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Grafton is a small, picturesque town of approximately 700, located near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. It is the oldest city in Jersey County, Illinois. Today, the main industry in Grafton is tourism. Called "The Winter Home of the Bald Eagle," it is at the center of the regions bald eagle watching area. Grafton is also a popular spot for bicyclists on the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail. Located just five miles west of Grafton is Pere Marquette State Park, which is the largest state park in Illinois. Consisting of over 8,000 acres, the park is famous for being the winter home of bald eagles and for its spectacular fall colors. Pere Marquette State Park also offers several scenic overlooks with fantastic views of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Year round activities in the park include hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking and camping. The Illinois and Mississippi Rivers offer boating, canoeing and fishing. Birdwatching is ideal in the area. Approximately 230 species of birds have been identified in the State Park and it is well known as one of the best spots to look for American Bald Eagles. The Park is also known for its large population of owls. Pere Marquette State Park is listed on the National Audubon Societys Great River Birding Trail. The town of Grafton has shopping and restaurants, a marina and a recently completed lighthouse along the Mississippi River.

Surrounding areas: Alton, Illinois (15.4 mi), Collinsville, Illinois (30.8 mi)

Grafton Vacation Rentals

Grafton Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Pere Marquette Lodge And Conference CenterRt 100Grafton, IL (618) 786-2331
Green Tree Inn15 ML StElsah, IL3.8 mi.(618) 374-2821
Frontier Lodge730 S State StJerseyville, IL11.5 mi.(618) 498-6886
Jerseyville Super 8 Motel1303 State Hwy 109Jerseyville, IL11.6 mi.(618) 498-7888
Redwood Motel5609 Godfrey RdGodfrey, IL12.8 mi.(618) 466-3715
Hi Way House Motor Inn3023 Godfrey RdGodfrey, IL13.1 mi.(618) 466-6676
Days Inn2781 Veterans Memorial PkwySaint Charles, MO13.3 mi.(636) 949-8700
Embassy Suites St. Louis St. CharlesTwo Convention Center PlzSaint Charles, MO13.3 mi.(636) 946-5544
Fairfield Inn St Louis/St Charles801 Veterans Memorial PkwySaint Charles, MO13.3 mi.(800) 228-2800
Sleep Inn & Suites150 Fountain LksSaint Charles, MO13.3 mi.(636) 947-0330
St Louis Earth City Courtyard By Marriott3101 Rider Trail SouthBridgeton, MO13.6 mi.(314) 209-1000
Courtyard By Marriott-earth City3101 Rider TRL SST Louis, MO13.6 mi.(314) 209-1000
Baymont Inn & Suites-st Louis Airport318 Taylor RdHazelwood, MO13.7 mi.(314) 731-4200
La Quinta Inn ST Louis-airport5781 Campus Pkwy DrST Louis, MO13.7 mi.(314) 731-3881
Ramada Inn St. Louis Airport North/Hazelwood9079 Dunn RdHazelwood, MO13.9 mi.(314) 731-7700
Super 8 Motel3040 West ClayST Charles, MO13.9 mi.(636) 946-9992
Red Roof Inn St Louis (St Charles)2010 Zumbehl RdSt Charles, MO13.9 mi.(800) 833-7663
In Town Suites- St. Louis North9067 Dunn RdHazelwood, MO14.0 mi.(314) 731-1902
Boone's Lick Trail Inn1000 S Main StST Charles, MO14.0 mi.(636) 947-7000
Mary K Inn8911 Dunn RdHazelwood, MO14.1 mi.(314) 921-4400
Days Inn1900 Homer Adams PkwyAlton, IL14.2 mi.(618) 463-0800
Holiday Inn Alton3800 Homer Adams PkwyAlton, IL14.2 mi.(618) 462-1220
Stratford Hotel229 Market StAlton, IL14.2 mi.(618) 465-2700
Super 8 Motel Alton1800 Homes Adams PkwyAlton, IL14.2 mi.(618) 465-8885
Super 8 Bridgeton/Airport/St Louis Area12705 St Charles Rock RdBridgeton, MO14.2 mi.(314) 291-8845
Candlewood Suites Hotel3250 Rider Trail SEarth City, MO14.2 mi.(314) 770-2744
Four Points Sheraton - St Louis West3400 Rider Trail SouthEarth City, MO14.2 mi.(314) 291-6800
Holiday Inn Airport West3400 Rider Trail SEarth City, MO14.2 mi.(314) 291-6800
Studioplus3125 Rider Trail SEarth City, MO14.2 mi.(314) 209-1011
Comfort Inn And Suites7133 Douglass Palmer PlHazelwood, MO14.2 mi.(314) 895-8899
Extended Stay America6065 N Lindberg AveHazelwood, MO14.2 mi.(314) 731-2991
Knights Inn ST Charles/st Louis3800 Harry S TrumanST Charles, MO14.2 mi.(636) 925-2020
Country Inn And Suites St Charles1190 S Main StSaint Charles, MO14.2 mi.(636) 724-5555
Hampton Inn St. Charles3720 W Clay StSaint Charles, MO14.3 mi.(636) 947-6800
In Town Suites St. Louis Northwest1769 Fairlane DrSaint Charles, MO14.3 mi.(636) 947-3400
Hampton Inn Northwest55 Dunn RdFlorissant, MO14.4 mi.(314) 839-2200
Studioplus155 Chapel Ridge RdHazelwood, MO14.4 mi.(573) 731-2707
Ramada LTD1377 S 5TH StST Charles, MO14.4 mi.(636) 947-5900
Comfort Suites St Charles1400 S Fifth StSaint Charles, MO14.4 mi.(636) 949-0694
Quality Inn & Suites Historic St Charles1425 S Fifth StSaint Charles, MO14.4 mi.(636) 946-6936
Bed & Breakfast
Beall Mansionan Elegant Bed & Breakfast The407 East 12th StAlton, IL14.2 mi.(618) 474-9100

