Discover your marvels on the Mississippi River and enjoy the coupons for the annual “Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend” in the Quad Cities.

Marvel at all the Quad Cities has to see and do!  Chill out and have a relaxing getaway during the 16th annual “Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend” on January 13-16, 2017, for the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (QCCVB) popular winter promotion.

50 Quad Cities businesses and organizations have issued coupons that are good for this weekend, and some continue even longer.  18 hotels in the Quad Cities area are offering special rates and packages for the weekend.  34 other area attractions, shops, spas, restaurants, and businesses are offering great discounts. 

“With Monday, January 16 a holiday for many parents and students, that weekend is a great time to be a tourist in your own backyard and enjoy an affordable hotel stay,” says Joe Taylor, President/CEO of the QCCVB.  “People don’t have to travel far during the winter or spend a lot of money to have a great and affordable weekend getaway.” for a list of all the specials and discounts for the weekend.  All of the coupons are mobile-friendly and people can just show the business the coupon on their smartphone, or print the coupons that you’d like to use.  Call 309-277-0937 for more information. 

Be a Tourist Special Events Include:

Isabel Bloom is opening up their new studio showroom and tour center for tours on January 13, 14, and 16.  Reserve your spot on a free tour to see how these unique concrete sculptures are made at 736 Federal Street in Davenport, Iowa.  Guests on the tour receive 10% off on their entire purchase at the tour center gift shop.  Call 800-273-5436 to make your tour reservation.  Reservations required.  Visit for more information.

On Saturday, January 14, try your hand on deck with pirate games, crafts and other activities from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street in Moline, Ill.  No registration is required for this free drop-in program. Visit for more information.

Start your Be a Tourist Weekend early!  Buy-one-get-one free tickets for a concert at the River Music Experience, 129 Main Street in Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, January 12 at 8 p.m. featuring The Last Revel with Miles Over Mountains.  $10 for two tickets with BOGO coupon.  Tickets must be purchased at the door on the night of the show.  Coupon must be presented at purchase.  Each coupon good for one pair of BOGO tickets.  More information about the show can be found at:

Go Bananas for Reading at a Winter Reading Kickoff hosted by the Rock Island Public Library and the Quad City Botanical Center on Saturday, January 14 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Botanical Center, 2525 4###sup Ave. in Rock Island.  Warm up with a special family event, reading contest registration, sandcastle building, and free fun for all ages.  Get your Winter Reading registration prize while supplies last. Includes free admission to the Botanical Center.  Visit for more information.

Enjoy a new Winter Carnival in Bettendorf, Iowa, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with outside and inside activities.  At the Family Museum and Bettendorf Library complex, they will have ice sculpture carving demonstrations, ice painting, sled pull, and snow games outside at Faye’s Field.  Inside the Family Museum, make a milk jug igloo and watch dry ice demonstrations.  Inside the Bettendorf Library, watch juggling, magic, balloon creations, and take part in other activities.  Go ice skating at the new outdoor rink at Middle Park, or go cross country skiing or sledding at Palmer Hills Golf Course.  The Life Fitness Center has plenty of winter-themed indoor activities.  Visit for more information.

Icestravaganza returns for its fifth year on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Freight House, 421 W. River Dr. in Davenport, Iowa, with more interactive ice sculptures created on-site, live music, ice princess guests, kids’ activities, extended Farmers Market hours, and an after-hours tasting event.  Icestravaganza has two very special sisters making an appearance this year.  Elsa and Anna will mingle and take photos with guests from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The family fun doesn’t stop there; Icestravaganza offers FREE indoor kids’ activities including a cookie decorating station, crafts, and Davenport Public Library story time.  The Icestravaganza tasting event from 6-8 p.m. features Front Street Brewery craft beer and signature cocktails from Mississippi River Distillery and Artisan Grain Distillery and will feature ice drink luges and a bar made of nothing but ice!  Visit for more information.

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.  It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

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Media Contacts: Jessica Waytenick, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, 309-736-6827 office,

309-737-4280 cell or

Photos & Media Trips: For High-res photos or for information about media tours, please contact Jessica Waytenick at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 Ext. 827 or   

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