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10 Getaways Less Than 5 Hours From Peoria, IL

The Knell Group
Jan 22 4 minutes read

Winter have you feeling stir crazy? Hop in the car for a getaway for a day or two in our Top 10 places to visit that are drive-able from Central Illinois. Just another perk of living here!

1. Chicago, IL

2.75 Hours from Peoria

Things To Do: 

  • Sports: Chicago Cubs baseball, White Sox baseball, Chicago Bulls basketball, Chicago Bears football + Blackhawks hockey
  • Shopping: Downtown Michigan Ave or outlet malls in the suburbs 
  • Family fun: Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Grant Park, The Bean + so much more! 
  • Music: TONS of indoor + outdoor venues including Chicago Theater, House of Blues, Huntington Park at Northerly Island

Plan Your Trip

2. St. Louis, MI

2.5 Hours from Peoria

Things To Do: 

  • Sports: St. Louis Cardinals baseball + St. Louis Blues hockey
  • Shopping/Entertainment: Galleria Shopping Mall, The Landing
  • Family fun: The City Museum, The Magic House Children's Museum, Union Station Aquarium, St. Louis Zoo (FREE Admission), The Arch, Six Flags + many more! 

Plan Your Trip

3. Indianapolis, IN 

3.5 Hours from Peoria

Things To Do: 

  • Sports: Indianapolis Colts football, Indiana Pacers basketball, Indianapolis 500 race car track
  • Shopping: Circle Centre Mall, The Fashion Mall at Keystone at The Crossing+ Clay Terrace
  • Family fun: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, Conner Prairie, White River State Park + many more.

Plan Your Trip

4. Milwaukee, WI

3.5 Hours from Peoria

Things To Do: 

  • Sports: Milwaukee Bucks basketball, Milwaukee Brewers baseball
  • Shopping: Downtown Michigan Ave or outlet malls in the suburbs 
  • Family fun: Adventure Rock, Milwaukee County Zoo + Old World Wisconsin 
  • Music: Miller High Life Theater, Pabst Theater, The Riverside Theater + many more!

Plan Your Trip

5. Galena, IL

2.75 Hours from Peoria

Things To Do: 

  • Known for their Bed & Breakfasts + Historic Buildings 
  • Shopping: Tons of boutiques and specially shops line the downtown streets
  • Family fun: Chestnut Mountain skiing, Fever River Outfitters rentals for cannoning, kayaking + more. 

Plan Your Trip

6. Louisville, KY

5+ Hours from Peoria

Things To Do: 

  • Sports: Kentucky Derby
  • Shopping: Mall St Matthew + Oxmoor Mall
  • Family fun: Lousiville Slugger Museum, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Kingdom

Plan Your Trip

7. Lake of the Ozarks, MO

5 Hours from Peoria

Things To Do: 

  • Famous for their water activities- boating, fishing, canyoning
  • Shopping: The Landing on Main Street
  • Family fun: Big Surf Waterpark

Plan Your Trip

8. Wisconsin Dells, WI

4.5 Hours from Peoria

Things To Do: 

  • Full of Family Fun 365!
  • Indoor & outdoor water parks
  • Amusement parks & rides
  • Scenic tours, live entertainment & so much more

Plan Your Trip

9. Indiana Dunes Nat'l Park

3.5 Hours from Peoria

Things To Do: 

  • Outdoor fun including beaches and hiking
  • Relax with shopping and spas
  • Offer several stay options including B&B, cabins & hotels

Plan Your Trip

10. Quad Cities

1.5 Hours from Peoria

Things To Do: 

  • Davenport, IA + Bettendorf, IA + Moline, IL + Rock Island, IL
  • Filled with nightlife including casinos
  • Tons of live entertainment options

Plan Your Trip

Safe Travels.

* All photos are stock photos and not reflective of the cities

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