PeoriaUnited States of America

Stroll along the picturesque Illinois River, through parkland and down tree-lined streets in the oldest European settlement in Illinois.

Visit museums, theaters and galleries in Peoria, one of the first towns to be settled by Europeans in Illinois. The city was established in 1680 by French explorers and is today the biggest city on the Illinois River.

Visitors of all ages will love the Peoria Riverfront Museum. This fusion of art and science has a planetarium, sculpture garden and large theater screen. Peoria has been the headquarters of famous American equipment manufacturer Caterpillar since 1925. Discover how the company’s iconic tractors are made at the Caterpillar Visitors Center.

Peoria caters to a variety of musical tastes with concerts held frequently. See a performance by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, one of the oldest of its kind in the U.S. The city is also home to a variety of choral groups, bands and youth symphonies.

See a play by one of Peoria's many professional and community theater groups. Peoria Players Theatre is one of the five oldest community theaters in the nation. In the warmer months, see a play at the outdoor Corn Stock Theatre.

Peoria Park District is the oldest park district in Illinois. Walk or rent a bike to ride through 9,000 acres (3,642.2 hectares) of protected land. Play a round of golf at one of six public golf courses.

Spot exotic creatures in the African safari exhibit at Peoria Zoo in Glen Oak Park just north of downtown. See movies and concerts held regularly during the warmer months in an open-air theater. Go hiking and biking on trails and let the kids explore the playgrounds. Surround yourself with blooming flowers and landscaped shrubbery at Luthy Botanical Garden.

Rent a car to take the scenic trip along Grandview Drive. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) road north of Glen Oak Park has spectacular views of the Illinois River and historic mansions. President Theodore Roosevelt is said to have called this “world’s most beautiful drive” during a visit to Peoria in 1910.

Rent a car to drive from Peoria to Chicago, 167 miles (268.76 kilometers) northeast of the city. Peoria International Airport provides regular services to a number of destinations within the United States.

Top Hotels in Peoria

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn Peoria-East At The River Boat Crossing
Hampton Inn Peoria-East At The River Boat Crossing
2.5 out of 5
11 Winners Way, East Peoria, IL
The price is $88 per night

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Illinois Central College, Peoria Civic Center, and Bradley University. St. Mary's Cathedral ...

4.3/5Excellent! (369 reviews)

"Easy check in - comfortable room. Quiet which was surprising since I was on the main floor. No complaints here. Will stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Hampton Inn Peoria-East At The River Boat Crossing
Wingate By Wyndham Peoria
Wingate By Wyndham Peoria
3 out of 5
7708 N Route 91, Peoria, IL
The price is $101 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shoppes at Grand Prairie and Louisville Slugger Sports Complex. Weaverridge Golf Course and Northwoods ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (380 reviews)

"Nice Staff. Convenient to all we needed to visit. Offer happy hour, but didn't partake."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Wingate By Wyndham Peoria
Embassy Suites by Hilton E Peoria Riverfront Conf Center
Embassy Suites by Hilton E Peoria Riverfront Conf Center
3.5 out of 5
100 Conference Center Drive, East Peoria, IL
The price is $164 per night

Situated on a river, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Illinois Central College and Peoria Civic Center. Bradley University is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (841 reviews)

"Great great awesome presidential was perfect great"…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton E Peoria Riverfront Conf Center

Popular places to visit in Peoria

Peoria Civic Center
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Peoria Civic Center

4.5/5(180 reviews)

From Broadway shows to the Bradley Braves basketball team, this venue hosts a packed calendar of events, games, trade shows, concerts and more throughout the year.

Peoria Riverfront Museum
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Peoria Riverfront Museum

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Explore art, science, history and technology exhibits, plus an expansive planetarium and a riverfront sculpture garden, at Peoria’s premier museum.  

Wildlife Prairie State Park
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Wildlife Prairie State Park

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Wildlife Prairie State Park, a lovely green space in Peoria. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the casinos in the area.

Top things to do in Peoria

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Illinois
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Illinois

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Illinois
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Illinois

$20
Per adult
Peoria Scavenger Hunt: Peoria Art & History
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Peoria Scavenger Hunt: Peoria Art & History

$20
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Illinois
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Illinois

$10
Per adult
Skip the Line: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Ticket
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Skip the Line: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Ticket

$15
Per adult
Skip the Line: Public Tour-Adult Admission Ticket (50 mins)
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Skip the Line: Public Tour-Adult Admission Ticket (50 mins)

$15
Per adult

Reviews of Peoria

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 20.58823529411765%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 53.6764705882353%
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3 - Okay 21.323529411764707%
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2 - Disappointing 1.838235294117647%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 2.573529411764706%

3/5 - Okay

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Mar 15, 2020

Loved Bass Pro Shop!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 6, 2020

Very nice city that is

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

Much to do and great eating options!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

I love Peoria but the hotel was horrible

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Close to shopping, dining and sporting events and easy on and off interstate

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

My second home away from home. Grew up in the area.

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