What to do and see in Clinton, United States: The Best Places and Tips

January 29, 2018 Terina Blouin

Clinton is a city in and the county seat of Clinton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 26,885 as of 2010. Clinton, along with DeWitt, Iowa (also located in Clinton County), was named in honor of the sixth governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton. Clinton is the principal city of the Clinton Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is coterminous with Clinton County. Clinton was incorporated on January 26, 1857.
Restaurants in Clinton

1. Wide River Winery

1776 E Deer Creek Rd, Clinton, IA 52732-9507 +1 563-271-5760
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5 based on 96 reviews

Wide River Winery

Wide River Winery is located in Clinton IA on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at its widest point. The tasting room offers up to 5 tastes of their locally made award winning wines. Beautiful expanded deck that can be enjoyed Spring, Summer, Fall and some mild Winter days too!

Reviewed By davidlI5106MM

We often take out of towners here as it is such a unique attraction in Clinton Iowa. You drive up a steep hill a couple miles north of town and come upon a beautiful setting for a winery. There are vineyards, rare ducks a beautiful house overlooking the Mississippi and a quaint display and sample room big enough for about 20 people and room to sit outside and enjoy the view. They offer cheese, crackers, chocolates and other snacks to go with the wine tasting. It is not strenuous, you can walk around the grounds a bit and enjoy the property if you want. On some weekends in season they even have bands play to entertain the crowds.

2. De Immigrant Windmill

1st St & 10th Ave, Fulton, IL 61252 +1 815-589-3925
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

De Immigrant Windmill

Reviewed By BKCK - Peoria, IL

My wife, sister, brother-in-law and I took the tour of this working windmill. The docent (a certified miller) gave a very informative tour.

The windmill was built in Holland - - disassembled and shipped to it present location in Fulton, IL. The Dutch people that built the windmill then came to Fulton and reassembled it at its current site.

Operating the windmill is a very involved process - - the docent "walked us through" everything showing the whole process.

The docent-led tour is really worthwhile - - he spent a couple of hours with just the four of us.

3. Albany Mounds State Historic Site

Cherry Street and 12th Avenue, Albany, IL 61230 +1 309-887-4335
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4 based on 5 reviews

Albany Mounds State Historic Site

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

Why is the Albany Mounds State Historic State considered more important than the more celebrated Cahokia Mounds located near Collinsville, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis? Because it is older. It dates to the Middle Woodland Period, commonly referred to as the Hopewell period, which characterized critical changes in the lifestyles of native peoples in the New World, between 500 BC and 350 AD. Albany, a village of 981 residents located on Highway 84 overlooking the Mississippi River south of Clinton, Iowa and north of the Quad Cities, was founded in 1837. The Indians lived here as early as 500 BC, more than 2,500 years ago. The Hopewell culture flourished in the vast area of the Mississippi and Ohio River basins and adjacent regions from eastern Kansas to western New York and from the Gulf of Mexico to Ontario, Canada. Albany Mounds consists of 205 acres of tree-covered hills, valleys and surrounding prairie which is ideal for walking and bicycle riding and sitting and observing the wildlife from deer to eagles that call the park home. Located at the south end of the village, there is a parking lot at the entrance, at the southwest end of Cherry Street, a covered picnic shelter with tables and electrical outlets, a water fountain, rest rooms and interpretative signs. The parking lot also is the north entrance of the asphalt-covered Great River Recreation Trail. Albany was an ideal site for the Native Americans, where the waters, forest and prairie provided an abundant source of food, water and fuel. Over 96 burial mounds, suggesting a highly ritualized and very organized society, were built at Albany during the 500-year time span between 200 BC and 300 AD. Today, about 50 of the mounds remain. Crafted artifacts found in the excavated mounds include stone tools, copper awls, panpipes, mica mirrors, galena, marine shell containers, platform smoking pipes and pottery. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. What is amazing is it contains evidence of human activity that stretches over 10,000 years from the present day.

4. Eagle Point Park

3900 North 3rd Street, Clinton, IA +1 563-243-1260
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

Eagle Point Park

Reviewed By Carol M

This park is a true gem! Within it are a castle, a stone bridge, views of the Mississippi from on high, the lodge which is a treasure in its own right, and the best dog park my dog and I can imagine. The views are amazing, the trees and flowers are beautiful. If one chooses to walk or run, it is about 2.5 miles. The light exhibit from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve is a must see.

5. Windmill Cultural Center

111 10th Ave, Fulton, IL 61252-1777 +1 815-589-4033
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Windmill Cultural Center

Reviewed By sybil k - Moline, Illinois

The Windmill Cultural Center is a bright, cheerful and clean building with many hand made windmill models on display. The volunteer staff is knowledgeable and able to answer many questions you may have about the displays. There's a small gift shop area, and a children's section, as well. Located directly across from the Immigrant Windmill, and within walking distance to the bike/walk path along the Mississippi River, plus the downtown shopping and dining district, this small river town makes for a nice day trip.

6. Bickelhaupt Arboretum

340 S 14th St, Clinton, IA 52732-5432 +1 563-242-4771
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Bickelhaupt Arboretum

Reviewed By davidlI5106MM

This is a great and unexpected attraction for Clinton. It is wonderfully developed and maintained in an area of about a half mile by a quarter mile. It is a great spot for weddings, picnics, group gatherings. It has an amazing display of flowers, herbs, rare and exotic bushes, ferns and trees. There is a picturesque creek running through it and frequent art installations. There is even an educational area indoors and a butterfly display.

7. Heritage Canyon

515 N 4th St, Fulton, IL 61252-1825 +1 815-589-4545
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Heritage Canyon

Reviewed By 4grandtravel4 - Davenport, Iowa

This was an old quarry where different buildings have been brought in to make a little historic "village" to walk through. There are homes, stores, dentist and doctor office, school, chapel, etc. There is even a covered bridge and a log cabin. Lots of things to walk around and look at and learn a little history from mostly 1860's timeframe. There are also some hiking trails. This is also one of the few places that is completely free.

8. The Sawmill Museum

2231 Grant Street, Clinton, IA 52733-3191 +1 563-242-0343
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4 based on 34 reviews

The Sawmill Museum

Discover when Clinton was one of the lumber capitals of the world. The museum features exhibits for all ages, regular special programming, and hands on learning.

Reviewed By Foxy_Enigma - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

wanted to visit but wasn't completed - loved the irony of the fact it was built of stone & metal with all those saws why not use wood ?!

9. Tom & Audrey's Antique and Collectible Mall

505 S 2nd St, Clinton, IA 52732-4209 +1 563-243-3439
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Tom & Audrey's Antique and Collectible Mall

Reviewed By NoCampingJustHotels - Iowa

The whole main floor has been remodeled (all walls painted, new carpeting, awesome new windows across the front of the store). They were just at the end of the remodeling when i was there and it looks like a whole new store! A drunk driver drove into the building 3 times in 2 different places so it was an unplanned remodel but it just looks so amazing! Looks like all the dealers have moved around and there are quite a few new booths with better selection of items. As always there's a great variety of items at very reasonable prices. This will have to be a regular stop for shopping when i'm in Clinton.

10. Rock Creek Marina & Campground

3942 291st St, Clinton, IA 52730-9617 +1 563-259-1876
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Rock Creek Marina & Campground

Reviewed By agatha w - Plainfield, Illinois

Excellent place for families to hang out. You can rent a boat for $20/hr and go fishing etc. Nice view of the Mississippi River. The employees were friendly especially Morgan. She told us so much about the turtles and fish that they have inside the building. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

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