Take a sightseeing cruise on an authentic paddle-wheeler steamboat. You’ll cruise for about an hour and a half and the Captain will tell you Mark Twain-era stories from the intercom. I recommend going on one of these in the fall. You’ll be amazed by the Illinois landscape and all its changing colors. The staff is very polite and they really go out of their way to recreate an old-fashion atmosphere. About thirty miles outside Peoria.