Serenely nestled along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Le Claire is an attractive small town which has something to offer every visitor. The town was founded by brave river adventurers in 1830’s and is still home to a delightful Historic District where there are about 60 commercial and residential buildings to admire. Fans of the “American Picker’s” show can have fun visiting their home-base called Antique Archaeology. You can explore the 25-mile Cody Trail (to learn about Buffalo Bill) or the Great River Road National Byway. Other activities include shopping, taking a nostalgic ride on a Mississippi riverboat or visiting a few breweries and the Mississippi River Distilling Company. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Buffalo Bill Museum
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To make your visit to LeClaire more interesting visitors should consider starting at the Buffalo Bill Museum to get some background information. The Museum is dedicated to showcasing a wealth of documents and artifacts related to regional history. In particular, visitors can learn about William Cody (Buffalo Bill), the Mississippi River, the early Native American Indians and the brave settlers. Museum exhibits include a one-room school house from the early 1900’s, an exhibit devoted to the history of the Riverboat Pilots and the one-of-a-kind Lone Star Stern Wheeler. There is also a special area where children can have some hands-on fun. You can buy souvenirs of your visit at the on-site museum store.
Buffalo Bill Museum, 199 North Front St, LeClaire, IA 52753, Phone: 563-289-5580
2.The Mississippi River Distilling Company, LeClaire, Iowa
© The Mississippi River Distilling Company
Encompassing the popular Cody Road Cocktail House, the Mississippi River Distilling Company is a small-batch distillery located in LeClaire. The company makes a variety of hand-crafted spirits using locally sourced grains. The finished product is matured in a selection of oak barrels which impart distinctive flavors and aromas. In addition, they bottle ready-made cocktails which may be purchased for home consumption. If you are looking to spice up your next BBQ you can buy their distinctive Cody Road Steak Sauce, flavored with Bourbon. Visitors are invited to stop by for a free tour of the distillery or to just sit and relax while you sip a great cocktail overlooking the Mississippi River.
The Mississippi River Distilling Company, 303 North Cody Rd, LeClaire, IA 52753, Phone: 563-484-4342
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3.Green Tree Brewery, LeClaire, IA
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The original Green Tree stood tall and proud on the banks of the Mississippi for over 225 years. Sadly, the tree succumbed to Dutch elm disease in 1964, but will never be forgotten for the part it played in many LeClaire residents’ lives, including that of Buffalo Bill himself. Today the Green Tree Brewery honors the great old elm and provides a meeting place for locals and visitors to get together and have a good time. They also make some pretty good small-batch craft beers which you can sample in the Tap Room – there are usually around 15 great brews to try. Although the brewery does not serve food patrons are welcome to bring in their own food from surrounding restaurants.
Green Tree Brewery, 309 North Cody Rd, LeClaire, IA 52753, Phone: 563-729-1164
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4.Grasshoppers and the Vintage Vine Wine Cellar
© Grasshoppers and the Vintage Vine Wine Cellar
Visitors wanting to take home a souvenir or gift should head straight to Grasshoppers, a unique gift store located in a beautiful historic home overlooking the river. Each of the themed rooms offers a selection of carefully curated gifts, displayed among antiques and period furnishings. The basement area of the home is where you will find the Captain’s Spirit Cellar, where you can stock up on wine themed gifts and a selection of Iowa wines. The complex is also home to two fabulous guest houses which you could rent for your visit to LeClaire. An adjacent rustic barn houses an interesting selection of antiques and restored items.
Grasshoppers, 208 North Cody Road, LeClaire, IA 52753, Phone: 563-289-4652
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5.Steventon’s, LeClaire, IA
Located on an elevated bluff overlooking the Mississippi, Steventon’s is the ideal destination for a relaxing meal experience. When the weather is good you can enjoy some of the best views in Iowa from the two-tiered deck as you sip your favorite cocktail or a glass of wine. When the weather is not so good you can rely on the fire-pit to keep you warm. The food menu comprises a selection of great American classics, prepared from fresh local ingredients and served with an eye for detail. Highlights include a perfectly grilled Filet Mignon, Honey-garlic Pork Ribeye, Saffron Scallops and their New York Cheesecake.
Steventon’s, 1399 Eagle Ridge Rd, LeClaire, IA 52753, Phone: 563-289-3600
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6.The Faithful Pilot Cafe and Spirits, LeClaire, IA
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For an unusual dinner experience in LeClaire you can book a table at The Faithful Pilot Café. Since 1991 the Faithful Pilot Café has been pleasing LeClaire palates with delectable fine-dining fare. Chef Robert Day strives to offer guests fresh innovative cuisine at a fair price. To this end, locally-sourced ingredients are the stars of the show. The food is beautifully presented and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant has a more intimate dining area in their back room while the bar area offers a more contemporary atmosphere with live music on Wednesday evenings. The Faithful Pilot hosts regular food and wine events including wine tastings, wine classes and exciting head-to-head cookery competitions for local area chefs.
The Faithful Pilot Café and Spirits, 117 North Cody Rd, LeClaire, IA 52753, Phone: 563-289-4156
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6 Best Things to Do in LeClaire, Iowa
- Buffalo Bill Museum, Photo: Buffalo Bill Museum
- The Mississippi River Distilling Company, LeClaire, Iowa, Photo: The Mississippi River Distilling Company
- Green Tree Brewery, LeClaire, IA, Photo: Green Tree Brewery
- Grasshoppers and the Vintage Vine Wine Cellar, Photo: Grasshoppers and the Vintage Vine Wine Cellar
- Steventon’s, LeClaire, IA, Photo: Steventon’s
- The Faithful Pilot Cafe and Spirits, LeClaire, IA, Photo: The Faithful Pilot Café and Spirits
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