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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 Feather Your Nest Interiors
(Just across the street from Pearl Plaza)
215 W. 2nd St., Downtown Muscatine Offering a wide array of fine gifts and custom home furnishings, all selected by an experienced design team. Visit: featheryournestinteriorsllc.com Open: Mon.-Fri. 10 am to 5:30 pm, Sat. 10 am to 3 pm 563-264-3273
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Serendipity Yarn Shoppe A yarn addict’s paradise! ∙ Featuring USA yarns from many states! Also other yarns, spinning supplies, patterns, needles, etc. Serendipity, “Where Friendships Are Knit, One Stitch At A Time.” Visit: serendipityyarnshoppe.com Open: Tues.-Fri. 10 am to 5 pm, Sat. 10 am to 3 pm 563-263-4600 Just Because Gifts & Home Accessories Indulge your senses with inspiration for you and your home, come browse our selection of fine gifts and home accessories. Big city selections, back-porch friendly — tickle your curiosity at Just Because! Open: Mon.-Fri. 10 am to 6 pm, Sat. 10 am to 5 pm 563-264-0377
Pearl Button Paddlewheel Mississippi Paddleboat Cruises The only authentic “sidewheeler” currently operating in the entire United States. Visit: thepearlbuttonpaddlewheel.com for more details. 563-263-5057 Port City Underground Restaurant Gourmet Pizza & Pasta, Soups & Salads. G Port City’s culinary creations are based on P ttreasured family recipes. Over 30 wines from around the world & Specialty Martinis fro p portcitypizzas.com “Like” us on Facebook V Voted “Best Atmosphere” by the locals. O Open for Lunch: Tues.-Fri. 11 am to 1 pm Dinner: Tues.-Sat. 5 pm to 9 pm 563-263-4743 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 The HallTree Boutique Offering an exceptional selection of women’s clothing, jewelry, purses and accessories with a knowledgeable, professional staff. Visit: thehalltreeboutique.com Open: Mon.-Fri. 10 am to 6 pm, Sat. 9 am to 4 pm 563-288-0770
Pearl Plaza: 208 W. 2nd Street, Muscatine, Iowa ∙ PearlPlaza.com 2 Muscatine Visitors Guide
Welcome to Muscatine! We’re glad you’re coming to see us.
Muscatine, nestled in the natural surroundings and beauty of river bluffs and rolling hills, is a unique historic river town loaded with diverse and captivating stories of the past (Samuel Clemens wrote of our sunsets, the Underground Railroad had stops here and rumors of Al Capone’s use of secret tunnels to and from the river abound), successful industries (global products are made here by Bridgestone Bandag, Carver Pump, HNI, Heinz, Kent Corporation, Monsanto, Musco Lighting and Stanley Consultants) and a variety of events and activities of the present (live music venues, regional soccer complex, semi-pro baseball league, golf courses and new fishing hot spots) as well as exciting plans to continue enhancing our city in the future (bike trail expansions, river front bandshell, new school buildings and economic growth). Whether you’re visiting for business, family, sports, history, shopping or to enjoy our beautiful parks and river views, Muscatine is the natural choice. We’re happy to have you visit us and invite you to experience the warm Midwestern hospitality you’ll find here.
Mississippi Harvest This 28 foot tall bronze sculpture of a clammer commemmorates the clamming industry along the Muscatine, Iowa riverfront that once thrived a century ago. The trade provided clamshells for the production of pearl buttons that were sold around the world.
If you need help planning a trip, or locating something while you’re here, check out our web site at VisitMuscatine.com or contact our local Convention and Visitors Bureau office at 563-272-2534. You can also find us on Facebook: Visit Muscatine.
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Our Muscatine is the only city bearing that name in the world.
