by Muscatine butcher Fred Angell, who combined a special cut and grind of meat with selected spices. As the legend goes, Angell asked a delivery man to taste his “newest sandwich invention.” After a few bites the taster exclaimed, “You know, Fred, this sandwich is made right!” Some believe Fred chose the “Maid” spelling to represent the wholesomeness and pureness of the sandwich. The Muscatine Maid-Rite continues the tradition Fred Angell established in a 1950s-style family diner. 605 University Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-3244 www.maid-rite.com

Mairet’s Garden Center Looking for that famous Muscatine Melon? You can find it at Mairet’s Garden Center, one of the last remaining growers. You’ll also find lots of other fresh produce, such as sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and more in the summer. In the spring you can purchase annuals, in the fall you can purchase mums, asters and pumpkins. Also on site is Sweet Treats ice cream stand, which sells 20 flavors of super-premium ice cream. 4707 S. Hwy 61, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-2338 www.mairetsgardencenter.com

Monsanto Butterfly Garden Open to the public, the Monsanto Butterfly Garden attracts many pollinators with an array of brightly colored flowers and shrubs that bloom from early spring until fall. Plant employees planted 65 acres of native grasses and wildflowers with the assistance of the Muscatine County Conservation Board in 1993 and an additional 90 acres were added to the prairie in 1998, including a butterfly garden. Enjoy a picnic at the tables or relax in the gazebo as a pond with dual waterfalls attracts birds and koi swim through the water lilies. Wiggins Road (near Olgilvie Avenue), Muscatine, IA 52761

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Muscatine Aquatic Center Soak up the sun at the Muscatine Aquatic Center, located inside picturesque Weed Park, and have some fun with five slides (two drop slides, one family slide and two long slides), a zero-depth entry area, and an interactive play structure with kid slide and spray features. The center also has family restrooms, self-service lockers, a multipurpose room and full concessions. The facility is also available for rent for private events. Park Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

Muscatine Arboretum Take a walk, bring your four-legged friends and look at more than 1,000 native and ornamental trees and shrubs that have been planted, mulched and labeled. Paved trails wind throughout these 13 acres located adjacent to Discovery Park. Access from Discovery Park (3300 Cedar St.) or Harmony Lane, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-264-5807

Muscatine Art Center Built in 1908, the Laura Musser Mansion — part of the Muscatine Art Center — provides an elegant setting for the display of fine and decorative arts. The mansion’s hallways feature an impressive collection of works by artists such as Renoir, Degas, Chagall and Pissarro. Period rooms blend family furnishings with paintings that depict the Mississippi River. Linked to the original mansion is the Stanley Gallery which provides two floors of space for changing exhibitions. Located on the grounds is a historic Japanese Garden installed in 1929, which serves as a beautiful venue for weddings. Walk-in visitors are welcome Tuesday through Sunday with admission by donation. Muscatine Art Center staff offers educational programs and group tours for children and adults. 1314 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-8282 www.muscatineartcenter.org

Muscatine History and Industry Center Experience the Muscatine that was the “Pearl Button Capital of the World,” a story proudly told by the Muscatine History and Industry Center’s Pearl Button Museum. Muscatine produced 1.5 billion pearl buttons annually 100 years ago and sold them to the New York garment industry and the rest of the world. Learn about how Muscatine is still a thriving manufacturing and entrepreneurial center on the second level of the center through interactive displays on 1940s and 1950s industrial giants like C. Maxwell Stanley, Roy J. Carver, S.G. Stein and Stanley M. Howe, who led to the manufacturing of products like office furniture, retread tires and corn product processing. Be sure to visit the gift shop to find locally-made Muscatine and pearl button memorabilia. 117 W. Second Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-1052 www.muscatinehistory.org

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Muscatine Municipal Boat Harbor and Marina Ditch the traffic and dock your watercraft on the riverfront at the Muscatine Municipal Boat Harbor and Marina located by Riverside Park on the Mississippi River. The harbor has 18 slips for houseboats and 64 slips dedicated for smaller, pleasure and speed boats. There are slips available for rent for the current season. Transient slips are available. Gas, diesel and pump-out service are also available. The gas dock is in operation from approximately May-October. 110 Harbor Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

Muscatine Municipal Golf Course Hit your golf ball over the water on No. 13 or test your leg strength on a par 5 on the FootGolf course. The Muscatine Municipal Golf Course, referred to as “Muni” by the locals, offers an 18-hole traditional golf course and an 18-hole FootGolf — a combination of soccer and golf — course, installed in fall 2014. The course also has a complete pro shop, concession area, cart rental and driving range. Private and group golf lessons are available. In the winter, play a round on the golf simulator and make sure your game is ready for summer. The course clubhouse is available for rent by the general public and can accommodate 45 people. 1820 IA-38, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-4735 www.muscatineiowa.gov

Muscatine Skate Park Whether you’re a skateboarder, rollerblader or BMX biker, the Muscatine Skate Park is yours for the shredding. This park is located within Musser Park and includes a flat track, a fenced area with a 100-by-100-foot stunt area and a 90-by-50-foot in-line hockey rink. The obstacle/stunt area has a concrete surface with a variety of steel ramps. Oregon Street (near Grandview Avenue), Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

Muscatine Soccer Complex Ramona Barber, organizer of the College Search Kickoff — an annual showcase that hosts about 100 youth teams from 10-plus states — called the fields at the Muscatine Soccer Complex “superb” and “unmatchable.” The complex is a 41-acre, $3.8 million facility that has earned national recognition, being named “Best Soccer Facility” by the National Turf Grass Managers Association. With eight full-sized state-of-the-art premiere soccer fields — and two of the eight internationally sized and lighted with amended soils — this facility welcomes about 100,000 visitors annually and hosts events sponsored by national, state and local associations involving participants of all ages. Camps, clinics, games and tournaments are welcome. The complex is fully equipped, including concessions, media center, restrooms and a parking area. 401 S. Houser St., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

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Nature Conservancy Preserves The White Oak Swamp, the Red Cedar Woodland, and Greiner Family Preserves are three Muscatine County natural areas that are part of the Nature Conservancy, an international organization whose mission is “to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.” These preserves are a wonderland for naturalists. The 654-acre White Oak Swamp Preserve is habitat for an estimated 500 plant species as well as some endangered animal species. The very unique 34-acre Red Cedar Woodland Preserve is found on an island in the Cedar River and can only be reached by boat or by wading through water. The 117-acre Greiner Family Nature Preserve is a sand prairie and wetland area, a unique combination of soil and water essential to nesting turtles and supporting an assemblage of rare plants and animals. 319-726-3041 www.nature.org

