Regional Attractions*

Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro ShopsAll Bass Pro Shops are known for their visual dynamics; however, our 150,000 sq ft store simply awes the masses from the moment they cross the threshold. In fact, photo ops abound inside and out. Entering our lobby begins your experience with a hunting lodge that holds both state and world record mounts such as the Mel Johnson, record typical buck, boasting both the Pope and Young and the Boone and Crockett awards. A virtual plethora of mounts, antiques, our massive fireplace and comfortable seating await you there as well. We even have a Caterpillar D2 lifted atop the turnstile pergola!

Once you depart the lobby, while you stand there, wide-eyed and looking around, make sure to look up. Here in this two story opening, you’ll find grand murals depicting the Illinois landscape. Between Starved Rock at one end and an enormous waterfall in Garden of the Gods at the other, you’ll find the short grass prairie complete with full bison mounts nestled among native grasses and lifted atop outcroppings, an authentic covered wagon, a true to size Lincoln log cabin surrounded by deer leaping over split rail fences and so very, very much more.

PHONE: 309-427-3400

Eastlight Theatre


Eastlight Theatre was created by an Intergovernmental Agreement between three local entities: the City of East Peoria, the Fon du Lac Park District, and the East Peoria Community High School. These three governmental bodies recognized the need to cooperate to assist each other in the achievement of a number of benefits for the community. The City views Eastlight as a means of furthering its goals and quality of life for the individuals of the area by the offering of excellent family entertainment. The Park District views Eastlight as a means of furthering its goals and objectives of providing additional and new means of artistic programming to individuals of the area by the offering of entertainment and the establishment of workshops, seminars, and drama camps. The School District views Eastlight as a means of furthering its goals and objectives of providing further recognition and enhancement to its drama department as well as providing further drama opportunities for its students. These shared goals and objectives inspired these governmental bodies to pool their resources and strengths for the creation of one of the most unique community theatres in the nation.

PHONE: 309-699-7469

Eastport Marina

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One of the area’s premier marinas, EastPort Marina is located along Illinois Route 116, at mile marker 164.5 on the Illinois River. Rated Four Anchors in the Quimby Cruising Guide, this East Peoria marina is presently lined with 280 slips ranging from 25 to 50 feet in length. Transient boaters are welcome to stop and spend a few days enjoying the marina and its many amenities, as well as the entertainment opportunities in East Peoria and the the Peoria area.

Eastside Centre

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EastSide Centre in East Peoria, Illinois is one of the premier athletic facilities and fitness centers in the Midwest, hosting tournaments on the national, regional and local levels in softball, baseball, volleyball, soccer and track. EastSide is the home for East Peoria youth baseball, softball, basketball and soccer; East Peoria Community High School (District 309) baseball, softball, soccer, football and track; Central Junior High School (District 86) baseball, softball and track; Robein School (District 85) baseball, softball, and track; Peoria Christian High School soccer; and Robert Morris University Football and baseball. The fitness center is also home to some of the area’s top personal trainers for sports performance and personal training programs. Learn more about Eastside Centre’s fitness center memberships, hours of operation, and other details. 

PHONE: 309-698-5437

Fon du Lac Park District


Fondulac Park District offers everything East Peoria families need to stay fit and enjoy the great outdoors. Skaters love the skate park at East Peoria’s own Veterans Park, and the park’s lighted tennis courts, basketball hoops and hockey rink are equally popular. Carl Spindler Marina is a huge hit with Central Illinois boaters. This Eastport marina provides slip rentals and a safe place to store boats. Splashdown Water Park in East Peoria, IL provides good, clean fun for the whole family. Kids of all ages love feeding farm animals and experiencing other facets of 1920s farm life at Fondulac Farm Park. From junior golf lessons to fitness programs, the East Peoria park district enhances the quality of life in our community.

PHONE: 309-699-3923


Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino


Whether you’re a serious player or just looking for a unique entertainment experience, Par-A-Dice has what you’re looking for. With more than 1,000 slot machines and 24 table games, Par-A-Dice is central Illinois’ place to play!

Par-A-Dice Casino is open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily. Admission is always FREE!

PHONE: 309-699-7711

Peoria Chiefs


The Peoria Chiefs are a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals, from Peoria, Illinois. They play in the Midwest League.

The team’s inaugural year in Peoria was 1983, as the Peoria Suns, a California Angels farm team that relocated the Angels’ previous Midwest League farm team in Danville. The following year, the team was given the more traditional name “Chiefs”, in reference to the Peoria Indian tribe for which the city was named.

PHONE: 309-680-4000


Spirit of Peoria

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Take a trip back in time and enjoy a Mississippi 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!

Our Mississippi river cruises feature live entertainment, wonderful buffet-style meals, music, storytelling, and more. Learn the history of the Illinois River and the Mississippi River as you pass the locations discussed. Hear the calliope ring through the valley as you observe the Mississippi River wildlife. So take a Mississippi riverboat cruise today and don’t miss the boat!

PHONE: 309-637-8000

Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill


Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill features a truly unique atmosphere and design geared for family fun and dining.

Casual family dining is available in the Grill where you can select from a menu featuring a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and burgers.  A private room can host up to 36 and is the perfect spot for a private lunch or dinner, seminar or even a fun birthday party.

An island-theme bar area, which has seating for 20, offers visitors the experience of feeling like they are underwater exploring the skeletal remains of a sunken ship.  Looking up, visitors can see the battered, barnacle and coral-encrusted wooden hull, an old rusted iron chain and the iron rail around the bow.  A host of exotic fish swim in and around the wreck while Dorado and sharks, suspended from the ceiling, appear to swim overhead.  The bar features a 750-gallon saltwater aquarium with scores of beautiful, tropical fish.  It is elevated to provide views of the bowling action while serving up your favorite refreshment.

Wildlife Prairie Park


Wildlife Prairie Park is often referred to as a jewel in the Midwest. Located just outside of Peoria, IL, this 2,000 acre zoological park is home to over 150 animals; that’s 50 different species that are native to Illinois. Our guests come to learn about wolves, bison, waterfowl, black bears, elk, cougar, otter and much more. You will enjoy the Park’s spectacular natural landscape and our many avenues of recreation: hiking, biking, fishing, and lodging, and a train ride, too! Plan your visit today…an adventure awaits!

PHONE: 309-676-0998