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Come to Peoria early and stay out  late with all the exciting attractions and things to do in Peoria. Peoria’s  unique riverfront location plays host to numerous outstanding live entertainment  opportunities in the warmer months.  Come  and sample the different marvelous wines at one of Peoria’s three area  wineries.  Shop till you drop at our wide  variety of malls and chic boutiques or set out on an adventure and experience  the nature that Central Illinois has to offer at the local Peoria Zoo or the  Wildlife Prairie Park. There's so many ways to “Play in Peoria," and you can find out about each one of our wonderful attractions  below. Search by name or category, find out how to get there with the Google  map application and much more!  

Distinct  Midwest  seasons allow us to host an assortment of festivals, attractions and other fun  in our communities, big and small.  During the spring seasons we host the IHSA  State Basketball March Madness Tournament, garden shows, music festivals and  more! With the heat of summer, it’s the perfect time to head to Splashdown Waterpark  to cool off or swing by the riverfront in the evenings to enjoy a variety of  concerts at the CEFCU Center Stage. The fall months are the ideal time to take  a tour on the Spirit of Peoria or a short drive to Morton for the annual  Pumpkin Festival. The cool winter time is the only time to experience the East  Peoria Festival of Lights or see the longest running parade in America, the  Santa Claus Parade.

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  • 820 S.W. Adams St.
  • Peoria, IL 61602
  • Phone: (309) 676-2787
  • Fax: (309) 676-0290
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ArtsPartners Your connection to Peoria arts and entertainment! Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to building awareness and economic viability of the arts by facilitating collaborative initiatives...

Caterpillar Visitors Center

  • 110 SW Washington
  • Peoria, IL 61629
  • Phone: (309) 675-0606
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Caterpillar Visitors Center The Caterpillar Visitors Center is a fascinating look at the company, the iron and the people making sustainable progress possible around the world. From the humble beginnings of the first tractor to the company's present-day leadership in building infrastructure...

Central Illinois Jazz Society

  • 441 E. High Point Dr
  • Peoria, IL 61614
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Central Illinois Jazz Society The Society encourages the younger generation to develop an interest in jazz. We have featured many college jazz bands and high school jazz bands as guest groups at our monthly programs. High school and college students have further developed their jazz...

Chillicothe Historical Society

  • 732 N. 4th Street
  • Chiilicothe, IL 61571
  • Phone: (309) 251-3260
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Chillicothe Historical Society Chillicothe Historical Society was created for the preservation of our heritage and history. We feature a Johnston McCully exhibit, "creator of fictional character Zorro."

CIAO-Central Illinois Artists Organization

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  • Peoria, IL 61602
  • Phone: (309) 696-3548
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CIAO (Central Illinois Artist Organization) was formed by local artists to improve awareness of local artists and art available in the Peoria Area and to promote CIAO First Fridays Studio Tours (every first friday of the month from 5pm to 9pm) and has grown...


  • 2105 N.E. Jefferson St.
  • Peoria, IL 61603
  • Phone: (309) 676-4040
  • Fax: (309) 676-8373
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CityLink Public transportation for Greater Peoria, CityLink provides services six days a week throughout the area 58 vehicles on 23 routes. Serving 8 communities Peoria, E. Peoria, Peoria Heights, West Peoria, Sunnyland, Pekin, Creve Coeur and Bartonville.

Clubs at River City, The

  • 8603 N. University St.
  • Peoria, IL 61615
  • Phone: (309) 693-5700
  • Fax: (309) 693-5705
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Clubs at River City, The Multipurpose health, racquet & fitness facility featuring 12 indoor and 8 outdoor tennis courts, indoor & outdoor pools, yoga, pilates, spinning, body pump, basketball, volleyball, cardiovascular & weight equipment, and youth fitness center are...

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

  • 305 S.W. Water St.
  • Peoria, IL 61602
  • Phone: (309) 674-6822
  • Fax: (309) 497-3815
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Contemporary Art Center of Peoria Peoria's cultural hub featuring art exhibitions, artist studios, art instruction, comedy improv, poetry nights, yoga and tai chi classes, jazz and blues performances. The Contemporary Art Center exhibits the work of living artists at the forefront of their...

