Things to Do in Grafton

On the hunt for outdoor adventure?

Pere Marquette State Park, the largest state park in Illinois, has the wide-open spaces and activities you crave. More interested in a relaxing day sipping wine while looking out over a peaceful river? Grafton has numerous wineries ready to help you escape.

Antique shopping, riding a zipline over the bluffs, cruising the river on a boat or ferry – there's no end to the fun you can have in Grafton. Explore all the things there are to do in this river town.

Outdoors & Recreation

Bordered on one side by the Mississippi River and on the other by bluffs and wooded areas, Grafton offers the best of both worlds for those looking to get out and explore the area. At Grafton Harbor, visitors can rent boats and jet skis for a day of sun-soaked fun. Pere Marquette State Park offers hikers and adventurers a chance to be immersed in nature. And the Grafton Sky Tour, the city’s newest attraction, takes riders over the bluffs and trees in enclosed gondolas or open-air chair lifts for breathtaking views of the landscape. All the outdoor and recreation options available to you are listed below.


Looking for a jaw dropping, heart racing experience? Try one of Grafton’s most popular attractions – a zip line that affords those brave enough a stunning river view and hours of fun. The seven zip lines traverse the bluffs and trees, offering various heights, lengths and speeds to satisfy every thrill-seeker’s desires. Ride lines like the Treehouse Leap, the longest cable on the course, or the Soaring Eagle, the line that reaches the highest point. If you’re really feeling adventurous, the Creek Hopper is the fastest cable of the seven, reaching up to 45 mph during its run. Do all seven, only at Grafton Zipline!


Few things in Grafton are more enjoyable – or interesting – than strolling the city's sidewalks, stopping only to pop into the countless antique stores, small shops and locally owned businesses. A day can be made of searching every nook and cranny for that timeless antique or authentic hand-carved piece. You'll be sure to make some friends along the way, too. Find all the shopping possibilities listed below.

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