The Peoria area’s eight counties provide an infinite amount of family fun, adventure, relaxation and great memories. Our thriving communities offer the best of both worlds: from downtown hotspots and towering buildings of our picturesque skyline, to quaint parks, charming shops and award-winning golf courses, you’ll experience the culture, entertainment and energy of a metropolis, minus the congestion. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway, a site for your organization’s next meeting or convention, or a unique group tour destination, we invite you to explore our area and see what it means to Play in Peoria!
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This pioneer settlement started in 1820 when John Kelly built the first cabin at the northwest corner of Second and Jefferson Streets. Others came from North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky to take advantage of the area’s fertile soil and trading opportunities.
Originally named Calhoun after Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, the town received its permanent name in 1832 after the senator fell from public favor. Enjoy the fall harvest by browsing the great selection of locally grown plants, delicious food, and works of art every Saturday in October from 10am until 2pm! Spend the day along Peoria’s beautiful riverfront.
National Geographic Adventure magazine has picked Peoria as one of its 50 next great American adventure towns in which to live and relax.
The nationwide listing sought out towns and cities that currently offered activities for outdoor enthusiasts but were also considered to be up-and-coming.
The magazine selected Peoria the only Illinois city on the list for its growing miles of mountain bike trails that surround the city as well as the nightlife.