New Strand Theatre This former opera theater, built in 1910, now shows a movie a week and hosts piano recitals, dance recitals, weddings, family reunions, movie premiers, screenings and DVD release parties, as well as live acts like puppet and magic shows. 111 E. Third St., West Liberty, 52776 • 319-627-2014 www.newstrand.com

Norbert F. Beckey Bridge After enjoying the beautiful river views in the daylight, be sure to take a look at the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge — the only bridge over the Mississippi River that has LED lights. Completed in December 1972, it replaced the Muscatine High Bridge, which stood from 18911973. A pillar from the old High Bridge still stands at Riverside Park in Muscatine. The bridge, which stretches 1,500 feet from Iowa to Rock Island County, Illinois, across the Mississippi River, is awash in a rainbow of colors and lights up the night. Mark Twain might have seen his most beautiful sunsets in Muscatine, but modern residents and visitors to this historic river town now have their own light show to enjoy. Located on Iowa Highway 92 and Illinois Route 92

Oscar Grossheim Photo Collection More than 55,000 glass plate negatives of historical photos taken by Muscatine resident and photographer Oscar Grossheim are included in this collection that spans the late 1890s to the early 1940s. Grossheim’s collection includes photos of local scenes, landscapes and portraits of residents from that time period. The Musser Public Library has over 4,000 of the images digitally archived. As a service to the public, the reference staff provides access to high quality, photographic images in print for a reasonable fee. River’s Edge Gallery prints the images you can have shipped or pick up in person. 304 Iowa Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.musserpubliclibrary.org

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Pine Creek Grist Mill and Melpine Schoolhouse One of the focal points of Wildcat Den State Park is the Pine Creek Grist Mill, located in the eastern part of the park. The mill is thought to be the oldest working mill on its original site between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. It was built in 1848 by Benjamin Nye in response to the growing demand for pioneering families to have their crops ground into usable products like flour and meal. Near the mill is the classic one-room Melpine Schoolhouse, built in 1877, which is a museum of rural school memorabilia including old school books, photos, period desks, lunch buckets and more. Also check out the nearby Pioneer Log Cabin and the Old Stone Church. 1884 Wildcat Den Road, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-4818 www.pinecreekgristmill.com

Rose Bowl This recently re-named bowling facility includes an arcade, nightlife area, banquet room and concessions. With 48 lanes, there’s plenty of space for bowlers of all skill levels and is a great place to host a party or to meet some friends. Don’t miss the ever popular Glow-N-Bowl on Friday and Saturday nights, with large screens playing popular music videos, black lights and all-you-can bowl for an all-inclusive fee. 1411 Grandview Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0770 www.plamorlanesmusc.com

Riverside Park Cool off in the interactive Mississippi Mist Fountain splash pad, shoot some hoops, launch your boat, access the Running River Bike & Pedestrian Trail System, watch the river flow by and enjoy all the typical amenities of a park at Riverside Park, located downtown. There is plenty of room for parking vehicles with boat trailers and in the evening it’s the best place to view the colorfully lighted Norbert F. Beckey Bridge. Also located here is Pearl City Station and Riverview Center, and both facilities are available for rent. Harbor Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

Running River Bike and Pedestrian Trail System Follow the Mississippi River and access multiple parks on 10 miles of paved and unpaved trails and walkways. This trail system will take you past the lagoon at historic Weed Park, past Norbert F. Beckey Bridge and along the historic riverfront. Most of the trail along the riverfront is lighted and there are additional sections of the trail system elsewhere in the city. 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

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Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area Experience the Cedar River and Chicken Creek at Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area, in the middle of Muscatine County. This 675-acre, multi-use recreation area offers camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting/trapping, geocaching, boating and canoeing. You also find picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, a handicapped-accessible fishing dock, boat ramps and Saulsbury Lodge, which you can reserve for your picnics, family gatherings, reception and more. 2007 Saulsbury Road, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-264-5922 www.muscatinecountyconservation.com

Shooting Stars Gun Range Get your practice in at Shooting Stars Gun Range, Muscatine’s only indoor shooting range — open to the public. The range is an all indoor, air-conditioned facility that offers 12 75foot lanes with a motorized target retrieval system. Also on site is a retail shop that carries guns, ammunition and accessories. 810 Division St., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0704 www.shootingstarsgunrange.com

Sweetland Farmstead Stop off US Highway 61 east of Muscatine to this road-side farm, open seasonally beginning Memorial Day weekend. You’ll find fresh bakery items, fresh produce and Sweetland Farmstead’s own variety of wine, including strawberry, pinot noir and voignier. You’ll also find antique and wine-related items, such as decanters, glasses and coolers, as well as hand-made items such as cutting boards, bird houses and some artwork. 3111 US Hwy 61, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-260-6102

Wapsie Park Wapsie Park features a nine-hole disc golf course, three softball fields, a batting cage, soccer field, swing set, basketball courts, volleyball courts and a mile-long wooded trail. There is also a reservable shelter. 100 N. Corn St., West Liberty, IA 52776 • 319-627-2084 www.wlparksandrec.org

Weed Park and the Zoo Garden You’ll find plenty of room to roam at historic Weed Park, which covers 72 acres, including a 3-acre lagoon. Here, you’ll also find the Muscatine Aquatic Center, a bandstand, concession stand, fishing pond (for ages 14 and under), picnic areas and seven shelters, playground equipment, restrooms, a rose garden, 10 tennis courts (four lighted) and two lighted sand volleyball courts. Weed Park is also home to the Zoo Garden — a garden that features animal sculptures, gardens, kiosks and trails that bring to life the spirit of the live-animal zoo that was once located there. Park Drive (near Colorado Street), Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

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West Liberty Golf and Country Club West Liberty Golf and Country Club offers a nine-hole course, open to the public, as well as a full menu with food specials. 1248 Country Heights Lane, West Liberty, IA 52776 • 319-627-2085 www.westlibertygolfandcountryclub.com

West Liberty Heritage Depot Museum and Heritage Park Open April through October, this museum is inside a restored 1897 Rock Island Railroad Depot and contains artifacts, exhibits, pictures and memorabilia pertaining to transportation, business, education and agriculture. In addition to the depot, several other buildings now make up Heritage Park, including Heritage Barn, Swamp School, a 1913 caboose and a 1930s tourist cabin. 405 N. Elm St., West Liberty, IA 52776 www.wlheritagefoundation.org

