Downtown Peoria is an up-and-coming destination for locals and visitors alike! From local beverages to parks and gathering spaces, there's something new to enjoy in Peoria's historic Old Town neighborhood. It's also a focal point for arts and culture, with the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, the Community Center and public art pieces adorning the area.
You can find the following in the blocks between Peoria Avenue to Madison Street and 83rd to 84th avenues. Come experience what Downtown Peoria has to offer!
Lucidi Distilling Co.
Located in the Washington Block of Peoria's downtown district, Lucidi Distilling offers a variety of locally made spirits including vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and more.
The building was constructed 1920 as the Paramount Theater, later renamed the Peoria Theater. It was converted to Fire Station #1 when the city was incorporated in 1954, and served that function for the next 52 years. Lucidi opened its doors in the modernized structure in 2016.
Driftwood Coffee Co.
Driftwood Coffee offers a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a locally-brewed cup of specialty coffee, espresso, tea or other beverage. They offer Wi-Fi and indoor seating in case you need to get some work done. In a hurry? Buy a growler and take your coffee to go. Located adjacent to Axiom Church, Driftwood also offers pastries and other grab-and-go items.
Osuna Park is Peoria's oldest city park, dating to the early 1900s. It is named after Johnny E. Osuna, a former city councilmember serving from 1980-1987. The park features many amenities including a decorative walking path, architectural steel trellises with picnic areas and a grassy turf centerpiece.
The park also features a public restroom building styled to look like a historic railroad depot, which speaks to Peoria's history as a stop on the Santa Fe Railroad. Adjacent to the park is the Peoria Jail House (1939) that is currently maintained as a museum by the Peoria Arizona Historical Society.
Located on the southeast corner of 84th Drive and Washington Street, the Edwards Hotel is one of Peoria's most significant historic properties. Built in 1918, it was the first hotel constructed in the city. A complete renovation is underway, with the hotel slated to reopen as a boutique property and haunted hotel.
Peoria Historic Square
Old Town Peoria features many historic buildings such as the Peoria Central School (1906), the Peoria Presbyterian Church (1899), the Peoria Women's Club (1919), a shopping center dating back to 1918 and the Mabel Hood Building (1920).
Peoria Community Center
Peoria's Community Center is a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of downtown Peoria. This 26,000-square-foot center offers classes, activities and wellness events, as well as a multi-purpose space for events, community meetings, lectures and more.
Designed by Gabor Lorant Architects of Phoenix, the building has been recognized with a LEED™ Gold certification for its environmentally-responsible design.
Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
Opened in 2006, Peoria's Center for the Performing Arts is a 250-seat theater and the home of Theater Works. They feature a catalog of live stage and musical productions throughout the season, designed to entertain and delight audiences of all ages.