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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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Nice cruise and entertainment.

Had a nice experience on the Spirit of Peoria last summer. Lively entertainment and beautful views... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2017
Vicki Y
via mobile
Day on the River

What an amazing trip up and down the Illinois river. Spend the day with family and friends... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Andy H
via mobile
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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 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
Reviewed 16 November 2016

We attended the murder mystery dinner and it was a blast! Dinner was fabulous...it was a buffet and the food was top notch. The actors were convincing and the experience was incredible.

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Reviewed 24 October 2016

Well in case you are not aware, the spirit of Peoria is a paddle boat (like ones shown in huckleberryfin) and is a wonderful sight to see and experience! We actually went on this for a three day cruise stopping off and staying the night...More

Thank hansojm
Reviewed 7 October 2016

We took a Regular Sightseeing Cruise for just over an hour and we loved it. Very relaxing after a long journey and a real sense of history. The operators were very kind, generous and informative. Steam power has been replaced by a more modern internal...More

Thank CraigBJDB
Reviewed 6 September 2016

3 days of floating down the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Great people. Great food. Great scenery. AND everything was where it was supposed to be when it was supposed to be there. You don't spend the night on the boat. You are transported to very...More

Thank Noel S
Reviewed 23 August 2016

From Peoria Ill., We traveled downstream on the Illinois River until it met the Miss. River and then upstream to Hannibal Mo. stopping each evening at a different lodging each evening. The views are great, the crew was GREAT , food different each day and...More

Thank Fred A
Reviewed 22 August 2016

My family had a good time. The boat was really neat! It was relaxing just sitting on the deck and just cruising up the Illinois river. I'd recommend it to anyone who just wants to get on the water and kick back.

Thank Jason C
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Our group of six loved this nice way to relax and learn a little local history of the area. We had rocking chairs on the third deck , enjoyed a cold drink, and liked the beautiful paddle wheel boat

Thank sattelite10
Spirit P, Director of Sales at Spirit of Peoria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2016

So glad that you enjoyed the cruise!

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
About how much is this pretty decent sounding place ...for a cruise for about an hour and a half
3 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.
Janet J
Is it wheelchair accesable
14 August 2016|
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Response from BluBuny | Reviewed this property |
Not really.
Does Spirit of Peoria do daytime sightseeing tours every day of the week during the summer months?
18 July 2016|
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Response from J A B | Reviewed this property |
I believe they have day tours but you might want to call or check out their website.