Are you looking for fun, new things to do in the Quad Cities? Look no further than our local parks. They are truly a treasure!
Our friends at Davenport Parks and Recreation have shared some favorite (and maybe new-to-you) parks that you’ll want on your bucket list this summer. They are great to visit with your kids or meet friends.
We hope this will give you new and fun places to visit – and also give you ideas for ways to enjoy them in new and unique ways.
Fejervary Park in Davenport, IA is a great place to visit with friends and family. It’s also a great place to experience flowers and nature in your own backyard at the learning center!
1800 W 12th Street in the west end of Davenport (west of the Putnam Museum).
Fast facts about Fejervary Park
- Sits on 75 acres in west Davenport.
- Fejervary Park was given to the city by Celestine, a daughter of Nicholas Fejervary. The park was the site of Fejervary’s estate – with steep bluffs and a view of the Mississippi River, it reminded him of his home on the Danube River.
- The park land was acquired by the Davenport Board of Parks Commissioners as part of a city program to develop public parks throughout the city.
- A zoo was added to the park in 1909 – called Mother Goose Land. Patrons would enter the zoo through a large Mother Goose structure.
- The zoo itself closed in 2008. It has since become Fejervary Learning Center, which includes interactive play areas and wildlife education.
Fejervary Learning Center is open May – October
Fejervary Park includes:
- A playground that keeps children occupied for hours.
- Reservable shelters available for birthday parties or other social gatherings.
- An outdoor pool at Fejervary Aquatic Center right down the hill from the park.
- A large Mother Goose sculpture which used to be the entrance years ago.
- A dinosaur-dig sandbox for children.
- An interactive water wall.
- Park benches surrounded by flower gardens.
- Spider web climber.
- Harmony park music area.
- Walking path.
- Lots more.
Ways you can get active in the park (for anyone)
- Pull ups in the playground area
- Knee lifts in the playground area
- Bench dips
- Walk laps around the inside of the learning center
- Bench step ups