Take I-88 to Grand Detour, Illinois and visit the John Deere Historic Site
during the first part of your morning. Visitors to the Historic Site can watch a blacksmith at work in a replica of the blacksmith's shop that John Deere used to make his historic plow. The site also features the home that John Deere built, a gift shop, and John Deere's original blacksmith shop.
Once in Moline, visit the John Deere Pavilion
and John Deere Store
located on John Deere Commons along River Drive in downtown Moline. Here you can learn about agriculture, farming, and feeding the world. Enjoy interactive computer kiosks and hop in the driver's seat of a combine towering 2-stories tall. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants in the downtown area, stop in at a few of the shops, and visit the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
offices for travel information and gifts. They are all located within walking distance of the John Deere Pavilion. For more information on downtown Moline, visit Moline Centre
The John Deere Pavilion in downtown Moline is free to visit and features full-size equipment, interactive simulators, and historical information about the company.
You might also like to arrange for a tour of the historic John Deere homes
located just up the hill from the John Deere Pavilion. The Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman homes offer beautiful gardens that are open to the public. Tours of the homes must be made in advance of your arrival.
Check into your hotel in the afternoon and then enjoy dinner out at one of the great restaurants in the Quad Cities. If you are traveling with all adults, be sure to check out the various pubs, live music clubs, theatre, comedy clubs, and other entertainment options available. If you are looking for a family-friendly evening out, ComedySportz
offers comedy that is perfect for all ages. Or how about an Giant Screen movie at the Putnam Museum
, miniature golf, or Michael's Fun World
Start your next morning with a tour of the John Deere Harvester Works
in East Moline, Illinois - home to Deere & Company's largest combine factory. A newly-renovated Visitors Center offers free on-site tours and information on this innovative factory. The tours take about 1 1/2 hours, guests must wear closed toed shoes, and the age minimum requirement is 12 years old. Tours are subject to availability and factory production schedules; please call ahead to confirm availability.
The John Deere Harvester Works is one of the largest combine factories in the world and offers free tours, depending on factory production schedules. Please call ahead to confirm availability.
For lunch, board the Celebration Belle
for an afternoon cruise on the Mighty Mississippi. The Celebration offers a variety of cruises - check their website for cruise schedules and dates of operation. If you are visiting during the riverboat's off-season, you can also fill this time with lunch and a visit to the Deere and Company World Headquarters
on John Deere Road in Moline, Illinois. Exhibits are available and open to the public during normal business hours at the main entrance. While at the World Headquarters, enjoy the beautiful wildlife, pond, and Koi Fish. You might want to pick up some bread and feed the ducks and swans as you stroll along this beautiful pond.
Take a break from your John Deere explorations and go for a scenic river cruise on the Celebration Belle, the largest non-gaming riverboat on the upper Mississippi.
If you didn't see them already and have some extra time, be sure to visit the Putnam Museum
, Figge Art Museum
, Family Museum
, or any of the other great attractions available in the Quad Cities.
Spend your morning at a leisurely pace and visit a few attractions in the area that you may not have had a chance to explore like museums, Niabi Zoo
(great for kids), or if in season, take a ride on the Channel Cat Water Taxi