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Spirit of Peoria - Day Tours

100 NE Water St, Peoria, IL 61602-1322
+1 309-637-8000
Review Highlights
Beautiful ride on the Illinois river

The water was calm when we went up river past the narrows and turned around. Friendly staff and the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Faye H
East Peoria
via mobile
Murder Mystery cruise was good

We had a wonderful time on the Spirit of Peoria for dinner and the Murder Mystery cruise. We had a... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
Brimfield, Illinois
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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 4 weeks ago via mobile

The water was calm when we went up river past the narrows and turned around. Friendly staff and the boat was reminiscent of what it may have been like in the early days of this area.

Thank Faye H
Reviewed 27 November 2017

We had a wonderful time on the Spirit of Peoria for dinner and the Murder Mystery cruise. We had a group of 80 for dinner and a lite theater mystery. While the cast was rather basic acting at best, it was fun. The group was...More

Thank bobritter
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This was one of the reasons we decided to visit Peoria for a weekend getaway. We went on the 10/28/17 sightseeing tour. Although it was pretty cold, overcast and not a lot of autumn color, we had a great time on the Spirit of Peoria....More

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Took the 2 hour night cruise. It was a Halloween cruise. We dressed up and lots of others did too. It was cold but two levels are indoors so we stayed warm. You could go outside too. The band was great. Food was not that...More

Thank JekaAnn0815
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We went from Peoria to Starved Rock State Park, stayed over night there. Illinois River was high so had to get off at Hennepin which worked out well as we got to stay longer at Starved Rock and had a fabulous 2.5 hr hike around...More

Thank glinda748
Reviewed 11 October 2017

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 3 October 2017

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 30 September 2017 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
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19 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.
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.