Bass Pro Shops/Outdoor World, East Peoria, IL
All Bass Pro Shops are known for their visual dynamics; however, our 150,000 sq ft store simply awes the masses from the moment they cross the threshold. In fact, photo ops abound inside and out. Entering our lobby begins your experience with a hunting lodge that holds both state and world record mounts such as the Mel Johnson, record typical buck, boasting both the Pope and Young and the Boone and Crockett awards. A virtual plethora of mounts, antiques, our massive fireplace and comfortable seating await you there as well. We even have a Caterpillar D2 lifted atop the turnstile pergola!
Once you depart the lobby, while you stand there, wide-eyed and looking around, make sure to look up. Here in this two story opening, you’ll find grand murals depicting the Illinois landscape. Between Starved Rock at one end and an enormous waterfall in Garden of the Gods at the other, you’ll find the short grass prairie complete with full bison mounts nestled among native grasses and lifted atop outcroppings, an authentic covered wagon, a true to size Lincoln log cabin surrounded by deer leaping over split rail fences and so very, very much more.
Have you ever watched a duck, goose or turkey come in for a landing? From the ceiling-suspended mounts in this open story, you can spend time inspecting each aspect of the turn and dissension as all parts of the process are finely crafted and detailed in their order.
Hunting and fishing enthusiast? We’ve got you covered! Our fishing dept alone has over 40,000 individual SKUs! Tracker Boats of all sizes, electronics, boat accessories; Water-sports equipment (including kayaks); Camping equipment , outdoor cooking supplies, smokers ; Gifts (for others or yourself) include Maui Jim sunglasses and Nature items such as chimes, bird feeders; Apparel (includes a large camo section, ladies, men’s and high tech clothing); Footwear for all ages and even a Children’s Department for clothes and fun will help to insure that we have what it is you’re needing for that next outdoor experience.
Our highly trained staff makes 300 different kinds of Fudge, though not all are available at a given time. If you can’t decide which one you want, ask for a sample! While you’re doing that, go ahead and pick up some fresh roasted and cinnamon glazed nuts, your sense of smell will insist that you include your sense of taste in this adventure! Many, many other hard to find candies await you there as well.
Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl Restaurant
Are you looking for a unique place to dine? Stepping into Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl, you are immediately transported into an underwater adventure. You’ll find subdued and stippled lighting, a swirling school of fish, the battered, barnacle and coral-encrusted wooden hull of a sunken ship, and a virtual flood of fish seeming to swim overhead. The bar’s central attraction is the 5000 gallon saltwater aquarium housing its beautiful and tranquil, exotic fish species. From its raised vantage point, the bar provides great views of the bowling action while delivering your favorite refreshments. From solo ventures to kid’s parties or private rooms for large functions the Fishbowl serves up your unique destination.
Uncle Buck’s Bowling Alley
Have you ever bowled underwater? You can experience this undersea bowling alley without having to hold your breath or fight the undertow! Have fun with our shark and alligator ball returns and even more fun watching them spew forth a variety of imaginative bowling balls. From under the waves you’ll watch dappled lights flicker across the blue walls and ceiling. Look for the colors of the coral, the massive marine life overhead and the shine of the lanes in an underwater hue.
Aquarium and Fish Feeding
We house a large variety of native fish in our massive 26,000 gallon, fresh-water aquarium: from crappie, to long nosed gar, to our colossal 80 pound blue catfish named Bonnie! How many species do you think you can you identify? For the budding biologist in all of us, we’ve placed an identification poster right next to this educational aquarium. Our colossal fish-abode sits below a vast waterfall, in a wall designed after Garden of the Gods in Southern Illinois. Sitting atop the falls you’ll find the boulders contain an array of animal mounts such as a moose, elk, wolves and more. You’ll want to bring your camera to capture these animals yourself and while you’re there, pose with the unbelievably massive, standing-upright, 8 ft+ grizzly bear!
Our Fish Feeding Demonstrations are sure to bring a smile to your face and a giggle to the youthful among us (no matter the actual age)! You’ll learn about the fish and what they like to eat as you watch them being fed a variety of foods. They receive plenty of the most nutritional foods first and then when they get their treats, you’ll want to take a step (or two) backward because that feeding frenzy can get you splashed!
The tank is cleaned by our own ichthyologist, in scuba gear. So don’t be startled if see someone actually swimming with the fishes!
Make sure to visit the events section of this site to learn more about all the great activities we hold throughout the year. We begin the year with a January Free Boat Show and end with the major event of Santa’s Wonderland simply chock full of activities, crafts, Santa and more! In between we have more fun in store with the Easter Events, Family Summer Camp, Professional Bull Riders Event, Halloween Bass Pro Style and more. Be sure to check our events page from time to time for other events, more information and scheduling.
Workshops, Demos and Store Only Events
Be sure to take advantage of the representatives who stop in from time to time. They’re here to answer your questions and to demonstrate their products. Not all product reps announce their arrival and as such, they’re not all listed on the web.
We have many local fishing experts right here on staff, don’t be surprised if you see them up on top of the boulders and tossing a line in the tank as they enthuse us with their knowledge and tricks of the trade.
Make sure to periodically check the events section to see what workshops, demos and other store events that we have in store for you!
East Peoria, IL | Bass Pro Shops
1000 Bass Pro Shops Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611
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Regular Store Hours
Mon-Sat 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sun 10:00am - 7:00pm
Mon-Thu 11:00am - 9:00pm
Fri-Sat 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sun 11:00am - 8:00pm
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