The city of Clinton, Iowa offers many different attractions to keep you busy all year long. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, the city of Clinton has a population of almost 27,000 people! From hitting up a baseball game and catching a movie at the Show Boat Theater, to shopping at the local farmers’ markets or visiting one of the many museums around the city of Clinton, this little gem is a favorite among locals and visitors alike! (Not to mention, one of the best places to settle in and buy a home, comfortably!)
As you learn more about Clinton, IA, where Clinton County is, and what to do in Clinton, explore the Clinton, IA Area in-depth and learn more about the surrounding communities.
Believe it or not, “Clinton County” and Clinton (East Clinton) are two different places! Clinton County is about 30 minutes away from the city of Clinton, IA (or eastern Clinton) with DeWitt, Charlotte, Goose Lake, Bryant, and Sixmile in between. Clinton is the city and, which is likely obvious, the county seat of Clinton County, Iowa. Both Clinton (along with DeWitt) were named in honor of the 6th governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton. Clinton is synonymous with Clinton County, though.
The best way to take in this vibrant community is to hop over to the Great River Road National Scenic Byway to take it all in at your own pace. You will find world-class vistas, charming river communities, fascinating limestone bluffs, and so much more. As a part of a 3,000-milelong network of federal, state, and county roads, the Great River Road stretches the length of the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico and gives you a pretty good idea of what Iowa as a whole has to offer (the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway is another great option, too). Get to know the area, start exploring the many different facets of Clinton County, and then head down to the Downtown Clinton Shopping & Historical District to discover the heart of Clinton.
Enjoy shops, restaurants, and music. Check out the River Arts Center while you’re at it! In a place surrounded by history, the city of Clinton boasts charm and hospitality—all made possible by the residents that accept transplants and visitors of all kinds.
Thinking about raising a family? Or are you a professional looking to expand? Iowa’s High School Graduation Rate is among the best in the nation at 91.6% compared to a U.S. rate of 85.8%. Clinton, Iowa is not only within close proximity to area schools (with great housing options available for every type of resident, single or family), but also hosts a thriving economy that encourages small businesses and large corporations alike to take advantage of the benefits of being near St. Louis, Missouri’s business district as well as the Quad Cities. Iowa is packed with job opportunities in cutting-edge industries like health care, finance, and education technology. America’s heartland is known for its friendly people, wide expanses of land, and is nationally recognized for its agricultural feats and advanced manufacturing practices.
The city of Clinton, Iowa is the perfect place to call home, and Ruhl&Ruhl can help you do just that. Browse our Clinton properties for sale and enjoy the wonderful perks that come with being a resident here.
Historic architecture. Hands down.
Clinton was one of the largest sawmill centers in the country during the second half of the 19th century—but the history doesn’t stop there. Some of the most notable historic attractions include the George M. Curtis House (a restored Victorian mansion of one of the lumber magnates), the Clinton County Courthouse, and the Van Allen Building (built in 1914 and one of the last buildings designed by architect Louis Sullivan) which is now a museum. Head to the riverfront for breathtaking views of the Mississippi River to learn even more about the lumberjacks at the Sawmill Museum, check out the state-of-the-art marina, or hop on the Clinton Discovery Trail and take in the scenic bluffs of Eagle Point Park. Prairie Pastures Dog Park is the best place to visit with the pooch for some fun in the sun (or snow!) and Stone Tower at Eagle Point Park is a must-see.
With year-round attractions (we recommend Wide River Winery), annual community events, live theater, craft and antique shops, historic districts, a splash park, and both bike and pedestrian paths, you’ll never be bored! Speaking of events, make sure to visit the Wild Rose Casino & hotel after a Lumberkings game (which is the same location the Backyard Bash Outdoor Concerts are held). Each activity will give you a full, authentic experience of what this bustling yet quaint area offers.
Clinton, Iowa is most popular from mid-June to mid-September. You can expect the usual Iowa weather in Clinton: long and warm summers—cold and snowy winters. But with a variety of things to do, places to stay, and restaurants to eat at, it really doesn’t matter when you visit, you’ll enjoy yourself either way.
Head to Valley Oaks Golf Club for beautiful views and green before you end the night at the best Clinton, IA hotel in the area—the Wild Rose! Try your luck before you head out to one of their Backyard Bash Outdoor concerts or for a bite to eat at Lyons Tap & Grill. (Homer’s Deli & Sweetheart Bakery isn’t something to miss, either!)
The city of Clinton, Iowa is part of a mix of big cities and small towns which makes for one of the most perfect balances for living in just about any way that you want—on the daily. Family-oriented, people take care of one another, and most of the residents in the area and surrounding areas are young families, entrepreneurs, and young professionals.
Do you have what you need to get a feel for what it’s like to live in the city of Clinton? Continue browsing this page to explore real estate options and get in touch with local Clinton realtors.
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Clinton, IA 52732
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The first permanent European-American settler arrived in the Clinton, Iowa area in 1835. Clinton was originally platted as the town of New York in 1836 by Joseph Bartlett but was renamed in 1857 in honor of the sixth governor of New York – DeWitt Clinton.
In 1855, Bartlett’s land was purchased by the Iowa Land Company in anticipation of construction on the Chicago, Nebraska, and Iowa Railroad line traveling across the Mississippi River. The railroad was completed in 1859 traveling all the way to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Clinton, and the adjacent town of Lyon became a lumber industry center between 1850 and 1900, using rafts of logs floated down from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Thereafter, the manufacturing industry came to Clinton, attracted by the transportation afforded by the river and the railroad.
In 2006, Clinton received a grant from Iowa that allowed the city to expand – adding a new baseball field, tennis courts, hiking/biking trail, a fishing pier, boat ramps, playground equipment, a skateboard park, picnic areas, restrooms, marina, riverfront restaurant, RV Park, band shell and theater to Clinton. The grant also assisted with the rehab of a lighthouse which offers a 360-degree view of the Mississippi River and the historic homes along it.
In the summer there are big events such as the Hot Rod Car Show, Lumberjack Festival, Dutch Days and a big Fourth of July celebration. Clinton offers unique nightlife entertainment as well, ranging from upscale restaurants, live music and the Wild Rose Casino & Resort.