Find and Seek
Here's the inside scoop on some of the best kept secrets in the Peoria Area. These "hidden gems" are found at these wonderful area attractions. You'll want to spend the whole day at each one!
Wildlife Prairie State Park - War Dog Memorial - The contributions of "man's best friend" during the Vietnam War are honored with a bronze statue of a military dog and his soldier-handler.
The Shoppes at Grand Prairie - Holocaust Memorial - The Peoria Holocaust Memorial contains 11 million buttons, each one representing a life lost during the Holocaust, in 18 glass Stars of David. The memorial was a result of two years of work by a dedicated corps of volunteers.
Peoria RiverFront District - Segways from World on Wheels - Peoria's past meets Peoria's future on the riverfront. The historic RiverFront Visitors Center provides area information as well as segway tour options including the popular Moss Avenue Tour.
Metamora Courthouse - Melissa Goings Statue - These bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln and Lincolns last client at the Woodford County Courthouse, Melissa Goings, are an addition to the Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibit marking Lincoln's time spent working at the courthouse before entering office.
Ronald Reagan Peace Garden - Piece of the Berlin Wall - Housed on the ground of Eureka College, President Ronald Reagan's College Alma Mater. The garden commemorates Reagan's 1982 campus speech that initiated the "beginning of the end" of the Cold War by proposing the elimination of an entire class of nuclear weapons.
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard - Discover your new favorite bottle of wine at this family run vineyard featuring beautiful panoramic views, wine tastings and more.
Delavan - Lincoln Mile - Within the quaint city of Delavan, you can drive the Lincoln Mile. Ten sites that have a unique attachment to President Lincoln are highlighted. Lincoln served many former residents of Delavan as a Circuit Lawyer.
Cornstock Theatre - On the upper level of Bradley Park, you will discover local theatre in the "round". A distinctive tent in the park, Cornstock Theatre offers a winter (indoor) theatre when the weather dictates.
Jubilee College State Historic Site - See the first American college established in Illinois right next to the expansive Jubilee State Park. The college was founded in 1840 by the first Episcopal bishop in Illinois.
Dickson Mounds State Museum - Visit the archaeological museum that interprets the 12,000-year history of American Indian cultures in Illinois through artifacts, interpretive exhibits, major multi-image productions, hands-on activities and a revolving art exhibit.
Lewistown, IL - Oak Hill Cemetery - This cemetery is the most famous "fictional" cemetery in the world, as it is the setting for Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology. Found along the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive, this is one stop among many along this beautiful route.