West Liberty Raceway These IMCA sanctioned stock car races, held at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds, run from April to September and are loud and exciting. Races take place Saturday nights in West Liberty, Iowa. 101 N Clay St., West Liberty, IA 52776 • 319-627-2414 www.simmonspromotionsinc.com

Wildcat Den State Park Explore one of the most unique state parks in Iowa, Wildcat Den State Park, located 10 miles east of Muscatine. This park offers a trail system that winds through a variety of terrain that includes beautiful bluffs, rock outcroppings, creek, “Steamboat Rock,” Devil’s Punch Bowl,” and “Fat Man’s Squeeze.” Be sure to check out the Pine Creek Grist Mill and Melpine School house, located within the park, which also has a 28-site non-modern campground and restroom facilities, picnic areas and shelters, horseshoe pits and more. 1884 Wildcat Den Road, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-4337 www.iowadnr.gov

Wilton Candy Kitchen Treat yourself at the Wilton Candy Kitchen — believed to be the oldest ongoing ice cream parlor/soda fountain in the United States. It has been serving ice cream, lunches and candy for 150 years and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places , owned by the Nopoulos family since 1910. The Candy Kitchen is currently not operating at regular hours. Please call ahead if you’d like to visit. 310 Cedar St, Wilton, IA 52778 • 563-732-2278 www.wiltoncandykitchen.com

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Annual Events These dates and details were accurate at time of printing. Please call ahead or visit VisitMuscatine.com to confirm event dates before planning your visit.

Jackson Concert Series THROUGHOUT THE YEAR The Jackson Concert Series provides a variety of free musical entertainment to the community. The series is varied and has something for everyone — from the opera buff to the jazz aficionado to the child in all of us. Over the years, 175 top level artists have performed in our community. Wesley United Methodist Church 400 Iowa Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-1596 www.wesleyonline.org

River’s Edge House Concert Series MONTHLY These shows are held at River’s Edge Gallery, an 1880s house that is an art and custom framing business. Limited tickets are available for each show for this small, intimate venue. Guests are encouraged to bring their own drinks and snacks to share. River’s Edge Gallery 216 West Third St., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-3176 www.riversedgeart.com

-Original art, limited editions, and poster prints -Commercial/residential art design and installation -Large-format digital printing -Photo restoration -Month live music -Monthly 216 W. 3RD ST., MUSCATINE, 563-263-3176

SPRING Chili Chilly Extreme 5K MARCH This 5K event has been called “Iowa’s toughest 5K” and includes two routes: dry and wet. Held at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds, the Chili Chilly Extreme 5K entry fee includes a T-shirt and a warm post-run bowl of chili. There is beer, cash bar and sale of food available. Muscatine County Fairgrounds 101 N Clay St, West Liberty, IA 52776 • 319-627-2414 www.muscatinecountyfair.com

Contrary Brewing Company is a nano brewery. As our name suggests, we don’t settle for just any beer. We want unusual and challenging. We want bold and memorable. We want cult classic. Better yet, we want it all locally. 411 W. Mississippi Dr. | Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-299-7894

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River City Outdoor Show MARCH This two-day event is “everything outdoors,” drawing thousands of outdoor enthusiasts that come to browse offerings from a large list of vendors. Muscatine Mall 1903 Park Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-3176 www.rivercityoutdoorshow.com

Muscatine Area Farmers Market MAY - OCTOBER Stroll this outdoor market for locally grown fresh seasonal produce, baked goods and more on Tuesday and Saturdays from May 2 to Oct. 30 Saturdays on corner of Third and Cedar Streets, 7:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Muscatine Mall, 1903 Park Ave., parking lot, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Melon City Criterium SUNDAY OF MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND A 30-year tradition, these Memorial Day weekend bicycle races attract racers from across the Midwest and beyond and are held in our picturesque Weed Park featuring a hilly 1-mile circuit with a 90-degree turn and crowd-pleasing speed hump. Weed Park Park Drive (near Colorado Street), Muscatine, IA 52761 www.muscatinecycling.com

Come and see the whole picture! Muscatine Art Center

1314 Mulberry Avenue • Muscatine, Iowa 52761 Free admission Hours: Tues., Wed. & Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 1-5 p.m.; Closed holidays

Visit our website for a complete listing of exhibitions and art education programs www.muscatineartcenter.org

SUMMER The Second Sunday Summer Concert Series JUNE - SEPTEMBER Enjoy this outdoor summer concert series featuring a variety of artists on the patio at Pearl Plaza with the scenic Mississippi River, Riverside Park and Norbert F. Beckey Bridge in the background. Concerts are held in the evenings on the second Sundays of June through September. Bring a lawn chair. Pearl Plaza 217 West Second St., Muscatine, IA 52761 www.muscatineartscouncil.org

Summer Music Series JULY - AUGUST Come down to Ron-Dee-Voo Park for this free music series on Thursday nights. Ron-Dee-Voo Park offers a stage and seating — but you’re encouraged to bring your own lawn chair — as well as plenty of room for dancing and playing. Ron-Dee-Voo Park Downtown West Liberty, IA 52776 www.wlaac.org

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Picnic in the Park JULY The Sunday before the Muscatine County Fair is the Picnic in the Park, a community picnic at Kimberly Park in West Liberty with live entertainment, food and free swimming. Don’t miss the parade beforehand!


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JULY 4 Organized by the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GMCCI), our Independence Day celebration starts with a fun-filled down-home parade at 5 p.m., followed by a free concert on the riverfront by our own Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, finishing with one of the best fireworks displays in the region. Come early to enjoy our historic downtown and scenic riverfront and to locate your best vantage point for the evening’s festivities. Downtown Muscatine and Riverfront Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry • 563-263-8895 • www.muscatine.com Muscatine Symphony Orchestra • 563-288-6195, Ext. 1608 • www.muscatinesymphony.org

Muscatine County Fair THIRD WEEK OF JULY Join us at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds, located in West Liberty, for good old-fashioned family fun and entertainment. It’s a Muscatine County summer tradition! Take a walk through the 4-H livestock and project barns, watch some of the live judging and reexperience the fun you remember from childhood: demolition derby, midway carnival rides and games, car races and bull riding, not to mention the traditional fair food. Muscatine County Fairgrounds 101 N Clay St, West Liberty, IA 52776 • 319-627-2414 www.muscatinecountyfair.com

Great River Days THE LAST WEEKEND IN JULY For over 50 years, this four-day festival held in Riverside Park has something for everyone: carnival, car show, live music featuring national touring bands, “Dachshund Doggy Dash”, dance competition, “super-hot” taco eating contest, bass tournament, “bags” tournament, talent contest and more. Every year there’s something new. Riverside Park Harbor Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-571-0155 www.greatriverdays.com

1411 Grandview Avenue Muscatine IA 52761 (563) 263-0770

Founded on a 160-year-old family farm with a rich Irish Heritage, Ardon Creek produces reds, whites and blush wines that will please a variety of palates. “Music in the Vineyard” 5/31-9/31 See our website for details. Beautiful setting for special events such as weddings, reunions, bridal/baby showers, and family picnics.

