Ready to Explore? There is no shortage of fun in Peoria. With unlimited options for families to connect, it may be difficult to decide where to go. Whether you want to eat, play, learn, or create … there’s always time to enjoy what Peoria has to offer. Glen Oak Manor is centrally located and only a 5 minute drive to downtown Peoria.
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Website: Peoria Civic Center
The Peoria Civic Center is located in Peoria, IL. The PCC houses an Arena, Theater, Ballrooms, Exhibit Halls, and flexible meeting space and is home to Bradley University Braves men’s basketball, the Peoria Rivermen Hockey team, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Peoria Ballet. The Peoria Civic Center is also home to Ameren Illinois Broadway In Peoria which features the best in Broadway in the heart of the Midwest.
Since opening in 1982, the Peoria Civic Center has housed thousands of events helping to drive business into the Downtown Peoria area. The latest addition to the Peoria Civic Center was the remodeling of the Great Hall and Exhibit Hall D in 2007, making the overall exhibit space totaling over 100,000 square feet.
PEORIA CIVIC CENTER
201 SW JEFFERSON AVE
PEORIA, IL 61602
Website: Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602
To inspire lifelong learning for all – connecting art, history, science and achievement through collections, exhibitions and programs.
About the Museum:
The only multidisciplinary museum of its kind in the nation, the Peoria Riverfront Museum uses art, science, history and achievement to inspire confidence, lifelong learning, and talent. Since opening in 2012, the privately funded museum has provided more than one million experiences through major exhibitions, a permanent collection, interactive galleries, a dome planetarium, giant screen theater and educational programming including curricula-related student visits. The AAM-accredited, Smithsonian-affiliated private nonprofit museum is supported by more than 4,000 members and donors, and is housed in a county-owned LEED Gold-certified building on a campus overlooking the Illinois River. The museum has been designated one of the 200 great places in Illinois by the American Institute of Architects.
Website: Caterpillar Visitors Center
THE DOUG OBERHELMAN CATERPILLAR VISITORS CENTER
This isn’t your average museum! Your visit begins with a virtual ride in the bed of a massive two-and-a-half story Cat 797F Mining Truck. Learn how Caterpillar’s story began as two companies came together to build Caterpillar on the foundation of innovation and customer focus. Unleash your inner engineer as you design your very own Cat machine. Test your skills on a simulator to see first-hand what it’s like to operate equipment the way our operators do, and no visit is complete without climbing in a track-type tractor.
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS!
On October 20, 2012, the Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center opened its doors for the very first time. Since then, we have welcomed nearly half a million visitors from over 30 countries and all 50 US states. Through beautiful storytelling, the history of Peoria’s industrial roots comes alive for guests of all ages. A hands-on playground of yellow iron lets you explore the present. And you can learn about sustainable solutions that will take our world well into the future. Thank you for being part of our story!
HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(last ticket / entry at 3:30 p.m.)
110 S.W. Washington Street
Peoria, IL 61602
PHONE: (309) 675-2337
Tickets are available at the ticket counter.
General admission: $7
Seniors (55+): $6
Veterans and active military: $6
Children (12 and under): Free
(limit of 4 children per 1 adult ticket. Must be accompanied by an adult.)
Group rate (25 or more): $6
For Caterpillar employee and retiree tickets, please present your ID at the ticket counter.
Website: Louisville Slugger Sports Complex
Louisville Slugger Sports Complex features a 125,000 square foot dome and 10 synthetic turf bat & ball fields, including a 1300 seat stadium. The complex is available for tournaments, leagues, clinics, showcases and events across multiple sports. The complex can accommodate trade shows and exhibits for both sporting and nonsporting events. LSSC is located within a mile of five high quality hotels, a shopping mall, movie multiplex with travel less that 10 minutes from the Peoria International Airport. Wireless internet is available throughout the complex and concessions are available at each outdoor field. We offer a full service restaurant in our Suite Fire Bar + Grille in addition to a retail Team Store.
8400 N. ORANGE PRAIRIE ROAD
PHONE: 844.4SPORTZ (844.477.6789)
Website: Peoria Zoo!
Peoria Zoo is owned and operated by the Peoria Park District. Create connections that inspire an appreciation for the natural world.
2320 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
The Zoo is open daily 10:00-5:00. Admission Gates close at 4:30.
