Apr 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

But Will It Play in Peoria?

I don’t recall where that expression came from but I do remember it… I think it had something to do with Peoria, Illinois. I recently was sent a nice visitor’s guide to Peoria, but Peoria, AZ .  It is a suburb of the Valley of the Sun. It is the ninth largest city in the state of Arizona, with a population of over 100,000 people. It is also one of the fastest growing communities in the state. In fact, between 1990 and 2000, Peoria was the 2nd fastest growing city in the United States.

Peoria is the Best of Arizona

In Peoria visitors will find the great outdoors, great sports, great entertainment and great neighborhoods. It is home to Lake Pleasant, one of the lake sites in Arizona. Arizona’s second largest lake offers a wide variety of recreational activities. Located on the northern end of Peoria and about 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Lake Pleasant covers 10,000 acres. Utilized as a holding lake, its water comes from two sources, Central Arizona Project Canal and the Aqua Fria River. The Peoria Center for the Performing Arts is a $13 million facility that is the cornerstone of a five year downtown revitalization project that will eventually bring retail, residential and business additions to the downtown area.

Seniors Get to Know Peoria

Like many cities on the west side of the metro Phoenix area, Peoria’s roots are based in agriculture. It has since developed both commercial and service industries. Peoria was incorporated in 1954, having been originally settled by farm families who came from Peoria, Illinois, hence the name. A person who lives in Peoria is called a Peorian, so come on down and greet a Peorian.

Seniors will find lots to see and do in Peoria. Here you can fly simulated space flight missions complete with headsets and continuous messages. Dinner theaters offer a musical variety in the Arizona Broadway Theater. So, when you’re ready to pack it in for the evening, Peoria offers a wide range of accommodations within a twenty minute radius. Whether you want to leave the car and walk to a spring training game at the Peoria Sports Complex, spring training home to the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres, park the RV overlooking Lake Pleasant Regional Park, or relax at a luxury resort, Peoria’s location and easy access to the Valley’s freeway system brings a wide variety of accommodation options to you.

I’ll depart today with a series of helpful links to answer most any question you might have about Peoria. Do check out a few and you will see why this city is a great place to spend some time in the Valley. jeb

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