During the spring seasons Peoria, Illinois hosts the IHSA State Basketball March Madness Tournament, garden shows, music festivals and more. With the heat of summer, it's the perfect time to head to Splashdown Waterpark to cool off or swing by the riverfront in the evenings to enjoy a variety of concerts at the CEFCU Center Stage. The fall months are the ideal time to take a tour on the Spirit of Peoria or a short drive to Morton for the annual Pumpkin Festival. The cool winter time is the only time to experience the East Peoria Festival of Lights or see the longest running parade in America, the Santa Claus Parade.
Where to Stay
Whether you're looking for a luxurious downtown Peoria hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast, the Peoria area offers nearly 4,000 rooms to choose from. The hotels have countless amenities to make your stay in Peoria one to remember. With accommodations like heated indoor swimming pools, complimentary breakfast, high-speed internet, airport shuttles and plenty of group meeting space, the Peoria Area's hotels are sure to be prefect for every different occasion.
Restaurants in Peoria, IL
From all-American fried chicken to sushi, steak and barbecue, Peoria restaurants will make your taste buds tingle and satisfy every budget. Peoria's delightful dining is distinctive to say the least. The Peoria riverfront provides the unique opportunity to eat while gazing out at the Illinois River. Also, the riverfront is Kelleher's Irish Pub & Eatery; here you can experience traditional Irish foods as well as numerous cocktails. Along the riverfront is the Rhythm Kitchen Music Café, where live music is played most nights and the atmosphere gives you a chance to relax and recharge. Alexander's Steakhouse has been the place to get your steak cooked just the way you want it in Peoria since 1983. You can either cook it yourself or have a trained chef cook it for you. It's your choice. To feed your seafood appetite, consider the Jonah's Seafood House, with a versatile menu and daily specials. With so many different restaurants in Peoria, you'll find the perfect spot for a meal during your stay.
Peoria Area Shopping
Looking for an excuse to shop while visiting the Peoria Area? Try the funky and fabulous home and gift shops lining the river on downtown Peoria's RiverFront, or those paving the way in Peoria Heights, Washington Square, or Princeton. You'll find stores of all types in shopping centers such as Metro Centre, Junction City or Sheridan Village. Don't miss a stroll through one of the malls including the Shoppes at Grand Prairie.
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