1812 W. War Memorial Dr.
Peoria, IL 61614-6728
Phone: (309) 688-3800
Fax: (309) 688-1525
The Peoria Scale Model of the Solar System still ranks as one of the largest scaled models of the Solar system. The display begins with Lakeview Avenue where the sun is, while the planets and other heavenly bodies are scattered within the radius of 40 miles (64 kilometers). Six planets are spread throughout Peoria while the rest lie in the neighboring cities, as far as Kewanee. Some asteroids have found home in different schools across the country, whereas some comets have been installed in places as far as Swaziland. The first concept of its kind, the mini-solar system, is one of the most visited sites in the region.
The 4200-seat arena was built on the former site of the historic Robertson Memorial Field House at the Bradley University. In addition to hosting all the University's sports events, the Coliseum will feature live entertainment to campus from concerts to speakers (comedians and lecturers).
Enjoy a panoramic view of the Illinois River from the comfort of a glass-enclosed elevator that takes you up 175 feet to one of three observation decks.
The Springdale cemetery is a beautiful cemetery which is still operational. With over 70,000 souls resting here, it continues to accept burials. Included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the notable personalities that were interred here include Thomas Ford, General Isaiah Stillman, Simeon Dewitt Drown and Anna Elizabeth Slough.
Formerly called the Glen Oak Conservatory, the Luthy Botanical Garden (George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden) opened its doors in 1951. Spread across five acres (2.02 hectares) of many themed gardens such as the All Seasons Garden, Woodland Garden, Hosta Glade, Wildlife Garden, Rose Garden and Herb Garden, this beautiful green spot is a jewel of the neighborhood. This city landmark is known for its awesome flower shows, special events and horticultural displays. It also features a Conservatory and a garden gift shop which has everything related to gardening and also includes unique knick knacks and jewelry. Luthy Botanical Garden gives you a glimpse of the many shades nature has to offer in its different seasons. A visit to this wonderful parkland will be a refreshing experience.
A unique hands-on discovery and activity area.
The oldest house in Peoria was built in 1837 by a young Philadelphia lawyer.
This Victorian Mansion which was built in 1868 lies in a historic preservation district and contains Jean Morron's collection of antique furnishings and artifacts.
The Peoria Zoo is a magnificent zoo site that encompasses a massive 14 acres (5.7 hectares) of land cover. The zoo site was opened for general public viewing in 1955. Earlier known as the Green Oak Zoo, it is primly situated in the Peoria city of Illinois. It presently houses 232 animals and more than a hundred species. One can visit the scenic zoo daily from 10:00a to 5:00p. The Zambezi River Lodge is a fine avenue for an eloquent stay. A visit to the zoo can help rekindle the energy in one's life by spending some quality time watching animals and the zoo surroundings.
The construction of the elegant Peoria City Hall was done from 1897 through 1899. The city hall is a magnificent hall avenue and encompasses a land area of 0.8 acres (0.32 hectares). The structure finely exemplifies the German Renaissance style of architecture. It occupies terrific monumental value and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The year 1892 marked the establishment of the Peoria Civic Center just behind the hall building.
While the town of Peoria may be known for its small town charm, it was once the site of a fierce installment in the region's early American history. A historical site of Native American occupation and a French trading outpost in the 19th Century, Peoria was set ablaze at the behest of Illinois Territory Governor Ninian Edwards, resulting in an almost complete evacuation of the site's former French and Native American populations. This cleared a path for American settlement in what remains America's heartland.
The Grand View Drive is a scenic drive located near the city of Peoria. The two and a half mile road was built in 1906, making it one of the earliest linear parks in the area. The drive provides excellent panoramic views of the nearby Illinois river and its valleys, as well as the beautiful flora around, as it is located in a park area. Visitors can also drive past the Grand View historic district and admire its old fashioned architecture.