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Mississippi River Visitors Center

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Address: Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL
Phone Number: 800-645-0248
Activities: Birdwatching

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Dam that river!

The Lock and Dam visitors center is staffed by great people who have a lot to share. It's child friendly and free.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
QCWineaux
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Rock Island, Illinois
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Rock Island, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Lock and Dam visitors center is staffed by great people who have a lot to share. It's child friendly and free.

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Ottawa, Ontario
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We got the information for visiting old town, Micro brewery and trails. The person in charge of the shop was friendly. The place was clean and a lot of brochures and an interactive computer for tourist information.

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Eugene, Oregon
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74 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

On a whim, we pulled in to see the locks and the river . . . . it was our luck that a huge group of barges were going thru the locks . . . . great staff there

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If you have never seen barges go through the locks on the Mississippi go here. Kids will find it very interesting, along with the adults. And it is free.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This was better than I thought it would be and the staff were very knowledgable I'd recommend it timanyone young or old, it's worth it!!

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Poplar Grove, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Helpful staff. Lots of materials, brochures and maps, to take with to make the most of the visit. Nice facility.

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Florida City, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
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5 reviews 5 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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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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