The Spirit of Peoria is a paddleboat and was built in 1988 and operates out of its dock at the base of Main Street in downtown Peoria. Featuring sightseeing cruises, one to five day trips to Starved Rock, Hannibal, and St. Louis. The Spirit also offers private charters and rentals of the boat.
Cruises are 1 and a half hours long and run 2 to 5 days weekly. The boat’s tall fluted stacks and gigantic candy-apple red paddlewheel make for a fun experience. Each cruise includes the Captain’s commentary and concessions also are available.
Themes cruises include:
Blues & BBQ Dinner
Concert Dinner Cruises
Dixieland Lunch or Dinner Cruises
Fall Foliage Lunch Cruises
Father’s Day Brunch Cruise
Father’s Day Dixieland Lunch Cruise
Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Holiday Lunch or Dinner Shows
Mother’s Day Brunch
Mother’s Day Dixieland Lunch Cruise
Murder Mystery Dinner Cruises
New Year’s Even Dinner & Dance
Patriot Day Dinner Cruise
Riverlife Gospel Lunch Cruises
Beer, Wine & Whiskey Cruises
Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul
Zombie Cruise & Zombie Cruise for Kids
Entertainers who perform on the Spirit of Peoria include storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis, singer/songwriter Barry Cloyd, Ken Bradbury, and Bob Anton a.k.a. “Mark Twain.
The Spirit is owned by Alex Grieves and co-captained by Alice Grady and Dylan Masonholder and travels the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.
Ticket prices range from $20 for regular sightseeing cruises to $55 for their Murder Mystery Dinner cruise which includes a Prime Rib dinner (adult prices). Overnight cruise prices vary by location and duration.
(309) 637-8000 or (800) 676-8988
100 Water St., Peoria, IL 61602