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Mississippi River Visitors Center

Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Rock Island
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Birdwatching
Most recent review
- Sep 2, 2014
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Florida City, Florida
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Recently visited Rock Island Arsenal for business, and had enough free time to visit the visitor's center before heading home. The staff were very smart, and they knew the history and mechanics of the lock structures. Comparing the size of a typical river barge to a semi-truck/trail car really puts the sheer volume and tonnage that can be carried up... More

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Clare, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a nice place to stop. We like the Mississippi River area. We camp along the river a lot. It is nice and it's free, if you take your time going through it, you can learn a lot.

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Surprise, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Very friendly worker at the center. Willing to give us lots of goon info and maps of things to do in area

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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We went to the dam and visitor center on a weekend. It was harder to get on the base since not all of the gates were open. Be sure to have a driver's license for every adult or they will not let you on the base. They are also very strict about the speed limit. The visitor's center is small... More

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Williamsburg, Iowa
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

This place is worth a visit if you are in the area. The attraction is on Rock Island Arsenal so you have to go through the military gate to get there. No big deal but adults do need a picture ID with them to enter. If you have children with you, this is a hurry up and wait sort of... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The Mississippi River Visitors Center is located in the Rock Island Arsenal. It provides a good view of the nearby lock and a working model to aid the understanding of how a lock works. It is an educational stop for young and old alike.

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Falls Church
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We got to see the largest tow boat on the Mississippi river go through the locks. It was awesome. There was film about the river and the history of the locks.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My wife and I still don't understand the need for locks on the river, but that isn't the fault of the center, because it does it's best to present the information several different ways. There is an interesting video telling about the river and the locks, but I think the best part is being able to see the locks in... More

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107 reviews 107 reviews
38 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

Glassed overlook of river locks. We actually got to see a boat enter from downriver and pass just below us on its was upriver. Interesting 15 minute video explaining the lock system on the Mississippi River.

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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193 reviews 193 reviews
135 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We visited this center on June 9th. It is located on a military base. You need a picture ID to enter. There are park rangers present and they answer all your questions. In June on sundays they do a guided tour, but because of the flood it was cancelled. They are in the progress of changing the exhibit. Do not... More

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