Having started out as Casey’s Woodpile, then renamed Bloomington, which created a significant amount of mail delivery confusion with the other Bloomingtons in neighboring states, the community was renamed Muscatine in 1850. Through the years we have been known as “the Pearl Button Capital of the World” and as “Melon City”. Stop by the Muscatine History and Industry Center, formally known as the Button Museum, located at 117 W. 2nd Street to learn about the pearl button manufacturing boom started in Muscatine. The second floor of the Center contains interactive displays of other successful industries which were started in Muscatine and continue to thrive today. For more information, see VisitMuscatine.com Once having been known for our delicious, succulent melons, Muscatine was also referred to as “Melon City”. An area just outside of Muscatine proper known as “the island” was incredibly fertile growing land used to produce vast amounts of fresh produce, most notably, watermelons and muskmelons. Walk through our historic districts (West Hill and Downtown) to see the magnificent architectural styles of the numerous historic homes and buildings. Following is a list of buildings and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We are fortunate to have more than 55,000 glass plate negatives of historical photos taken by Oscar Grossheim from approximately the late 1890’s to the early 1940’s. The collection includes photos of local scenes, landscapes and portraits of local citizens from that time period. The Musser Public Library has over 4,000 of the images digitally archived. For more information, see VisitMuscatine.com
National Register of Historic Places just outside of Muscatine: Lock and Dam No. 16 Historic District, 33109 102nd Avenue W., Illinois City, IL • Pine Creek Grist Mill (Wildcat Den State Park) Pine Mill Bridge (Wildcat Den State Park) • Pine Mill German Methodist Episcopal Church, 180th Street and Verde Avenue 4 Muscatine Visitors Guide
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Muscatine County Courthouse
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National Register of Historic Places in Muscatine:
~ Alexander Clark House 203 W. 3rd Street ~ Clark-Blackwell House 206 Cherry Street ~ Downtown Commercial Historic District 2nd Street ~ First Presbyterian Church 401 Iowa Avenue ~ Greenwood Cemetery Chapel 1814 Lucas Street ~ J.C.B. Warde House 205 Cherry Street ~ Muscatine County Courthouse 401 E. 3rd Street
~ Old Jail 411 E. 4th Street ~ Pliny and Adelia Fay House 112 Locust Street ~ S.M. McKibben House 102 Walnut Street ~ Sinnett Octagon House U.S. Highways 38 & 61 ~ Trinity Episcopal Church 411 E. 2nd Street ~ W. Joseph Fuller House 1001 Mulberry Avenue ~ Welch Apartments 224 Iowa Avenue ~ West Hill Historic District W. 2nd Street
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National Register of Historic Places in Muscatine County: Big Slough Creek Bridge, Nichols • Bridge near West Liberty, West Liberty • Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad – Wilton Depot, Wilton Samuel Nichols House, Nichols • George H. and Loretta Ward House, West Liberty West Liberty Commercial Historic District, West Liberty • Wilton Candy Kitchen, Wilton Muscatine Visitors Guide 5
Whether you enjoy art,
history, sports, music or the great outdoors, this historic river town nestled along rolling hills and river bluffs is the natural choice with a variety of attractions to appeal to everyone’s interests. Muscatine Municipal Boat Harbor
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Aquatic Center Located inside the picturesque Weed Park, the Muscatine Aquatic Center features 5 slides (2 drop slides, 1 family slide and 2 long slides), a zero-depth entry area, interactive play structure with kid slide and spray features. Family restrooms, self-service lockers, a multi-purpose room and full concessions are also available.
For rates, hours, and additional information see muscatineiowa.gov/index.aspx?NID=430
Environmental Learning Center The Environmental Learning Center is nestled on 85 acres of reconstructed prairie land in Discovery Park off of Cedar Street and U.S. Highway 61. The Center offers numerous natural history exhibits featuring live reptiles, amphibians and fish of Eastern Iowa. Discovery Park offers both paved and grass walking trails, two fishing ponds and the Muscatine Arboretum. Along with the Environmental Learning Center, Muscatine County Conservation Board manages 11 areas, offering a mix of day-use fishing, hunting, picnicking and hiking including: Cedar Bluffs Recreation Area, Gedney Lake, Jack Shuger Memorial Park, McKeown Bridge River Access, Nye Cemetery, Pike Run Wildlife Area, Deep Lakes Park, Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area and Shield Prairie.
