Peoria areaAreaChiefs at Dozer Park Spirit of Peoria Photo n May sy Kevi Courte Caterpillar Visitors Center weekend trip? Need a Need a great weekend trip idea? You are never too far away for a visit to the Peoria Area! A big city with small town feel, the Peoria Area has a number of awesome attractions that you won’t ﬁnd anywhere else! Pretend you are in a diﬀerent world at the Peoria Riverfront Mu- seum. It has a number of interactive exhibits that will keep chil- dren entertained for hours. Test your skills at Illinois High School Association Peak Performance or learn about the Illinois River at the River Walk. The museum also has a number of traveling exhibits throughout the year. Travel to far oﬀ galaxies and ex- perience the vibrant sights of space in The Dome Planetarium. 140 | Summer 2017 | Travel Midwest Check out the newest blockbuster hits or exciting documen- taries in the Giant Screen Theater. At 52 ft. by 70 ft., the giant screen may make you dive for cover when a dinosaur is charg- ing your way! Want to learn about one of the world’s biggest companies? Check out the Caterpillar Visitors Center, located next door to the museum! The Caterpillar Visitors Center is a fascinating look at the company that has called the Peoria Area home for nearly a century. You'll ﬁnd interactive displays and exhibits sure to en- gage and entertain visitors of all ages. Try your luck at some of Caterpillar’s big equipment in state-of-the-art simulators. It even has a theater built inside a Cat truck! The Caterpillar Visitors Center also has a number of special exhibits throughout the year. The on-site Cat Merchandise Center oﬀers a wide selec- tion of collector die-cast scale models and the latest in Cat and Caterpillar branded footwear and designer apparel.