Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still plenty of time for adventures in the Peoria area. Grab your friends and get ready for a day in Peoria that will create lasting memories! Read on for some ideas on how you can pack your day with discoveries while still enjoying the beautiful summer weather.

There's no better way to start your morning off than with coffee! Zion Coffee Bar's tasty coffee and drink options most definitely won’t let you down. It’s not too late to try out their summer specials, such as the lemon loaf latte, ginger pear matcha, cherry lime espresso tonic, and strawberry shortcake toast. Pair your drink of choice with a fresh pastry. 

 

Luthy Botanical Garden located at Glen Oak Park is the perfect destination for a stroll as you finish drinking your coffee. Soak up some of the summer sun while enjoying the beauty of nature and over 5 acres of adventuring including a theme garden and conservatory. 

 

When you start to get hungry for lunch, head over to Casa de Arte to try out their award-winning tacos. They also have tasty elotes style street corn, homemade guacamole, and mouth water churros.

 

Take advantage of being outside while you still can! Take a visit to Kartville for a game of mini-golf. Or, take advantage of their go-kart track, bumper boats, and dune buggies. You won’t run out of things to do at Kartville, making it the perfect stop for some summer fun.

 

If you want to take part in the summer fun in a more creative way, stop into Crafted DIY Studio and Bar, where you can create your own DIY crafts while enjoying a handcrafted cocktail or a beverage of choice. Let your creative juices flow and create your own masterpiece! Sit inside to cool down, or outside if you prefer to stay in the summer sun.

 

After a few hours of crafting, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. W.E. Sullivans in Peoria Heights is the perfect next stop for a delicious meal. Their extensive menu has a variety of tasty and unique Irish fare that you won’t find anywhere else, so you and all your friends will have no issues finding something to curb your cravings. Can’t decide what to order? Try the Pulled Corn Beef Sandwich, Cajun Catfish Wrap, or the Irish Mac n Cheese.

 

Nothing screams summer like going for ice cream after a good meal. Emo’s dairy mart is conveniently located close to Peoria Heights making it a great stop for a sweet treat to cool you down on a warm summer night. You can’t go wrong with a simple ice cream cone, but Emo’s menu full of sundaes, parfaits, shakes and freezes makes for a difficult decision!

 

Located just a few minutes from Emo’s, the benches at Grandview Drive are ideal for finishing up your ice cream and watching the sunset. With several scenic views, Grandview Drive displays the beauty of Peoria and the Illinois River.

 

Finish off the night by visiting Twelve Rooftop Bar in Peoria Heights. The rooftop view of Peoria is absolutely stunning, and a tasty cocktail or draft beer makes for a great way to end your night.