Moline Sights and Landmarks Guide, Illinois
It is true that Moline is not mentioned along with Illinois’s top tourism destinations like Chicago, Peoria, Rockford or Springfield; nevertheless, since the 1990s local authorities have focused their efforts at developing the city’s tourism sector and present-day Moline makes for quite a nice break. Moline sights include its cultures venues, historical landmarks as well as its natural attractions. The presentation of different Moline sights that follows will help you plan your Moline-tour properly.
Moline Sights – Natural Attractions
It is quite appropriate that we first discuss Moline’s natural attractions. Standing by the Mississippi, Moline can really mean an altogether different experience and then there are the luxury cruise-liners to make your trip all the more memorable. Different sightseeing and package tours are available year-round.
Moline is a garden-city with about 18 parks and gardens like Browning Park, Jefferson Park, Kiwanis Park, McCandless Park, Millennium Park, Optimist Park, Prospect Park, Riverside Park, Stephens Park and so on. Most of these parks remain open during day-time and have varied recreational facilities like playgrounds, picnic-areas, hiking trails, fishing points, golfing arenas, skating-rinks etc. besides basic restroom and parking facilities.
Moline also has a conservatory named City of Moline Park and Recreation Garden Center and Conservatory and the flower shows/exhibitions organized by the conservatory are in one word ‘incredible’.
Moline Sights – Historical Attractions
Moline’s history is essentially linked to the Deere-family and the two historic Deere family homes – Butterworth Center and Deere-Wilman House – are must-visit Moline sights. Surrounded by lush gardens the two family homes are famous for their architectural grandeur and workmanship. Commissioned by John Deere’s son, Charles Deere, the Butterworth Center was a wedding-gift for Charles’ daughter and son-in-law, while the Deere-Wilman House was Charles’ own residence. You will like the tours of the houses.
Moline Sights – Cultural Attractions
Moline has some really interesting museums like the Belgian Museum of the Quad Cities, Jonn Deere Collectors Center and John Deere Pavilion. While the two John Deere museums showcase different John Deere memorabilia as well as his various inventions, the Belgian Museum and its exhibits celebrate the city’s Belgian heritage (a peek at Moline’s history will tell you that Moline is where the second highest number of Belgian immigrants had settled).
Moline’s other cultural attraction is the ‘i-wireless Center’, better known as the mark of the Quad-cities. The ‘i-wireless Center’ is an architectural wonder in its own right besides being an entertainment venue that hosts various cultural events from concerts and shows to theatrical performances.
Moline Sights – Special Attractions
Speaking of Moline’s specialty attractions, we must first name John Deere Commons. With its restaurants, shopping centers and recreational hubs, John Deere Commons is the most busy, lively district of Moline.
Among the other city sights are Moline’s Greenvalley Sports Complex and the Riverside Family Aquatic Center that promise wholesome recreation to families.
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