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Vander Veer Botanical Park's Holiday Lights

The road in Vander Veer Botanical Park is now one-way. Before you assume which direction it goes, read the rest or skip to the bottom where the Davenport Parks and Recreation explains why. I mean, I'm going to do that for you but they have a pretty picture. Can you tell I'm trying to get to a certain word count?

Before I tell you about the change, there is some holiday fun going on a Vander Veer Conservatory is lit up with beautiful holiday lights.

City of Davenport
City of Davenport

Now through Sunday, Jan. 14th, 2024 (closed Mondays), enjoy a self-guided tour through the park and conservatory.

Holiday Conservatory Hours:

  • Normal Operating Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
  • Special Extended Evening Hours: Saturdays, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9 and 12/16 | 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Early Closures: Sundays, 12/24 and 12/31  | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Closures: Monday-Friday, 11/13-11/24  |  Monday-Tuesday, 12/25-12/26 | Monday-Tuesday, 1/1-1/2 | Monday-Monday, 1/15-2/12


  • Admission is free.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Vander Veer Botanical Park itself, is open daily from sunrise until one half-hour after sunset.
  • Vehicle entrances are off Central Park Avenue.

Vander Veer's One-Way Road Change

As you drive through Vander Veer Botanical Park, you will notice the road-way is now one-way. The change has been made to ease traffic during peak times and allow for easier parking along the sides of the road.

You can still enter and exit through both driveways. But the one-way goes from the east side entrance starting at Central and Fair Avenues. and ending at Central Ave. and Main St.

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