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Things to Do in Jersey County

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With a year-round calendar of exciting community events, wineries, shopping and dining establishments and active recreation opportunities, there is never a shortage of things to see and do in Jersey County.

The area is always bustling with community gatherings that celebrate everything from history and music to holidays and agriculture. Among the county’s most anticipated events are: the State Street Music Festival and Towboat Festival in June; the weeklong Jersey County Fair in July; the Olden Days Festival in August; the Jersey County Victorian Festival, Apple Fest, Harvest Fest and Pioneer Rendezvous in September; and the Grafton Rendezvous and Fall Boat Classic in October.

Between the big events and festivals is plenty of additional fun and excitement to be had in Jersey County. The area is home to unique wineries, thriving downtown districts lined with shops and restaurants, rich 19th Century historic attractions and more. Its enviable location at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers also affords a wide range of recreational diversions. The two rivers themselves make for a great day of boating and other water activities, as well as for birding and nature viewing.

Traversing the shores is the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route, a byway that lends itself to some of the best views of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers (and the Missouri River, which joins the Mississippi and Illinois rivers just south of the county). Along the route, visitors regularly stop at the scenic Mississippi River Bluffs, while bikers and hikers can be seen along the 20-mile Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail, which parallels the Great River Road and a portion of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route. The scenic route also travels through the 8,000-acre Pere Marquette State Park, a site filled with rich history and a long list of recreation opportunities, including bird watching, boating, fishing, biking, horseback riding, camping and picnicking.


Further opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation are offered through a variety of municipal park sites and facilities in each community, as well as at several area golf courses and the Raging Rivers Water Park – a popular summertime destination in Grafton.

Out-of-town guests touring the attractions of Jersey County are invited to stay at one of the many comfortable lodging facilities in the area. Full-service hotels and motels, bed & breakfasts, quiet guesthouses and rustic cabins and campsites are all at hand to suit the needs of all visitors. Referred accommodations are available through the Jersey County Business Association. Contact the JCBA by phone at 618-639-5222 or visit its online business directory at

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