Information about the areas, programs and special services can be found at MuscatineCountyConservation.com or call 563-264-5922.
FACT: about Muscatine: The town of Muscatine was initially called Bloomington in 1836 by Colonel Vanater who named the town for his hometown Bloomington, Indiana. Because of the great difficulty in getting mail (it was often sent to Bloomington, Illinois, or Bloomington, Indiana, and sometimes Burlington, Iowa), in 1850 the new name of Muscatine was adopted for both the town and county. 6 Muscatine Visitors Guide
Fairport Fish Hatchery The Fish Hatchery is located eight miles east of Muscatine on U.S. Highway 22 (The Great River Road). The first thing you will notice when approaching the hatchery is the large, unique fisherman and eagle sculptures created from tree trunks. The hatchery, with 18 ponds, hatches and grows largemouth bass and bluegill to stock 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 at the time. In 1929 the station became a fish hatchery.
Located at 3390 U.S. Highway 22, Muscatine, Iowa 52761 / Phone 563-263-5062 Information about the hatchery can be found at: iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/DNRStaffOffices/FishHatcheries/FairportFishHatchery.aspx
Great River Road The Great River Road is a collection of state and local roads which follow the course of the Mississippi River through ten states from Ontario Canada 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 one of our own, 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 Street, 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.
For more information see iowagreatriverroad.com
Lock and Dam No. 16 A great place to sit and enjoy the Mississippi River, Lock and Dam No. 16, located on the Illinois side of the Mississippi, is a fun place to visit while barges pass through the channel. It is also the best place to see multiple bald eagles during the winter months as this area of the river rarely freezes due to the 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.
Located 1.3 miles upstream from the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge at 33109 102nd Avenue, Illinois City, Illinois. For more information see mvr.usace.army.mil/Portals/48/docs/CC/FactSheets/Miss/LockandDam16.pdf
Municipal Golf Course The Muscatine Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole facility offering a complete pro shop, concession area, cart rental and driving range. Private and group golf lessons are available. Located about one mile north of the City on U.S. Highway 38.
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FACT: about Muscatine: Historians differ in their ideas of how Muscatine got its name. Some claim it was taken from the Mascoutin tribe of Native Americans who lived in this area in the 18th century. The name Mascoutin means fiery nation. Other historians claim the name came from the Native American name for what is now known as Muscatine Island. Muscatine Visitors Guide 7
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Muscatine Art Center Showcasing the Musser Mansion Museum and the contemporary Stanley Gallery, the Muscatine Art Center offers both decorative arts associated with the original home and exciting changing exhibitions. Once the private home of a lumber heiress, the Musser Mansion Museum features many distinctive architectural details of the Edwardian period. The mansion’s 11 rooms host important collections of paintings, sculpture and Oriental carpets. Spend the day with us. The Muscatine Art Center offers a wide range of art classes for adults and children, art history speakers and gallery talks.
Located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa 52761 Phone: 563-263-8282 For more information see muscatineartcenter.org
Muscatine Melons / Produce Sometimes referred to as “Melon City”, Muscatine has a long, rich history of producing some of the best tasting melons around. The sandy soil on “the Island”, an area located south of Muscatine proper, provided rich, fertile ground on which to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables sold at roadside stands once plentiful along U.S. Highway 61 and throughout Muscatine County.
You can still find a couple of long-standing family-owned roadside markets: Schmidt’s Farm Market and Hoope’s Melon Shed, now called Merit’s, reside on U.S. Highway 61 south of Muscatine and Fruitland.
Muscatine Soccer Complex The Muscatine Soccer Complex is a 41-acre, $3.8 million soccer facility featuring eight full-sized, state-of-the-art premiere soccer fields. Two of the eight fields are internationally sized, lighted, and contain amended soils. The complex is fully equipped, including concessions, media center, restroom facility and parking area.
