Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Find Haunted Houses in the Peoria Area

As a follow-up to yesterday's blog post, we recently found a great resource for more haunted houses and Halloween attractions in the Peoria Area. Ranging from tours through the Peoria State Asylum to a kid-friendly Wildlife Scary Park in the heart of Peoria, this is one resource worth checking out.

Presented by the Peoria Area Convention Center & Visitors Bureau, you can explore a number of haunted houses in Peoria, IL and throughout the the central Illinois region. There's a wealth of Halloween attractions for all ages - some of which are ranked near the top in the state of Illinois.

Take your Halloween explorations one step further and check out some of these awesome haunted houses and Halloween attractions listed at Peoria.org.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

5 Ways to Enjoy the Halloween Scene in Peoria, IL

With Halloween a mere few days away, there's no reason to wait around for trick-or-treating. This year in Peoria, IL, there are a number of different Halloween events that children of all ages - and parents - can enjoy.

Wildlife "Scary" Park

This two-day event held at the Wildlife Prairie State Park takes place on Friday, October 25 until Sunday, October 27. From 5PM until 9PM, visitors can experience real life animals, hay rides and a number of different Halloween-themed events, in one of the Midwest's most beautiful state parks. The 2,000 acre green space is home to over 150 different animals, and several will be on display during this event for the whole family. Parking is free and admission is $8 per person. Babies under one year of age can gain access to the park for free.


Witches Walk

The Fondulac Farm Park hosts a unique "witches walk" on Friday, October 25. The walk starts at 6:00PM and runs through until 8:00PM. Farm buildings will be decorated, and the farm's general store will be open for treats. This unique experience is ideal for children of all ages. Admission starts at $2.50 for children under 16, and $3.00 for children over 16 and adults.


Forest Park Nature Center Creature of the Night

On Friday, October 25th, take a spooky trip into the Forest Park Nature Center where you and your children can learn all about creepy creatures such as bats, owls and other nocturnal animals. This guided night walks kicks-off at 7PM and also includes a camp-fire, trick or treating and Halloween arts and crafts. There will be refreshments and scary stories will also be read by local speakers. Kids under 12 are encouraged to turn up in fancy dress, where this year's theme will be "nature". The best costume wins a prize. Tickets are $3 er person or $2 per person for CORE members. A flash-light is also recommended!


Halloween at the "Boo-seum"

Also on Friday, October 25th, the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum hosts its annual Halloween party. This year's event will include a costume competition, science shows, a scavenger hunt, and depending on the weather, hayrides. There will also be a hot dog dinner in the museum's cafe. Parents and children can both dress up in fancy dress for the party, which takes place from 6:00PM through to 8:30PM. Admission is $5 per person, and it advisable to book ahead.


Peoria Riverfront Museum Halloween Hunt

Taking place on Sunday, October 27, the Peoria Riverfront Museum Halloween Hunt is a unique scavenger hunt ideal guaranteed to delight young children from three to twelve years. The Halloween Hunt is being held at the popular Peoria Riverfront Museum from 12 noon through to 5PM. There will be a special prize for the best-dressed visitor, and children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite scary characters.

Admission is $10 for children who are members, and $15 for children who are non-members. One adult gains free admission with every child ticket. Both parents and children can catch one of two scary screenings of the movies Hotel Transylvania and Monster House in the museum's Giant Screen Theater, as well as a stunning planetarium light show. If that wasn't enough, an incredible bat presentation will take place with real bats from 3PM.

To find more Halloween events in Peoria, IL, visit the events calendar at Peoria.org and search for "Halloween" in the keyword field. At Peoria.org, you can find even more Halloween fun to enjoy Peoria during this exciting time of year.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Things To Do During Your Fall Vacation in Peoria, IL

Peoria, Il offers a wealth of cultural attractions and places to visit. Spanning from lovely parks, tons of ongoing events, plenty of shopping options and a vibrant night life, Peoria provides a number of things to do for vacationers and locals alike.

If you're planning a vacation in Peoria or central Illinois this Fall, then below we share 7 hot spots in the Peoria, IL area.

Spirit of Peoria

The Spirit of Peoria is a riverboat that runs in the Illinois River through Peoria. Vacationers are highly recommended to take a sightseeing tour on the Spirit of Peoria The boat is a replica of the 19th century riverboat which docks at the Peoria

Riverfront. You can go for a 1-5 day overnight excursion to the starved rock state or to the St. Louis riverfront. Entertain you or your family with the piano and banjo music and stories about the river lore.

Peoria's Grandview Drive

The Grandview Drive is one the most beautiful drives in the U.S., and it only gets beautiful in the Fall. This is a two and a half mile drive where you can experience the panoramic view of the Woodford, Tazewell and the Marshall counties.

There's also 32 miles of scenic beauty of the scenic Illinois River valley. The President Roosevelt visited this drive in 1910. He quoted the Grandview drive in the Peoria Heights to be "the world's most beautiful drive."

Peoria River Front

The Peoria River Front is the place where you will find art galleries, music venues, good restaurants all along the beautiful River Front of Peoria. This place has something for every Peoria vacationer from cafes to dining places. You can enjoy live music and entertainment every weekend and shop to your heart's content at the largest Antique Center in Central Illinois and River Front Shops. There are also a lot of outdoor concerts and events that take place here during fall.

Splashdown at East Side

Located in the Great Rivers Country in the East Peoria region, is the wettest and the wildest family water park in Central Illinois. You and your family members can have a great time in the Splash Water Island or take a ride in the lazy river. If you have kids then they can enjoy a splash in the play area for the little ones. It's one of the best vacaction spots in Peoria for families with children

Segway Tours and Quadracycle Bike Rentals

This is Peoria area's only bike rental experience that offers 1 or 2 hours Segway tours. It is a fun experience for all those who love bike riding. These tours are open from March to November, so if you are taking a vacation near Peoria in Fall, then we highly suggest you take this tour. People of all age groups can enjoy the easy bike riding experience.

Shoppes at Grand Prairie

This is open air lifestyle center in Peoria. This is a great destination for dining and shopping in Peoria and is rivaled by the sophisticated malls found in the large cities. Tourists can find a great deal of retailers, restaurants and other stores. It contains caterpillar's children's play area, weekend entertainment, Holocaust Memorial Button exhibit etc.

East Peoria Festival of Lights

Although this event takes place later in the Fall, this is an annual festival of lights of Peoria and it is one of a kind spectacular holiday. At this festival more than 2 million lights are lighted and the beauty of this should not be missed as it will mesmerize you and your family members. This festival takes place from November 16th November to the 1st of January.

If you're going through your Peoria vacation planning process, keep in mind these 7 awesome attractions. They're suitable for all ages and will surely help make your visit in Peoria, IL more enjoyable.