Travel Writer Tidbits
September/October Newsletter - 2009
Unique Events and Festivals - Haunted Peoria
If you thrive off of the spookier side of autumn, then the Peoria Area is your stomping grounds for Fall! Haunting stories and bone chilling scenery set the stage for a night of creeps and provide new insight into the history of our area and past residents. Pick from the startling Haunted Peoria Tours, the terrifyingly entertaining Spider Hill Tours, or the not-so-scary Historic Cemetery Tours.
A vacant state mental institution, maze of headstones and mausoleums, and stately mansions are filled with unexplained occurrences of a haunted past. These and other city landmarks are included in The Peoria Historical Society's new line- up of tours this season.
Looking for more hair-raising adventure? Visit Three Sisters Park to witness the Trail of Terror (photo at left), the Haunted Express and the Massacre Mansion, it is guaranteed to be Spook-tacular. Three Sisters Park hails it's own haunted past... maybe you will experience a legendary haunting from one of the spirits of Doc Spidee's Fright-A-Torium.
For those looking to enjoy the season without the screams, A Living History Tour includes the scenic beauty of majestic cemetery grounds while learning about some of their famous residents. Other tours include the 7th Annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tour, Delavan Historical Society Cemetery Walk, Oak Hill Cemetery readings from the Edgar Lee Masters Spoon River Anthology or the Oakland Speaks Cemetery Tour.
These and other area tours will begin in September, please contact me, Cheryl Bockhold-Sloan, or visit our website, http://www.peoria.org/, for the most up-to-date information.
Sports FANatics - Big League Living
Although Wrigley Field and Busch Stadium are more than two-and-a-half hours away, there is still plenty of baseball to enjoy right here in Peoria.
The Peoria Chiefs are the Class A minor league affiliation of the Chicago Cubs, and they play all of their home games at O'Brien Field in downtown Peoria. Chiefs' games make a great outing for the entire family and feature a number of nightly promotions that everyone can enjoy like fireworks displays and Half-Price Mondays. On Wednesdays, fans can also enjoy free hot dogs and peanuts through the seventh inning.
O'Brien Field, located at 730 SW Jefferson St., is a state-of-the-art stadium that seats 7,500 people and has been called one of the top facilities in minor league baseball.
Tickets for home games can be purchased by either visiting or calling the O'Brien Field Box Office at (309) 680-4008 or online at http://www.peoriachiefs.com/.
Although everyone enjoys the promotions and antics of minor league baseball, perhaps the best part about watching a Class A game is that any of the players on the field could develop into a Major League superstar. Former Chiefs' players include retired greats like Greg Maddux, Rafael Palmeiro, and current Yankees manager Joe Girardi, as well as some of the biggest names in today's Major Leagues like last year's National League MVP Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals and Dan Haren of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Click on our link for more information http://www.peoria.org/plan-your-visit/ for other ideas and happenings in and around the Peoria Area.
Hiking and Biking in and around the Area
The September 2008 issue of National Geographic Adventure Magazine featured Peoria, Illinois as one of the "Next Great Adventure Towns in Central America!" The article stated, "Peoria's fresh set of forest-lined mountain biking single-track has made it a new Midwest hub, thanks to the Peoria Area Mountain Biking Association's trailblazing efforts. Come evening, pedalers and paddlers hit the revamped riverfront for microbrews and live music." Now that's something to get stoked about!
Click on the link for more information on the Trails in the Peoria Area or for additional outdoor information http://www.peoria.org/plan-your-visit/hikebike