Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau photo
The Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel riverboat.
Kick off your summer season with a sightseeing cruise on The Spirit of Peoria, an authentic paddle wheel driven riverboat, Tuesday, June 30, along the Meeting of the Great Rivers.
Enjoy a wonderfully relaxing experience inside the air-conditioned boat or experience the cruise outside on the decks with the river at your feet. The cruise will include the captain’s narration of local sights, views of the bluffs from the river, and the chance to see the river in action with barge traffic, fishermen, wildlife and an abundant array of waterfowl and shorebirds. Don’t forget to watch for the Asian carp, which are notorious for being easily frightened by boats and leaping 8 to 10 feet in the air.
Snacks can be purchased in the on board gift shop and a cash bar will be available for beverages.
The sightseeing cruise is just one of the many cruises the Spirit of Peoria will offer throughout the Meeting of the Great Rivers region this summer.
The Spirit of Peoria offers sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises throughout the season from June 30 through Oct. 7.
Relax on the river with a 90-minute scenic morning or evening sightseeing cruise. Or let the chefs do the cooking during a lunch or dinner cruise along the Mississippi River. Sightseeing cruise tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $14 for children (ages 4-12) and infants are free. The two-hour lunch cruises are $45 per person inclusive. Dinner cruises are also available for $55 per person.
The Spirit of Peoria offers multiple cruises on most days:
June 30 Sightseeing cruise 5 p.m. to 7p.m.
Aug. 25 Sightseeing cruise 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 Sightseeing cruise 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Aug. 26 Lunch cruise 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 26 Sightseeing cruise 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 26 Dinner cruise 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sept. 22 Sightseeing cruise 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Sightseeing cruise 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sept. 23 Lunch cruise 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 Sightseeing cruise 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 Dinner cruise 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Oct. 6 Sightseeing cruise 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Sightseeing cruise 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Oct. 7 Lunch cruise 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 Sightseeing cruise 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 Dinner cruise 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sightseeing, lunch, and dinner cruises will depart from the Grafton Loading Dock, 401 Front St., Grafton.
The Spirit of Peoria also offers full-day cruises from St. Louis to Grafton and Grafton to Florence. Guests can enjoy all-you-can-eat meals, professional storytelling, unlimited complimentary soft drinks, music, and more. Tickets are $140 per person inclusive and all cruises are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aug. 25 St. Louis to Grafton
Sep. 22 St. Louis to Grafton
Parking is available on the St. Louis Riverfront for the St. Louis to Grafton cruises and the north lot of the Loading Dock parking lot for the Grafton to Florence cruise.
Seats are still available for the evening sightseeing cruise, which will depart from the Loading Dock in Grafton. The cruise boards at 5 p.m. and will travel along the Mississippi River from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $14 for children ages 4 to 12. Infants are free. Tickets are available at the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, 200 Piasa St., Alton, or by calling the CVB at 1-800-258-6676. They may also be purchased online at www.visitalton.com/cruise.