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Spring in Central Illinois

By Pekin Insurance · Dec 7, 2020 ·1 min read

Making the decision to relocate for work can be difficult. Whether you consider moving by yourself, bringing your family along, or exploring future possibilities, there are so many things to think about. Central Illinois offers a variety of opportunities for someone considering relocating, and the area features a wide variety of communities and attractions.

Many people choose to make their home in Central Illinois. Plus, larger cities like Chicago, the Quad Cities, and St. Louis are just a few hours away!

The area always comes alive in the spring with plenty of activities and destinations that cater to everyone. Here’s a look at four things to do in Central Illinois as the weather warms up.


Luthy Botanical Garden

This large botanical garden is spread across five acres of land in Peoria’s Glen Oak Park. There is plenty to see here, including a tropical conservatory, themed garden areas, and a variety of seasonal shows.

The garden is open year-round and is home to beautiful scenery that blooms every spring. It's a great place to take pictures, host events, or visit. It is open daily, and there is no admission fee.

Check out the LUTHY BOTANICAL GARDEN WEBSITE for more information.


Illinois River Trail

Located between East Peoria and Morton, this 10-foot-wide trail winds almost five miles along a former railroad path, providing a great scenic view for walking, biking, and exploring.

Surrounded by plenty of natural wildlife and open year-round, the trail has access points that connect to parks and restaurants. GO HERE to view a map of the Illinois River Trail.


Kickapoo Creek Winery

This winery rests on a 250-acre piece of farmland located about 25 minutes west of Pekin. It’s a great venue for weddings, events, and catering but also has plenty to do for daily visitors.

Visitors can enjoy lunch, wine tasting, and live music on the weekends. The KICKAPOO CREEK WINERY WEBSITE has more information and an updated calendar of events.


Miller Park Zoo

This Bloomington zoo opened in the late 1800s and soon became a popular destination for visitors in the area. Featuring wildlife exhibits, carousel rides, and concession stands, the zoo hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year.

GO HERE to learn more about the exhibits and events at Miller Park Zoo.

These are just a few examples of things to do around the area, but there’s plenty more to check out!

Interested in learning about job opportunities so you can experience Central Illinois for yourself? Visit our careers site for more information.