10 Items on Our Summer Bucket List


Abby Batson, Guest Writer


Thanks to a variety of local attractions, there are plenty of summertime activities in the Peoria Area. Check out these
fun adventures to try with friends this summer.

1. Take Me Out to the Ball Game  {Downtown Peoria}  //  Dozer Park, home to the Peoria Chiefs, is booming
during the summertime with crowds of fun. Enjoy America’s Pastime, the famous mascot Homer’s dancing skills, and
numerous nightly crowd contests.

Peoria Chiefs

2. Walk The Long and Winding Road  {Peoria Heights}  //  If you have a love for long walks
along beautiful streets, you’ll love strolling along Grandview Drive in Peoria Heights. With gorgeous houses and river views, you’re
sure to have a relaxing time.


3. Get Crafty  {Peoria}  // For a fun night with friends, check out Mt. Hawley Bowl and Castle Golf
for some outdoor mini golf. Choose your club, grab a drink, and capture some great photos. This course is a fun
challenge on a summer evening!

Mt. Hawley Bowl and Castle Golf

4. Sip Sip Hooray  {Washington}  // If you’re looking for a cute place
to work, read a book, or simply enjoy a great coffee, check out The Blend in Washington. With an adorable inside lounge and delicious brews, this
quiet coffee shop should be on everyone’s list to visit. As a fan of flavored lattes, their Snickers specialty latte
is hard to beat.

5. Raise A Glass to the Whiskey City  {Peoria}  //  Located in the
Warehouse District (formally known as “Distillery Row”), you will find Black Band Distillery, a specialized distillery helping to continue the town’s
legacy as the “Whiskey City.” Explore the menu over a flight of their house-made bourbon, whiskey, gin and vodka, or
try one of their popular on-tap cocktails like the Earl Greyhound.

6. Grab A Bite  {Peoria Heights}  //  This locally-owned
English-style, American pub pours pints to perfection! With indoor and outdoor seating, you will not be disappointed
when you visit The Publik House. Try the
fisherman’s pie or the exceptional rotisserie chicken with herbed vegetables from the chef’s own garden.

The Publik House

7. Splish Splash!  {Pekin}  //  Dragonland Water Park
is immaculately kept with ample room to stretch out and soak up the rays! Dragonland is handicapped accessible and
has an award-winning lifeguard staff. This waterpark has a sand beach play area with water equipment and an
extended patio with lounge chairs making it a go-to summertime hangout.

Dragonland Water Park

8. I Scream, You Scream  {Peoria}  //  Emo’s Dairy Mart, located just
off Prospect Road in Peoria, is a must when it comes to the market for ice cream in the Peoria area. You’ll know
you’ve found it by the famous clown sign situated on the top of this corner shop. If you’re sticking with tradition,
try one of their dipped swirl cones for a delicious bite.

9. We All Scream for Ice Cream  {Eureka}  //  Have a craving for a
waffle cone? Look no further. Uncle
Homemade Ice Cream in Eureka is home to one of the best waffle cones, packed full of two-and-a-half
scoops of deliciousness. Choose from their list of over 75 flavors for a guaranteed treat for everyone.

10. Making My Way Downtown  {Peoria Riverfront}  //  All summer long
there are amazing events happening on the Riverfront! From live bands at Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery, to festivals at the Peoria Park District‘s Riverfront Park, to the Peoria Riverfront Market, to
multiple charitable runs! Head downtown anytime this summer to find something fun to do.

Abby Batson, Guest Writer
Discover Peoria, IL