Get into the Spirit of Travel

February 20, 2020

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up this spring and finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. This year, there is a rare opportunity to enjoy two great adventures in one. The Spirit of Peoria is teaming up with Starved Rock Lodge on five select dates in 2020. Tickets to this travel package would make an excellent gift for anyone who would like to experience a slower pace of life on this unique paddleboat.

What better way to see the heart of Illinois, than by cruising the Illinois River between Starved Rock and Peoria on an authentic paddleboat?  Unlike modern river boats, that just have cosmetic wheels, the Spirit of Peoria actually uses its paddlewheel for propulsion!  Experience the joy of travelling the river, with live musical performances, storytelling, wildlife sightings, and the vibrant history of the area.  True Midwestern hospitality will be on display with your stay at historic Starved Rock Lodge, where guests will experience seasonal entertainment at a live musical tribute show, soak in the architectural beauty of the Lodge, relax in the pool, take a hike, or tour the amazing property! Two and three-day excursions (paired with a tribute show and lunch buffet) are available on the following dates:

July 26-28: Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones Tribute Show
August 24-26: Frank Sinatra Tribute Show
September 23-25: Patsy Cline Tribute Show
October 5-7 & 19-21: Oktoberfest Matinees

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, and an optional hike at Starved Rock State Park (a National Historic Landmark).  For more information, pricing or to book overnight packages, please call the Spirit of Peoria at (309) 637-8000.

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