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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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View the Locks

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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36 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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