It’s July, the sun is hot, and it feels like the countdown to the new school year has already begun! This summer our family decided to go on a tour of our area with a specific goal in mind.

We weren’t looking for parks.

We weren’t finding the best splash pad.

We weren’t exploring new trails.

We were out on a “Sweet” mission, on an Ice Cream Tour of the Quad Cities.  We decided to slowly work our way around and try out some local Ice Cream establishments.smileys2

If you have a sweet tooth in your family like we do, here are our favorites:

8 locations in the Quad Cities.  Whitey’s is known as “The Best in the Midwest”.  For many it has become a staple for families during the summer or all year round.  Whitey’s has everything from push-up pops and ice cream cones to specialty shakes and malts.  This may be one of our favorite “year round” stops!

Dairy Queen
2535 18th St, Bettendorf, IA 52722-3214
2960 E 53rd St, Davenport, IA 52807-3011
2120 53rd St, Moline, IL 61265-3652
Northpark Mall, Davenport, IA 52806-5920
2263 7th St, Silvis, IL 61282
Southpark Mall, Moline, IL 61265-7078
550 Green Pk Ave, Colona, IL 61241-9620
755 W Iowa 80 Rd, Walcott, IA 52773-8572
1023 S Oakwood Ave, Geneseo, IL 61254-1937

Dairy Queen is always an awesome choice because you can grab dinner and ice cream all in the same place.
The July special is The M&M’s Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Blizzard.  This delicious treat is filled with a monstrous combination of peanut butter cookies, M&M’S, choco chunks, peanut butter topping, and world-famous vanilla soft serve.
The sad part about DQ is that it isn’t open year round, but the drive thru window and yummy treats make this a staple on our summer tour.  There is also Happy Hour from 2:00pm-5:00pm


Country Style Ice Cream
312 W 1st Ave, Coal Valley, IL 61240
1640 West 53rd St, Davenport, IA 52806
4115 Kennedy Dr, East Moline, IL 61244
2140 16th St, Moline, IL 61265

We stopped at the Coal Valley location after a trip to the zoo.  It is a small shop but had a comfy couch in the back and after a hot day, I got an ice cream float with orange soda and it reminded me of being a kid again.


Doesn’t everyone give their baby a little taste of ice cream on the summer ice cream tour? Totally 3rd baby problems, the 1st two never had any sugar before a year!


JuJuBe Frozen Yogurt
4810 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, IA

Located right across from Target, you can get a shopping and sweets fix all on one street.  Lots of different flavors and even more toppings make this a fun place for kids and families. Places like this also make it a little bit easier to have portion control.

3431 Devils Glen Rd, Bettendorf, IA 52722

This is one of our other favorite stops.  It’s close to home and has lots of options.  They are also great about labeling their yogurt so you know what is dairy free and other allergens. They also include some ideas on what to mix for a fun treat.
Our other favorite part about this location is that there is a huge set of floor checkers the kids love to play and other board games while you eat.


118 W Franklin St, Eldridge, IA 52748

This may be our new favorite.  It is a small little ice cream shop, but WOW! it is amazing! There are so many options, and most of the shakes come with lots of whip cream on top.  This is true small town feel shop but is a must stop!! There are picnic tables around back too.


1422 5th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265
2132 East 11th Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Candy and ice cream!! How can you go wrong here?

Pioneer Village Soda Shop
18817 290th St, Long Grove, IA 52756
Open Saturday’s, Sunday’s & holidays 11-6.

Enjoy an old-time ice cream soda, sundae or ice cream cone in our 1920’s era Soda Fountain. Home-made items and souvenirs are also for sale.  It’s always fun to walk around the village, play on the train and then stop in for a cold treat in the old ice cream shop.


Big Dave and Holly’s
1204 N Cody Rd, Le Claire, IA 52753

sMOOth Cool Treats
5264 Utica Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA 52807

This is the old Maggie Moo’s under new ownership.  Still lots of options all mixed on a concrete slab.


Cold Stone Creamery
4706 Utica Ridge Rd #2, Davenport, IA 52807

Ice cream chain offering design-your-own creations hand-mixed on a granite slab, plus shakes & more.


There are a few places we missed and we haven’t made it to all of these on the list yet, but it has been a fun and silly way to spend our summer together.

What is your favorite sweet treat location?

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  1. aerb July 6, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Geno’s sun and ice cream shop is a good place in Walcott

  2. Olivia July 6, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    I am SOOOO excited about Smiley’s in eldridge because we had that kind of ice cream in Lake Geneva last week and we were DYING over how delicious it was! The one that made us drool was called “this $#*&^ just got serious!!” LOL

  3. Kim July 6, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    There are a few here I’ve never heard of! What a fun mission this summer!

  4. Courtney W. July 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    We’ve been going to Smilee’s for the past two summers! Absolutely worth the drive from Davenport. Peachwave is our favorite froyo. We’ll have to try a few of these other options when we want to stay closer to home or are already out and about.

  5. Michelle July 6, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

    Thank you for stopping by and trying our ice cream 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it! We hope to see you again at either location, Dewitt or Eldridge.
    Smilee’s : ice cream that makes you SMILE 🙂

  6. Ramona July 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    What a cute idea. Enjoy!


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