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Attractions and Entertainment

The Clinton area is rich with historical sites and the beauty of the Mississippi River, a place where residents and visitors alike enjoy the quiet, scenic charm to be found around each bend of the Mississippi. Residents call it “Life ... with a river view,” and take pride in the extraordinary displays of natural beauty and the unique quality of life that is found here. The Clinton region truly enjoys many big city perks set in a smaller, family-friendly community.

The area boasts numerous recreational opportunities, riverboat cruises, water sports, indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment options. Boat ramps, fishing access, hunting preserves, bowling lanes, biking, hiking, walking and cross-country ski trails and golf courses are everywhere. There are also ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, gymnasiums, playground equipment, band shells, picnic tables and lots of places to just sit, relax, appreciate nature and watch the world go by.

No matter what sports and activities you enjoy, you’ll find you can do it all in Clinton, Camanche and Fulton. This is an active community with people of all ages participating in a wide variety of healthful fun and games. The area offers 480 acres of parks and wilderness areas, with more than 20 parks, two golf courses and countless ball fields, playgrounds and activity centers. In 21 area facilities and through more than 160 recreational programs and activities designed for everyone, from preschoolers to senior citizens, there is much to enhance the quality of life for all.

The Mississippi River alone provides miles of recreation, exploration and excitement. From super-charged water-skiing and wake boarding to quiet, more relaxed activities (like fishing and sailing), the Mighty Mississippi is a great playground in itself. There are numerous public boat ramps, full-service marinas and convenient RV parks. Canoe or kayak in the peaceful backwaters of the river for a close-up glimpse of the river and its surrounding habitat. Fishing access on the Mississippi is available at Clinton’s handicapped-accessible pier and along the Riverview Park Recreation Trail. Clinton also plays host to numerous fishing competitions throughout much of the year.

The Recreational Trail extends 10 miles from Camanche to Eagle Point Park in Clinton, winding along the Mississippi River. The Great River Biking & Hiking Trail that runs through Fulton offers walkers, joggers and bicycle riders a wonderful place to exercise or simply enjoy the river. There’s also indoor and outdoor tennis, soccer, softball, hiking, camping, picnicking and cross-country skiing. For the horse lover, travel a few miles north of Clinton and take a trail ride in the beautiful countryside. Two hunting preserves are close by, along with three bowling alleys.

The Bickelhaupt Arboretum is a 14-acre outdoor museum of select labeled trees, shrubs, groundcovers, perennials and annuals. Voted as one of the “Top 10 Lawns with a View in the Midwest,” the arboretum offers a quiet sanctuary any time between dawn and dusk.

Picnic, hike or cross-country ski in one of Clinton’s most treasured assets, Eagle Point Park, a 200-acre park set atop bluffs overlooking the beautiful Mississippi River at the widest part of the river. A 1937 Stone Tower provides an additional view of the river and surrounding area. Children’s playgrounds are situated throughout the park, along with a sand volleyball pit and a basketball court. Prairie Pastures Dog Park and a disc golf course are available for leisure and competitive play. Available for rent year-round is the newly-renovated Eagle Point Lodge. Its scenic view of the widest spot in Mississippi River provides an excellent backdrop for wedding receptions, family reunions, business meetings, graduation parties, or any occasion. The beautiful stone patio will accommodate 125 people for a spectacular outdoor wedding.

Just south of Eagle Point Park is the Soaring Eagle Nature Center. This nature barn is open for special events throughout the year and during the school term for environmental education classes. Hiking trails, natural prairie, wetland area and a one-room schoolhouse are located at the Nature Center.

The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center honors the memory of Clinton native Frank Adler (better known as Funny Felix, King of Clowns), who was a clown with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus for nearly 50 years. The center is a place for family fun and learning where children are encouraged to touch and ask why. The center combines interactive displays and hands-on experiences to promote exploring, discovery and learning.
Wild Rose Casino & Resort features exciting Las Vegas-style casino gambling with slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette and other popular games. This resort features 600 slot machines, 14 game tables, off-track betting, 60 hotel rooms and six luxury suites, a full-service catering event center, the Coaches Corner Sports Bar & Grill and the Sawmill Buffet. Nationally known entertainers are booked at the event center throughout the year.

Riverview Park is a 65-acre park overlooking the Mississippi River and is the home of many amenities including the new marina and restaurant, public boat ramps, tennis courts, ball diamonds, picnic tables, playground equipment, a skate park, band shell area, Ashford University Field, the Clinton Area Showboat, an RV Park and the Clinton Aquatic Center and Pool. Spanning the length of the park, Riverview Drive features a recreational trail that follows along the river to the north end of Clinton.

Organized professional baseball began in Clinton in 1895. Today, Ashford University Field is the home of the Clinton LumberKings, a professional Class 1A baseball club. With a newly remodeled stadium featuring box seating, a children’s entertainment area, a picnic area and two beer gardens, many enjoy big-city family fun and entertainment right here in our community.

Clinton Aquatic Center and Pool features two waterslides, a lighthouse water fun area, diving boards and concession and picnic areas, all surrounding an Olympic-size pool.

The Clinton, Camanche and Fulton communities are proud of their proximity to the Mississippi River and celebrate this with three marinas, a true boater’s delight.

Clinton provides a variety of quality cultural options generally found only in much larger communities, and is one of the smallest cities in the U.S. to support a full, professional symphony orchestra that performs classical concerts throughout the year. Guest soloists are featured regularly. Enjoy big-city excitement of live symphonic music in the warm hospitality of our community with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra.

From June through mid-August, come see Broadway-quality productions at the Lillian Russell Theatre aboard the Clinton Area Showboat, a restored old river paddle wheeler now dry-docked on the beautiful riverfront in Clinton. A troupe of talented Midwest actors, Broadway professionals and seasoned local actors provides a summer of great musicals, exciting “whodunits” and hilarious comedies. Gateway Contemporary Ballet, Clinton’s resident dance company, has been bringing the delight of classical and modern dance to the area for more than 20 years. Whether it’s a full-length ballet in the spring, free riverfront concerts in the summer or a showcase of guest artists in the fall, the Gateway Contemporary Ballet helps uphold Iowa’s reputation as one of the most culturally aware places in the country.

The River Arts Center, which is operated by the Clinton Art Association, is located in historic downtown Clinton. The center displays new exhibits in a variety of media. The center also offers classes and workshops taught by local, as well as well-known, Iowa artists. The Center houses the River Arts Players, which has year-round youth and adult entertainment showcasing local talent.

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