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Bickelhaupt Arboretum

340 South 14th Street, Clinton. This nationally-recognized 14-acre outdoor museum of select-labeled trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials and annuals, features one of the top garden conifer collections in the country, numbering more than 600 cultivars. Other collections include native prairie grasses, flowering trees, shrub roses, wildflowers, ornamental shrubs, as well as Stout Medal daylily collections, Monarch Watch butterfly station, American Hosta Society National Display Garden, bird haven and herb garden. A library, meeting sites, water features and museum display of native animals and birds are also on-site. Open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk. Free weekend tours, 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April-October. Free conducted tours by appointment. Contact: (563) 242-4771. Visit us at

Clinton Sawmill Museum

When open, the Clinton Sawmill Museum will tell the story that from the 1850s to 1890s, Clinton was “THE LUMBER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD,” peaking in 1892 with over 195 million board feet of lumber being produced - enough to build about 25,000 houses, businesses and barns. Lumber from Clinton's mills helped fuel America's Westward expansion, sending lumber across the country to build the American West and cities like Chicago and Kansas City. Because of lumber, Clinton became home to more millionaires, and future billionaires per capita, than any other city in the U.S. during this period. The Clinton Sawmill is a story of national significance. It includes the stories of: the Great Northwoods; the Mississippi River; the railroads; a story of workers, immigrants and entrepreneurs; and effects on the environment, including lessons for the 21st century. It is the story of a classic American town - boom, bust, recovery, ingenuity, perseverance and lasting pride. 2231 Grant Street, Clinton. Contact: (563) 242-0343 or e-mail:

Clinton Area Showboat Theatre

311 Riverview Drive, Clinton (P.O. Box 764, Clinton). Come join us in the Lillian Russell Theatre aboard a restored old river paddle wheeler on the beautiful riverfront in Clinton. We have professional summer repertory theatre from June through mid-August, with great musicals and hilarious comedies. Our troupe of talented, young Midwest actors, Broadway professionals and some seasoned, skillful, local actors provide a summer of theatre magic aboard the Showboat! There is also Theatre for Children on Saturdays during the summer. We have special group rates and meet-the-cast receptions. Call (563) 242-6760 and our answering service (until the Box Office opens in May) will ensure you get a return call. E-mail: Internet:

Clinton LumberKings Baseball

537 Ball Park Drive, P.O. Box 1295, Clinton. Alliant Energy Field is home to the Clinton LumberKings, a professional Class A, Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Enjoy family fun and entertainment! Home games are from April through September. Contact (563) 242-0727. E-mail: Internet:

Clinton Symphony Orchestra

P.O. Box 116, Clinton. The Clinton Symphony is a full, professional symphony orchestra that performs classical concerts throughout the season and an annual pops concert on the riverfront. Guest soloists from near and distant parts of the country are featured regularly. Enjoy the big-city excitement of live symphonic music right here where we live. Details of upcoming performances are available at Contact: (815) 625-0922 or email:

Curtis Mansion

420 5th Avenue South, Clinton. This restored Victorian home of Lumber Baron George M. Curtis is a fine example of period architecture with its original Tiffany glass windows, delicately carved banisters, ornate wood trim and massive fireplaces. Rich in the history of the area, this mansion makes an elegant backdrop for special events. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are available by special appointment or during the summer months from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Other times by appointment. Admission Fee. Contact: (563) 242-8556.

Eagle Point Park

3923 North 3rd Street, Clinton. Picnic, hike or cross-country ski around this 200-acre park of spectacular bluffs along the river in Clinton. A 1937 Stone Tower provides a spectacular view of the Mississippi River and surrounding area. Children’s playgrounds are situated throughout the park. The north end overlook provides a panoramic view of the widest part of the entire Mississippi river. The park is a facility of the City of Clinton. Contact: (563) 243-1260.

Eagle Point Park Lodge

Located at Eagle Point Park, 3923 North 3rd Street, Clinton. Eagle Point Park Lodge sits high above the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The lodge is rustic in nature and was built in 1937. It is adorned by glass-screened fireplaces and provides a cozy ambience for any event. The vista span of the lodge highlights the sparkling waters of the Mighty Mississippi River and overlooks Lock and Dam 13. A turn of the head north reveals the widest point of the Mississippi River. The annual migration of eagles highlights a spectacular view from the glass windows that are a part of the charm of this facility. The heated and air conditioned lodge is available year-round as a rental facility. Contact: (563) 243-1260.

Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center

332 8th Avenue South, Clinton. “Discover the Wonder of a Child's World!” The Children's Discovery Center is a member of the Association of Children's Museums (ACM), offering interactive exhibits, educational displays, special events and weekly programs. Displays include Brio train engines, Kapla blocks, an ambulance, a grocery store, a hospital and much more! The center honors the memory of Clinton native Frank Adler (“Funny Felix, King of Clowns”), who was a famous clown with Ringling Brothers Circus. The facility has a gift shop and two special events rooms available. It is an exceptional field trip destination and unique tourist attraction! Center hours are: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Contact: (563) 243-3600 or e-mail: View

Gateway Contemporary Ballet

P.O. Box 1183, Clinton. Clinton's resident dance company, Gateway Contemporary Ballet, celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2010. Since the beginning, they have brought the delight of classical and modern dance to the area, whether it's a full-length ballet in spring, free riverfront concerts in summer or a showcase of guest artists in the fall. The GCB also performs with other artistic organizations and for various clubs, festivals and benefits, helping to uphold Iowa's reputation as one of the most culturally aware places in the U.S. Contact: (563) 242-1002. Internet:

Historical Society Museum

601 South 1st Street, P.O. Box 2435, Clinton. Here, the story of early settlers of this Mississippi River area and the booming lumber business is told. Permanent collection includes old photographs of the area, memorabilia, period furniture, authentic 1924 kitchen and the Resolute, one of only three manually-powered fire engines on display in the world. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Other times by appointment. Handicapped accessible. Contact: (563) 242-1201.

Lyons Farmers’ Market

Open-air/seasonal, May-October. Wed. 4 to 6 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to Noon. Roosevelt & Main Avenue, Clinton. Shop for your favorite “straight from the garden” goodies, from delicious sweet corn and ripe, red tomatoes to fresh green beans and “new” potatoes. From sweet, mouthwatering melon to crisp, juicy apples from the tree. You’ll also find appetizing, freshly-baked goodies like pies and coffee cakes. For more information, call Ken Shelly Jr.: (563) 577-2216.

Prairie Pastures Dog Park

4101 North 3rd Street, Clinton. Inside the gates of Eagle Point Park, across from the south playground, Prairie Pastures Dog Park is Clinton's newest celebrity, having just been chosen the 8th best dog park in the nation by Dog Fancy magazine. Run totally by volunteers, they converted eight acres of the old petting zoo into a wonderful play area for dogs of all sizes to run off leash. It features natural grasses and trails; a swim area for small dogs, as well as a pond for more adventurous canines; small dog yard; large dog yard; and a senior/special needs yard for both dogs and humans to be away from the rambunctious play. Memberships or day pass fees are required to use the park as no tax dollars subsidize it. Check out the website at or email or phone (563) 249-4906 for more information.

River Arts Center

(Operated by the Clinton Art Association) 229 5th Avenue South, Box 132, Downtown Clinton. New exhibits, in a variety of media, are hung every six weeks. The gift shop contains unique gift items on consignment, created by artists from the Clinton area and from all over the U.S. During the year, classes and workshops, taught by local teachers and well-known artists, are held in painting, pottery, ceramics and drawing. The River Arts Center houses the Best Cellar Theatre, which has year-round children and adult shows using local talent. Call the River Arts Center for more information and/or dates for performances. Hours at the River Arts Center are Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the first two weeks of January. They are also open to groups by appointment. Call (563) 243-3300 for more information.

Smith Brothers General Store

1016 South 4th Street, Clinton. This store truly has something for everyone! If you don't see what you're looking for, just ask. Walking into this general store is like taking a step back in time. You probably won't see everything in one trip here! (563) 242-0327.

Soaring Eagle Nature Center

3923 North 3rd Street, Clinton (just south of Eagle Point Park). The Nature Barn is open for special events throughout the year and during the school term for conservation education classes. Hiking trails, natural prairie, one-room schoolhouse, a nature center and Prairie Pastures Dog Park are located at the center. Call (563) 847-7202 or email for educational programs and (563) 242-9088 for other information. Website:

Wide River Winery

1776 Deer Creek Road, Clinton. Located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River at its widest point. Enjoy award-winning wines in our remodeled tasting room or take a picnic outside on the deck and relax overlooking a wooded ravine. Learn about the art and science of wine making with a winery tour. Hike the bluff trail for striking views of the Mississippi River or stroll through 6.5 acres of vineyards. Our friendly staff looks forward to your visit! Open 11-5 weekdays and 11-6 weekends. Please call (563) 519-9463 (WINE) or visit for more information.

Wild Rose Casino & Resort

The Wild Rose Casino & Resort is one of Iowa's newest facilities. The 120,000-square-foot property houses approximately 575 slot machines and 14 table games. The property also contains a 60-room hotel and two dining options at Coaches Corner Sports Bar & Grill and the Sawmill Buffet with daily specials and Sunday brunch. Check out the Wild Rose Casino & Resort at for Stay & Play specials, promotions and entertainment. Over 21? Become a Wild Times member for free and receive discounts and complimentary offers based on your play.

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