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“Great Place for Old and Young”

Caterpillar Visitors Center
Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Peoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Caterpillar Visitors Center is a fascinating look at the company, the iron and the people making sustainable progress possible around the world. From the humble beginnings of the first tractor to the company's present-day leadership in building infrastructure and powering the planet — it's all right here on Peoria's beautiful riverfront. We invite you to experience Caterpillar like never before and plan your visit today.
Jacksonville, IL
Level 6 Contributor
243 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Great Place for Old and Young”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

I just took my 5 year old grandson to see this Visitor's Center and Museum. Granted, he is a construction maniac but he loved it. So much to do and see. They had REAL construction equipment for everyone to sit in and look at. Great Videos, Build a Machine, Old engines, etc. They even had simulators that taught you how to run machines and then gave you an exercise to do. We just happened in on a Monday when kids were still in school and the place was almost deserted. There was a retired gentleman named Roger that had been with the company for 45 years THAT DAY that answered EVERY question my 5-year-old had, helped him up on the machines and explained EVERYTHING. He even knew how much the equipment cost when the 5-year-old asked! This is how much he liked the museum, on the way home, he asked, "Grammie, can we go there again tomorrow?"

Visited December 2012
1 Thank moodymolly
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Carpentersville, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very nicely done”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

This place was very cool and has something for everyone. Maybe a bit pricey for the whole experience but seeing the equipment up close and personal is great. Learning about the history and and the men and women who have dedicated so much to the area and the company was cool. Very good antique items too and interactive stuff for the kids. Would be good on a weekday as I am sure the weekend is very packed and probably not able to see or try everything as it is a bit small. Cool place though very fun.

Visited November 2012
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Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Fun!”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Very fun stop! Getting to run the simulators and sit in the cabs of some of the best equipment in the world is a blast! Families with 10-17 year old children, older folks, and CAT retirees alike will really really enjoy this stop!
Traveler Tip: Go on a Tuesday, Free Caterpillar T-Shirts!

Visited November 2012
1 Thank J W K
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Dunlap, IL
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“See this if you're into construction equipment”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

OK, so I'm biased, having worked at Cat for 35 years, but this display of Caterpillar history, machines and technology does a great job of capturing the essence of Caterpillar, Inc. Highlights include a multimedia film complete with "feel the power" seats, an historical area with the operator's station of an old tractor that you can sit on and see how to operate it, the technology displays, and, of course, the actual machines that you can climb into and get an idea of the complex work these machines are capable of doing. Of course, the pride of Cat employees shows through in the films and displays. But that's what this center is here for - to welcome you to Caterpillar - a company who has provided machines and engines to help the progress we've made as a nation possible for nearly 100 years.

Visited July 2012
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Pekin, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
405 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Interesting history of earthmoving machines.”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Just opened - interesting history. Good gift shop. Fee to get into the center but not the gift shop.

Visited October 2012
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