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Harrison's Gifts in downtown Grafton

Give the Gift of Travel For the Holidays

Have a tricky person to buy for on your holiday gift list? Think outside the box this year and give the gift of travel. Be creative with gift certificates and create an escape to southwest Illinois that includes dining experiences and a packaged overnight stay. The Great Rivers & Routes region, just…

Give the Gift of Great Rivers & Routes Experiences

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays throughout the year with the gift of Great Rivers & Routes experiences. From water parks to opera, baseball to trampoline parks, live theater to live music -- there are plenty of outside the box gift experiences available for that hard-to-buy-for person on your…

Christmas Wonderland

Hear the sleigh bells jingle and see 4 million lights twinkle against the beautiful backdrop at Rock Spring Park's Christmas Wonderland. Back for another year to warm the hearts and holiday spirits of families and friends, the park will be lighting the way to another illuminating holiday season…

5 Reasons to be Thankful in 2020

We know, we know. This hasn't been the greatest year. 2020 has been hard on everyone -- and yet, believe it or not, there were bright spots. We decided to put together a list of things to be grateful for this holiday season. Here is what we came up with: Community Adaptability Time Awareness…

Skate With Us This Winter

Updated Opening Information: Due to new state COVID mitigations, the opening of the Ice Rink has been pushed back. There is no opening date at this time. Once a date has been announced, the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau will update the website. As the waters begin to freeze at the confluence…

Great Rivers & Routes Made Holiday Gift Guide

Have yourself a merry little Christmas this year. And make sure the holidays are bright with gifts from the Great Rivers & Routes region in southwest Illinois. Local makers are in the holiday spirit this year and ready to put a little jingle in your holiday gift giving plans. Looking for that great…

Best Fall Hikes

Great Hikes to Take This Fall COVID taking a toll on your mental health? Take a walk. The Great Rivers & Routes region has the perfect prescription to help work off some of that pandemic stress with off-the-beaten path hiking trails sure to restore your equilibrium and keep you physically and…

A Turtle, A Frog and Two Catfish Come to Grafton

Once upon a time ... .... (really about 3 years ago), a woman named Mary and her friend Dan were looking at Grafton’s beautiful Lighthouse Park and said “We need more things for kids to do in this park! And, it has to be something that won’t float away during a flood.” Mary thought and thought, and…