Grafton Weather & Climate

Southwestern Illinois has a four-season, humid continental climate that borders on a humid, subtropical climate in the southern tip of the state. The weather is variable with hot, humid summers and cold winters. Thunderstorms occur frequently in spring and summer and this region is vulnerable to tornado activity. Average precipitation is 36-44 inches. Southern Illinois is hotter and receives more rain than the northern part of the state near Lake Michigan. Snowfall in southern Illinois is usually less than 15 inches, and as in summertime, temperatures in the south are somewhat higher than in the north. Spring and fall are often the most pleasant times of the year in the state of Illinois.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 35°F 17°F 2.03 in. -
February 41°F 22°F 1.88 in. -
March 52°F 32°F 3.49 in. -
April 64°F 42°F 4.07 in. -
May 74°F 52°F 4.05 in. -
June 83°F 61°F 3.41 in. -
July 87°F 65°F 3.64 in. -
August 85°F 63°F 3.28 in. -
September 78°F 54°F 3.12 in. -
October 67°F 43°F 2.57 in. -
November 52°F 33°F 3.79 in. -
December 40°F 22°F 2.91 in. -

Grafton Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Lambert St Louis International airport (STL) located about 15 miles south of Grafton in St. Louis, Missouri, the St Louis Regional airport (ALN) located approximately 21 miles southeast of Grafton in Alton, Illinois, the Spirit Of St Louis airport (SUS) located roughly 24 miles southwest of Grafton in St. Louis, Missouri, and finally the Capital airport (SPI) located around 72 miles northeast of Grafton in Springfield, Illinois.

Grafton Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Six Flags St. LouisEurekaMO34.2 mi.
Water Parks
Raging Rivers Water ParkGraftonIL 
Caribbean Water AdventureSpringfieldIL71.0 mi.
The LandingMonroe CityMO84.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Wolves Crossing Golf CourseJerseyvilleIL11.8 mi.
Rolling Hills Golf ClubGodfreyIL13.4 mi.
Missouri Bluffs Golf ClubSaint CharlesMO13.5 mi.
St Charles Golf CourseSaint CharlesMO13.5 mi.
Old Fleurissant Golf ClubFlorissantMO14.4 mi.
Rock Spring Golf CourseAltonIL14.4 mi.
Roseland Golf CourseAltonIL14.4 mi.
Spencer T Olin Community Golf CourseAltonIL14.4 mi.
Woodlands Golf ClubAltonIL14.4 mi.
Berry Hill Golf CourseBridgetonMO14.6 mi.
Alton Municipal Golf CourseAltonIL14.7 mi.
Mid Rivers Golf LinksSaint PetersMO15.8 mi.
St Peters Golf CourseSaint PetersMO15.8 mi.
St Ann Golf CourseSaint AnnMO17.6 mi.
Cloverleaf Golf CourseAltonIL17.8 mi.
Falls Golf ClubO'FallonMO18.0 mi.
Links of DardenneO'FallonMO18.0 mi.
Crystal Springs Quarry Golf ClubMaryland HeightsMO18.1 mi.
Creve Coeur Golf ClubCreve CoeurMO20.9 mi.
Belk Park Golf CourseWood RiverIL21.6 mi.
Lone Oak Golf CourseCarrolltonIL22.8 mi.
Range at HawkridgeLake Saint LouisMO22.8 mi.
Sun Valley Golf CourseElsberryMO23.0 mi.
Legacy Golf CourseGranite CityIL24.3 mi.
Gateway National Golf LinksMadisonIL25.1 mi.
Bear Creek Golf ClubWentzvilleMO25.3 mi.
Golf Club Of WentzvilleWentzvilleMO25.3 mi.
Grandvue Golf CourseBunker HillIL26.1 mi.
Ballwin Golf CourseBallwinMO27.1 mi.
American Legion Golf CourseMarshallIL27.4 mi.
State Parks
Pere Marquette State ParkIL5.2 mi. 
Fort Zumwalt State ParkMO19.7 mi. 
Horseshoe Lake State ParkIL27.1 mi. 
Cuivre River State ParkMO27.3 mi. 
Babler State ParkMO28.1 mi. 
Beaver Dam State ParkIL29.5 mi. 
Cahokia Mounds State ParkIL29.7 mi. 
Castlewood State ParkMO30.4 mi. 
Holten State ParkIL32.0 mi. 
McCabe Powers Historical MuseumSt. LouisMO26.8 mi.(History)
Museum of Westward Expansion-Gateway ArchSt. LouisMO26.8 mi.(History)
International Bowling Museum and Hall of FameSt. LouisMO26.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Forum for Contemporary ArtSt. LouisMO26.8 mi.(Art)
Laumeier Sculpture Park and MuseumSt. LouisMO26.8 mi.(Art)
St. Louis Art MuseumSt. LouisMO26.8 mi.(Art)
Fenton History MuseumFentonMO31.7 mi.(History)
Labor & Industry MuseumBellevilleIL39.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
St. Louis Zoological ParkSt. LouisMO26.8 mi.
Henson Robinson ZooSpringfieldIL71.0 mi.

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