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Whether riding down the Mississippi watching wooded bluffs slide by from the deck of an authentic riverboat, climbing up into a shiny green combine at the John Deere Pavilion or enjoying a band playing at one of the many summer festivals, Moline is a great place to live and visit.

With 250,000 visitors annually to the John Deere Commons and 650,000 visitors annually to events at the i wireless Center, Moline has been recognized as a tourism destination, especially for heritage tourism. Offbeat Travel named Moline one of its five offbeat towns in the country to visit for 2008!

One of the biggest draws is the John Deere Pavilion, featuring an agricultural museum that displays farm implements new and old, as well as multimedia presentations on the history of farming and on John Deere & Company. Next door, the John Deere Store carries a wide range of clothing, toys and merchandise with the famous leaping deer logo.

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Other John Deere attractions include the Deere & Company World Headquarters, an architectural gem overlooking the Rock River Valley, and the Deere family homes. The Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center, located a half mile from the John Deere Pavilion, are two majestic mansions built in the late 1800s by Charles Deere, son of John Deere. Both homes offer an extraordinary journey into the past and are open to the public by appointment. Elaborate gardens are open year round.

Complete your historic experience with a visit to the Rock Island County Historical Society, located across from the Deere family homes. The historical society includes house museums, exhibits, a research library and a patio garden. The museums are open for tours during their spring and fall open houses and by appointment.

Downtown Moline is quickly becoming a destination for living, working and playing. Moline Centre, “at the centre of it all,” features an extraordinary variety of restaurant choices, from casual to fine dining; hot night spots; entertainment venues; and unique shopping all within easy walking distance. While downtown, take some time to experience a leisurely walk back in time with Moline’s historic walking tour. Historic downtown boasts designs and architecture popular more than 100 years ago. In 2007, Moline’s first nationally designated historic district, the Moline Downtown Commercial Historic District, was created.

At the base of 17th Street along the riverfront is Moline’s newest mixed-use development, Bass Street Landing. More than $40 million in public and private funds are being invested to redevelop this former industrial area. The Plaza at Bass Street Landing is the perfect venue to enjoy outdoor events, festivals and gatherings. A fountain gateway leads visitors to a water feature with sculptures depicting children fishing in the Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn era. The fountain’s zero-grade entry invites children to cool off during hot summer days. The new riverfront hotel, Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, features 140 rooms, 10 extended stay suites and conference capacity for 450.

Within Moline’s historic business district is the 12,000-seat arena, the i wireless Center. The Center draws top talent in the music industry as well as special performances by Disney on Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The i wireless Center is home to the successful minor league hockey team, the Quad City Flames, and the Quad City Steamwheelers, an arena football team. Year round, Moline is host to several festivals and events including Viva Quad Cities, Quad City Marathon, Race for the Cure and Lighting on the Commons. The summer season comes alive in downtown Moline Centre with a diverse collection of musicians and their songs.

RIVERSTATION VISITORS CENTER

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1601 River Drive, Suite 110
Moline
800-747-7800
309-277-0937
The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau is happy to assist you during your visit to Moline and the Quad Cities. Enjoy visitor guides, brochures, maps, and the Quad Cities Gifts & Souvenirs Gift Shop. Professional staff is on hand to answer all your questions, or visit www.visitquadcities.com for more information. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4 pm (June through August). Bike rentals are available April 1 through November 1 by the hour or by the day.

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