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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.

Barn Quilts of DeWitt County is a project of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. Guided bus tours will take place twice a year in the spring and fall. For more information, please visit the website or follow us on facebook.

Barn Quilts of DeWitt County website: http://www.barnquiltsofdewittcounty.com/# 
Barn Quilts of DeWitt County facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BarnQuiltsofDeWittCounty 

 
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 E. 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, one of Abraham Lincoln's law partners. The mansion is listed on 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 visit this website: http://www.clintonilchamber.com/newsletter/Apple-Porkvendor.pdf 
 
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: www.lookingforlincoln.com. 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 log onto  www.lincolnheritageofdewittcounty.com .  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.

Clinton Lake Sailing Association
Clinton Lake State Recreational Area brochure (.pdf)
Clinton Lake Access Areas and Fishing Guide (.pdf)

 
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.

Weldon Springs State Park Brochure (.pdf)

 
DeWitt County 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.


Click Here to download Lincoln Heritage of DeWitt County Walking Tour Map

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Abe Lincoln Sculpture


Ducks on Clinton Lake


Fishing at Clinton Lake


Clinton Lake Marina


Jet Ski on Clinton Lake


Weldon Springs

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