Sightseeing in East Peoria


Illinois River Winery: Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Illinois River Winery

North Utica

Sample more than 30 handcrafted wines from the tasting room or sip wines while touring the facility

$30 $17

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German American Heritage Center: Admission for Up to Two, Four, or Eight at German American Heritage Center (Up to 50% Off)

Admission for Up to Two, Four, or Eight at German American Heritage Center (Up to 50% Off)

German American Heritage Center

Downtown Davenport

Historic building brims with exhibits celebrating the contributions & cultural heritage of German Americans; temporary kaleidoscope exhibit

$10 $6

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Ronald Reagan Home: Visit with Gift-Shop Credit for Two or Four at Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home (Up to 52% Off)

Visit with Gift-Shop Credit for Two or Four at Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home (Up to 52% Off)

Ronald Reagan Home

Dixon

Visitors explore the fully restored home of Ronald Reagan, where he lived from 1920–1923 before moving to Hollywood and then the White House

$20 $10

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Farnsworth House: Farnsworth House Tour for Two or Four (Up to 58% Off)

Farnsworth House Tour for Two or Four (Up to 58% Off)

Farnsworth House

Plano

Tour a radically modern 1951 home designed by influential architect Mies van der Rohe to float above the ground and reflect the forest

$40 $18

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Joliet Area Historical Museum: Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

$12 $6

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Haunted Hometowns: Two-Hour Walking Ghost Tour of Aurora or Naperville for Two or Four from Haunted Hometowns (Up to 51% Off)

Two-Hour Walking Ghost Tour of Aurora or Naperville for Two or Four from Haunted Hometowns (Up to 51% Off)

Haunted Hometowns

Multiple Locations

Ghost-seekers clutch EMF meters on lantern-lit tours through historic and haunted sites as guides relate tales of local specters

$40 $20

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  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
    Less than 90 minutes from St. Louis, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Lincoln artifacts, complete with the Gettysburg Address. A life-size replica of Lincoln’s log cabin set back in a forest of artificial trees stands 40 feet tall just like the President’s iconic top hat. The museum also houses a re-creation of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre, where the president was assassinated, and the state-of-the-art Union Theater, which projects films such as Lincoln’s Eyes, a broad overview of Lincoln’s personal and political life with a special focus on slavery. In the Ghosts of the Library exhibit, transparent phantoms of Lincoln and his contemporaries drift around powered by Holavision technology. Youngsters, supervised by parents, can try on period dress, pose for photos with life-size cutouts of young Abe, or reenact historic scenes in the Lincoln Home dollhouse located in Mrs. Lincoln’s attic, the hands-on learning center. Before heading home, patrons can browse the museum store—more than 3,500 square feet of artifact replicas and Lincoln-themed merchandise.
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    212 N 6th St
    Springfield, IL US
  • German American Heritage Center
    German journalist Joseph Eiboeck called Davenport “the most German city, not only in the State, but in all the Middle West, the center of all German activities in the State.” That makes sense; when the Standard Hotel opened its doors in the 1860s, it played host to many new residents of the town, many of which were German immigrants. Now the historic building is the home of the German American Heritage Center, a non-profit that seeks to keep their cultural heritage alive. Permanent exhibits, such as the multimedia-focused "German Immigrant Experience," paint a picture of life as an immigrant, while temporary exhibits can focus on very specific stories. One such story focuses on German-American Charles Bush, who helped spark the country's love of kaleidoscopes.
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    712 W 2nd St
    Davenport, IA US
  • Ronald Reagan Home
    The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home lets you get a true feel for the 40th president's life as a child. The restored home was originally built in 1891 and was home to Ronald Reagan and his family in the early 1920s. Visitors can take guided tours of the home to see young Reagan’s bedroom and find old the secret hiding place for his pennies. A visitor center contains four rooms of photos and a display of the Reagan presidential timeline, and a gift shop sells memorabilia and T-shirts. Outside, a flower and vegetable garden showcases heritage plants, and check out Bessy, the refurbished Model T Ford that's not unlike the car Reagan's family would have driven.
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    816 S Hennepin Ave
    Dixon, IL US
  • Joliet Area Historical Museum
    By highlighting the goings-on in the community of Joliet, The Joliet Area Historical Museum scans the entirety of American history from the perspective of the town's inhabitants. Housed inside the former Ottawa Street Methodist Church, multimedia exhibits artfully assembled from audio-visual displays, touch screens, and life-size models illustrate the stories plucked from the eventful timelines of the town and its people. Occupying two full stories, permanent exhibit The Soaring Achievements of John C. Houbolt honors the life and work of former resident Dr. Houbolt, who had a primary role in NASA's race to the moon. The exhibit's life-size Lunar Lander even allows guests to step inside and glimpse the accommodations and controls, revealing a control panel more complicated than a single button labeled "Go to Moon." In addition to its permanent collection, the museum also keeps an active calendar full of special events; check the schedule for a complete list of programming.
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    204 Ottawa Street
    Joliet, IL US
  • Scitech Hands On Museum
    In 1987, Fermilab physicist Ernest Malamud had a dream of an interactive space where kids and adults could get up close and personal with cutting-edge science and mind-bending technology, inspiring minds of all ages to discover the world around them. SciTech is the culmination of that dream. Whether rubbing elbows with real-life critters or stepping inside 78mph winds, visitors explore STEM fields through over 150 interactive exhibits that inspire education and imagination. SciTech also offers group field trips, overnight events, scout programs, birthday parties, and day camps. Visitors can also check out the Discovery Shop, which features unique gifts ideal for budding scientists.
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    18 West Benton Street
    Aurora, IL US
  • The Spirit of Peoria
    The Spirit of Peoria evokes the spirit of a simpler time. Steadily ferrying passengers along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, the paddlewheel-driven vessel eschews high-speed travel in favor of an authentic riverboat experience. The crew maintains the four-deck vessel's leisurely pace regardless of whether they are leading a 90-minute sightseeing cruise or multi-day river excursion. During longer voyages, passengers get plenty of time to promenade around the ship, savoring the scenery and learning about the history of passing town, or indulging in buffet-style meals. The Spirit of Peoria can also feature live entertainers, including ragtime musicians, old-time storytellers, and a Mark Twain impersonator who regales audiences with witticisms and readings from the author's most famous cookbooks.
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    100 Water St.
    Peoria, IL US

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