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A Day in Peoria

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Planning a short vacation to any new city can be both very thrilling and exciting, especially if you have just one day to see it. Apart from abundant rugged beauty, the city of Peoria is also home to a number of other magnificent attractions including world class museums, classy art galleries, historic landmarks, brimming lakes and much more. To make your planning much easier, we have compiled a list of things to see and do in Peoria in just 24 hours. To get the maximum out of your vacation, wear comfortable walking shoes and rent or hire a car, so that you can roam at your own leisure.

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Breakfast at 08:00 am

It is best to start your day early in a morning with a hearty and delicious breakfast at Brothers Family Restaurant (Wagoner Plaza Shopping Center, 8466 W Peoria Avenue #1). A huge and spacious diner, this famous breakfast joint is known for its traditional American favorites. Peoria Cafe (Wagoner Plaza Shopping Center, 8405 W Peoria Avenue) is another popular breakfast restaurant for hot sandwiches and more.

Peoria Center for the Performing Arts at 09:00 am

Opened in the year 2006, Peoria Center for the Performing Arts is known for its various works of theater. This beautiful 250 seat theater was designed by the famous architect Westlake Reed Leskosky and is operated by a popular acting company called Theater Works. In the year 2008, it also received the Best New Playhouse by Phoenix New Times.

Address: 8355 W Peoria Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345, United States
Phone: 1 623 815 7930
Timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm (Monday to Friday)
Website: http://theaterworks.org/
Distance from Downtown Peoria: 0.2 mile or 4 minutes walk

Peoria Arizona Historical Society Museum at 10:00 am

Established in the year 1990, Peoria Arizona Historical Society was founded with an aim to protect and preserve all the historical buildings in the city along with all artifacts related with Peoria’s heritage. Based in Peoria Central School Building, the society opened a museum to display all of these artifacts and exhibits for the public.

Address: 10304 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345, United States
Phone: 1 623 487 8030
Timings: 10:00 am to 02:00 pm (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday), Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Closed
Website: http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org/
Distance from Peoria Center for the Performing Arts: 0.3 mile or 6 minutes walk

West Valley Art Museum at 11:00 am

Another popular museum in the city, West Valley Art Museum is known for housing a number of historical artifacts, which are regularly displayed via exhibits at the Peoria City Hall.

Address: 8401 W Monroe St, Peoria, AZ 85345, United States
Phone: 1 623 972 0635
Timings: 10:00 am to 04:00 pm (Monday to Wednesday), 12:00 pm to 04:00 pm (Thursday), Friday, Saturday and Sunday Closed
Website: http://www.wvam.org/
Distance from Peoria Arizona Historical Society Museum: 0.3 mile or 5 minutes walk

Lunch at 12:00 pm

Known for its Mexican food and delicious margaritas, after the museum, head to Don Lencho's Mexican & Seafood Restaurant (8420 W Peoria Avenue) for lunch. The City Cafe (8401 W Monroe Street) is another great place in the city that is known for its dishes made with fresh ingredients.

Arizona Challenger Space Center at 01:00 pm

Established in the year 2000, Arizona Challenger Space Center is literally a haven for science lovers. Associated with the Smithsonian Institution, this famous space resource center is aimed at promoting space exploration and other scientific missions. It is known for its various simulated flight missions for all age groups. Challenger Space Center also offers several activities for all including telescope classes, storytelling sessions, space camps and many more.

Address: 21170 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382, United States
Phone: 1 623 322 2001
Timings: 10:00 am to 04:00 pm (Monday to Saturday), Sunday Closed
Website: http://www.azchallenger.org/
Distance from Don Lencho's Mexican & Seafood Restaurant: 8.6 miles or 12 minutes drive

AZ Ice Peoria at 02:30 pm - 03:00 pm

If you love ice skating or want to try it, then AZ Ice Peoria is the place for you. Even if you are a beginner or do not know how to ice skate, do not worry, AZ Ice Peoria offers many ice skating lessons for all ages as well. They also have skate rentals available. Moreover, if you have time, do visit the Peoria Sports Complex located nearby.

Address: 15829 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382, United States
Phone: 1 (623) 334-1200
Timings: Call for timings
Website: http://azice.com/peoria/
Distance from Arizona Challenger Space Center: 3.7 miles or 10 minutes drive

Rio Vista Community Park at 04:00 pm

One of the largest recreational centers in Greater Phoenix area, Rio Vista Community Park is known for its many indoor and outdoor activities. While indoor houses a fitness center, racquetball court, gymnasium, climbing wall and a number of seminars, workshops and other special events, the outdoors is home to a playground, skate park, splash pad, sports field and many ramadas for the guests. Visitors can even fish here with a special prior permit.

Address: 8866 W. Thunderbird Rd, Peoria, AZ 85381, United States
Phone: 1 623 773 7137
Timings: 05:00 am to 09:30 pm (Monday to Friday), 08:00 am to 08:30 pm (Saturday), 11:00 am to 06:30 pm
Website: http://www.peoriaaz.gov/
Distance from AZ Ice Peoria: 2.9 miles or 9 minutes drive

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park at 06:00 pm

Established in the year 2011, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is the largest indoor trampoline park in the state of Arizona. It is also the first ever park to allow guests of any shape, size and age to jump up and down on a trampoline. Moreover, each trampoline in the park is designed in such a way that every jumper has their own square where they can safely jump. Apart from that, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is also home to other activities including 3D Dodge Ball, trampoline basketball and other fitness programs.

Address: 9040 W Larkspur Dr #134, Peoria, AZ 85381, United States
Phone: 1 623 979 4000
Timings: 10:00 am to 08:00 pm (Monday to Thursday), 10:00 am to 09:00 pm (Friday), 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (Saturday), 10:00 am to 07:00 pm (Sunday)
Website: http://www.skyzone.com/peoria/
Distance from Rio Vista Community Park:
3.1 miles or 8 minutes drive

Dinner at 08:00 pm

There are a variety of restaurants you can visit for dinner in the city of Peoria. For delicious Italian cuisine, head to Cucina Tagliani Italian Kitchen (Arrowhead Fountain Centre, 8349 W Bell Road), which is known for their freshly prepared dishes, including the sauce and dressing. If you want Greek food and a variety of other Mediterranean dishes, head to Gyros Town (9940 West Happy Valley Parkway #1050). For a more fine dining experience, head to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine (9712 W Northern Avenue), known for their sumptuous aged prime beef and excellent service.

Explore Peoria’s Nightlife at 10:00 pm

Peoria’s nightlife is dominated by a number of pubs and bars serving delicious cocktails along with mouth watering finger food. However, if you love dancing and loud music, then head towards Marc's Sports Grill and Nightlife (4494 W Peoria Avenue). From a pool table and karaoke to poker and latest tracks by hottest DJ’s, this place has a different type of entertainment for the guests each night. For the typical sports bar experience, head to The Moon Saloon (Arrowhead Fountain Centre, 16554 N 83rd Avenue), which houses 22 High Definition televisions for all kinds of sports games.

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