Located at 401 S. Houser Street on the City’s southwest side, just off U.S. Highway 61 and Hershey Avenue. For more information see muscatineiowa.gov/index.aspx?NID=25
Kent Stein Park Kent Stein Park is a 66-acre sports complex with an adjoining 11-acre slough. Park facilities include: two concession stands, eight lighted baseball diamonds (including the historic Tom Bruner Field), nine lighted softball diamonds, nine lighted horseshoe courts, picnic areas, restroom facilities, walking/biking trails and fishing in the slough.
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FACT: about Muscatine: Muscatine was once the world’s largest pearl button manufacturer, its factories employing half of the Muscatine workforce during the turn of the century, earning it the name of Pearl Button Capital of the World. In 1905, more than 1.5 billion pearl buttons were made in Muscatine. Today, nearly all buttons are made from plastic. 8 Muscatine Visitors Guide
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Pine Creek Grist Mill / Wild Cat Den State Park Built in 1848, the Pine Creek Grist Mill is thought to be the oldest working mill on its original site between the Mississippi River and the Rockies. Muscatine County’s first official resident, Benjamin Nye constructed the mill in response to the growing demand of pioneering families to have their crops ground into usable products like flour and meal. As part of Wild Cat Den State Park, you can spend the day walking the trails through the rolling hills surrounding the mill.
Located near the mill is the historic one-room Melpine Schoolhouse constructed in 1880’s. pinecreekgristmill.com Located 1 mile from Iowa U.S. Highway 22 between Muscatine and Davenport, IA Wild Cat Den State Park Office: 563-263-4337
Running River Bike and Pedestrian Trail System The City of Muscatine has more than 10 miles of paved and unimproved trails and walkways, as well as more than 20 parks with a combined 550 acres of land.
To download the current map, see muscatineiowa.gov/index.aspx?nid=178
Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area This 675-acre multi-use park is adjacent to the Cedar River in the middle of Muscatine County. The mix of flood plain forest, open fields, creeks and wetlands provides a variety of outdoor recreational activities including: camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting/ trapping, nature study, geocaching, boating (Chicken Creek and Cedar River) and canoeing. The park contains picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, handicapped accessible fishing dock and boat ramps to Cedar River and Chicken Creek.
Located north of Muscatine, from U.S. Highway 61 in Muscatine go 2.5 miles north on Mulberry Road, then 4 miles west on Saulsbury Road. For more information, including rental availability and fees, see muscatinecountyconservation.com/saulsbury_about.php or call 563-264-5922.
Muscatine Parks For a complete listing of city parks and rental facilities, see muscatineiowa.gov/index.aspx?nid=25 or call the Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department 563-263-0241.
Muscatine Skate Park The Muscatine Skate Park is located in Musser Park and includes a flat track and a fenced area with a 100x100 foot stunt area and a 90x50 foot in-line hockey rink. The obstacle/stunt area has a concrete surface with a variety of steel ramps. Skateboards, roller blades and BMX bikes welcomed.
For more information, see muscatineiowa.gov/index.aspx?NID=582
FACT: about Muscatine: On November 20, 1855, the Mississippi and Missouri Railroad, which later became part of the Rock Island System, operated the first passenger train between Davenport and Muscatine. This was also the first passenger train operated in the state of Iowa. 10 Muscatine Visitors Guide
Riverside Park Located downtown, Muscatineâ€™s scenic river front offers family fun activities with a river view!Â Children will love getting wet while playing in the interactive Mississippi Mist Fountain splash pad.Â The park also includes a basketball court, boat launch and marina and access to the Running River Bike & Pedestrian Trail System which links many of our communityâ€™s parks together. There is plenty of room for parking vehicles with boat trailers.Â In the evening, itâ€™s the best place to view Muscatineâ€™s colorfully lighted Norbert F. Beckey Bridge. This is also the location of the Pearl City Station and Riverview Center. Both facilities are available for rent.
See activenet006.active.com/muscatine/servlet/registrationMain.sdi?source=reserveOptions. sdi&pubnav_index=3 for rental availability.
Weed Park Weed Park covers a total of 72 acres, including a three-acre lagoon. The facilities include: the Aquatic Center, bandstand, concession stand, fishing pond (for ages 14 and under), picnic areas and shelters (seven), playground equipment, restroom facilities, Rose Garden, tennis courts (10, four lighted), Zoo Garden and sand volleyball courts (2 lighted).
