Greater Peoria Airport, also known as the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, is located northwest of central Illinois. One of the oldest settlements in the Midwest, the lands that became Peoria were first settled in 1680 by French explorers. The County of Peoria was officially organized in 1825, and was named after the local Peoria tribe.
The city became the first world leader for distilleries around the 1840s, during which it housed 22 distilleries and multiple breweries. During Prohibition, Peoria was home to the famed mobsters, the Shelton brothers. Today, Peoria is known for its fertile agriculture industry and for its excellent mountain trails, which have earned it a spot in National Geographic’s Top 100 Adventure Towns list.
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Best time to book a flight to Greater Peoria Airport
Peoria’s fairly humid climate results in cold, snowy winters and hot, humid summers. Average temperatures in summer range from 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and in winter from the teens to mid-20s. The rainy season peaks in the spring and early summer. Peoria organizes several festivals throughout the year and summertime concerts along the riverfront which draw visitors from throughout the country.
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Airlines that fly to Greater Peoria Airport
You can reach Greater Peoria Airport from many major US cities, such as Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago. Here are some of the popular airlines that service this airport:
- American Eagle
- United Express
- Delta Connection
What to expect when arriving at Greater Peoria Airport
Greater Peoria Airport is about 7 miles west of Peoria proper, an 18-minute drive in average traffic. You can rent a car or hire a taxi at the airport, or take the 13 bus to downtown.
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Facilities at Greater Peoria Airport
The airport’s single terminal was newly built in 2012 and houses twelve gates. Travelers with children should be sure to check out the kid-friendly zones located in both wings of the terminal, which include kid-sized tables, chairs, and coloring materials.
The Premier Lounge can be joined for a yearly fee, and provides complimentary water and coffee while you take advantage of their semi-private workstations, or sit in a comfortable leather seat and watch TV. Another excellent investment may be the Premier Lot, a well-lit, fenced parking lot just a short walk away from the terminal. In fact, the provided key cards are transferable and may be shared by co-workers, family, and friends.
What to see and do in Peoria
There are several fun, family-friendly events held regularly throughout the year. The Peoria Civic Center hosts Broadway’s biggest touring hits - this is the largest event facility available outside of Chicago. The Peoria Riverfront Museum hosts Smithsonian exhibits, and boasts a dome planetarium and theater. The Wildlife Prairie Park gives visitors access to both native Midwest animals in their natural habitat, and miles of rugged hiking and biking trails.
The Spirit of Peoria is a historic paddlewheel boat that offers sightseeing cruises around around the local Peoria Lake, overnight excursions to Starved Rock State Park, and is available for private charter. If gambling is more your style, the Par-A-Dice Casino riverboat is also available!
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