Peoria Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Peoria; our list of the best things to see, including Wildlife Prairie State Park, Glen Oak Park and Wheels O' Time.
  • The best place in Peoria: Wildlife Prairie State Park

    Wildlife Prairie State Park

    just west of Peoria
    The park houses buffalo, elk, wolves, a bear, and many smaller prairie animals. It has an interpretive center for the wildlife park, a small zoo-like building featuring snakes and amphibians, an old-fashioned general store-type gift shop, hiking, fishing, overnight lodging in cabins or decommissioned cabooses, an extremely popular train that tours the park, and a frontier farmstead with animals, gardens, a cabin, and a one-room schoolhouse. Interpreters are available throughout the park. Admission is $5.50 per adult, $3.50 for children 4-12 (free for 3 and under), which is steep for Peoria but the park is definitely worth it. Visiting on $2 Tuesday cuts the cost quite a bit.
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  • Glen Oak Park

    one of Peoria's oldest city parks
    In addition to traditional park activities (grassy and tree-shaded areas, picnic tables, playing fields, tennis courts), Glen Oak Park has an ampitheater used for outdoor concerts and is home to the Glen Oak Zoo and Luthy Botanical Gardens. In late 2009, the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum [15] will open in the Pavilion in Glen Oak Park.
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  • Wheels O' Time

    a quirky local museum
    It's in the far north of the city and features a variety of things have to do with wheels and gears -- antique cars, clocks, carnival machines, old washing machines, farm equipment, a train (!), and more. Most are old-fashioned or antique. It's seriously wacky and seriously enjoyable -- the mechanical "barbershop quartet" in which all of the figures bear faces of former United States Presidents(!) is worth the price of admission all by itself. Open May to October, noon to 5PM, $5 adults/$2.50 children.
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  • Peoria Heights

    a small village enclosed by Peoria but politically distinct
    Village of Peoria Heights, Illinois Homepage
  • Glen Oak Zoo

    which is currently expanding
    Open 10AM to 5PM daily.)
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  • Par-a-dice Casino

    Riverboat gambling just across the river in East Peoria. It is open from 9AM to 6AM daily; admission is free.
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  • Minor League baseball

    a class A Chicago Cubs affiliate
    The Peoria Chiefs [8], a class A Chicago Cubs affiliate, play at O'Brien Field in the downtown. (There is local bad blood because the Chiefs were until recently a Cardinals affiliate, and local baseball fans are evenly split between the Cubs and Cards.) In the winter, the Peoria Rivermen [9], the oldest active minor league hockey team, play at the Civic Center.
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  • Forest Park Nature Center

    a native river bluff forest with hiking and an interpretive center
    Admission is free. Be forewarned, this is the hilliest hiking you'll find in the Peoria area; the trails are not flat! The shorter trails are very popular with families. It's also an excellent place to spot butterflies and native birds, including bald eagles, which winter along the Illinois River.
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  • Luthy Botanical Gardens

    also located in Glen Oak Park
    (Admission free; 8:30AM to dusk daily.) During holiday seasons, the Gardens host special events.
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  • Sheridan Village

    located in the center of town
    Sheridan Village was the nation's first "mall-style" shopping center featuring a variety of stores situated around a parking lot to provide a less formal, less time-intensive shopping experience than venturing downtown to the major department stores. The test was successful and the model spread across the United States.
  • June Restaurant

    June Restaurant

    4450 N. Prospect Road, Ste. S1
    Chef Josh Adams takes straight-from-the-farm organic products to prepare modern american cuisine. Best new restaurant in the midwest - The Wall Street Journal
  • Emack & Bolio's

    Emack & Bolio's

    4534 Prospect Road
    Ice Cream For The Connoisseur
  • Noir Bar Tapas & Rendezvous Lounge

    Noir Bar Tapas & Rendezvous Lounge

    4606 N Prospect
    Call (309) 713-3851 ~ Text (309) 472-5701 ~ EMAIL for Table Reservations |
  • Publik House

    Publik House

    4614 N. Prospect
    A classically hip and happening European/American Gastropub with phenomenal food, great wines, and last, but not least, fabulous beers from around the world! Check us won't be disappointed.
  • Granite City Food & Brewery

    Granite City Food & Brewery

    230 Conference Center Dr.
  • Rhodells

    that always has some tasty seasonal offerings on tap
  • Martini's

    located down on the Riverfront on Water Street
  • Hofbrau House

    just a bit north of downtown
  • Kellehers Irish Pub

    Kellehers Irish Pub

    on Water Street near the Riverfront
  • Burger Barge

    Burger Barge

    1401 N Main St
  • Eysal's Coffee Roasters

    Eysal's Coffee Roasters

    400 E. Washington St.
    ( Eysal's Coffee Roasters Visit our website for coupons and shopping!
  • Seven On Prospect

    4609 N Prospect Rd
  • LaGondola Spaghetti House & Leonardo's

    LaGondola Spaghetti House & Leonardo's

    700 E War Memorial Dr
    "#1 Family Restaurant in Central Illinois" by Journal Star Readers!
  • Paparazzi

    4315 N Voss St
  • Jim's Bistro

    4612 N Prospect Rd
  • Firehouse Pizza & Pub

    Firehouse Pizza & Pub

    240 S Main St
    Firehouse Pizza and Pub East Peoria
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Peoria uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.