Muscatine Attractions - Things To Do in Pearl City

According to Wikipedia, "Muscatine is the county seat of Muscatine County and in 2020 had a population of 23,797. Founded as a trading post on the Mississippi River in 1833, the town was incorporated in 1839 as Bloomington. The name was later changed to Muscatine to reduce mail delivery confusion, a name that may be derived from the Mascouten Native American tribe that dwelt along the Mississippi in the 1700s or from the Meskwaki indigenous people living close by. The city is primarily located on a series of bluffs and hills at a major west-south bend in the Mississippi River. This river-bend gives Muscatine roughly 260 degrees of riverfront. The "highland" area of the town is divided into three ridge-like hills by Papoose Creek and Mad Creek, each of which flows into the Mississippi in downtown Muscatine. The city's main roads follow these ridges and valleys in a radial fashion.

In 1884, J. F. Boepple, a German immigrant, founded a pearl button company. He produced buttons that looked like pearls by machine-punching them from freshwater mussel shells harvested from the Mississippi River. Muscatine's slogan, "Pearl of the Mississippi," refers to the days when pearl button manufacturing by the McKee Button Company was a significant economic contributor. In 1915, Weber & Sons Button Co., Inc. was the world's largest producer of fancy freshwater pearl buttons. From that time forward, Muscatine was known as "The Pearl Button Capital of the World". Weber is still manufacturing today and celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2004".

Here are some really invaluable links to help you plan some side attractions for you or your family:

Muscatine Street Map

Map of Downtown Muscatine

Visit Muscatine - Official Website

And now for some specifics:

Beer & Wine:

Ardon Creek Vineyard and Winery

Contrary Brewing Company

Garden Shops:

Kellor & Kellor Landscape, Inc.

Historical Sites:

A Stroll through Old Muscatine

National Pearl Button Museum

Oscar Grossheim Photo Collection

Pine Creek Grist Mill

The Old Barn

Musuems & Art Galleries:

Environmental Learning Center

Muscatine Art Center

Parks & Gardens:

Bayer Butterfly Garden

Deep Lakes Park

Discovery Park

Mississippi Mist Interactive Water Feature

Muscatine Arboretum

Muscatine Dog Park

Riverside Park

Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area

Weed Park & Zoo Garden (including Plant It Pink bed)

Wildcat Den State Park

Quilt Shops:

The Little Red Hen


Fairport Fish Hatchery

Fuller Park Disc Golf Course

Great River Road

Lock and Dam No. 16

Municipal Golf Course

Muscatine Aquatic Center

Muscatine County Freedom Rock

Muscatine Skate Park

Rose Bowl Bowling Lanes

Sino-U.S. Friendship House

Wilton Candy Kitchen

Finally, here are some links to Muscatine's digital publications.