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Mississippi River Visitors Center

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

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Educational opportunity about the Mississippi River

This is located just inside of Rock Island Arsenal - near the Engineer Tower. It is part of the lock and dam system and you can see boats come into the lock system. Also in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Suzanne C
Moline, United States
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Moline, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is located just inside of Rock Island Arsenal - near the Engineer Tower. It is part of the lock and dam system and you can see boats come into the lock system. Also in the winter it is a great place to observe the Eagles. I have seen them numerous times swoop into the water there and pull out... More 

Thank Suzanne C
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Little visitor center on top of the lock and dam 15. Right when we were there a tug with 12 barges came into lock. They have a great map on the 1st floor of the center. Very good stuff on birds of the area. nice spot to get a pic of the river up close. A++ spot for eagles in... More 

Thank tdfxman
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is located on the Rock Island Arsenal. It is free and very interesting. Lots of history of the Mississippi River.

Thank Noreen C
Hampton, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

The view of the trees across the valley was magnificent. It was sunny and warm; we had a great time there.

Thank 312judy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

And we were here on Monday 😔 can't add any more comments because we didn't see anything. Gorgeous day to sit along the river!

1 Thank Carriebethmartin
bement, Il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

the visitor center itself does not look like much but there are a lot of neat features to the center. go up to the tower and if you are lucky you can see the barges come thru the lock and dam. The day we were there we got to see the bridge (car and RR) shut down traffic and swivel... More 

Thank frogtoes
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This visitor center is worth a visit to see an up close view of barges traveling through the locks. Army Corps of Engineers personnel are available to answer questions and there are short videos to watch.

Thank dekalbill
Bettendorf, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

We made a late afternoon stop on a visit to Arsenal Island and enjoyed learning about Lock and Dam 15 and the River Valley. It was interesting but we recommend taking in one of the tours offered at 11:00am and 2:00pm each day during the summer. Seeing the lock in operation on a tour is what we'll try to do... More 

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Geneva, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We stopped here to watch a barge go through and catch up on the history of the locks and dams. Very interesting on how many locks there are on the Mississippi to help navigate the river. Catch a movie on how they work or on other topics. It's all free, clean and handicapped accessible. I would visit again and bring... More 

Thank Denise M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I never realized that so much of the Mississippi is a series of locks operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. The center has an excellent 15 minute film describing the locks and facilities maintained as part of keeping the entire river open for commerce. In addition, the visitor's center has a bird's eye view which allows you to watch... More 

1 Thank UncleScooge01

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