The 10 Best Things to Do in Grafton, United States

September 7, 2017 Chanda Heide

Grafton is the oldest city in Jersey County, Illinois, United States. It is located near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. As of the 2010 U.S. census, the city had a total population of 674. Prior to the Great Flood of 1993, Grafton had enjoyed a stable population of nearly 1,000 residents.
Restaurants in Grafton

1. Grafton Zipline Adventures

800 Timber Ridge Dr, Grafton, IL 62037-1154
Excellent
89%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 71 reviews

Grafton Zipline Adventures

Reviewed By JSitko - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania

Came here with a group of co-workers for a "team-building" exercise. The guides were very capable and friendly. A few of the runs were longer than I expected and had terrific views, with top speeds approaching 40MPH. Definitely something to do if you are looking for something different.

2. Pere Marquette State Park

13112 Visitor Center Ln, Grafton, IL 62037-2481 +1 618-786-3323
Excellent
59%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Pere Marquette State Park

Reviewed By jyates34 - Paducah, Kentucky

It was a very blustery day when we stopped in while driving along the Great River Scenic Highway and the inviting lodge was most welcoming.

Even on a cold, windy day, the surrounding scenery was most interesting and the adjacent grounds were very calming and relaxing.

Hopefully, I'll be back in the area when the weather conditions are more conducive to exploring more of the park.

3. Raging Rivers

100 Palisades Parkway, Grafton, IL 62037 +1 618-786-2345
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Raging Rivers

Along the scenic Great River Road in Grafton, Illinois, Raging Rivers WaterPark is cool when it's hot! From our zoomin' Cascade Body Flumes to our lazy Endless River, there's something for everyone! (Temporarily closed until Summer 2018!)

Reviewed By 4cory - Grafton, Illinois

Fun, fast, wet and wild! Water entertainment for the entire family. Locally owned and operated. Excellent view of the river, boaters and nature married with a water park. Excellent parking, picnicing and fun for all!

4. Grafton Visitor's Center

950 E Main Street, Grafton, IL 62037 +1 618-786-7000
Excellent
40%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Grafton Visitor's Center

Reviewed By Babu2773 - Chicago, Illinois

We found a helpful attendant and a rack filled with brochures of the area, but especially of Grafton. One brochure about the history of Grafton is interesting and helpful. We also spotted a little owl in a tree with the assistance of a police officer who had stopped at the center during our visit.

5. Piasa Winery & Pub

225 W Main St, Grafton, IL 62037-1116 +1 618-786-9463
Excellent
44%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Piasa Winery & Pub

Reviewed By chriscentralIllinois - central Illinois

Great atmosphere and good selection of wine. Definately stop in when in Grafton. if you go on the weekends they often have a band.

6. Ridge Valley Riding Stables

286 Upton St, This is in MA not IL, Grafton, IL 01519-1401 +1 508-839-3038
Excellent
88%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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5 based on 8 reviews

Ridge Valley Riding Stables

Reviewed By Torrdykaren - Stockholm, Sweden

We had an amazing trail ride of 4.5 hours on the beach and beyond at Cape Cod. TThey had a lot of energy when needed, but were otherwise calm and easy to ride. The guide, Emily, was superfriendly and told us everything about the area, the horses and the stable. This is a must if you are in Cape Cod and love horses!
There is a video of the trail ride on their website, and the ride was very much like it, but better.
Aasa and Hans, Sweden

7. Grafton Ice Cream Company

222 E Main St, Grafton, IL 62037-1123
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 9 reviews

Grafton Ice Cream Company

We have Soft serve ice cream, frozen yogurt and hand dipped ice cream. We have many specialty items that are available daily; hot fudge brownie sundea, banana split, mud pie, parfaits, strawberry shortcake, turtle sundea, malts, shakes, glaciers, slushies, floats, sundeas, and much more. If your hungry we have a short menu; hot dogs, corndogs, bar-b-que, burritos, pretzels, nachos, and snacks. Nice friendly service and great products, come visit and find out.

Reviewed By KD4ML - Kapaau, Hawaii

We walked from our Mississippi steamboat, American Queen, searching on shore for some healthy probitics. Other than old style sour kraut and some artificially sweetened yogurt in the boat's buffet, we had been stymied at some of the small towns on our voyage. Here we found delicious frozen yogurt with active cultures and natural favors. It is obviously a local favorite.

8. Grafton Harbor

215 W Water St, Grafton, IL 62037-1146
Excellent
43%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Grafton Harbor

Reviewed By Dan L - Missouri

Took a sunset river cruise with my wife and had a nice time. It was easy to find, friendly people and a well organized event. Not too much to see on the river, but with a group of people of the top deck makes for a fun evening. Drinks were available and priced right excpet for the wine, low quality and high price.

9. Grafton Winery The Vineyards

21028 Eckert Orchard Rd, Grafton, IL 62037 +1 618-786-3004
Excellent
39%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Grafton Winery The Vineyards

Reviewed By KCLJ520 - Illinois

My wife and I spent our 11th wedding anniversary here, brought our dinner from Mike's Pizza in Jerseyville (highly recommended!) and bought a bottle of wine at the Vineyards. We sat and ate next to the lake, and just enjoyed the beautiful weather and each other's company.

This is located right next to Eckert's in Grafton, so plan your trip so you can enjoy both!

10. Grafton Riverside Flea Market

401 Front Street, Grafton, IL 62037 +1 618-786-3494
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Grafton Riverside Flea Market

Reviewed By Lorin G - Saint Louis, Missouri

This flea market is held on Saturday and Sunday on the fourth weekend of the month.
It is entirely indoors in an old boat house. There are a large number of vendors selling every conceivable type of merchandise from glassware and décor items to food. I would estimate there are about fifty to sixty sellers.

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