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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.
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Northwoods Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Weaverridge Golf Course and Bradley University. Shoppes at Grand Prairie and Peoria Zoo are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Peoria, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Courthouse Square, Illinois Central College, and Peoria Riverfront Museum. Spirit of Peoria and Peoria City Hall are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of East Peoria, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Illinois Central College, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, and Peoria Riverfront Museum. Peoria City Hall and Courthouse Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Peoria, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Northwoods Mall and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Bradley University. Peoria Zoo and Weaverridge Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated on a river, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Peoria Zoo, St. Mary's Cathedral, and Illinois Central College. Contemporary Art Center of Peoria and Spirit of Peoria are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated on a river, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Illinois Central College, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, and Peoria Riverfront Museum. Peoria City Hall and Courthouse Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Peoria, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Northwoods Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bradley University and Peoria Zoo. Weaverridge Golf Course and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Shoppes at Grand Prairie and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Weaverridge Golf Course. Northwoods Mall and Peoria Zoo are also within 9 mi (15 km).