Peoria, Illinois

Illinois

Discover PEORIA, ILLINOIS Initially settled by Europeans in 1673, Peoria is the historical, as well as geographical, heart of Illinois. Visitors can discover the Peoria area's colorful past, as well as its promising future, by visiting its many landmarks and attractions. Our wealth of historic attractions spans six counties and includes the Flanagan House, the Pettengill-Morron House, the Grand Army of the Republic, St. Mary's Cathedral, and Peoria Mineral Springs. Just minutes from Peoria is Dickson Mounds, featuring exhibits and events about American Indian culture in the Illinois River Valley. Or visit the site of the original buildings in the Peoria area at the recreated Fort Crevecoeur on the east bank of the Illinois River. For a glimpse of Illinois Prairie life, be sure to take in the world-renown Wildlife Prairie, a sister organization of Chicago's Brookfield Zoo. Covering 2,000 acres, it is a unique opportunity to experience different plants and animals native to Illinois. Wildlife Prairie Park also offers two unique lodging opportunities. There are four renovated train cabooses and a "Cabin on the Hill." The park is open March through mid-December and the "Cabin" is available year-round. Another hot spot in the Peoria area is the Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino. The cruiser features wide aisles and offers passengers year-round high-stakes gambling on the scenic Illinois River. There are six cruises daily, featuring a beautiful art-deco and full-service customer pavilion. In downtown Peoria, visitors find the Peoria Civic Center, Peoria's largest multi-purpose facility. This multi-faceted complex offers affordable accessibility and includes an arena, theater, exhibit hall and 16 meeting rooms. The Peoria Civic Center hosts such events as opera, ballet, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Broadway shows, Peoria Rivermen hockey, rock concerts, and Bradley University Basketball. Downtown Peoria also offers over 40 lounge and dining establishments, seven theaters, and many riverfront activities, including the Spirit of Peoria, a sternwheeler cruise boat featuring dinner theater and sight-seeing cruises. Other Peoria area attractions include Grandview Drive, the East Peoria Festival of Lights, and the community Solar System, the world's largest solar system model, as listed in the Guiness Book of Records, centered at Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences. After participating in the many Peoria area activities, visitors may want to spend the evening in one of Peoria's many hotels. The Hotel Pere Marquette has charmed travelers since 1927 with its luxurious accommodations and convenient downtown location. Jumer's Castle Lodge offers travelers an opportunity to experience one of the most unique themed hotels in the Midwest. The aura is distinctively European, as all the charm and elegance of the Old World radiates from the opulent surroundings. Peoria is also home to many nationally known hotels, bed and breakfasts, and campsites. The wealth of Peoria area accommodations is sure to specifically pamper every kind of travelers. For more information, contact the Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau or call (800) 747-0302.

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