16 Things to Do This Spring


Emma Bakken, Guest Writer


April showers bring May flowers! As the rain begins to clear and the temperature starts to rise, take advantage of the many adventures and locations to explore during one of Greater Peoria’s most beautiful seasons: springtime.

Bushwhacker {Peoria} // Now that the weather is warmer, it’s time to dust off your bike and hit the trails. Stop in and browse their huge selection of bikes, boats and spring footwear and apparel.

Dozer Park {Peoria} // Take me out to the ballgame! Dozer Park, home to the Peoria Chiefs, who have a full spring schedule, packed with exciting games running until mid September. Get ready to enjoy all your favorite ballpark snacks and cheer on your favorite team!

Eagles Landing Park {Chillicothe} // Eagles Landing Park is the perfect springtime destination, featuring a 50-foot tall observation tower that will give visitors the chance to scope out eagles, various wildlife and other birds along the Illinois River. 

Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge {Lewistown} // This beautiful destination has many bird watching platforms as well as recreational activities including hunting, fishing and hiking. Enjoy the abundant communities of wildlife, fish and plants as well as wetlands, lakes, prairies, forests and bluffs.

Fon du Lac Farm Park {East Peoria} // Spring is an exciting time to visit the farm—there are always new baby animals to meet. Enclosed within six acres of Neumann Park, Farm Park includes a country kitchen museum, playgrounds, a silo slide, gift shop, concession stand, and (of course) an opportunity to meet, pet and feed the animals, offering children a unique glimpse of what 1920’s farm life was like on a Central Illinois farm. 

Forest Park Nature Center {Peoria Heights} // Enjoy seven miles of hiking trails, featuring prairie openings and forested woodlands. Offering guided hiking tours and educational classes for all ages. Don’t forget to stop into the Trailhead Nature Store for all sorts of outdoor treasures, from books to hiking equipment. 

Golf in Greater Peoria {Article} // Get into the swing of things with these 26 ‘tee‘-rific golf courses in Greater Peoria, including several hidden gems that are occasionally overlooked given their proximity but are well worth the short drive. 

Luthy Botanical Garden {Peoria} // Located within Glen Oak Park, this beautiful spot features over five acres of gardens and a tropical conservatory. You will be amazed by the beauty of various flowers from around the globe, the display of spring blooming bulbs and the range of vibrant colors.

Mineral Springs Park {Pekin} // Mineral Springs Park should be your next outdoor springtime destination! Whether you decide to relax under the pavilion or paddle boating on the lagoon, you’re sure to get some sun and enjoy the spring weather.

Peoria Riverfront Museum {Peoria} // This Peoria gem is the only multidisciplinary museum of its kind in the nation! The Peoria Riverfront Museum uses art, science, history, and achievement to inspire confidence, lifelong learning, and talent. 

Peoria Zoo {Peoria} // Soak up the sunshine as you visit your favorite animals!  Stroll along the boardwalk and say hi to the giraffes and lions in the Africa! exhibit. Come eye to eye with an Emu as you walk with the wallabies through the Australian Walk-About. Make sure you don’t miss their daily presentations! 

Picket Fence Foundation {Chillicothe} // Choose from a huge variety of flowers and plants, and get some spring-time shopping done in their Ability Marketplace where you’ll find beautiful products made by children & adults with disabilities from around the country! Packed with gifts and accessories including home decor, jewelry, and gourmet foods, you’re sure to find something to love.

Relax on One of These Perfect Patios  {Article} // What better way to spend time outside than enjoying a meal al fresco? Enjoy a nice breath of fresh air at these perfect patios in Peoria!

Sculpture Walk {Peoria} // Downtown Peoria has a wealth of art to offer!  The Peoria Sculpture Walk is an experience of learning about each art piece and its artist.  Get some fresh air and explore our region as you experience the art and culture.

Stop & Smell the Rosé at a Local Winery {Article} // Spring is the perfect time to explore the limitless wineries the Peoria Area has to offer. From horse-drawn carriages to endless acres of captivating views, these wineries will keep you coming back for more! 

Wildlife Prairie Park {Hanna City} // Make Wildlife Prairie Park your go-to destination this spring for outdoor adventuring. Home to 60 different species, all ages will love the beautiful nature views and discovering over 150 animals. With daily programs offered, every visit to Wildlife Prairie Park is full of excitement.

Emma Bakken, Guest Writer

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