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A nice relaxing time

We always enjoy a trip on The Spirit of Peoria. We have done several afternoon cruises and a... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Peoria, Illinois
via mobile
90 minutes well spent

The 90 minute sightseeing cruise up and down a short section of the Illinois River was indeed a... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2018
Melbourne, Australia
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The Spirit of Peoria is an authentic paddlewheel driven vessel. The Spirit has no props or thrusters, and is powered by twin Caterpillar 3412 diesel gensets, producing 700 kilowatts combined in 208 volt 3-phase voltage. The power is rectified using...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
100 NE Water St, Peoria, IL 61602-1322
+1 309-637-8000
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We always enjoy a trip on The Spirit of Peoria. We have done several afternoon cruises and a Murder Mystery cruise. We have taken our kids since they were young and are now into their teens. Recently we took family that was here from out...More

1  Thank Manderson97
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Did the two day trip to Starved Rock State Park. Fun to do once but would hesitate to do it again. 8 hours on a boat is a long time. Not much to look at and they could do a much better job of narrating...More

1  Thank Gary S
Reviewed 16 August 2018

The 90 minute sightseeing cruise up and down a short section of the Illinois River was indeed a pleasant and Informative experience. The journey on the vessel, powered solely by its large red paddle, and with its tall fluted stacks, evokes images of past times...More

1  Thank sinclaired
Reviewed 7 August 2018

My daughter and I happened to be visiting Peoria on Mother's Day, so booked an early evening dinner cruise on the Spirit of Peoria. The food was good - now amazing, but good enough - and we enjoyed our time on the river. The Dixieland...More

Thank Kathy V
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

A nice time on the river. Not only a cruise but a nice history lesson of he river area traveled. Will trying the longer cruises in the future.

Thank Marilyn A
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Great relaxing and sightseeing on a paddle boat. The history was excellent and very enjoyable about the river and Peoria. Highly recommend this!

Thank LaVerda P
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

On the top deck under the roof are tables with black wrought iron looking chairs which are actually painted plastic. The paint rubbed off and stained our clothes! Unfortunately on the top deck these are the only places to sit in the shade. The sound...More

2  Thank therealmjfox
Reviewed 24 June 2018

We really lucked out a perfect day weather-wise, spectacular blue skies, warm with a slight breeze. Perfect photo day!

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 28 May 2018

I took the 90-minute sightseeing cruise, and it was a lot of fun. In fact, I went back and did it again the next day! This is a fun cruise down the Illinois River. You can get up close and personal with the paddle wheel...More

2  Thank DallasKJG
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

The water was calm when we went up river past the narrows and turned around. Friendly staff and the boat was reminiscent of what it may have been like in the early days of this area.

Thank Faye H
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9 March 2018|
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Response from bobritter | Reviewed this property |
first sightseeing cruise is May 5, 2018, but they have other special event cruises that you may want to call them at 309.637.8000 to talk to them directly.
19 August 2017|
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Response from pacuthbertson | Reviewed this property |
Also don't know I'm afraid.
Melissa S
17 July 2017|
Response from Vicki Y | Reviewed this property |
yes, they have a bar.