Peoria is found on the banks of the Illinois River. It has a rich history with many places to see and activities for the whole family. Choose between an outdoor experience or an indoor museum, followed by a meal at one of Peoria’s favorite dining hotspots.
Museums and Centers
Peoria Riverfront Museum
The Peoria Riverfront Museum has a host of activities to do. There is a science and art museum, planetarium, sculpture studio and large screen theatre. The arts include folk art, fine arts and ethnographic pieces. Some temporary installations are seen on display too. The Peoria Riverfront Museum will have something to excite every member of the family for an entire day.
Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum is found in the Glen Oak Pavilion, next to the Zoo. Fun activities encourage children to learn more through play. The Junior League of Peoria built the Museum and welcomes children, irrespective of heritage or background. Many programmes are available for children, including, read-alongs, Transformation Events, and Workshops.
Peoria Civic Center
This convention center features exhibit halls, meeting rooms, and arena and theater. Many sports teams call the Carver Arena their home. Ballet performances, concerts and Broadway shows are put on in the theater. Find out at the Peoria Civic Centre what is currently happening and book for an event.
Caterpillar Visitors Center
Caterpillar is well known for manufacturing large equipment. The Center has been in existence since 2012, and shows the history of the machinery. It will give you an enriching history, including the part Caterpillar played in Apollo 11.
Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa
The vast Senara Health and Healing Center Spa provides visitors with a wide array of health and wellness services. Indulge in massages, treatments, and manicures or enjoy the tranquility of your environment. The Senara Spa is 7000 square foot and gives a luxurious feel to any visitor. Health services, such as medical screenings and acupuncture can also be done at the center.
Corn Stock Theatre
This community theater is found outdoors with exceptional performances, musicians, dancers and actors. During summer, shows are performed under the big-top and tickets are very affordable. During winter, shows are held at the Civic Center to beat the cold. Shows for children and workshops are held twice a year, and any child between the ages of 7 and 18 is welcome.
George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden
The 4.5-acre Botanical Garden is a conservatory found in Glen Oak Park. There are individual gardens, such as herb garden, rose garden and an all-season garden. A large amount of plant species are on display, including tropical plants and orchids. Spend a relaxing day taking in the beauty of nature. Have a picnic, walk around and listen to the chirping birds.
The Park is the home ground for the Peoria Chiefs and was previously called the O’Brien Field. A name change was done to pay tribute to Caterpillar Bulldozers, as the company funded the parks build. Bradley University’s college baseball team plays on the field, which has 20 suites and five concession stands. Tours of the Park are available and space can be rented for special events.
An elk herd was donated to the Park District during the late 1800s and started the zoo. Several expansions and added exhibits have created a large zoo with many animals. Themed exhibits provide an authentic experience, such as the Australia Walk-About, Asian Trail and Africa Exhibit. Each exhibit has been transformed into a unique world that rings true to the original landscape.
WeaverRidge Golf Club
The course developed by Hurdzan-Fry is one of the best in Illinois. It lies between rolling hills, valleys and scenery. Golfers with any skill level can play the course, or visit the Driving Range and Learning Center. The Clubhouse is great for meetings and events, and the restaurant captures the golf course. A Pro Shop is also available for golfers wanting to purchase equipment.
Forest Park Nature Center
The nature center sits along the Illinois River and consists of 540-acres of lush greenery. Hiking trails of seven miles are found throughout the Forest Park Nature Center. A bord observation room features wildlife and the Trailhead Nature Store has unique memorabilia. Musical events and educational programs are hosted by the center.
The Spirit of Peoria
The Spirit of Peoria is a boat driven by paddlewheel on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. A cruise for one or five days can be booked on the 160 foot long boat. It can accommodate 487 passengers among its four decks. It was built in 1988 and uses only paddle wheels for power. Themed trips are available at various times in the year.
World on Wheels
Take a riverside tour on a Segway, lasting between 30 minutes and two hours or on a Quadricycle bike. A guide will teach you more about the area and there are plenty of photo opportunities. You can make a family or group booking with World on Wheels and explore Peoria in a fun way.
Places to Eat
Pitch Karaoke Bar
The bar is found in downtown Peoria and perfect for those who want to socialize while enjoying a drink. Evening specials allow you to taste exotic drinks, while enjoying karaoke, video games and poker machines.
Thirty-Thirty Coffee Co.
The thirty-thirty Coffee Co. is located on Main Street and on North Prospect Road. the coffee is well-brewed and served in a friendly manner. It has unique coffee blends from across the globe, including, Snuggle Bear Espresso, Ethiopia Beriti and Costa Rica Zapotal. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee after a day out.
There are many things to do in Peoria, Illinois and something fun is available for the whole family. Experience the outdoors and museums during the day and traverse the restaurants at night. Book a stay for several days to see all the sights, do activities and make new memories to last a lifetime.