Located on Park Drive Phone: 563-263-0241 For more information including shelter rental availability and rates, see muscatineiowa.gov/index.aspx?NID=427.
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Muscatine is fortunate to have many organizations and citizens that work hard every year to bring a variety of fun and exciting events to our community.
The following is a list of our Annual Events, however, be sure to check our web site at VisitMuscatine.com for the most current information as additional events are added and some dates may change due to weather, etc. SPRING
Jackson Concert Series
NASCAR Sanctioned Stock Car Races (May – September)
Held throughout the year, the Jackson Concert Series provides a variety of free musical entertainment to the community. For concert dates and times, see the Wesley Unity Methodist Church web site at wesleyonline.org/connect/activites/jackson_concerts.html or contact them by email at email@example.com or by phone at 563-263-1596.
Melon City Criterium (Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend )
Loud, fast and exciting, these stock car races take place on Saturday nights at the West Liberty Raceway located within the Muscatine County Fairgrounds in West Liberty, Iowa. For racing dates and times, check out the “Racing In Iowa” web site at: racinginiowa.com/westlibertyraceway.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Muscatine Farmers’ Market (May – October)
For more information see muscatinecycling.com/MelonCityCriterium.
See the Facebook page for location, pictures and an idea of the variety of products available – changes weekly. facebook.com/pages/Muscatine-Farmers-Market/119451241420614
Stroll this outdoor market for locally grown fresh seasonal produce and more on Tuesdays and Saturdays from May 1st through October 30th.
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Muscatine Red Sox Semi-Pro Baseball League (June – August)
CELEBRATING 15 YEARS!
Playing at historic Tom Bruner Field (located inside Kent Stein Park on Oneida Avenue) since 1929, this semi-pro baseball team is a summer outing must. Games are held on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons (double-header) and are free. For game schedule see VisitMuscatine.com.
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 located at 208 W. 2nd Street with the scenic Mississippi River, Riverside Park and Norbert F. Beckey Bridge in the background. Concerts are held the second Sunday, June through September and start at 6:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. See muscatineartscouncil.org for exact dates and musician lineup.
That was then… This Is Now… Bi-Annual Boat Show
Typically held in early June, this popular family-friendly event featuring wooden, fiberglass, classic and modern racing boat show is held bi-annually in our beautiful Riverside Park and includes a car and motorcycle show. Fun events like the cardboard boat regattas, gutterboat regattas, hovercraft displays and contests for the kids are fun for everyone. Be sure to check the web site for exact dates and list of events: muscatineboatshow.com.
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Ss. Mary & Mathias Catholic Church Welcome to Muscatine. We invite you to visit our historic parish & worship with us! Come celebrate the “faith we share” at Ss. Mary & Mathias. Mass Times: M-F 7 AM • Sat 5 PM • Sun 8 AM, 10 AM & Noon (en Español) 215 W. 8th St., Muscatine 563.263.1416 • www.muscatinecatholiccommunity.com
Patri-Art Week (4th of July Week)
This week-long celebration of the arts and culture in our community is kicked-off with an old-fashioned ice cream social on the lawn of the Laura Musser Mansion (Muscatine Art Center) and features a variety of events including live music, family entertainment and inspiring art. The week-long event finishes with our spectacular Independence Day Celebration on the river front. See muscatineartcenter.org for more information.
4th of July Parade, Muscatine Symphony Concert & Fireworks Display (4th of July )
Organized by the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, our Independence Day celebration starts with a fun-filled down-home parade at 5:00 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. This popular event is very well attended. Come early to enjoy our historic downtown and scenic riverfront and to locate your best vantage point for the evening’s festivities. See business.muscatine.com/Events/details/muscatine-s-4th-of-julyparade-and-fireworks-434 or call GMCCI at 563-263-8895. For more information on the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra concert, see muscatinesymphony.org. continued on page 16 ❯
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Muscatine County Fair (Third week of July)
A summer tradition, join us at the Muscatine County fairgrounds, located in West Liberty, for good old fashioned family fun and entertainment. Take a walk through the 4-H livestock barns and project sheds, watch some of the live judging and re-experience the fun you remember as a kid: demolition derby, midway carnival rides and games, car races and bull riding, not to mention the traditional Fair food. If you haven’t seen this newer event, you have to see it to believe it: trailer races! See muscatinecountyfair.com or find them on Facebook: Muscatine County Fair. Contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-627-2414.