Adult (13 and over): $10.50
Child (2 – 12): $7.50
Child (1 and under): Free
Senior (65+): $9.50
Active Military: $9.50
Website: Weaver Ridge Golf Club | Peoria, IL
WeaverRidge Golf Club in Peoria, Illinois is an 18 Hole Championship Public Golf Course, designed by Hurdzan-Fry and rated 4.5 Stars by Golf Digest.
With a 4.5 Star Rating from both Golf Digest & Golf Advisor, Weaver Ridge Golf Club provides 18 Holes of Championship-Caliber Golf in Illinois. The course plays to exactly 7000 yards, with a USGA Rating of 73.1 with a Slope of 140. There are 5 sets of tees, allowing players of all skill levels to enjoy their round or seek a challenge. Highly heralded and designed by the master team of Hurdzan-Fry, Weaver Ridge is surely a golf course that needs to be on your bucket list.
WEAVERRIDGE GOLF CLUB
5100 N. WEAVERRIDGE BLVD
PEORIA, IL 61615
TEL: (309) 691-3344
Website: Grandview Drive
Grandview Drive is a drive and park that offers scenic views of the Illinois River while walking, biking, or hiking one of the many beautiful trails.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Grand View Drive is a 2.52 mile meandering pleasure driveway constructed in 1903. The “world’s most beautiful drive,” as President Theodore Roosevelt referred to it in a visit to Peoria in 1910, offers visitors numerous panoramic scenic views of the Illinois River Valley and the chance to view many historic and remarkable homes lining it. The linear park is especially beautiful in autumn, with the ever-changing colors of fall leaves. Grand View Drive has 1.75 miles of paved sidewalk for hiking.
Do you enjoy bird watching or hiking? Forest Park Nature Center is for you! Forest Park Nature Center offers seven miles of trails for hiking and nature enjoyment and is home to a gift shop that carries bird feeding and hiking necessities. Interested in learning more about nature and all that it entails? Forest Park Nature Center has classes for adults and children alike, covering topics from bats to bugs and everything in between. Guided hiking tours are also available.
5809 North Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL
Website: Wildlife Prairie Park
Best Hidden Gem AND Best Place For Family Fun!
The Park has been referred to as a jewel in the North American Midwest. We have also been listed as a top 10 destination to visit in Illinois. Located just outside of Peoria, IL, this 1800-acre zoological park is home to 60 different species and over 150 animals that are or were all native to the area. Our guests come to learn about and see wolves, bison, waterfowl, black bears, elk, otters, badgers, snakes, bobcats and more!
You will enjoy the park’s spectacular natural landscapes, natural wildlife viewing, and more throughout all seasons of the year. Our available event spaces and lodging provide the backdrop for once-in-a-lifetime wedding celebrations, holiday parties, corporate events, school events and quarterly retreats. There is something for all ages and stages at Wildlife Prairie Park …your adventure awaits!
Address: 3826 N. Taylor Road
Hanna City, IL 61536
Website: Northmoor Observatory
Northmoor Observatory is located within the city of Peoria at Donovan Park (formerly Leo Donovan Golf Course), and houses a 9 inch refractor telescope.
Northmoor Observatory provides excellent views of stars, planets, and our moon. It was the first observatory in Illinois to offer public viewing, and the PAS continues to provide this service to the community today. The observatory is open to the public every cloudless Saturday night from the beginning of May through the end of October. You will find volunteers on hand to aid you in your discovery of the cosmos, from sunset until midnight.
5805 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria IL 61614
Phone: +1 309-682-6684
Whether you love to garden or just appreciate the beauty of various flora from around the globe, Luthy Botanical Garden is the spot for you. Spread across over 5 acres in Glen Oak Park, Luthy is home to a tropical conservatory, a theme garden, and seasonal shows, including the Poinsettia Show throughout November and December. The sprawling garden is also a beautiful background for weddings, showers, or your next corporate event! Photographers are always welcome at the Gardens – for fees and other information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2520 North Prospect Road
Peoria, IL 61603
The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum provides children with the tools and inspiration they need to be explorers and creators of the world. We do this in part through understanding, supporting, and promoting play in the fullest sense of the word, one that includes imagination and creativity.
