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Take I-88 to Grand Detour, Illinois and visit the John Deere Historic Site during the first part of your morning.
Visitors to the John Deere 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. Open May through October. Admission is $3 for ages 12 and over.
After a morning at John Deere Historic Site, take I-88 West to Moline, IL (approximately 71 miles).
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. After your visit to the John Deere Pavilion and John Deere Store, 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 the Moline Centre website.
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 in the Quad Cities. If you are looking for a family-friendly evening out, Comedy Sportz offers comedy that is perfect for ages 12 and up. Or how about an IMAX movie at the Putnam Museum, miniature golf, Adventure Quest, Bounce Town Adventures, or Michael's Fun World.
Start your 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. Tours are Monday - Friday at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM. 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.) The factory is located at 1100 13th Ave., East Moline, IL. Call 800-765-9588 to schedule a tour.
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. Parking is also available in a lot across from 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.
If you didn't see them already and have some extra time, be sure to visit the Putnam Museum and National Geographic Theatre, Figge Art Museum, Family Museum, or any of the other great attractions available in the Quad Cities. Just use our online Visitors Guide to help you find out more about things to see and do in the Quad Cities.
After dinner, you can continue to explore the Quad Cities and maybe take a walk across the Sky Bridge in downtown Davenport, Iowa to catch the beautiful views of the Mississippi River.
Spend you 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.
After your morning adventures, grab some lunch and then hit the road for a 40-minute drive to Alpha, Illinois so you can visit Country Corner. Here you will find over 40 acres of homegrown produce featuring asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, melons, tomatoes, vegetables, pumpkins, Indian corn and winter squash. Country Corner is open daily from May through October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During mid-September through October you can enjoy the Farm Fun Park featuring a corn maze, horse drawn hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, jump house, timber park, picnic area and u-pick pumpkins.
Spend your last night in the Quad Cities with a leisurely dinner out at the restaurant of your choice, and enjoy the evening as you like.