2391 Independence Ave., Letts, IA (Just South of Muscatine) 563-506-8044 • www.ardoncreek.com

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Watermelon Festival

Brian Dollinger, Music Director & Conductor

2015-16 MasterWorks Season October 3, 2015 - “Nature’s Realm”

November 7, 2015 - “Adventures in Music: Colors of the Orchestra”

December 5, 2015 - “Christmas with the Symphony” February 13, 2016 - “Mardi Gras” March 12, 2016 - “Celebrate Youth” April 16, 2016 - “Bravo, Bonfiglio!”


AUGUST This festival, in conjunction with the Watermelon Stampede 5K/10K run, offers a day of fun-filled family-friendly activities including a craft and vendor fair, watermelon roll event for the kids, “Guess the Watermelon Weight” game, bags tournament, face painting and cotton candy, downtown window decorating contest, and a watermelon eating and seed spitting contest for all ages. Downtown Muscatine www.downtownmuscatine.com

Wilton Founders Day FOURTH WEEKEND OF AUGUST This annual hometown celebration brings the community together and heartily welcomes visitors to join in the festivities. Some of the great things that go on throughout the weekend include carnival rides, a parade, tractor show, 5K run, car and bike show, music performances and a bags tournament. Wilton www.wiltoniowa.org

FALL That Was Then This Is Now Boat Show BI-ANNUALLY, SEPTEMBER This popular family-friendly event featuring wooden, fiberglass, classic and modern racing boats is held bi-annually in our beautiful Riverside Park and includes a car and motorcycle show. Events like the cardboard boat regattas, gutter boat regattas, hovercraft displays and contests for the kids are fun for everyone.

Located in historic downtown Muscatine at 117 West 2nd Street Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 563.263.1052 • www.muscatinehistory.org

Riverside Park Harbor Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-260-1970 www.muscatineboatshow.com

International Fair SEPTEMBER This free event, started in 2013, is a day when culture comes together. The International Fair, organized by the Diversity Service Center of Iowa, showcases and celebrates the Muscatine area’s melting pot and includes performances, storytelling, vendors and games. Mississippi riverfront Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-264-8883

Latino Festival SEPTEMBER You’ll experience cultural food, dance, music and vendors in downtown West Liberty at this event organized by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Downtown West Liberty, IA 52776 • 319-627-2229 www.stjosephscatholicchurch.org

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Heritage Day and Buckskinner Rendezvous THIRD WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER Take a step back in time and get in the pioneering spirit during this weekend event situated in the scenic Wildcat Den State Park just outside of Muscatine. Enjoy some fresh apple cider and homemade ice cream while listening to old-time mountain music and storytelling or strolling through the antique machinery displays. Take part in a variety of hands-on crafts and activities including taking a turn at sawing a log and catching a glimpse of what it was like “back in the day” before electricity. Learn more about the fur-trading era and watch a blacksmith at his craft by visiting the Buckskinners Rendezvous in the upper picnic area. Tour the Pine Creek Grist Mill, one of the few pre-Civil War mills still standing in the Midwest — and still operational. Walk across the grassy knoll and step inside Melpine School, a one-room schoolhouse circa 1877 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wildcat Den State Park 1884 Wildcat Den Road, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-4818 www.pinecreekgristmill.com

West Liberty Children’s Festival SEPTEMBER One exciting Saturday in September, downtown West Liberty is transformed by this annual puppetry mini-festival, including strolling performers, food, beverages, performances by local dance troupes, and a host of children’s games and activities. Puppet shows take place in the beautifully renovated downtown Ron-De-Voo Park. Downtown West Liberty, IA 52776 www.westlibertyiowa.gov

Greenwood Cemetery Walk LAST SUNDAY IN SEPTEMBER The Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department holds the everpopular annual Greenwood Cemetery “Walk (or Ride) Through History”. Participants hear colorful, historical stories about some of Greenwood Cemetery’s most interesting residents. Greenwood Cemetery Lucas Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

Fall Festival SATURDAY IN OCTOBER The Fall Festival event features several children’s activities including coloring, cookie decorating and more. Participating businesses in the Muscatine Mall also have a trick-or-treat activity, so children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. There is no cost to participate in any of the activities. Muscatine Mall 1903 Park Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

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Muscatine Symphony Orchestra OCTOBER - APRIL The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Association enriches the cultural life of the greater Muscatine community by presenting and maintaining symphonic music of the highest quality and by providing comprehensive music education opportunities to the Muscatine area. The orchestra is comprised of volunteer musicians from the community, with additional players from the surrounding communities who are engaged to supplement sections when needed. Central Middle School Auditorium 901 Cedar St., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatinesymphony.org

Scarecrow Festival EARLY OCTOBER This festival, organized by the Muscatine Journal, is a great way to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Besides the scarecrow contest and art walk, this event has hands-on activities for the kids. Ag Learning Center 3200 Lucas St., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-2331 www.muscatinejournal.com

Ghosts of Pine Creek SECOND SATURDAY OF OCTOBER The Ghosts of Pine Creek night is a special Halloween-themed family-friendly evening event at the Pine Creek Grist Mill in Wildcat Den State Park with volunteers dressed in period costumes representing people (ghosts) from 150 years ago. Each ghost demonstrates what it was like to live in the 1850s including how the pioneers harvested, cooked and stored their food. This event is limited to 175 people and requires a reservation. Wildcat Den State Park 1884 Wildcat Den Road, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-299-6024 www.pinecreekgristmill.com

Muscatine Independent Film Festival NOVEMBER This annual film festival in Muscatine features local, regional, national and international films. It is a showcase to encourage and acknowledge the creative efforts of film producers. It is also a social event for audience members. Entrants are selected by the producers; viewers have the opportunity to vote for their favorite; and an award will be given to the winner. There is a special “VIP Green Room” before and after the event and rolling out the “red carpet” for directors. 563-260-1235 www.dreampostonline.com

Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk SATURDAY IN NOVEMBER The Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department holds the annual Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk at the Municipal Golf Course and is organized in cooperation with the Muscatine Running Club. The format of the race is to predict your time, however, you are not allowed any sort of timing device. The winners who most closely predicted their time will be awarded a frozen turkey. Muscatine Municipal Golf Course 1820 IA-38, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

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WINTER Holiday Open House NOVEMBER The merchants of historic downtown Muscatine kick off the holiday shopping season with a preview to this season’s holiday gifts and décor. Local vendors also participate for more unique shopping options. Downtown Muscatine www.downtownmuscatine.com

Window Walk and Parade DECEMBER It’s Wilton’s annual Christmas event that includes a parade, lighting of the community Christmas tree and, of course, a competition for decorated windows based on the year’s theme. Also included in the event in the past has been the Christmas Tree Extravaganza decorating, crafts, cookie decorating, horse-drawn carriage rides, business open houses, home tours and food. Downtown Wilton www.wiltoniowa.org

Elves Workshop DECEMBER Every year Santa and his elves take a break from building toys and decorating. Come take a turn putting together some crafts, and talking to Saint Nick himself. This workshop provides many different stations for people to find their creative side. Muscatine Mall 1903 Park Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

Winter Festival JANUARY This new event embraces the cold weather, with a snowpile treasure hunt, snow sculpture contest and a progressive fire pit-to-fire pit sampling of free, bite-sized portions of food. Familyfriendly games and activities are also offered throughout the event. Muscatine Municipal Golf Course 1820 IA-38, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-0241 www.muscatineiowa.gov

Eagles & Ivories Ragtime Weekend END OF JANUARY A wonderful winter treat, this music-filled weekend is sure to delight. For 21 years, this event has brought in world-renowned pianists and musicians to entertain ragtime, jazz and classical music fans of all ages. Throughout the course of the weekend, eagle watching and related activities and presentations are held on the Muscatine riverfront and at Lock and Dam No. 16. Wesley United Methodist Church 400 Iowa Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761 www.muscatineartscouncil.org

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Lodging Bed and Breakfasts: MISSISSIPPI PEARL BED & BREAKFAST Featuring three guest rooms, this B&B is located in the historic West Hill District and is within walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants and the Muscatine riverfront. Breakfast is served daily and requests are always welcome. 417 W. 3rd Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-2348 www.mississippipearlbedandbreakfast.com STRAWBERRY FARM BED & BREAKFAST Featuring five guest rooms and down-home hospitality, Strawberry Farm B&B is easily accessible from Highway 61, and minutes away from restaurants and large commercial area. Breakfast is served daily and includes fresh fruit, homemade baked goods and a warm entrée. 3402 Tipton Road, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-262-8688 www.strawberryfarmbandb.com

Hotels and Motels: 115 Cleveland Street Muscatine, IA 52761 563.263.1500 www.choicehotels.com Reservations: 800.4.CHOICE

AMERICINN LODGE & SUITES Featuring 59 guest rooms including family suites, an indoor pool and whirlpool, exercise room and game room, free enhanced continental breakfast, cable TV & HBO, free local calls and is close to restaurants and large commercial area. 3115 Hwy 61, Muscatine IA 52761 • 563-263-0880, 800-643-3444 www.americinn.com HOTEL MUSCATINE Featuring 60 available guest rooms, a 500-person meeting hall, an indoor pool and whirlpool, exercise room, LED TVs, cable TV, some rooms with refrigerator & microwave, pet-friendly, free local calls and is close to large commercial area. 2915 N Hwy 61, Muscatine IA 52761 • 563-264-5550

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COMFORT INN Featuring 49 guest rooms including whirlpool suites, an indoor pool, exercise room, free extended breakfast bar, cable TV & HBO, some rooms with refrigerator & microwave, pet-friendly, free local calls and is close to restaurants and large commercial area. 115 Cleveland, Muscatine IA 52761 • 563-263-1500 www.choicehotels.com

Muscatine Visitors Guide •27 HAMPTON INN Featuring 76 guest rooms, indoor pool, exercise room, free breakfast, cable TV & HBO, free local calls, and is close to restaurants and large commercial area. 3303 North Port Drive, Muscatine IA 52761 • 563-264-3003 www.muscatine.hamptoninn.com MOTEL WILTON Featuring 12 rooms, cable TV, refrigerators, microwaves (most rooms) and high-speed Wi-Fi, and is close to restaurants and large commercial area. Weekly and Corporate Rates are offered. 508 West Fifth St., Wilton, IA 52778 • 563-732-2349, Ext. O, 563-299-9706 www.motelwilton.com

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MUSKIE MOTEL Featuring 35 rooms, color TV and air-conditioning, and is close to restaurants and large commercial area. Weekly and Corporate Rates are offered. 1620 Park Avenue, Muscatine, IA 52761 • 563-263-2601 www.muskiemotel.com PEARL CITY INN Featuring 51 available guest rooms, an indoor pool, a free hot continental breakfast, cable TV, HBO, some rooms with refrigerator and microwave, free local calls, and is close to restaurants and large commercial area. 3303 North Port Drive, Muscatine IA 52761 • 563-264-3003 www.pearlcityinn.net SUPER 8 MOTEL Featuring 63 guest rooms, free continental breakfast, cable TV & HBO, some rooms with refrigerator & microwave, free local calls and is close to restaurants and large commercial area. 2900 N Hwy 61 • 563-263-9100, 800-800-8000 www.super8.com TRAVELODGE Featuring 74 regular guest rooms, plus 17 Fantasy Suites with whirlpools, an indoor pool, restaurant & bar, available room service, cable TV & HBO, some rooms with refrigerator & microwave, free local calls, and is close to restaurants and large commercial area. 2402 Park Avenue, Muscatine IA 52761 • 563-264-3337 www.travelodge.com


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Public Camping Areas in Muscatine County: Muscatine County offers campers spectacular river views, clean comfortable facilities and plenty of recreational options. CLARK’S FERRY RECREATION AREA Clark’s Ferry is an 11-acre, Class A campground located along the banks of the Mississippi River just east of Muscatine. It is easily accessible from Highway 22. This facility offers 45 camp sites operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

SAULSBURY BRIDGE RECREATION AREA This Muscatine County Park is located 8 miles northwest of Muscatine, along the Cedar River, and is accessible from North Mulberry Avenue. Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area offers three campgrounds with a combined total of 33 sites and a tent area. Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area, which is managed by the Muscatine County Conservation Board, covers 675 acres. For more information call 563-264-5922 during business hours.