Tues: (Members Only) 9am – noon
Wed-Sat: 9am – 4pm
Sun: noon – 5pm
Closed on: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, New Years Day
Ages 1-64: $9.00
Active Military: $8.00
Under 1: Free
Active WIC/Link: $3
Glen Oak Park
2218 North Prospect Road
Peoria, IL 61603
Website: World on Wheels Peoria
World on Wheels Peoria offers a full 30 minute, 1 hour or 2 hour Segway tour. And, they also offer our unique Quadracycle bike rides for a full 30 minute ride. Make no mistake, you will absolutely be thrilled. As you ride along the Peoria RiverFront, you will receive a great orientation, informative historical and current-day information, heaps of unique and fascinating stories, fantastic photo ops and superb personal service from your guide.
The Segway is the first of its kind, a self-balancing, personal transportation device that’s designed to operate in any pedestrian environment. It’s new, it’s cool and a ton of fun!
World On Wheels Segway Tours – Peoria
PO Box 6277
Peoria, IL 61601
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Website: Peoria Chiefs | MiLB.com
The Peoria Chiefs are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the High-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The team was established in 1983 as the Peoria Suns. They are located in Peoria, Illinois, and are named for the Peoria Indian tribe for which the city was named.
730 SW Jefferson Ave
Peoria, IL 61605
Phone: (309) 680-4000
The Peoria Rivermen began play as the Peoria Prancers in the IHL during the 1982-83 season, and have been operating continuously ever since. After two years as the Prancers, the team switched names for good to the Rivermen, and went on to win the IHL’s Turner Cup in their first season under the new moniker. Following another Turner Cup in 1991 and an ECHL Kelly Cup in 2000, and now the 2022 Presidents Cup Champions the Rivermen have proven to be one of the most successful and enduring franchises in all of Minor Pro Hockey. Now entering our ninth season in the SPHL, the Rivermen look forward to more continued success on and off the ice in Peoria.
Peoria Civic Center
201 SW Jefferson Ave.
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 676-1040
The country’s top pre-professional league will play in Peoria. Peoria City USL2 Soccer is coming to Shea Stadium beginning May 2022.
Peoria City is Peoria’s own USL League Two pre-professional soccer team. With more than 70 team in the US and Canada, the USL League 2 is comprised of young players furthering their professional development while maintaining collegiate eligibility.
For its inaugural season, Peoria City has been placed in the League Two Central Conference Deep North Division with five other franchises: Des Moines Menace, FC Manitoba, Minneapolis City SC, St. Croix SC, and Thunder Bay Chill.
Our 14-game season runs mid-May through mid-July, and home games will be played at Bradley University’s Shea Stadium.
PeoriaCon® has proven that the Midwest has been craving a quality event like this for years. Since we have begun hosting this amazing event, the public has supported us from Chicago to St. Louis and everywhere in between! We are ready for another great year with the best comic book, cosplay, and gaming convention fun in the area. We are lining up all of your favorites dealers for this year’s show. – Artists – Special Guests – Comic book dealers – Cosplay Contest with best of show cash prizes! – Games – Collectibles – Your favorite loot dealers!
With the huge success of PeoriaCon® we are looking forward to twice the excitement in 2023! We are ready for another great year with the best comic book, cosplay and gaming convention fun in the area. We are linking up all of your favorites dealers for this year’s show.
- And More!
March 4-5, 2023
Expo Gardens, Peoria, IL
The Ledgestone Open was started in 2011 by Nate Heinold. By 2015, the event grew into the largest payout in disc golf history. See more about the history of the LIS Open.
Website: Round1 Bowling & Amusement
Round1 Entertainment is a state-of-the-art facility offering fun the whole family can enjoy! Their innovative entertainment company operates complexes with a variety of leisure facilities which includes bowling alleys, fully equipped karaoke booths, billiards, ping pong tables, top-of-the-line arcade games, and darts! They also offer beer, wine, and food. They work to offer excitement and endless entertainment that everyone can enjoy. Amusing for both kids and adults, they have all kinds of fun to keep you excited!
Peoria, IL 61613
Website: Elevate Trampoline Park
Peoria // Elevate Trampoline Park’s 35,000 square foot indoor activity center provides exciting and safe forms of entertainment and exercise for jumpers of all ages! They strive to provide the best high energy adrenaline fix in Peoria. Come in, have fun and repeat!
8800 N. Allen Rd.
Peoria, IL 61615
East Peoria // Elevate Trampoline Park’s 35,000 square foot indoor activity center provides exciting and safe forms of entertainment and exercise for jumpers of all ages! They strive to provide the best high energy adrenaline fix in Peoria. Come in, have fun and repeat!
105 N Main St
East Peoria, IL 61611