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Kaci's Places to Play in Peoria

When you’re looking for places to “Play in Peoria” look no  further than to our Tourism Manager, Kaci! Kaci has the inside scoop on what’s happening  and things to do in the Peoria Area. When you visit Peoria there are so many  sites to see, things to do and events to attend, it’s hard to pick where to go  and what to see. Let Kaci help you! Check out her videos series, “Kaci’s Places  to Play in Peoria!”


Episode 14: Peoria Zoo 

The Peoria Zoo is home to more than 100 species of animals from around the world, including several which are endangered. Including a AFRICA! exhibit, an interpretation of the Zambezi River offering an invisible barrier view of 6 different sciences in their authentic habitat and an Australian exhibit where you can get up close and personal with the wallabies and Emu's. Education programming and opportunities, family recreational resources and conservation based programs. Don't forget the Zambezi River Lodge for your next birthday party or special occasion for up to 200 guests! Open year round.







Episode 13: Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard offers a variety of wines from reds, whites, rose/blushes, sparkling (champagne) and dessert styles. I'll describe them each in the most romantic way possible and you decide which best suits your romantic personality. They are opened all year around excluding January, call today to book an event or check out their calendar of events for something to do this weekend.




Episode 12: Peoria Asylum

Kaci visits the Peoria Asylum where she is a little out of sorts but intrigued by the paranormal activity and the history of the Bowen Building. It is one visit she will not easily forget.



Episode 11: Peoria Riverfront Museum

Kaci visits another one of Peoria's newest attractions - the Peoria Riverfront Museum - as she experiences The Street, IHSA Peak Performance Center, Illinois River Encounter, the Giant Screen Theater, Dome Planetarium, as well as numerous galleries/collections inside this world-class facility.


Episode 10: Caterpillar Visitors Center

Kaci takes a ride in the bed of the largest mining truck in the world, as she tours one of Peoria's newest attractions - the Caterpillar Visitors Center! From earth movers to seat shakers the Caterpillar Visitors Center has a lot to offer visitors to the Peoria Area.


Episode 9: From the Field Cooking School

Kaci visits Chef Bill, Owner of From the Field Cooking School in Morton, IL to explore the various cooking classes and offerings from Central Illinois' premiere cooking school and caterer.


Episode 8: Wheels O' Time Museum

Kaci visits the Wheels O' Time Museum in Dunlap, IL (just north of Peoria) and takes a step back in time, exploring the multitude of exhibits available at the museum.


Episode 7: Wildlife Prairie Park

Kaci visits Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City, IL (just outside of Peoria), and talks to Director of Development, Molly Waller, to see all the great exhibits, attractions, and recreational opportunities there are at the park - a wildlife zoo featuring native-Illinois species, buffalo and elk on the prairie, a giant slide, biking, hiking, fishing and so much more!


Episode 6: Spirit of Peoria

Kaci takes a leisurely lunch cruise on the Illinois River and talks with Captain Alex Grieves, owner of the Spirit of Peoria paddle wheeler. Check out the variety of cruise options and events that the Spirit of Peoria is hosting this summer!


Episode 5: The Main Statement

Kaci visits The Main Statement on Main Street in Peoria to see what unique things this small, eclectic shop has to offer right before Mother's Day. 


Episode 5B: The Main Statement

Kaci visits The Main Statement on Main Street in Peoria to see what unique things this small, eclectic shop has to offer. 


Episode 4: Fight to the Finish Extreme 5K

Kaci previews the Fight to the Finish Extreme 5K, an annual 5K obstacle course race at Jubilee State Park


Episode 3: Central IL Auto Show

Kaci previews the Central IL Auto Show, an annual car show held at the Peoria Civic Center that features a wide array of cars and automotive dealers from around the Peoria Area. 



Episode 2: June Restaurant

Kaci plays (and eats) at June Restaurant in Peoria Heights, IL with award-winning chef, Josh Adams. 



Episode 1: March Madness Experience

Kaci previews the IHSA March Madness Experience, an annual basketball expo and attraction that runs in conjunction with the IHSA Boys' State Basketball (March Madness) Tournament held at the Peoria Civic Center

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