Start Your Engines in Rock Island

written by Enjoy Illinois on July 11, 2014 in Adventure/Outdoor Illinois and Events with no comments

Did you know Rock Island, located on the banks of the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities, hosts a free-admission Grand Prix every Labor Day Weekend? That’s right! If you’re looking for a family-fun getaway, plan a trip to Rock Island for this memorable event.

Rock Island Grand Prix Winner (Photo Credit: Quad Cities CVB)

Famed as the world’s largest and most prestigious street karting race, the Rock Island Grand Prix welcomes more than 30,000 spectators to watch some of the best drivers in the world go head-to-head. The drivers show off their finest racing skills to win one of the top nine coveted spots. Between races, fans can meet the professional drivers and get their autographs, which is a great souvenir to take home after the Grand Prix wraps.

Grand Prix drivers racing to the finish (Photo Credit: Quad Cities CVB)

Grand Prix drivers racing to the finish (Photo Credit: Quad Cities CVB)

Before the big race weekend, visitors can join in the excitement at the week long Grand Prix Festival featuring delicious food vendors, family activities, art galleries and tons of live music and entertainment.  Everything is within walking distance of Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, so the opportunities for exploration are endless.

If your family is looking for a unique getaway that’s different from the typical Labor Day outing, plan a trip to the Rock Island Grand Prix!

-The Illinois Office of Tourism