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Old 07-12-2012, 10:37 AM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Visiting Dixon this weekend for a reunion. We have been out thre a few times before, and our relatives live in the area, but we are hoping to find some unusual or intersting things to do they may not already know about. Our relatives are mostly older and may not know about places that we might like to see. Anything within an hour or maybe two. We enjoy pretty much everything (except shopping at malls). Hiking, boating, museums, historic towns, antique shops, giant corn mazes, etc. The more odball, the better. Farm implements do not interest us overly much since we do not know what most of them are for. We will have 2 adults 1-2 teens and a handful of octagenarians who will put up with pretty much anythng the rest of us want to do.

We will be in Moline part of the time. We have already visited the varous John Deere places and ridden on the boat(s). We have not been to the Rock Island Arsenal museum and may visit on this trip.

The Great Indian Resturaunt in Moline sounds like it may be worth a visit, however from reviews, they may need to re-name it the "usually pretty good indian resturuant".

There is a town in that general area I think that is the pig capital of the US and has a pig days celebration with (as I remember) great food, sidewalk sales and a beauty contest for Ms. Piggy. Anyone know when/where that is?

Any suggestions on things to do, see eat, attend are graciously welcomed.

Thank you.

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Old 07-12-2012, 01:55 PM
Location: Not where you ever lived
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This will give you an idea ... Although it is the Ronald Regan Trail, you can find historic sites and info about every area by clicking on a town name. Dixon is an interesting town.

Dixon | Tour the Ronald Reagan Trail

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Old 07-14-2012, 09:37 AM
Location: Iowa
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In Dixon itself, there is the Ronald Reagan home to tour. 10 minutes north in Grand Detour, you can go to the John Deere Historic Site and see where the company started. If you go north from there another 10 minutes, you'll be in Oregon, and there are a few nice state parks there. There is also Conover Square which has many quaint shops in an old piano factory.

Going southeast of Dixon to Amboy, there is a small train museum and the Amboy Pharmacy where you can stop and have a milkshake.

Beyond the immediate area, if you're in Moline I would check out the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley. I would also hop across the river and go to the Putnam Museum and the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:17 AM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Thanks. We ill check out some of these either this time or nest time.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:35 AM
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You can take a lunch or dinner cruise on a paddlewheel boat, down the Rock River past Castle Rock State Park in Oregon, IL.

Maxson Riverboat and Restaurant - Pride of Oregon Paddlewheel Riverboat

ETA, the food isn't that exciting, but the cruise is really relaxing. The restaurant that operates the boat has pretty good food, it just has a limited menu on the boat.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:04 PM
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For current or future reference:

Excellent website on things to do/recreation in NW. IL including Dixon:
Blackhawk Waterways Convention & Visitors Bureau

Also see:
Lee County Tourism
Dixon Visitor's Guide
Rock Falls Tourism
Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce

If you like parks, can't get much better than Lowell (in Dixon), White Pines (near Oregon), or Franklin Creek (near Franklin Grove).

All have great walking trails, picnic areas, and recreation areas. My favorite is White Pines which is very woodsy, with streams and some advanced trails and interesting topographically. It also has the White Pines Inn which is a nice restaurant. Also cabins available for overnight stays.

Franklin Creek is also very interesting and more prairie like, but still a lot of woods where the trails are. It has 2 natural springs, trails, and a grist mill which is often open for tours.

Lowell is very woodsy too and known for being where Ronald Reagan was a lifeguard for swimmers back in the day. It has access to the Rock River and, higher in the park, an excellent lookout over the river and surroundings.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:33 AM
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Near Oregon you have Lowden State park with the Blackhawk staue overlooking the Rock River. WHite Pines is south of Oregon on IL rte 2 and there is a short trail between the road and river overlooking some of the bluffs. If you have young'uns there is a private beach on a small lake just north of Byron for some swimming. There is a bike trail along the river in Moline. I haven't done the MOline trail but the trail along the river in downtown Davenport that goes to the casino in Bettendorf and to Credit Island to the west is very nice. Duck Creek path is also nice. There is also an art museum in downtown Davenport as well. About 45 miles north of Davenport in MAquoketa, IA is Maquoketa Caves State Park. Cool hiking trails and some small caves you can explore. Just north of Savana, IL on the Mississippi river is Mississippi Palisades Stae Park. Very nice trails with gorgeous overviews of the river. South of Dixon near Ottawa, IL is Starved Rock State Park. Very scenic with nice trails but it is one of the most visited parks in IL and may be crowded. Not too crowded to enjoy, but crowded to take away from that out in nature feel.
OOPS, got sukered into answering a post a month and a half old.
Would be nice if OP came back with a report on what they did and their thoughts.

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