The Spirit of Peoria, located in Peoria, IL, is a Mark Twain-era paddle boat offering river cruises on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.
The Spirit of Peoria’s relaxing 7 miles per hour pace combined with the gentle music on board will quickly take you away from the hustle and bustle of today’s world and send you back into the nineteenth century. The company offers single and multiple day cruises, rentals, and charters for weddings and other events. You can rent a single deck or the entire boat.
The programs on-board are designed to educate as well as entertain. The tour schedule has a variety of cruise types so that it is easy to find something that you will enjoy. Some cruises feature sightseeing and others have creative themes such as a murder mystery night, a gospel music dinner cruise, and a zombie night cruise. The multiple day cruises have destinations in Starved Rock State Park; St. Louis, MO; Alton, IL; and Hannibal, MO. All cruises, except the single-day cruises, depart and return to the home dock in Peoria, IL.
The Spirit of Peoria is docked on the Illinois River in Peoria close to the Peoria Riverfront Museum. This is a great area to visit if you are interested in the history of the river. The Peoria riverfront also has several restaurants and shopping opportunities, providing everything you need for a relaxing day out in Peoria.