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Spirit of Peoria - Day Tours
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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 September 26, 2018

My 91 yr old mom and I went on the Moonlight cruise and we’re lucky enough to have Barry Cloyd playing. We were outside on the top deck, she was able to do the steps and was just careful on the slightly sloping deck. No...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Manderson97
Reviewed August 16, 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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank garysR7805PZ
Reviewed August 15, 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

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank sinclaired
Reviewed August 6, 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

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Marilyn A
Reviewed August 3, 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!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank laverdap
Reviewed July 8, 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

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank therealmjfox
Reviewed June 24, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Peter K
Reviewed May 27, 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

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank DallasKJG
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March 8, 2018|
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Response from bobritter | Reviewed this property |
Hello, you might want to access their website or call 309.637.8000 before you think about all of this. They usually don't open until Spring. I was able to use my walker with a chair seat. This works on the first floor... More
August 18, 2017|
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Response from pacuthbertson | Reviewed this property |
Also don't know I'm afraid.
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July 16, 2017|
Response from Vicki Y | Reviewed this property |
yes, they have a bar.