The City of Peoria offers you big city amenities and entertainment with the feeling of a small town setting. The city is located in the heart of Illinois, about halfway between the major urban metro conglomerates of Chicago and St. Louis.
Peoria is beautifully nestled on the banks of the Illinois River and boasts a vibrant riverfront area where many festivals and concerts take place. This is also the spot for some fine dining, grab a bite when you feel like, or stroll some of the breathtaking trails Peoria has to offer.
Peoria has so many amenities to offer. From the best in outdoor recreation to several great golf courses, from bringing your entire family for a great day at the Peoria Zoo to watching elk and buffalo that can freely roam the city’s Wildlife Prairie Park, be sure to have a great experience that certainly won’t disappoint you.
For indoor entertainment, check out Peoria’s Caterpillar Visitor Center, the Civic Center with all of its sporting events, or pay a visit to the interesting exhibits that are frequently offered at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. You can also go gazing at the stars when you visit the city’s Planetarium where you can also watch movies at the all-digital giant screen theater. There are so many things to do in Peoria and the city boasts plenty of pretty unique attractions and shopping options that, without a doubt, you will have the time of your life when you visit the beautiful City of Peoria. Read also about the history of Peoria County Schools.
Check out the great Downtown Peoria Civic Center with its fantastic 11,000 seat Carver Arena, home to the Bradley University Braves men’s basketball team and you can also enjoy a match of the long-standing Rivermen Ice Hockey performers. Additionally, the Peoria Civic Centers has hosted the IHSA March Madness Event for the last 26 years!
Peoria Zoo is run by the Peoria Park District. Very interesting is the Ed-Zoo-Cational Adventure Program, a 30-45 minute program that will give you or your group the chance to meet animals up close. You need to make reservations at least two weeks in advance. The program costs $3 on top of the regular Zoo admission, and the Zoo offers reduced rates for school groups. For reservations call 309-681-3513.
The Peoria zoo offers you a great collection of animals that include birds, amphibians, fish, reptiles, invertebrates, and mammals. The Zoo is open every day from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. but you need to be in before 4.30 when the Admission Gates close. The Zoo is closed on New Year’s Eve, New Years Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Thanksgiving.
Peoria Zoo, 2320 N Prospect Road, Peoria, IL 61603, Phone: 309-686-3365
Peoria Riverfront Museum
From February 3 to June 3, the Peoria Riverfront museum presents Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln. This is an interesting comprehensive exhibition to celebrate the Illinois bicentennial and the exhibit offers a unique insight into Illinois’historical past up to its present days. There are over 240 artifacts and historic objects that tell the stories of notable Illinoisans, Native Americans, immigrants, farmers, pioneers, inventors, scientists, artists, authors, veterans, athletes, celebrities, veterans, abolitionists, reformers, and, of course, four U.S. presidents.
The 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln exhibition celebrates and honors all of Illinois’ historical important places, influential people, and great innovations that the state is known for and gives visitors the chance to celebrate and discover the remarkable history of the wonderful state of Illinois.
To make the exhibition of 200 years of Illinois as a state possible, the Peoria Riverfront Museum has borrowed numerous artifacts and collectibles from other museums, professional organizations, colleges, and historical societies.
Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602, Phone: 309.686.7000