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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 sundae cruise

We took the sundae cruise for mom's birthday. Build your own ice cream sundae. Good ice cream... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Glasford, Illinois
via mobile

Pleasant way to end our Peoria trip. Relaxing, informative. No pressure to buy food or drink (which... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Corrie G
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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

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 5 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
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.

3  Thank rob62521
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
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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.