your guide to QC area splash pads, pools and beaches

Summer is here! The thermometer has hit 90 degrees and it’s hot and muggy. Preparing for the dog days of summer, we have put together a guide to the splash parks, pools, and beaches around the Quad Cities.  The Quad Cities offers several family-friendly places for water fun.  Many of them are completely free!

Check out this list to find a splash pad, swimming pool or beach near you!

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Splash Pads 

Schweibert Riverfront Park – Want amazing views of the Mississippi River and Arsenal Island while you cool off?  This place is fantastic and my kids favorite splash pad.  100 17th Street • Rock Island, Illinois

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Milan Sprayground – Located in Dickson Park in Milan, Illinois this sprayground has various height water spouts that spray at you.  Hours: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm daily.  315 East 4th Avenue • Milan, Illinois

Bettendorf Family Museum – The water play area out back at the Family Museum isn’t meant for the kids to get wet in, but for some reason my children always leave drenched.  With lots of faucets, tubs, and water toys the children can explore and get close with water.  A fabulous extension to the many exhibits inside the Family Museum.  2900 Learning Campus Dr • Bettendorf, Iowa

Quad City Botanical Center – The NEW children’s garden addition includes a splash park area complete with a pint-size version of the Mississippi River.  2525 4th Avenue • Rock Island Illinois

Centennial Park – The Spray Park at Centennial Park is available from 10am to sunset.  Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend this FREE water feature offers public restrooms, picnic tables, and large grassy areas to dry off afterwards.  315 S Marquette St • Davenport, Iowa

Riverfront Park – Located along the Mississippi River in Muscatine this is the perfect place to get a little wet.  Grandview Avenue • Muscatine, Iowa

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Swimming Pools

Splash Landing – Zero entry pool with slides, diving board, and lap swimming lanes.  A separate area for toddlers is complete with water features and a sand area.  General Admission: Patrons 3 and Older: $6.00 from 11:30-3:30pm, $3.00 from 3:30-5:00pm and from 6:30-8:00pm    2220 23rd St • Bettendorf, IA 52722

Riverside Aquatic Center –  This interactive water play ground is fun for the whole family.  This pool includes zero depth entry and lap pool.  Hours are Tuesday – Thursday 12:00pm to 6:00pm,
Friday – Monday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm.  General Admission $4.00 and Children 3 & under $1.00.  3300 5th Ave • Moline, IL

Scott County Pool – Pool and spray pad all in one.  The Scott County Pool has a separate baby pool and 2 large water slides.  Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Weekends hours are 10 am – 8pm and Weekday hours are Noon – 8pm  270th St 18850 • Eldridge, IA

Whitewater Junction –  This is a zero-depth to 9 feet deep pool Open May 23 – August 16  Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm    17 Street and 18 Avenue • Rock Island, IL

Muscatine Aquatic Center -This facility features 5 slides (2 drop slides, 1 family slide and 2 long slides), a zero depth entry area, interactive play structure with kid slide and spray features.  Open 12 – 8 everyday.   1 Park Drive • Muscatine, IA 52761


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Why yes, we DO have beaches in Iowa!  West Lake Beach is a local treat.  Located in the heart of West Lake Park. it is a great place to get your feet in the sand without leaving the QC.  Staffed by lifegaurds, the beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends from 10:00am – 8:00pm, and weekdays 11:00am – 8:00pm.   Cost for daily use is Adults (18 and over) $4 and Children (17 & under) $3.   14910 110th Ave • Davenport, Iowa


What’s your family’s favorite local watering hole?

Have a Safe and Fun summer! 



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4 Responses to your guide to QC area splash pads, pools and beaches

  1. AnnaB June 19, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    Don’t forget Sunset Lakes Resort in Joslin ,IL! Admission covers pool, paddle boats, canoes, mini golf, picnic, sand volleyball, basketball, tennis, rolle bolle, horseshoes, flat paved roads for bike riding and playground!! No camping necessary to come play! 9am-8pm 7 days a week! $9.00 per person 5 years and older for the whole day!!!

  2. [email protected] June 19, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    This is such a great resource, Lynn! Thanks for putting it all together!

  3. Carla June 9, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

    The Timber Campground in Cambridge offer day passes to the public, with your $2.00 day pass (Holiday weekends it only $5.00) you can take part in most of the activities offered. Lake swimming, sand volleyball, rolle bolle, horseshoes as well as many other fun events. Check out our website or find us on facebook under The Timber Campground.



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