Corn Stock Theatre

  • 1700 N. Park Road
  • Upper Bradley Park
  • Peoria, IL 61604
  • Phone: (309) 676-2196
  • Fax: (309) 676-9036
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Corn Stock Theatre Musicals - comedies - dramas, 5 shows throughout the summer. Live theatre in the round, in a tent, in the park, as well as winter (indoor) theatre October - March.

Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts

  • 3117 N. Prospect Rd.
  • Peoria, IL 61603
  • Phone: (309) 620-3164
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Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts The Cornerstone Academy provides the highest level of classical ballet and dance training, adhering to a curriculum that teaches formation of character and stresses standards of excellence applicable to all areas of life.The Cornerstone is committed to enriching...

Detweiller Golf Course

  • 8412 N. Galena Rd.
  • Peoria, IL 61615
  • Phone: (309) 692-7518
  • Fax: (309) 686-3352
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Detweiller Golf Course Nine hole executive course. Beautiful view of the Illinois River. Great for beginners and seniors.

Detweiller Marina

  • 2 Carolina St
  • Peoria, IL 61604
  • Phone: (309) 673-6523
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Detweiller Marina Located at #2 Caroline Street, 14 blocks from downtown Phone - 309-673-6523 or Harbormaster's cell phone: 309-370-6767 Fax - 309-672-7889 OPEN: May 1 - November 1, seven days a week •180 in-water slips ranging from 20' to 30', with state-of-the-art...

Donovan Golf Course

  • 5805 N. Knoxville Ave.
  • Peoria, IL 61614
  • Phone: (309) 691-8361
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Donovan Golf Course Eighteen holes of golf. Beautiful rolling, irrigated terrain combines with water and bunkers to make this 6,168 yard course preferred by golfers with diverse handicaps.

Elmore Stock Farm Outfitters

  • 22147 N. Spoon River Rd.
  • Laura, IL 61451
  • Phone: (309) 238-0321
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Elmore Stock Farm Outfitters Elmore Stock Farm Outfitters is a 764 acre hunting lodge nestled along the Spoon River. This historic home boasts a full front porch with magnificent views of the the river valley and has been remodeled to sleep up to 24 with a dining room, large kitchen,...

Forest Park Nature Center

  • 5809 Forest Park Dr.
  • Peoria, IL 61614
  • Phone: (309) 686-3360
  • Fax: (309) 686-8820
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Forest Park Nature Center 500 acre Illinois Nature Preserve offering 7 miles of hiking trails ranging from rigorous uphill courses to flatter, less strenuous paths. The center also features a natural history museum, spacious bird watching room, nature hikes, guided walks and a nature...

Gallery on Sheridan

  • 929 N. Sheridan
  • Peoria, IL 61606
  • Phone: (309) 361-7430
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Visit our unique gallery featuring local and regional artists in the Studios on Sheridan. Open Tues-Fri 12-5pm, Sat 12-4pm and First Friday monthly till 9pm.

Gateway Building, The

  • 200 NE Water St.
  • Peoria, IL 61602
  • Phone: (309) 689-3019
  • Fax: (309) 689-3349
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Gateway Building, The This beautiful building was designed and created to be the focal point of Peoria's Riverfront. The Gateway is conveniently located downtown just one block from Interstate 74 and is within walking distance of hotels, major businesses, and many restaurants....

George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden

  • 2520 N. Prospect Rd.
  • Peoria, IL 61603
  • Phone: (309) 686-3362
  • Fax: (309) 685-6240
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George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden This beautiful spot includes 5 acres of landscaped gardens including the Woodland Garden, Children's Garden, Herb Garden and others. Tropical conservatory is open year-round. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday....

German-American Central Society

  • 7601 N. Harker Dr.
  • Peoria, IL 61615
  • Phone: (309) 691-7484
  • Fax: (309) 266-8662
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A not-for-profit corporation founded to promote German culture in the Peoria Area through song, sport, food, drink and good fellowship. The Society sponsors Oktoberfest on the Riverfront in September, as well as Sommerfest, Volksfest, Bratfest and Schlachtfest...

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