(309) 637-8000 Spirit of Peoria
100 Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602
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Illinois and Mississippi River Cruises

The Spirit of Peoria offers many different types of cruises, as well as many different lengths.

Overnights

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    Peoria to Hannibal Excursion

    5-day, 4-night

    Do we have an adventure for you!!! This five day trip takes you from Peoria, IL to the riverfront town of Hannibal, MO. Best known for being the boyhood home of author Mark Twain. Included with the cruise are meals, entertainment and some shore excursions.

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    Peoria to St. Louis 5-day Excursion

    5-day, 4-night

    Cruise from Peoria, IL to St. Louis, MO, and then back to Florence, IL on this relaxing five-day, four-night trip. Trip includes all-you-can-eat buffet meals—including the chef’s prime rib dinner—and live entertainment, such as live singing, guitar, banjo, and ragtime piano, storytelling, calliope playing, historical information, and wildlife sightings. Lodging is provided at various points along the river. Experience the slower pace of life with five peaceful days of cruising the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers!

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    Peoria to St. Louis Excursion

    3-day, 2-night

    Cruise from Peoria, IL to St. Louis, MO on this relaxing three-day, two-night trip. Trip includes all-you-can-eat buffet meals—including the chef’s prime rib dinner—and live entertainment, such as live singing, guitar, banjo, and ragtime piano, storytelling, calliope playing, historical information, and wildlife sightings. Lodging is provided at various points along the river. Experience the slower pace of life with three peaceful days of cruising the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers!

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    Peoria to Starved Rock Excursion

    2-day, 1-night

    This wonderful overnight trip includes two relaxing days of cruising down the river. All-you-can-eat buffet meals—including the chef’s prime rib dinner—are served throughout the day. Entertainment includes live singing, guitar, banjo, and ragtime piano, storytelling, historical information at various spots, wildlife sightings, a tour of Starved Rock, and even a visit from Mark Twain! Lodging provided by the Starved Rock Lodge. Enjoy the slower pace of life on this unique paddleboat!

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    Peoria to Starved Rock Excursion

    3-day, 2-night

    This three-day, two-night trip includes relaxing days of cruising down the river, all-you-can-eat buffet meals—including the chef’s prime rib dinner—and more. Entertainment includes live singing, guitar, banjo, and ragtime piano, storytelling, historical information at various spots, wildlife sightings, a tour of Starved Rock, and even a visit from Mark Twain! Lodging provided by the Starved Rock Lodge. Enjoy the slower pace of life on this unique paddleboat!

Themed Cruises

Join the Captain and crew for one of our spectacular themed cruises. Relax, dine and cruise as you listen to local musicians. Food and beverage will be themed towards the music of each cruise. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are complimentary. Remember advanced reservation and payment is necessary for all cruises, as only advance paid reservations have guaranteed seating!

Remember, all themed cruises depart from and return to the riverfront dock in Peoria, IL!

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    Blues & BBQ Dinner

    Bringing Beale Street to Water Street! The Smoker's Blues Band will be performing live. Smoked brisket, Pulled pork, Roasted corn grits, Macaroni & cheese and more

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    Concert Cruise

    Book your tickets early! First come, First serve. Listen to some great music as you cruise down the Illinois River!

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    Dixieland Dinner Cruise

    Join us for an evening on the Spirit of Peoria with Dixieland music by Chuck & C-notes and a Southern inspired dinner!

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    Dixieland Lunch Cruise

    Take the afternoon off for a Dixieland lunch cruise! The ever popular band Chuck & The C-Notes will be aboard along with a Southern inspired buffet!

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    Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise

    Are you a “leaf peeper?” Do you know one? Sit back while the Spirit of Peoria cruises between river valley bluffs brimming with fall color. Our 2 hour cruise features a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment and the best view of Illinois’ fall color.

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    Father's Day

    Dixieland Dinner Cruise

    Tell him to put down the tongs—we’re doing the grilling on our dock! The cookout features all the trimmings along with a 2 hour cruise and live music from a live Dixieland Band.

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    Father's Day

    Dixieland Lunch Cruise

    Tell him to put down the tongs—we’re doing the grilling on our dock! The cookout features all the trimmings along with a 2 hour cruise and live music from a live Dixieland Band.

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    Fireworks Dinner Cruise

    Dinner, Music, Fireworks and a Cruise! What better way to start off the 4th of July holiday. Bring the family for a unique view of the ever popular Glen Oak Fireworks Display. This 2 hour cruise includes a buffet dinner, sundae bar. Music is brought to you by Chuck and the C-Notes. Reservations are required; don't miss out on this no-hassle firework celebration.

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    Grafton Cruise

    Join us for a sightseeing, brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise in historic Grafton, IL where the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers meet.

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    Holiday Dinner Show

    Join Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis as Prairie Folklore Theatre celebrates the Spirit of the Holidays on the Spirit of Peoria with “A Celtic Christmas.” Celebrate love, family and friends with songs and stories from not so long ago, and not so far away in this toe-tapping tour of an old-fashioned Christmas. You can sing-a-long with your favorite carols and explore the stories behind the songs and traditions.

