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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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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...

Golf Learning Center and Academy

  • 7815 N. Radnor Road
  • Peoria, IL 61615
  • Phone: (309) 690-7162
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Golf Learning Center and Academy Peoria Park District’s all weather heated and lighted driving range recreates golf course hole layouts. Indoor and outdoor practice greens, indoor hitting stations and a 9-hole pitch and putt course.

Green View Nursery, Inc.

  • 2700 W. Cedar Hills Drive
  • Dunlap, IL 61525
  • Phone: 309-688-8404
  • Fax: 243-9235
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Green View Nursery, Inc. Enjoy the ever-changing beauty of nature and discover Green View Nursery.  Green View is a family-owned business that offers a full service garden center and a gift show.  Expert horticulturists and extensive irrigation and fertilization practices...

Gwynn Aquatic Center

  • 809 W. John Gwynn Jr. Avenue
  • Peoria, IL 61602
  • Phone: (309) 676-2891
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This is an outdoor facility that includes a zero depth pool with play equipment, water slide, diving well and wet sand play area. Children seven years and under must be accompanied by an adult 17 years or older.

Haddad's Downtown

  • 319 Main St
  • Peoria, IL 61602
  • Phone: (309) 495-4700
  • Fax: (309) 495-4701
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Haddad's Downtown Whether breakfast or lunch, Haddad's offers casual dinning with a wide variety of modern American and Lebanese traditional cuisine. We also offer full service catering off and on-site with delivery available by appointment. Private video gaming area. ...

Hennepin Canal Bike Paths

  • 16006 875 E. Street
  • Sheffield, IL 61361
  • Phone: (815) 875-2616
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Hennepin Canal Bike Paths The Hennepin Canal Parkway has become a cyclist's paradise and an exceptional spot for fishing, birding, horseback riding and a wealth of outdoor recreation.

Hokkaido Restaurant

  • 3311 N. University
  • Peoria, IL 61604
  • Phone: (309) 966-0931
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Hokkaido Restaurant HOKKAIDO Restaurant offers a wide variety of customer favorites including: Hibachi, Sushi, Thai, Maki Rolls and fine Asian dinners. Our main feature is the Hibachi Style Grill. Customers can select their own meats and vegetables and have it cooked by a professional...

Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria

  • 1599 North Main Street
  • East Peoria, IL 61611
  • Phone: (309) 699-5500
  • Fax: (309) 699-6500
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Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria Producer of the Official Spring Home Show (February) and Parade of Homes (June).  Trade association representing over 400 local companies engaged in new home construction and home remodeling.

Hornbaker Gardens

  • 22937 1140 North Avenue
  • Princeton, IL 61356
  • Phone: (815) 659-3282
  • Fax: (815) 659-3159
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Hornbaker Gardens Hornbaker Gardens is a family owned and operated nursery specializing in perennial flowers. Large collections of hostas, daylilies, iris and other perennials draw plant enthusiasts from all over the Midwest to this nursery in the country.

Horse & Buggy Museum

  • RR1 Box 310
  • Biggsville, IL 61418
  • Phone: (309) 221-0066
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Horse & Buggy Museum The museum offers agricultural history exhibits and programs from the period 1820-1920 when horses were the man source of power for farming and transportation. With 6000 sq. ft. of display area featuring eight interactive touchscreen kiosk with 80 video...

HULT Center for Healthy Living

  • 5215 North Knoxville
  • Peoria, IL 61614
  • Phone: (309) 692-6650
  • Fax: (309) 692-6575
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HULT Center for Healthy Living The premier non-profit provider of comprehensive health education and wellness services for people of all ages.

Hunters Ridge Golf Course

  • 12927 IL Hwy 26
  • Princeton, IL 60542
  • Phone: (815) 879-6531
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Hunters Ridge Golf Course A beautiful mature 18 hole public course, perfect for group outings! Featuring a practice driving, putting green, excellent locker rooms, cocktail lounge, rolling hills and tree-lined fairways!

Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center

  • 675 State Route 116
  • Metamora, IL 61548
  • Phone: (309) 367-2551
  • Fax: (309) 392-2518
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Museum of household/church artifacts, barn/agricultural museums, arboretum, Library/Archives.  Open for tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. during the months of April - October. ...

Illinois Valley Wheelm'n

  • 6518 N. Sheridan Road
  • Suite 2
  • Peoria, IL 61614
  • Phone: (309) 229-1404
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Illinois Valley Wheelm'n Illinois Valley Wheelm'n are the premier bicycling advocacy organization in the Peoria area. We are a leisurely bicycling club comprised of over 250 members of all ages and abilities. We support all local activities related to bicycling advocacy and promotion...

J. DraperGlass

  • 929 N. Sheridan Road
  • Suite B
  • Peoria, IL 61602
  • Phone: (309) 339-6244
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Visit our hot glass studio at the Studios on Sheridan and see how glass and fire transform into art! Gifts and collectibles, classes, private parties and group tours, call 309-339-6244 to book your event.

J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC

  • 526 High Point Lane
  • East Peoria, IL 61611
  • Phone: (309) 839-0591
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J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC Just as you were converted to craft beers after sipping that first microbrew, you’re sure to be won over by the quality of craft whiskey. You’ll never go back to gulping run-of-the-mill hangover whiskey made in giant batches after experiencing the smooth,...

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