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Spirit of Peoria - Day Tours

100 NE Water Street, Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 637-8000
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Ranked #1 of 4 Activities in Peoria
Type: Boat Tours
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Peoria, Illinois
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155 reviews 155 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was an annual short river cruise, insisted upon by our five year old grand daughter, but, as always, children know best. The 1.5 hour cruise was great family time together and, we learned stuff. The narration has been updated and includes trivia ranging from the requisite history of the 11,000 year human habitation at this spot and the very... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I took the above mentioned cruise in August and, for the most part, enjoyed it. The food was plentiful and tasty, but we were informed that they would be calling tables for the buffet but they did not. When 100+ people make a beeline for the buffet table it's not a pretty site. The dining salon is not large and... More

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Hamilton, NJ
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Relaxing cruise, excellent service & food from dining room staff, great entertainment (guitarist and piano player) and helpful crew. Narrative was interesting but it would have been nice to have one place on the ship where you could just enjoy peace & quiet. Other than that, an A+ attraction!

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Champaign, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My wife and I were so excited when we were in Peoria this weekend to ride the Spirit of Peoria Paddle Boat cruise with our 4 year old grandson. However, the experience was certainly less than we had hoped for. First of all, being from Iowa, we were shocked and frustrated that the boat owners allow people to smoke any... More

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Albany, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The views arnt anything breathtaking, but it's a fun 2 hour trip with narration on the city's history. The riverboat itself is absolutely gorgeous!

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Our office group went on a day trip for $13 a person, with a discount for more than 10 people ($15) normally. I would have to say that it's an ok excursion up the river, past the narrows to HAMM'S harbor, turns around and comes back. The trip takes about 1-1/2hrs. The Peoria River banks are not all that scenic.... More

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Joliet, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Nice little boat trip up the Illinois River. Not a lot to see but is relaxing and is a nice paddlewheel boat that has both outdoor and indoor seating. About a hour and a half cruise and they have a snack bar on board with limited eats and drinks. Watch for coupons online from visitor center and the boat- can... More

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Syracuse, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

While some reviewers thought it was kind of boring after a while, I enjoyed the trip. Would suggest that you either sit on the port (left) side of the boat or in a seat where you can see equally off both sides. Most of the things to see are on the west bank of the river. I turned my chair... More

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Peoria
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93 reviews 93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I took a jaunt on the Spirit of Peoria one summer evening up and back on the Illinois River. The boat itself was nice--we sat in rocking chairs on the top deck and got a nice breeze on a hot night. The restrooms were nice/clean and the bartenders were friendly. It was about a two hour tour,... More

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Southhaven, MS, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We took my parents (along with my siblings and their spouses) on the one-day cruise for their 60th wedding anniversary. It was perfect! Everyone had a good time and the riverboat staff pampered us. The boat isn't new, but is very nice. When we first boarded, we were ushered inside for a hot buffet breakfast with china dishes and real... More

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