For further park information, contact 563-263-7913 during business hours. Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777.

SHADY CREEK RECREATION AREA Shady Creek is a 7-acre campground with 53 sites. The facility is accessible from Highway 22, which is part of the Great River Road. Shady Creek is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

FAIRPORT RECREATION AREA Fairport Recreation Area is situated between the Mississippi River and Highway 22. This facility covers 17 acres with 42 sites.

For further park information, contact 563-263-7913 during business hours. Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777.

Fairport Recreational Area is 6 miles from Wildcat Den State Park. To make reservations, call 877-IAPARKS.

WILDCAT DEN STATE PARK Wildcat Den State Park offers 27 campsites situated within a picturesque pine forest. Located 1 mile from Iowa Highway 22 between Muscatine and Davenport, Iowa. To make reservations call 877-IAPARKS.

Fishing Opportunities in Muscatine County: • • • •

• McKeown Bridge River Access • Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area • Shuger Memorial Park

Cedar River Deep Lakes Park Discovery Park Gedney Lake

Hunting Opportunities in Muscatine County • Cedar Bluffs Recreation Area • Pike Run Wildlife Area • Richardson Wildlife Area

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• Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area • Shield Prairie

Muscatine’s only indoor pistol shooting range (open to public, air conditioned)

(12) 75-foot lanes with motorized target retrieval system

Retail shop: guns, ammunition and accessories

Tues.-Sat. 10:00-6:00, Sun. 10:00-5:00

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Dining Fruitland Mad Marv’s Place 102 Center St. 563-263-3355 www.madmarvsplace.com Closed Sun. & Mon., Tues.: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Arby’s 412 Cleveland St. 563-262-4009 www.arbys.com Sun. - Thurs.: 10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 10:30 a.m. - midnight


Avenue Subs 113 Iowa Ave. 563-288-9999 www.avenuesubsmenu.com Closed Sun., Mon. - Fri.: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A Guy and A Grill 1033 Hershey Ave. 563-260-0229 www.aguyandagrill.com Tues. - Fri.: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Blimpie 2418 Stewart Road 563-288-0333 www.blimpie.com Daily: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Applebee’s 306 Cleveland St. 563-262-0215 www.applebees.com Sun. - Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

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Brickhouse Diner 710 Grandview Ave. 563-263-1600 Closed Mon., Tues. - Sun.: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Hy-Vee Market Café 2400 Second Ave. 563-264-2420 www.hy-vee.com Daily: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings 2608 Second Ave. 563-263-0285 www.buffalowildwings.com Sun: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Mon. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hy-Vee Mainstreet 510 East Sixth St. 563-263-6461 www.hy-vee.com Daily: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Burger King 2306 Park Ave. 563-264-1226 www.bk.com Mon. – Sat.: 6 a.m. – midnight, Sun.: 7 a.m. – midnight The Chart House Lounge (Seasonal) 2142 Water St. 563-264-8682 Call for hours Cheri Top Drive-In (Seasonal) 1701 Grandview Ave. 563-263-1344 Closed Sun., Mon. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.


SUNDAY BRUNCH Enjoy a bountiful array of seasonal fruits, fresh pastries, delicious desserts, a carving station, traditional brunch favorites and a variety of other chef creations. Plus, visit our Create-Your-Own Eggs Benedict and Omelet Station.


MUSCATINE 2400 Second Ave. (563) 264-2219


Culver’s of Muscatine 3604 University Ave. 563-263-5601 www.culvers.com Daily: 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Dairy Queen 2101 Cedar Plaza Drive 563-262-9894 www.dairyqueen.com Daily: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Elly’s Tea & Coffee 208 West Second St. 563-263-5043 www.ellysteacoffee.com Closed Sun., Mon. - Fri.: 7 a.m. 4 p.m., Sat.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Farmer’s Diner 2300 Park Ave. 563-263-2224 Daily: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Pearl Bar & Lounge 101 W. Mississippi Drive • Muscatine, IA 52761 (563) 263-2207

Hardee’s 705 Grandview Ave. 563-264-6096 www.hardees.com Sun.: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., Mon. – Thurs.: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m., Fri. – Sat.: 5 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Jimmy John’s 1903 Park Ave. 563-264-2001 www.jimmyjohns.com Daily: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. KFC 2515 Park Ave. 563-263-8964 www.kfc.com Daily: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Maid-Rite Diner 3605 University Drive 563-263-3244 www.maid-rite.com Daily: 10:30 a.m - 9 p.m. McDonald’s 2520 Park Avenue 563-264-3150 www.mcdonalds.com Daily: 24 hours Missipi Brewing Co. 107 Iowa Ave. 563-262-5004 www.missipibrew.com Closed Sun., Mon. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m Muscatine Family Restaurant 1903 Park Ave. 563-263-6522 www.muscatinefamilyrestaurant. com Daily: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Nana’s Pleasures 1903 Park Ave. 563-264-0445 Mon. - Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pearl City Chophouse 215 W. Mississippi Drive 563-263-5910 Sun: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon. Sat.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Riverside Restaurant 303 East Second St. 563-263-3616 Mon. – Sat.: 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sun.: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Muscatine Visitors Guide •31 Subway 4701 South Hwy 61 563-264-2100 www.subway.com Mon. – Thurs.: 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri.-Sat.: 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun.: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Wendy’s Hamburgers 2519 Park Ave. 563-264-2933 www.wendys.com Daily: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Drive-thru open until 1 a.m.

Subway 2016 Cedar Plaza Drive 563-264-1800 www.subway.com Daily: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

China Buffet of Muscatine 1903 Park Ave. 563-263-6888 Daily: 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Subway 1700 Park Ave. 563-264-1318 www.subway.com Mon. - Sat.: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun.: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Tee’s Ice Cream and Burgers (Seasonal) 838 Park Ave. 563-262-9122 Daily: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. The Villian’s BBQ Hideout 5900 Hwy 61 563-263-0906 Tues.: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Wed. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.


China Garden 2016 Cedar Plaza Drive 563-288-6943 www.chinagardenmuscatineia. com Sun. - Thurs: 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. 10:30 p.m. Hong Kong Buffet 2406 Park Ave. 563-262-8899 www.hongkongbuffetmuscatine. com Daily: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Stop in The “Missipi” Brewing Co. Family-owned and operated for 35 YEARS! Hear awesome LIVE MUSIC in our beer garden

Famil y Frien d l y KIDS ME Avail NU able Let the BREW CREW serve you!

