4112 N Brandywine Drive, Peoria, IL, US, 61614-6727
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The Peoria Zoo is a magnificent zoo site that encompasses a massive 14 acres (5.7 hectares) of land cover. The zoo site was opened for general public viewing in 1955. Earlier known as the Green Oak Zoo, it is primly situated in the Peoria city of Illinois. It presently houses 232 animals and more than a hundred species. One can visit the scenic zoo daily from 10:00a to 5:00p. The Zambezi River Lodge is a fine avenue for an eloquent stay. A visit to the zoo can help rekindle the energy in one's life by spending some quality time watching animals and the zoo surroundings.
Formerly called the Glen Oak Conservatory, the Luthy Botanical Garden (George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden) opened its doors in 1951. Spread across five acres (2.02 hectares) of many themed gardens such as the All Seasons Garden, Woodland Garden, Hosta Glade, Wildlife Garden, Rose Garden and Herb Garden, this beautiful green spot is a jewel of the neighborhood. This city landmark is known for its awesome flower shows, special events and horticultural displays. It also features a Conservatory and a garden gift shop which has everything related to gardening and also includes unique knick knacks and jewelry. Luthy Botanical Garden gives you a glimpse of the many shades nature has to offer in its different seasons. A visit to this wonderful parkland will be a refreshing experience.
The Springdale cemetery is a beautiful cemetery which is still operational. With over 70,000 souls resting here, it continues to accept burials. Included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the notable personalities that were interred here include Thomas Ford, General Isaiah Stillman, Simeon Dewitt Drown and Anna Elizabeth Slough.
The construction of the elegant Peoria City Hall was done from 1897 through 1899. The city hall is a magnificent hall avenue and encompasses a land area of 0.8 acres (0.32 hectares). The structure finely exemplifies the German Renaissance style of architecture. It occupies terrific monumental value and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The year 1892 marked the establishment of the Peoria Civic Center just behind the hall building.
The 4200-seat arena was built on the former site of the historic Robertson Memorial Field House at the Bradley University. In addition to hosting all the University's sports events, the Coliseum will feature live entertainment to campus from concerts to speakers (comedians and lecturers).
The Peoria Scale Model of the Solar System still ranks as one of the largest scaled models of the Solar system. The display begins with Lakeview Avenue where the sun is, while the planets and other heavenly bodies are scattered within the radius of 40 miles (64 kilometers). Six planets are spread throughout Peoria while the rest lie in the neighboring cities, as far as Kewanee. Some asteroids have found home in different schools across the country, whereas some comets have been installed in places as far as Swaziland. The first concept of its kind, the mini-solar system, is one of the most visited sites in the region.
The Grand View Drive is a scenic drive located near the city of Peoria. The two and a half mile road was built in 1906, making it one of the earliest linear parks in the area. The drive provides excellent panoramic views of the nearby Illinois river and its valleys, as well as the beautiful flora around, as it is located in a park area. Visitors can also drive past the Grand View historic district and admire its old fashioned architecture.
The Peoria State hospital functioned as a distinct psychiatric hospital. It was also referred to as the Bartonville State Hospital or Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane. The hospital grounds along with its on-site buildings make for a historic district. The site stands registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site was erected in 1845 and served the county till 1896, when the seat was relocated to Eureka. Visitors can explore this historical site that was incorporated in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
One of the pioneering educational institutes in Illinois, the Jubilee College State Park stands six miles (9.65 kilometers) west of Peoria, Illinois. The college was closed in 1862 post the Bishop’s death. In 1933, the college building and the huge grounds were offered to the State of Illinois. The park was further expanded to 3200 acres (1295 hectares). The State offers guided tours to the restored 1840s building, the varied classrooms, dormitories, and so on. The park boasts of more than 160 species of birds and wild turkeys. Such features make a trip to here a riveting experience.