Peoria is a family friendly destination that is easy to get around and thus making it a more stress free time with all ages. Close to Chicago and St Louis, families make Peoria a weekend destination to come and enjoy the great park system by enjoying time outdoors.

To engage in sports the place you want to go is the Peoria Pleasure Driveway and Park. This enormous park is home to seven golf courses, fishing options, a shooting range, pools and tennis courts, a BMX race track and much more. There are many activities that families can engage in here to expend energy and be under the sun.

For another chance to get outside, head to the Glen Oak Park which has a zoo, beautiful gardens including a conservatory and is full of great walking trails. You can continue enjoying wildlife of the area by visiting McClothilin Farm Park as well as Wildlife Prairie Park.

Open year round, the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Science is a great place to enjoy art from around the world with a focus on Illinois. The museum also homes a planetarium and a discovery center for children.

Peoria also has three mini golf courses that families can enjoy:

  • Wee Tee Golf
  • Goofy Golf
  • Mt. Hawley Castle Golf
Family time is Tanner orchard time in the late summer and fall. The children can pick apples, feed goats, and eat cider donuts while Mom shops for Christmas ornaments, beautiful fall wreaths, and an assortment of baked goods.