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Since the Quad Cities is made up of five different destinations in Illinois and Iowa, it’s fun to explore the various parts. Here’s our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ list of the best things to see and do in the Quad Cities:
1. Rock Island Arsenal. Located on the Mississippi River between Davenport and Rock Island, this active U.S. Army facility is a weapons manufacturing arsenal and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out the Rock Island National Cemetery on the grounds, which houses graves from soldiers who served in combat reaching back to the Civil War.
2. John Deere Pavilion. Visit the Moline center that explores the agriculture brand’s development with various exhibits and interactive displays. You can see machines displayed in their working environments, try your hand at machine simulators and learn about the John Deere legacy. Plus, the pavilion is a free attraction and open year round.
3. Putnam Museum. This Davenport spot has exhibits on everything from ecosystems of the Upper Mississippi River Valley to the history behind the Quad Cities region to Asian and Egyptian civilizations. The giant screen theater showcases 2-D and 3-D current films and educational movies.
4. TPC Deere Run. Built on the grounds of a former Arabian horse farm, this golf course was designed by former PGA Tour pro and architect D.A. Weibring. While it’s home to the annual John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour, you can book a tee time to try your hand at the par-71 course.
5. Quad Cities River Bandits. The minor league baseball games are hugely popular with a stellar location at Modern Woodmen Park along the riverfront. If you catch a game during a steamy summer day, you’ll appreciate the recently installed misting stations.