Enjoy GREAT FOOD on our outdoor patio overlooking the “Missipi” river

107 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine • 563-262-5004 www.missipibrew.com Open Monday—Saturday • 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

HOURS: Mon-Thurs 11:00 am - 8:00 pm Fri & Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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32 • Muscatine Visitors Guide New Peking 1700 Park Ave. 563-263-2630 Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Tantra Thai Bistro 101 West Mississippi Drive 563263-2345 www.tantrathaibistro.com Closed Sun., Mon. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.


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We pride ourselves in offering our patrons authentic Mexican food in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. We are an affordable choice in fine dining, offering many specials throughout the week. 208 E. 2nd Street Muscatine, IA 52761 (563) 264-8192 www.guadalajaramuscatine.com HOURS Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm Daily Lunch Buffet: 11am - 2pm Reservations are available.

Yacky Shack 163 Colorado St. 563-264-8007 www.yackyshack.com Closed Sun., Mon. - Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. MEXICAN Diamond Dave’s Taco Co. 1903 Park Ave. 563-264-2151 Daily: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Pancho’s Catering & Carry-Out 506 Mulberry Ave. 563-607-1600 Closed Sun., Mon. - Fri.: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Restaurant Izalco 825 Oregon St. 563-263-0458 Daily: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Taco Bell 300 Cleveland St. 563-262-3036 www.tacobell.com Sun. – Thurs.: 6 a.m. – 3 a.m., Fri. – Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 a.m. Taco John’s 506 Grandview Ave. 563-264-8911 www.tacojohns.com Mon. - Thurs.: 7 a.m. - 10 pm, Fri.: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sat.: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun.: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

El Allende 1107 Grandview Ave. 563-262-3969 Closed Mon., Tues. - Thurs: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. 10 p.m., Sun.: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


El Olmito Mexican Restaurant and Grocery 502 Mulberry Ave. 563-264-2094 Closed Tues., Wed. - Mon. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Casey’s General Store 3509 Steamboat Way 563-263-9200 www.caseys.com Daily: 24 hours

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 203 East Second St. 563-264-8192 www.guadalajaramuscatine.com Closed Sun., Mon. – Thurs.: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Las Lomas 1519 Park Ave. 563-264-0904 www.laslomasmuscatine.com Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mon. – Thurs.: 11 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Fri.: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mami’s Authentic 1903 Park Ave., Suite 6500 563-263-5683 www.mamisauthentic.com Sun. - Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Casey’s General Store 1111 Oregon St. 563-263-2720 www.caseys.com Daily: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Casey’s General Store 3010 University Drive 563-263-7884 www.caseys.com Daily: 24 hours Domino’s 2110 Park Ave. 563-264-3030 www.dominos.com Sun. – Thurs.: 11 a.m. – midnight, Fri. – Sat.: 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Francesca Vitale’s 128 East Second St. 563-263-0722 Sun. – Thurs.: 3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. – Sat.: 3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Muscatine Visitors Guide •33 GeoJohnz Pizza 203 East Second St. 563-263-0123 www.geojohnzpizza.com Mon. - Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Godfather’s Pizza 2201 Houser St. 563-263-7214 www.godfathers.com Sun. - Thurs., Sat.: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

– 2 p.m., 3:45 p.m. – 11 p.m., Fri.: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – midnight, Sat.: 3:30 p.m. to midnight. The Sicilian Pizza & Subs 600 Park Ave. 563-264-8259 www.sicilianmuscatine.com Sun. - Thurs.: 3-11 p.m., Fri. -Sat.: 3 p.m. - 1 a.m.


Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream 203 Lake Park Blvd. 563-263-5233 www.happyjoes.com Mon. – Thurs.: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri.: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sat.: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun.: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Burt’s Tavern 413 Ijem Ave. 319-723-4510 Mon. - Thurs.: 3 p.m. - midnight, Fri.: 3 p.m. - 2 a.m., Sat.: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m., Sun.: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream 927 Grandview Ave. 563-263-1320 www.happyjoes.com Sun. – Thurs.: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Casey’s General Store 1334 Hwy 22 319-723-4202 www.caseys.com Daily: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Pizza Hut 2512 Park Ave. 563-264-3929 www.pizzahut.com Sun. - Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. midnight


Pizza Ranch 106 Ford Ave. 563-263-3535 www.pizzaranch.com Delivery & Carry Out: Mon. Sat.: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Daily Buffet: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Port City Underground 208 West Second St. 563-263-4743 www.portcitypizzas.com Closed Sun. & Mon., Tues. - Fri.: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 5-9 p.m., Sat.: 5-9 p.m. Salvatore’s Ristorante 303 East Second St. 563-263-9396 www.salvatoresonline.com Sun.: 3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Mon. – Tues.: 3:45 p.m. – 10 p.m., Wed.: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3:45 p.m. – 10 p.m., Thurs.: 11 a.m.


West Liberty The Copper Penny 100 East Third St. 319-627-2420 www.copperpennywestliberty. com Closed Sun. & Mon., Tues. – Thurs.: 5 – 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat: 5 p.m. – midnight. JB’s Grub & Pub 1110 North Columbus St. 319-627-4782 www.jbsgrub.com Kitchen: Mon. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Pub: Mon. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - close, Sun.: 2 p.m. - close Jeff’s Market 200 East Third St. 319-627-2166 Daily: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Local Grounds 105 West Third St. 319-627-2739 www.localgroundswestliberty. com Coffee Shop: Mon. - Fri.: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Wine Bar: Fri.Sat.: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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Maid-Rite Diner 1405 N Elm St. Suite 105 319-627-2777 www.maid-rite.com Mon. – Fri.: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. – Sun.: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Subway 1206 North Columbus St. 319-627-2772 www.subway.com Mon. - Thurs.: 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri.-Sat.: 6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun.: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. West Liberty Foods Market 105 East Third St. 319-627-7285 Mon. - Fri.: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. West Liberty Golf and Country Club 1248 Country Heights Lane 319-627-2085 www. westlibertygolfandcountryclub. com Mon., Tues., Thurs.: 9 a.m. -- 10 p.m.; Wed. - Fri.: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat.: 8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun.: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Winks 115 West Third St. 319-627-9107 Mon. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fri.: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. ASIAN Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant 123 East Third St. 319-627-4160 Sun. - Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. MEXICAN Acapulco Mexican Bakery 311 North Calhoun St. 319-627-6745 Mon. - Sat.: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun.: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Gabby’s Mexican Restaurant 1100 North Columbus St. 319-627-7178 Sun.: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Mon. – Fri.: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. El Patio Restaurant 214 North Columbus St. 319-627-7334 Mon. - Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. - Sat.: 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sonora’s Mexican Food 124 East Third St. 319-627-4003 Daily: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tortilleria El Norte 203 East Maxson Ave. 319-627-2617 Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. PIZZA AND PASTA Casey’s General Store 402 West 15th St. 319-627-3491 www.caseys.com Daily: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. Casey’s General Store 301 E Third St. 319-627-2177 www.caseys.com Daily: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. Papa John’s Pizza 1006 North Columbus St. 319-627-7272 www.papajohns.com Daily: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Paul Revere’s Pizza 122 E 3rd Street 319-627-6500 www.paulreverespizza.com Tues. - Sun.: 4:30-10 p.m.

