The Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel boat is one of the few authentic paddlewheel-driven boats in the country. Based in Peoria, the boat cruises along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers between St. Louis and Peoria from May through September.
When both Alton & Grafton were first founded, the towns were busy with riverboat traffic. Steamboats lined the riverfront throughout the day and night. You, too, can experience this bygone era when you cruise with us on one of the few remaining paddlewheel boats on the river – the Spirit of Peoria.
The Spirit of Peoria is a throwback to days gone by with deck side seating in the open air or a relaxing ride inside with a full view of the landscape. The next Spirit of Peoria cruise is Aug. 26 with a full day and a sightseeing cruise. The following day, there will be two, sightseeing cruises and a dinner cruise.
The Spirit of Peoria will then return in late September offering full day, sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises.
Boarding for the rest of the 2014 cruises will be at The Loading Dock in Grafton. Tickets are $25/adult, $23/senior and $14 child (4 – 12) for the sightseeing cruise, $55 for the dinner cruise and $45 for lunch cruises. Lunch and dinner cruises include full meals served during a two-hour river cruise.
Full day cruises aboard the Spirit of Peoria are from St. Louis to Grafton. The trip includes: all inclusive ticket pricing, all-you-can-eat meals, professional storytelling, unlimited complimentary drinks, historic information, wildlife sightings, indoor comforts, outdoor relaxation, live entertainment, ragtime piano, round-trip transportation, tax and gratuity. Cruising time is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a shuttle returning passengers back to boarding site.
Spirit of Peoria Schedule
Aug. 26: Full Day: St. Louis to Grafton (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Aug. 26: Sightseeing (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Aug. 27: Sightseeing (9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
Aug. 27: Sightseeing (4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Aug. 27: Dinner (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Sept. 23: Full Day: St. Louis to Grafton (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Sept. 23: Sightseeing (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Sept. 24: Sightseeing (9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
Sept. 24: Lunch (12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
Sept. 24: Sightseeing (4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Sept. 24: Dinner (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
For more details on the cruising schedule or to book a cruise, go to www.VisitAlton.com/Cruise or call the Alton Visitor Center at (800) 258-6645. Seating is limited and reservations are required.