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Spirit of Peoria - Day Tours

100 NE Water St, Peoria, IL 61602-1322
+1 309-637-8000
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First Time

We went on the moonlight cruise and we loved it! I highly recommend this activity. There was live... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peoria to St. Louis via Spirit of Peoria

We recently traveled from Peoria to St. Louis on the Spirit of Peoria paddle wheel. It was a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
James M
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The Spirit of Peoria is an authentic paddlewheel driven vessel. The Spirit has no props or thrusters, and is powered by twin Caterpillar 3412 diesel gensets, producing 700 kilowatts combined in 208 volt 3-phase voltage. The power is rectified using railroad-style rectifiers, probably from a GM GP38. The DC voltage goes to two traction engines, also from a GM locomotive, which drive the paddlewheel via two forty-foot-long by one-foot-wide chains. This allows the boat to be comparatively fast and efficient, burning approximately 15 gallons (57L) of diesel fuel an hour, with a top speed of over 15 mph (24 km/h). Its shallow draft of 4' enables the Spirit to land in just about any river town. Boarding is by 30' long boarding stages The boat is owned and captained by G. Alex Grieves, and co-captained by Alice Grady and Dylan Masonholder. It routinely travels up and down the Illinois River and Mississippi River.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 NE Water St, Peoria, IL 61602-1322
+1 309-637-8000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the moonlight cruise and we loved it! I highly recommend this activity. There was live music, bar and snacks, as we did not purchase the dinner cruise, but this was good.

1  Thank markley16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently traveled from Peoria to St. Louis on the Spirit of Peoria paddle wheel. It was a wonderful experience, lots to see and do, very relaxing. Traveling down the Illinois River watching wildlife, navigating the locks, listening to on board entertainers, and visiting with...More

Thank James M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The boat ride was really nice, the weather was fabulous, and the company was great! The staff on the boat were all very nice, the bar tenders were awesome, and the food was really good too! We had fun!

Thank Quietstorm523
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We took the sundae cruise for mom's birthday. Build your own ice cream sundae. Good ice cream and lots of toppings. Two hour cruise up and down the river a ways. It was a beautiful day and a nice cruise. Decent pricing for this trip,...More

Thank sjr1974
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Pleasant way to end our Peoria trip. Relaxing, informative. No pressure to buy food or drink (which they offer).

Thank Corrie G
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

This sounded like a great idea so we were happy to pay the $46 each for the 3 hour cruise which included a buffet meal. There was also a bar and a band on board. The fireworks show was good, lasting about 20 minutes and...More

3  Thank pacuthbertson
Reviewed 4 July 2017

As a visitor to Peoria it was great to take the time to enjoy the river cruise and get a little local background regarding the history of the river/lake and the history of local community.

Thank dmcnitt
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Had a nice experience on the Spirit of Peoria last summer. Lively entertainment and beautful views of Illinois River. Relaxing and family friendly.

Thank Vicki Y
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

What an amazing trip up and down the Illinois river. Spend the day with family and friends travelling along the historic waterway and listen to a guided tour and kaliapi music. If you haven't been or entertaining guests its s great way to spend the...More

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We will definitely be doing this again! Actors and actresses were great and the food was dynamite! We were surprised how quickly the plot started to unfold. Pay attention because as soon as you walk in and find your table the actors are already at!...More

Thank Seth S
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18 August 2017|
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Response from pacuthbertson | Reviewed this property |
Also don't know I'm afraid.
Melissa S
17 July 2017|
Response from Vicki Y | Reviewed this property |
yes, they have a bar.
2 December 2016|
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Response from sattelite10 | Reviewed this property |
I believe tickets were about $20.00 but with a senior discount available. They have lots of other special cruises including over night, but we just did relaxing afternoon cruise.