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Enjoy big-city amenities with a small-town feel in Peoria, Illinois. Located halfway between Chicago and St. Louis in the heart of the state, a first glimpse of the city includes a scenic skyline the follows the banks of the Illinois River. Along this vibrant riverfront you can enjoy a concert, take in one of the city's many festivals, grab a bite to eat or take a stroll up and down Peoria's breathtaking trails. Still looking for something to do? Head to a minor-league baseball or hockey game, attend a nationally-touring concert or musical or enjoy a show from the ballet or symphony.

There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation as well. Play a round at one of Peoria's many golf courses; explore the expanded zoo complete with lions, giraffes and hippos; or take in a variety of native Illinois animals like buffalo and elk roaming at Wildlife Prairie Park.  If you prefer to be indoors, check out the Caterpillar Visitor Center, which pays tribute to this the Fortune 500 company's history, view one of the many exhibits at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, gaze at the stars in the museum Planetarium or watch a movie in the all-digital Giant Screen theater.

With so much to see and do, come visit us in Peoria!

East Peoria

Located across the river from Peoria and home to the holiday-themed Festival of Lights, East Peoria's continuing development mirrors that of its neighbor. The city offers a new downtown shopping district, a riverboat casino, a sports complex with an outdoor water park, and Bass Pro Shop which includes Uncle Buck’s FishBowl & Grill Restaurant. If you like to travel by boat, you can cruise down the river and park at EastPort Marina or the Burger Barge for a quick bite to eat. 

Stay, play and enjoy all East Peoria has to offer!


One of just ten U.S. cities named on Family Circle's 2013 list of "Best Towns for Families," Morton is home to the annual Pumpkin Festival and the Punkin’ Chuckin’ Contest. The city hosts these events for good reason: 85% of our nation’s pumpkins are canned in Morton.

You’ll find Morton’s friendly downtown shopping district and plenty of dining options make it an inviting place to stay, play and enjoy!


Pleasant surprises await you in Pekin! 

Head to Mineral Springs Park where you can enjoy a day paddle-boating in the lagoon, playing a round of mini golf, or relaxing on the lazy river at Dragonland Water Park. You can also ride the trails at the Rockin' P Horse Ranch or hit the links at Pekin’s award-winning Lick Creek Golf Course. 

Whether you spend the day shopping along Main Street  or watching a sporting event or concert at the Avanti's Dome, your time in Pekin will be memorable.


Washington invites you to come and enjoy the quaint shops, unique dining, and relaxed atmosphere of their historic downtown square. Enjoy ice cream and candy from Holland’s Mercantile and Holland’s Caramelcorn, buy a unique gift at Sentimental Journey or Le Fleur Design & Gifts or grab lunch at Denhart’s Baking Co. and Restaurant.

Washington has a wonderful bed and breakfast, plenty of shopping and dining options to suit anyone’s preference and offers a state-of-the-art venue at Five Points Washington, where you can enjoy a concert, ballet or symphony.

Come spend some time and enjoy Washington to its fullest.


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