Play Greater

Short commutes and a low cost of living mean your work/life balance is greater in Greater Peoria. That leaves more time to play — your way. Lose yourself in the great outdoors. Try out a new cuisine or cocktail. Grab seats at a concert or play. There’s so much happening here, your biggest challenge is deciding what to do first!

A Greater Career is Waiting

Family Fun in Greater Peoria​

With a mix of outdoor adventure, cultural experiences and family-friendly attractions, Greater Peoria is the perfect destination for families of all sizes. Learn, have fun and play together… there’s always something new to explore.

A young girl sits at a desk smiling and playing with a toy space helmet

Exploring the World

From hands-on exhibits to participatory art projects, kids of all ages can explore the world right here from Greater Peoria.

Family members walking outside on a nature trail with other walkers behind them

Weekend Discoveries

Nature walks. Ice skating. Museums and parks. Whether indoors or outdoors, there are many ways for the whole family to come together.
Baseball coach gives a high-five to a young ballplayer as a teammate looks on.

Sports and Games

Whether playing a game or cheering on your favorite team, a day at the ballpark creates lasting memories for the whole family.

The Outdoors Are Greater Here​​

Hiking. Biking. Camping. And so much more. With miles and miles of trails and waterways — and thousands of acres of parks, prairies and forests — it’s easy to escape to the great outdoors in Greater Peoria.
Looking on the water from the edge of a kayak with a beautiful sunset and foliage in the background.

Paddling the Water

Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts, rejoice! From group outings to solo runs, there are plenty of options to get out on the water.
Bison and elk graze in their natural environment at Wildlife Prairie Park as visitors look on.

Native Animal Habitats

From bison to bobcats to elk, check out over 60 native species and 150 different animals in their natural environments at Wildlife Prairie Park.
A group of visitors observing wildlife on the water at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge.

River Valley Adventures

Explore more than 11,000 acres of wetlands and lakes for fishing, bird-watching or boating opportunities at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge.

Culinary Adventures

Are you vegetarian or gluten-free? More of a meat-and-potatoes type? Whatever your dietary desires, Greater Peoria serves up a delicious mix of options. Old-school steakhouses. Farm-to-table bistros. Organic cafes. Diners and drive-thrus. You’ll have no problem finding a spot even the pickiest eater will enjoy.
Two women eating sushi with chopsticks


Mediterranean or Mexican? Indian or Italian? Greater Peoria offers an array of flavors to suit your global cravings.
A woman eats at a restaurant


From hometown favorites to your favorite national chains, there’s no shortage of options for casual dining.
Four friends eating food on an outdoor patio clink their glasses while their dog looks on.

Cup Or Glass

Check out our ever-growing lineup of local wines, craft brews, pour-overs and other libations!

The Sports Scene​

Whether professional, collegiate or amateur, sports are huge here — and so are the opportunities to cheer on your favorite teams. From baseball and basketball to soccer, hockey and more, our facilities are second to none. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it right here.
Peoria Chiefs pitcher winding up to pitch

Minor League Baseball

The Peoria Chiefs are a High-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina are just two legends who’ve taken the field here.

A Bradley University basketball player goes for the shot while his defender jumps in an attempt to block him.


The Bradley Braves men’s basketball team — veteran of two trips to the NCAA Final Four — is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
A player for the Peoria Rivermen on the ice


The puck’s been hitting the ice in Greater Peoria since 1982. Today’s Rivermen compete in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Arts & Culture​

From painting and sculpture to music and theater, Greater Peoria is bursting with creative inspiration. The arts bring color and vibrancy to our daily lives, and a rich array of cultural institutions and entertainment options means you’ll never run out of things to do.

Portal, a sculpture by Bruce White, anchors a roundabout serving as a gateway to the Peoria Warehouse District.


Galleries, murals, sculpture walks, outdoor art fairs — Greater Peoria boasts a thriving arts community.
Live music from Dexter O'Neal and the Funk Yard

Live Entertainment

The performing arts shine here — from rock concerts to a 125-year-old symphony orchestra, from Broadway productions to community theater.
Inside the planetarium at Peoria Riverfront Museum

Riverfront Museum

The nation’s only multidisciplinary museum features five major galleries, a planetarium, a giant screen movie theater, visiting exhibitions and more.

Events & Activities

From community festivals to cooking classes to open mic nights, there’s always something to do in Greater Peoria. Check out upcoming events and activities and arts happenings.