Many pleasures await you during the summer months in Grafton. The scenic nature and wildlife areas are plentiful with biking, horseback riding, canoeing, motorboats, jet skies, a water park, mini-golf, and much more all available for your enjoyment.
Lucy Mae's, located on Main Street, is surrounded by local gift shops, antique shops, a fudge and ice cream shop, flea markets, and restaurants within walking distance; to either side, or right across the street!
Grafton offers fine specialty stores, antiques and furniture, local arts and crafts, iron decor, flea markets (seasonal), old time mercantile, and local and regional wines. Grafton is also noted for its fine family restaurants, wineries, fish stands, and bar and grills.
Warm Saturdays and Sundays often bring antique and classic cars non-stop past Lucy Mae's front porch. Sit for hours watching the parade of interesting 'vehicles' of all types drive through town. A real education for the car buff!
MarquetteState Park, which is the largest State Park in Illinois, is located a few miles Northwest on the Great River Road where you can find available campgrounds, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks.
Raging Rivers Water Park is located in Grafton on the Great River Road just east of the city.
Take a drive along the Great River Road during the early fall to see the spectacular colors of the changing leaves. Stop in Grafton for lunch or dinner and continue your scenic drive along the mighty Mississippi.
Each year the American Bald eagle comes to the Grafton area migrating to their winter home along the bluffs of the Great River Road. Come join the eagle watchers to see eagles from mid-December through February. Each year more than 1,000 eagles come to the Grafton area and the bluff. The winter of 2006-2007 was a great year to see the eagles with many eagle watchers seeing up to 50 eagles per visit to as many as 150 during the peak of eagle season.
Spend a few days at Lucy Mae's to watch the eagles as you cross the Mississippi on the Grafton Ferry, or while driving along the Great River Road. Spend time sitting along the Mississippi River watching the eagle’s land on the choppy ice, feed, nest, and fly around the area as you spend time in Grafton, shopping and eating at our local restaurants.
Tours are available every Saturday in January at the Alton Visitor’s center at 200 Piasa Street, across from the Argosy Casino in Alton, Illinois just a few miles east of Grafton across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. From to you can see a FREE live bald eagle demonstration brought to you by the World Bird Sanctuary. For more information, call the VisitorsCenter at 1-800-258-6645.