For a day trip, a weekend or a lifetime, take some time to discover Clinton Illinois.
Located in the center of what the State Economic Development Department deems "The Golden Square," Clinton is "smack in the middle of it all." The proximity to the exact geographical center of the state of Illinois makes it a destination that's literally easy to reach, but figuratively difficult to leave. Once you begin to experience the pleasures of our area, you may just wish to move here. If so, we can help in that regard too, but for now, let's touch on things to do while you're here.
Overnight Accommodations available at:
Sunset Inn & Suites - 217-935-4140
Town & Country Motel - 217-935-2121
Wye Motel - 217-935-3373
Barn Quilts of DeWitt County
Barn Quilts of DeWitt County is a project designed to celebrate Clinton and DeWitt County's rich agricultural history, showcase our rural areas, promote agritourism, the arts, and create a sense of community pride. Throughout the county, vibrant, hand-painted 8' x 8' quilt blocks on 'wooden canvases' adorn numerous barns, making a drive through the countryside all the more enjoyable. Barn Quilts of DeWitt County is an all-volunteer program of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. Stop by the chamber to pick up your map and explore the DeWitt County country side. For more information visit Barn Quilts of DeWitt County on Facebook.
Ultimate Play Space
Bring the kids and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of imagination at the Ultimate Play Space, located in Kiwanis Park behind the YMCA at 417 S. Alexander. The Ultimate Play Space was designed and built by hundreds of volunteers. Also located in Kiwanis Park, the Spray & Play spray park provides a refreshing relief to the summer heat.
C.H. Moore Homestead
Open April - December, The C. H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum, 219 East Woodlawn, Clinton, invites you to "Take a Walk Into History". Visit Clinton in Central Illinois, heartland of America's richest farming country. Tour the restored mid-Victorian mansion which was the home of the Honorable C. H. Moore, Abraham Lincoln's law partner in Clinton. The mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Call 217-935-6066 or visit their website: www.chmoorehomestead.org
Apple and Pork Festival
Always the last full weekend in September... Wear your comfortable shoes and explore booth after booth of foods, crafts, art, antiques and more. Entertainment, demonstrations, and museum tours are among the festival activities. Plan to spend the day! Tram and bus transportation to various sites provided for a small fee. An estimated 80,000 visitors attend the festival each year. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 217-935-3364, toll free at 866-4-DeWitt or click here.
Mr. Lincoln's Square, downtown Clinton, IL
See the Lincoln statue by A. L. VanDenBergen, as well as other historic monuments on Mr. Lincoln's Square. If you want to learn about the places Abraham Lincoln has been and the people he knew as he traveled through central Illinois, enjoy the Looking for Lincoln Story Trail. There are over 200 storyboards, called wayside exhibits, scattered throughout the central Illinois landscape. Check the Looking For Lincoln website for more details and locations. Don't miss the DeWitt County Museum's C. H. Moore Homestead, a home owned by Clifton H. Moore. Moore and Lincoln were law partners during the 1840s and shared a law office in Clinton, now occupied by Moore & Warner Farm Management. Need genealogy assistance? Contact the Vespasian Warner Library, home of the DeWitt County Genealogical Society.
Lincoln Heritage Committee of DeWitt County
The Lincoln Heritage Committee of DeWitt County was formed by a group of local volunteers dedicated to preserving, interpreting and promoting Clinton and DeWitt County’s bonds with Abraham Lincoln. Those ties run deep as Lincoln played an important role in Clinton’s early development for nearly 20 years, beginning with the formation of DeWitt County and the Eighth Judicial Circuit in 1839 until 1859, the year the prairie lawyer was elected President of the United States. The city of Clinton is an official member of the Looking for Lincoln Coalition as well as the Looking for Lincoln Story Trail and is home to nine Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits. An additional wayside exhibit is located in DeWitt. In Clinton, visitors can stand on the very step where Lincoln once stood, learn if their ancestors crossed paths with the man who would one day become the sixteenth President, tour the home of one of Lincoln’s many local colleagues, see the house where Lincoln was often a guest, view the bronze statue commemorating the site on Mr. Lincoln’s Square where Lincoln declared, “You can fool all of the people part of the time…,” enjoy a seven-block wayside exhibit walking tour, experience the Illinois prairie landscape as it appeared in Lincoln’s circuit-riding days, stroll among the weathered headstones of the soldiers who fought in “Mr. Lincoln’s War,” and learn of Lincoln’s unique experiences in DeWitt County through the Lincoln Heritage Committee’s “Lincoln in DeWitt County” exhibit. If you are planning a Lincoln-themed visit to Clinton and would like more details, contact the Clinton Chamber of Commerce at 217-935-3364 or 866-4-DEWITT or visit Lincoln Heritage of DeWitt County on the web. To join the Lincoln Heritage Committee of DeWitt County, contact the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce. Membership is open to individuals, families, businesses and organizations.
Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
Clinton Lake S.R.A. is east of Clinton off Rt. 10 and Rt. 54. Enjoy 9,300 acres of great outdoors for all seasons - picnics, hiking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and so much more. Contact Clinton Lake S.R.A. at 217-935-8722. Restaurant on site.
Weldon Springs State Park
Just two miles east of Clinton is Weldon Springs State Park, a 550 - acre park for all seasons, where you can fish, boat, camp, hike, view or photograph nature and wildlife and so much more. Pack a picnic lunch, and come spend the day with the family. Contact Weldon Springs State Park at 217-935-2644. Restaurant on site.
Clinton Visitor Center
Tourism Information is available at the DeWitt County Visitor Center, conveniently located at the intersection of State Route 54 and U.S. Route 51. The center offers an outdoor brochure rack with area information that's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! For more information, please call the Chamber office at 217-935-3364 or 866-4-DeWitt.
Come out for the annual bike ride around DeWitt County. Proceeds from the Tour deWitt will help to fund the McLean County Children's Protection Network which operates the DeWitt County Children's Advocacy Center. This is a ride for all levels of riders with a 9, 22, 40, or 62 mile loop beginning and ending at the Clinton United Methodist Church at 308 E. Main Street, Clinton, IL. Further information can be found on the website. Stay in the loop by following Tour DeWitt on Facebook.