What To Do in Peoria IL

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Steps Away from the Illinois River

The Mark Twain Hotel is located on the corner of Adams and Fayette streets in downtown Peoria, Illinois. Two25: Polished Casual Dining is located on the main floor and The Packard Catering and Events venue is next door.  We are two blocks from the Peoria Riverfront, three blocks from the Peoria Convention Center and across the street from Caterpillar Headquarters and the Peoria County Courthouse. Our location is within walking distance to many area businesses, restaurants, bars and attractions, including the new Caterpillar Visitor’s Center and Peoria Riverfront Museum (both coming Fall of 2012).

Top area destinations and Local attractions

  • Peoria Civic Center

Concert and convention center, ¼ mile from hotel (walking distance). www.peoriaciviccenter.com

  • Caterpillar, Inc. World Headquarters

1/8 mile from hotel (walking distance). Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. The company is a technology leader in construction, transportation, mining, forestry, energy, logistics, electronics, financing and electric power generation. www.caterpillar.com

  • Peoria Riverfront

1/8 mile from hotel (walking distance). The Peoria RiverFront District is an area graced with attractions and venues for people of all ages and all walks of life, including cultural, entertainment, dining, shopping, residential, historical and recreational activities. It is home to the many popular public festivals and fairs, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from throughout the State of Illinois and the Midwest. Caterpillar Visitor’s Center and Peoria Riverfront Museum coming in October 2012!
www.peoriariverfront.com

  • Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel cruises

Take a trip back in time and enjoy a Mississppi riverboat cruise on the Spirit of Peoria! Travelling up and down the Illinois River—and also the Mississippi River, this authentic paddlewheeler will delight you and your whole family. There’s no other Mississippi river cruise quite like the Spirit of Peoria! In fact, our paddleboat is one of the few authentic paddlewheel-driven boat that offers overnight trips anywhere in the country! The Spirit also features themed tours and moonlight cruises.
www.spiritofpeoria.com

  • RiverPlex Recreation & Wellness Center

¼ mile from hotel (walk or shuttle). This joint project between the Peoria Park District and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is an 118,000 square-foot facility complete with a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor aquatic park, multipurpose arena, pro shop, arcade, classrooms and a demonstration kitchen. www.peoriaparks.org

  • Bradley University

3 miles from hotel (shuttle or taxi transfer). Founded by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in the liberal and fine arts, the sciences, business administration, communications, education, engineering, and the health sciences. A residential campus of 6,000 students blends large school opportunities with a small school personality where there is a commitment to excellent teaching and personal attention to students. Bradley's comprehensive programs offer an effective integration of liberal education, professional preparation, and personal and social development.

  • OSF St. Francis Hospital

1 mile (shuttle or taxi transfer). OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is one of the largest Catholic hospitals in the United States. More than 5,000 employees and over 750 physicians compose the staff of the medical center. Also home of the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. www.osfstfrancis.org

  • Methodist Medical Center

1 mile (shuttle or taxi transfer). Home of the recognized Methodist Heart Care Center…pioneering cancer treatment…health and wellness programs…individualized attention to women's health…and innovative diagnostic services. Exclusive programs at Methodist include the Downstate PET Center, autologous bone marrow transplants, and the area's most comprehensive behavioral health services. www.mmci.org

  • WeaverRidge Golf Course

7.2 miles (taxi transfer). Perhaps Illinois' most spectacular Championship golf course is set in rolling hills and forested valleys, surrounded by the beautiful homes of WeaverRidge. This is a community unrivaled anywhere in Central Illinois, planned for gracious living and challenging golf for players of all ages and abilities. Masterfully created by Hurdzan-Fry to balance nature with design, WeaverRidge features multiple bent grass tees and fairways, fast and true greens, challenging and dramatic elevations and excellent practice facilities for those wishing to improve their game or just get warmed up before the round. www.weaverridge.com

  • Wildlife Prairie Park

15 miles (taxi transfer). Wildlife Prairie State Park, a not-for-profit, living heritage experience, which provides guests with rare recreational and educational opportunities to enjoy animals, plants, and culture native to Illinois in an expansive, natural environment that promotes conservation. Wildlife Prairie State Park offers unique lodging, excellent food service and professional meeting and banquet facilities in a rustic setting.
www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Nearby shopping and recreation facilities

  • Splashdown Waterpark

4 miles (shuttle or taxi transfer). Splashdown is a 3-acre water entertainment complex jam-packed with the most splash-rageous, wet 'n wild activities you could ever imagine! It's a fun-filled, affordable water park for the whole family. Plus it's 100% accessible to persons with disabilities. Splashdown at Eastside is no ordinary water park. In fact, it's the wettest and wildest in Central Illinois. Our one-of-a-kind attractions feature oodles of slides, rides, tubes, grooves, gadgets, and gizmos. www.fondulacpark.com

  • The Shoppes At Grand Prairie

10 miles (taxi transfer). The Shoppes at Grand Prairie is an open-air shopping and lifestyle center that is Peoria's most unique retail shopping destination featuring Bergner's, NY & Co., DSW, Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor Loft, White House|Black Market, Old Navy and many more. www.theshoppesatgrandprairie.com

  • Coyote Creek Golf Course

10 miles (taxi transfer or rental car) This beautiful 18 hole course was designed by the late Bruce Borland. The course features a wide range of difficulties and playing obstacles that are sure to challenge even the finest golfer. On top of the challenging play, our course displays nature in all of its glory with numerous lakes and creeks, which feature stone bridges, as well as the serenity of flowing waterfalls. The Coyote Creek golf course is sure to please all golfers of any playing level. www.golfcoyotecreek.com

  • Northwoods Mall

7 miles (taxi transfer) Northwoods Mall is a 2-level mall anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears. The mall features more than 90 specialty stores, including Gap,  Abercrombie & Fitch, Wet Seal, Build-A-Bear Workshop, American Eagle Outfitters, Lane Bryant, Aeropostale, Express, The Children’s Place, Trade Home Shoes, Kay Jewelers and more. www.simon.com

  • Peoria Zoo

3 miles (shuttle or taxi transfer). The Peoria Zoo is home to nearly 100 species of animals from around the globe. Come see the newest members of the Zoo family, listen to the songs of the crowned cranes or lemurs and watch the lions play in the grass at Peoria’s own Africa! exhibit. Glen Oak Zoo also offers daily sea lion programs and critter chats, free parking and a gift shop stocked with unusual and exciting merchandise. www.peoriaparks.org

  • O'Brien Field

1 mile (shuttle or taxi). Home of the Peoria Chiefs, Class A Midwest League Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. O'Brien field features 5,500 seats with lawn seating for 1000 and 20 luxury suites. Not only does O'Brien Field host Peoria Chiefs baseball games, but also many popular outdoor music concerts. www.peoriachiefs.com or www.obrienfield.com