Wilton AMERICAN Jeff’s Market 101 East Fourth St. 563-732-3131 Mon. - Fri.: 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat. - Sun.: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. The Junction Grille & Bar 110 East Fourth St. 563-732-3266 Mon. - Thurs.: 3 p.m. - midnight, Fri. - Sat.: 3 p.m. - 2 a.m. Subway 708 West Fifth St. 563-732-5800 www.subway.com Sun.: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon. - Fri.: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wilton Cafe 116 West Fourth St. 563-732-4115 Sun.: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon. Thurs.: 5 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fri.: 5 a.m. - 2 p.m., 5-8 p.m., Sat.: 5 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wilton Candy Kitchen 310 Cedar St. 563-732-2278 www.wiltoncandykitchen.com Call for hours ASIAN Happy China 1211 West Fifth St. 563-732-2300 Closed Mon., Tues. - Sun.: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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PIZZA AND PASTA The Sicilian Pizzeria 912 West Fifth St. Mon. - Sun.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Godfathers Pizza 1300 Nicolous Drive 563-732-3714 www.godfathers.com Mon. - Fri.: 5:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sat. - Sun.: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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A visit to Muscatine would not be complete without a little shopping time. Whether you want to browse or are in pursuit of a particular item, one of the five shopping districts in the city is yours to explore:


The Beltway, also referred to as “the bypass,” is part of US Highway 61 — a major thoroughfare from Burlington and the Quad Cities to Muscatine. The Beltway District is one of the fastest growing areas of the city. It’s home to big box stores, a new movie complex as well as small businesses.

Historic Downtown

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this area of Muscatine is a must to explore. Unique specialty shops, antique shops, historic buildings, Pearl Plaza and the wonderful riverfront all make up the big community heart of Muscatine.

Mall District

The Muscatine Mall anchors this district that runs along and extends from Park Avenue, one of the city’s main routes. You’ll find many locally owned and operated businesses as well as some national chains.

Midtown District

The Midtown District is a bit more scattered than the other shopping areas in Muscatine. It includes all the businesses that are not part of the other districts. Take a little time and drive through Muscatine. You never know what you might find.

Southern District

Locals refer to the Southern District simply as “South End,” as it is the south end of town. Start on Grandview Avenue where you’ll find many locally owned businesses.

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Group Tours Looking for a unique, fun-filled destination for your group? We’ll help you plan an outing for your group that will always be remembered. Groups of all sizes are welcome to visit Muscatine.

The Perfect Location for Any Occasion Business Seminars, Banquets, Receptions, Anniversaries, Reunions & More!

While we do have commonly requested itineraries, we will work with you to develop the one that best suits your group’s interests. There’s no limit to the wonderful experiences members of your group will have when you book a tour of Muscatine. We will make necessary arrangements for your tour, including dining and lodging recommendations that will fit your needs.

Hold Your Event In Muscatine 3127 Lucas Street Muscatine, Iowa 52761 563-263-2271

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Are you interested in hosting your next event in Muscatine? We can accommodate you! We have great locations to host family reunions, weddings, vendor shows, exhibits and more. The great outdoors is perfect for some events and we have lists of many parks, shelters and river-view buildings to share with you.

M-F 8:30 -5:00 Sat 8-1:00

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If an indoor location is better suited for your event, some of the great places that frequently host events are the Muscatine Mall, Ag Learning Center, Riverview Center, Pearl City Station and The Rendezvous Banquet Hall & Catering. Though these are just a few of the locations that can host events there are more options waiting for you to explore.

See you in Muscatine If you’ve never visited Muscatine before, we hope this guide showed you all that is waiting for you. If you have been here before, we hope it’s a reminder of the memories you made and nudged you to start planning your return trip. There’s always something new, something to see and do. Find more information at VisitMuscatine.com and sign up for the e-newsletter online to get event updates, news, stories and snapshots. If it’s not already your favorite county to visit in Iowa, it will be. We guarantee your very special memories will be Made in Muscatine. VisitMuscatine.com 563-272-2534 cvb@muscatineiowa.gov

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RE/MAX PROFESSIONALS 702 Park Avenue • Muscatine • 563-263-5971 Steve Armstrong Broker, Owner stevearmstrong@remax.net 563-299-8596 Dave Armstrong Realtor, Owner davearmstrong@remax.net 563-299-1928 Cherie Baker Licensed Assistant cherieb@remax.net 563-263-5971 Gary Kaalberg

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Jeff Manjoine

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Rich Hartsock

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Lynn Allison

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John Nupp

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Andy Minder

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Stanley Consultants is a 102-year-old firm that’s proud to be headquartered in Muscatine since 1913. We are Iowa’s largest consulting engineering firm, with local offices in Muscatine, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines.

www.stanleyconsultants.com 563.264.6600

The ‘Folded Circle Arc’ outside of Stanley Consultants is the work of well-known American artist and sculptor Fletcher Benton. Stanley Consultants commissioned the piece, which was installed in 1980 in front of the Stanley Building.

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At Kent Corporation strong family values guide us. We are deeply committed to the health, safety, and well being of our employees and Muscatine citizens who share this community we call home.

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The public is invited to visit our Butterfly Garden 2500 Wiggens Road • Muscatine, Iowa 52761 • 563-263-0093

Muscatine Agriculture Learning Center • Hands-on student livestock and crop teaching facility • Vet Tech Program Call today to book your competitions, shows, classes and activities.



Come enjoy America’s oldest food franchise and one of Muscatine’s greatest traditions, our signature steamed loose meat sandwich, made the same way since 1926, served up with a frosty mug of draft root beer or a hand dipped malt. Of course we also have the famous Midwest fried pork loin and wide array of appetizers, including cheese balls, Maid-Rite nachos, fried mushrooms and much more! Our signature salads and homemade chili will ensure everyone in your group is satisfied!

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