Winter Fun in Grafton
Get alpine coasting thrills, hike the hills, and beat the chill with riverside eats, healthy treats, and bald eagle meet & greets – winter can’t get much cooler than in Grafton Illinois.
Make winter unforgettable this year by going to Aerie’s Resort and riding Aerie’s Alpine Coaster- the only ride of its kind in Illinois! Blast down 3,010 feet of track at speeds of up to 28 miles per hour through the rugged natural terrain of the Grafton hillside- with views of the river, you won’t find a thrill to top it anywhere in the Midwest!
Grafton is also home to Pere Marquette State Park- the largest state park in Illinois! Hit the trails on a brisk winter hike minus the summer insects, go rock climbing on dozens of natural rock climbing paths that have no equal for 100 miles in all directions, and watch for wildlife like white-tailed deer, wild turkey, songbirds, and even American bald eagles throughout the winter.
For an indoor/outdoor activity, lace up your skates riverside at The Loading Dock Ice Rink with tasty food and hot cocoa to follow as you view the wild Mississippi.
Toasty Eats & Drinks
Starving for exciting fare this winter? Fried fish is always on the menu in Grafton- grab a basket from O’Jan’s Fish Stand, The Grafton Pub, Drifter’s Eats & Drinks, or try the tiny but mighty Beasley Fish Stand where a meal is always under $10!
Try the homemade pork rinds and kettle-cooked chili at 3rd Chute Bar & Grill, have a draft beer from The Bloody Bucket, order all the oysters you can eat at the Grafton Oyster Bar, and try some Midwest barbecue at Hawg Pit BBQ.
Bring your friends to The Terrace at Aerie’s Resort for upscale apps and sweeping views of the Mississippi or rent an igloo at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus with a glass of wine and an elegant dinner.
Journey up the marvelous Great River Road, one of the most beautiful roads in America, and watch for wild American Bald Eagles along the way! The gigantic raptors can be seen from late December through mid-February in the region, fishing and hunting along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.
Want to go with a guide? January and February, take a Grafton Eagle Watching Shuttle Tour and get bussed to eagle-watching sites or follow a guide from the comfort of your own car on Bald Eagle Days running December through March.
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