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, “Dachshund Doggy Dash”, dance competition, “super-hot” taco eating contest, bass tournament, “bags” tournament, talent contest, cooking competition and the ever-popular “Battle of the Bands”. Every year there’s something new to check out. See facebook.com/GreatRiverDays for a complete event schedule.
Watermelon Festival (August)
This festival, in conjunction with the Muscatine Bass Tournament and Watermelon Stampede 5K/10K run, offers a day of fun-filled familyfriendly activities including a watermelon carving contest, “Tastes Like Watermelon” & “Looks Like Watermelon” cooking contests, craft & vendor fair, watermelon roll event for kids, “Guess the Watermelon Weight” game, Bags tournament, face painting & cotton candy, downtown window decorating contest and a watermelon eating & seed spitting contest for all ages. For event date and details, see downtownmuscatine.com/events.
Wilton’s Founder’s Day (Fourth weekend of August)
This hometown celebration includes a parade, tractor show, 5K run, car and bike show and cornhole tournament. For event date and times, see wiltoniowa.org/foundersday or phone the Wilton Chamber of Commerce at 563-732-2330.
Heritage Day and Buckskinner Rendezvous
(Third weekend of September) Take a step back in time and get 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.
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. For event dates and information, see pinecreekgristmill.com or call the Park office at 563-263-4337.
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. Co-sponsored by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre and the West Liberty Chamber of Commerce, see puppetspuppets.com/events/west-libertychildrens-festival for more information or call 319-627-4876.
Cemetery Walk (Last Sunday of 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. For more information see muscatineiowa.gov or call 563-263-0241.
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. For concert dates, time and location see muscatinesymphony.org/season.html. For ticket information, call the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra at 563-288-6195 ext. 1608 or email email@example.com.
Scarecrow Festival (Early October)
A relatively new event, this festival 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. You can find more information and pictures of previous festivals on Facebook: Muscatine Scarecrow Festival. continued on page 18 ❯
Learn more about the fur-trading era and watch a blacksmith at his craft by visiting the Buckskinners Rendezvous in the upper picnic area.
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Ghosts of Pine Creek (Second Saturday of October)
The Ghosts of Pine Creek night is a special Halloween-themed familyfriendly 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 1850’s including how the pioneers harvested, cooked and stored their food. Ghosts of Pine Creek is a popular event and limited to 175 people. Reservations required — call 563-299-6024. To see pictures of previous events and for more information, see pinecreekgristmill.com.
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Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk (Saturday in November)
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For event date and start times, see muscatineiowa.gov or call 563-263-0241.
The Little Red Hen
The Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department holds the annual Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk at the Municipal Golf Course.
Downtown Muscatine’s Holiday Open House (Second Sunday of November)
The merchants of Historic Downtown Muscatine kick-off the holiday shopping season with a preview to this season’s holiday gifts and décor. For more information see downtownmuscatine.com/events.
Holiday Stroll (First Friday of December)
This popular event takes place on 2nd Street downtown which is closed off from traffic, allowing the crowds to walk freely from merchant to merchant as well as to and from all the live music performances. The Stroll includes decorated window displays, food and the best in Midwestern holiday spirit. Usher in the holiday season by grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and taking part in this festive event in downtown Muscatine. For more information see downtownmuscatine.com/events.
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(End of January) A wonderful winter treat, this music-filled weekend is sure to delight. For 20 years, this event has brought in world-renowned pianists and musicians to entertain Ragtime, Jazz and Classical music fans of all ages. For event dates, list of concerts and musicians, go to muscatineartscouncil.org.
