Best Things to Do in Peoria, Illinois!
Set in north-central Illinois, Peoria is one of the oldest and largest cities in the Land of Lincoln. Peoria is an interesting place, and home to the massive Caterpillar Inc.
Drive up the Illinois River, or drop in at the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, and check out Peoria for yourself.
The Major Attraction
This being the home of Caterpillar Inc., you’ve got to check out the Caterpillar World Visitors Center in downtown East Peoria. Enjoy self-guided tours of the Yellow Blood Bleeds Gold, Cat 797F Mining Truck, and the Caterpillar Heritage Gallery exhibits, or shop around in the Cat Merchandise Center.
Peoria City Hall
Catch the Game
If it’s baseball game you need during a summer visit to Peoria, head to the 7,500-seat Dozer Park to catch the MWL's Peoria Chiefs – a Class A affiliate team of the St. Louis Cardinals – plus the Bradley Braves from the local Bradley University.
With the Family
Head to Lakeview Park and splash around the public pools at the Lakeview Family Aquatic Center, or stroll the Peoria Zoo for the Africa! exhibit or Asian Trail. Then visit the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum, and make your way to the Museum Square for the Peoria Riverfront Museum – known for its planetarium and aquarium.
You've also got to visit the East Peoria Bass Pro Shops for the freshwater aquarium, and Uncle Buck’s Bowling Alley.
Peoria River by Night
Make time for the 4.5-acre Luthy Botanical Garden – established in 1951 and offering a 2,500 square feet conservatory, rose garden, viburnum collection, and more in Glen Oak Park.
You’ve got more than a few choices for your calendar in Peoria. Check out the four-mile Steamboat Classic footrace – an event all its own – or the Peoria Santa Claus Parade during the holidays. You can also check out the Annual Art Fair, the Heart of Illinois Fair, and the major fireworks show over the Illinois River come Fourth of July.
Those look to glimpse into the past find haven at the historic Pettengill-Morron House, Rock Island Depot and Freight House, and the John C. Flanagan House. You can also visit the Wheels o' Time Museum – featuring antique cars, machinery, and memorabilia.
You can also scope the Peoria Symphony Orchestra at the Peoria Civic Center, plus the Peoria Players, and the Peoria Ballet.