The Ins and Outs of Peoria: Making the Most of 72 Hours


Victoria Araj, Guest Writer


Peoria offers so many places to go and things to do. Traveling to someplace new might seem overwhelming with all the options available, so we’ve put together a list for you to tackle based on a three day stay in Peoria. This will give you a starting point to help you decide what you want to do. Feel free to add or subtract things from your list depending on what you’re interested in! 

Day 1: Historic Landmarks  //

Historical landmarks can be a fitting way to start your trip, so you can get a better appreciation for where you’re visiting and what it was like to live there in the past. There are a few different museums that offer insight into unique historical moments. 

The Wheels O’Time Museum is a great place for people of all ages to enjoy. There are various antique and collector cars to see, as well as trains, fire trucks, airplanes, and more. There are displays that can help you gain a better understanding of the area’s history. 

Princeville Heritage Museum is another fantastic spot any history buff would hate to miss. It’s a massive 30,000-square-foot area that houses agriculture equipment, including steam-powered tractors and other items. The museum is often used as a destination point for school field trips, but if you’re looking to learn more about the local history you’ll want to add it to your list of places to visit.

The Pettengill Morron House Museum is a great example of beautiful home architecture from a different era. Its curved roof, pillared porch, and ornate detailing is a testament to the architects and builders of the past. The home is available for touring and has furniture and decorations that were owned by the original owner. If you’re interested in seeing it, there is a tour guide that will take you through and tell you the history of the home. 

After spending a long day of learning, make sure to refuel at the best restaurants. Peoria has everything from sports bars and grills, to vegetarian options. If you’re just looking for a quick caffeine fix there are a variety of cafes to choose from.

Princeville Heritage Museum

Day 2: Fun For the Kids  //

If you have children, make sure to include some kid-friendly destinations. What kid doesn’t like to ride their bike on a nice summer day? Bicycle Safety Town is the perfect place for the kids to ride their bikes without you worrying about cars and open roads. The roads are one-way, making it safe for kids to roam. 

Want to watch a baseball game? Grab some hot dogs and enjoy the game at Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs. It’s right in the middle of downtown Peoria and a close walk to many of the hotels in the area. If your kids don’t like baseball, they might like minigolf. Mt. Hawley Bowl and Castle is a great way to enjoy a casual sport with your family on a nice summer afternoon. In addition to mini golf, there is also bowling and an arcade available. 

If you have young boys that are in the truck phase, they’re going to love Caterpillar Visitors Center. They have a gallery full of displays and exhibits with huge Caterpillar trucks and machinery. You can spend as long as you’d like there, and when you go to leave you can visit the Merchandise Center to buy model Caterpillars and other souvenirs. 

Day 3: Explore the Wildlife  //

A trip to Peoria wouldn’t be complete without experiencing what nature has to offer. Go for a float on the lagoon in Mineral Springs Park. An assortment of colorful paddle boats are docked for you to take a paddle at your own pace. While exploring the lagoon you might see some marine wildlife and ducks paddling alongside you. 

Bike Trails are perfect for exploring the outdoors while getting some exercise. You can cover a lot of ground and have many scenic views at multiple locations. If you’re looking for one to start with, the Rock Island Trail State Park is relatively easy and flat.

Spend a day at a campsite and cook some smores at Jubilee College State Park. The park contains 3,200 acres. Pop up a tent or bring your RV for the family. It’s also a great way to stay in town on a budget. You could spend the nights at the campground and go explore Peoria during the day. 

Don’t forget any outdoor seasonal events that might be happening. The Morton Pumpkin Festival is a four-day extravaganza focused on all things pumpkin. There is food, pumpkin weighing, and more to enjoy. 

Consider Moving to Peoria  //

After spending a few days in Peoria you’ll realize how nice the area is. The cost of living in Peoria is significantly lower than the national average, sitting at 74.6 out of 100, with 100 being the national average. It’s a great area for individuals and families of all ages to live comfortably. Housing is among the cheapest in the country, sitting at 37.8 out of 100. Even if you’re not considering moving at the moment, find out what your loan credit score is. This will help you get a better understanding of the kind of house price point you can afford. If you do decide Peoria is the place for you, you’ll have a much easier time finding an affordable home than in other areas of the US. 

To learn more about relocating to Peoria, watch our videos on our relocation guide page.

Historical Home


Victoria Araj, Guest Writer
Discover Peoria, IL