• Eagle season

    Be An Official Eagle Watcher

    Join us for an eagle watching adventure and become an "Official Alton Eagle Watcher." Visit us during the Alton Eagle Festival on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, to receive your eagle watcher's card. Then, come back to see us throughout the season as the eagle counts continue to grow. As you visit the ...

  • Ice Skating at The Loading Dock in Grafton, Illinois

    Skate With Us This Winter

    As the water begins to freeze at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi River, the Loading Dock Ice rink offers you a place like no other to celebrate ice and winter right on the riverfront.  Embrace the cold with that special someone or your friends and family and glide into ...

  • Holiday Schedule

    Holiday Schedule

    Alton Visitor CenterChristmas Eve: ClosedChristmas Day: ClosedNew Year's Eve: Open 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.New Year's Day: Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Audubon Center at RiverlandsChristmas Eve: ClosedChristmas ...

  • Emrys the Eagle

    The Little Eagle That Could

    He has his own room complete with a full sized nest. And he sort of rules the roost. Emrys, the juvenile American Bald Eagle at

  • fish

    Gone Fishin'

    It’s not too difficult to find your Friday fish fix! While we have numerous churches, KC Halls and VFWs that host fish fries, we also have several locally-owned eateries that are known for their delicious seafood. Here is my list of the top restaurants for excellent fish in our ...


  • Grafton, Illinois

    At the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, experience life in a real river town - Grafton, Illinois. The early settlers of Grafton saw the potential of this plat of land at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

  • Grafton Ferry

    The Grafton Ferry, which is open spring through late fall, carries cars and passengers across the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to St. Charles County, Mo.

  • Pere Marquette State Park

    If you are looking for outdoor recreation, look no further than Grafton. Pere Marquette State Park, the largest state park in Illinois, is located just west of Grafton. There are hiking trails, opportunities to eagle watch and much more.

  • Grafton, Illinois

    The resilience of the town is evident in the bustling tourist community that Grafton has become. Gift shops, antique stores, wineries, guest houses, "hot fish" sandwich stands line Main Street and the riverfront.

  • Confluence of Rivers

    The once thriving riverboat industry in Grafton has become a thing of the past, but you can still see the towboats and barges pushing their way along the Mississippi.