View the numerous bald eagles that frequent our riverfront in the winter due to the excellent fishing opportunities created by the churning waters of Lock and Dam No. 16. A part of the Eagles & Ivories Ragtime Weekend Festival, Park Rangers from the Corps of Engineers, naturalists from the Muscatine County Conservation Board and volunteers are available to share information. A craft area is available for kids. For more information, please contact the Muscatine Park Rangers at 563-263-7913.
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Muscatine offers a variety of small to large, family-owned or chain lodging, restaurants and shops to fit every budget and taste. Be sure to check our web site at VisitMuscatine.com for updated information as new restaurants and shops are popping up regularly.
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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 U.S. Highway 61, Muscatine IA 52761 563-263-0880 — 800-643-3444 — americinn.com
Clarion Hotel Muscatine
Featuring 55 available guest rooms, an indoor pool and whirlpool, game room, exercise room, cable TV, HBO, Pay-per-view & video games, restaurant & bar, some rooms with refrigerator & microwave, pet-friendly, free local calls and is close to large commercial area. 2915 N. U.S. Highway 61, Muscatine, IA 52761 563-264-5550 — choicehotels.com
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 Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-1500 — choicehotels.com
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 — countryhearthmuscatine.com
Featuring 51 guest rooms, an indoor pool and game room, free continental breakfast, cable TV, HBO & Pay-per-view, some rooms with refrigerator & microwave, free local calls, and is close to restaurants and large commercial area. 305 Cleveland Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 563-264-5566 — 800-228-2800 — marriott.com
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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. U.S. Highway 61, Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-9100 — 800-800-8000 — super8.com/muscatine03426
Featuring color TV and air-conditioning and is close to restaurants and large commercial area. Weekly and corporate rates offered. 1620 Park Avenue, Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2601 — muskiemotel.com
Strawberry Farm Bed & Breakfast
Mississippi Pearl Bed & Breakfast
This newly opened B&B is located in the historic West Hill District and is walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants as well as the riverfront. 417 W. 3rd Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2348
Featuring five guest rooms and down-home hospitality, the Strawberry Farm B&B is easily accessible from U.S. Highway 61, and minutes away from restaurants and large commercial area. Breakfast is served until 11:00 a.m. and includes fresh fruit, homemade baked goods and a warm entrée. 3402 Tipton Road, Muscatine, IA 563-262-8688 — strawberryfarmbandb.com
Find a complete, updated restaurant listing on our web site at VisitMuscatine.com.
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 U.S. 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. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this area of Muscatine is a must to explore. Unique specialty shops, historic buildings, Pearl Plaza and the wonderful riverfront all make up the big community in the heart of Muscatine.
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, other than a good adventure and very special places.
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.
Muscatine Mall, with over 30 stores, anchors this district which 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.
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Public Camping Areas
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Muscatine County offers campers spectacular river views, clean comfortable facilities and plenty of recreational options.
Clarkâ€™s Ferry Recreation Area
Clarkâ€™s Ferry is an 11 acre, Class A campground located along the banks of the Mississippi River just east of Muscatine. This facility offers 45 camp sites operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For further park information, contact 563-263-7913 during business hours. Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777.
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Fairport Recreation Area
Fairport Recreation Area is situated between the Mississippi River and U.S. Highway 22. This facility covers 17 acres with 42 sites. Fairport Recreational Area is 6 miles from Wild Cat Den State Park. To make reservations, call 877-IAPARKS.
Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area
Located 8 miles northwest of Muscatine, along the Cedar River, Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area covers 675 acres and offers three campgrounds with a combined total of 33 sites and a tent area. For more information call 563-264-5922 during business hours.
Shady Creek Recreation Area
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Shady Creek is a 7 acre campground with 53 sites, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For further park information, contact 563-263-7913 during business hours. Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777.
Wild Cat Den State Park
Wild Cat Den State Park offers 27 campsites situated within a picturesque pine forest. Located one mile from Iowa U.S. Highway 22 between Muscatine and Davenport, IA. To make reservations call 877-IAPARKS.
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