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    Holiday Lunch Show

    Join Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis as Prairie Folklore Theatre celebrates the Spirit of the Holidays on the Spirit of Peoria with “A Celtic Christmas.” Celebrate love, family and friends with songs and stories from not so long ago, and not so far away in this toe-tapping tour of an old-fashioned Christmas. You can sing-a-long with your favorite carols and explore the stories behind the songs and traditions.

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    Jazz on the River

    Bring your dancing shoes for an evening with Bradley's Hilltop Jazz Combo! Dance the night away on the river. Buffet dinner is included.

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    Moonlight Cruise

    Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline by the light of the moon. Live entertainment is included with your ticket for this 2 hour cruise. A cash bar is available. Dinner is not served, but concessions are available. Ask about private deck rental at reduced rates—perfect for rehearsal dinners or class reunions!

    Tickets available at the dock. No reservations required.

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    Moonlight Cruise in Naples, IL

    with Evandy's Boatel

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    Mother's Day

    Dixieland Dinner Cruise

    Doesn’t she deserve a night off, too? Take mom on a relaxing 2 hour dinner cruise this year! Ticket includes cruise, hot lunch buffet, live music from a live Dixieland Band, taxes and gratuities.

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    Mother's Day

    Dixieland Lunch Cruise

    Doesn’t she deserve a day off, too? Take mom on a relaxing 2 hour lunch cruise this year! Ticket includes cruise, hot lunch buffet, live music from a live Dixieland Band, taxes and gratuities.

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    Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise

    Who done it? And why? This interactive cruise is more than a shot in the dark. The cast of the Champaign Urbana Theatre Co will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds! Price includes a Prime Rib buffet, entertainment and the cruise. Cash bar available. Vegetarian meal available upon request. Ask about our group rates. Boarding: 6pm Dinner 6:30pm Cruise: 7-9pm

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    Patriot Day Dinner Cruise

    Help support Greater Peoria Honor Flight! Join us for an all-American style dinner served dockside from 6-7pm with the cruise from 7-9pm.

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    Riverlife Gospel Lunch Cruise

    Celebrating their 21st year, RiverLife gospel music lunch cruises combine quality family-oriented entertainment with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. RiverLife cruises are sponsored by Hands of Love Ministry and hosted by The Kramers.

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    Sundae Cruise

    These incredible cruises feature some of the best talent the country has to offer and compliments it with wonderful ice cream and scenery.

    Build your own sundae featuring live music!

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    Tasting Cruise

    Beer, Wine & Whiskey

    This cruise features local beer, wine, and whiskey samples along with some light appetizers.The cruise is for adults 21 and over only!

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    Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul

    A tropical themed Dinner Cruise is a perennial SELL-OUT! Get your advance tickets early. There will be cheeseburgers grilled on the dock at 7pm, the Boat leaves promptly at 8:15pm

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    Zombie Cruise

    Are you a fan of the Walking Dead or just Halloween in general? Well we have a treat for you! Dress up as your favorite zombie or Halloween character for a hauntingly good time on the Illinois River. Kickapoo Junction will be performing. Hors D’oeuvre buffet is included.

Sightseeing Cruises

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    Regular Sightseeing Cruise

    These cruises are an 1.5 hours-long and run 2 to 6 times a week. They begin and end at the riverfront dock in downtown Peoria, with the Spirit cruising up and down the Illinois River.

    Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the boat’s tall fluted stacks and gigantic candy-apple red paddlewheel churning through the water. It’s great entertainment for all ages. Trip includes Captain’s Commentary. Gift shop and concessions are available.

Single Day Trips

These are single-day versions of our overnight cruises.

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    Grafton, IL to Florence, IL

    1-day only

    Our single-day cruises are essentially abbreviated versions of our multiple-day trips, just without the overnight lodging. Entertainment includes live singing, guitar, banjo, and ragtime piano, storytelling, historical information at various spots, wilflife sightings, and more. Enjoy the slower pace of life on this unique paddleboat!

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    Hannibal, MO to Winfield, MO

    1-day only

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    Peoria Lock & Dam

    This day long cruise will feature locking through at the Peoria Lock and Dam twice. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks along with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks will be served.

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    St. Louis, MO to Grafton, IL

    1-day only

    Join us for a trip from the historic Saint Louis levee to Grafton, IL. This day long excursion includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, non-alcoholic drinks, and entertainment. We also shuttle you back to Saint Louis.

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    Starved Rock to Peoria

    1-day only

Private Charters & Rentals

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    No Cruises

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    Private Charters & Rentals

    The Spirit of Peoria is available for private parties to rent, either for an actual private cruise, or just for the use of its beautiful facilities. Perfect for weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, and more!

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    Travel Day

    out of town

    We have to get the boat back to Peoria which means a "down" day! This could be a whole 24 hour day or just part of the day blocked out.