Fulton Attractions

Fulton's Dutch Windmill was manufactured and pre-assembled in the Netherlands. Following the delivery to Fulton, the Windmill was assembled and installed by Dutch craftsmen. Standing nearly 100 ft. tall, the massive timbers are assembled by wooden pegs. Dedication of the new Dutch Windmill took place during the Dutch Days Festival 2000. This authentic Dutch windmill was constructed on the flood control dike in the heart of Fulton. The windmill was engineered and pre-fabricated in the…
The Windmill Cultural Center (WCC) was dedicated April 2010 and houses an extensive collection of 22 European windmills. The windmills vary in size up to six feet tall. The collection was designed by Henk and June Hielema of DeMotte, Indiana. Mr. Hielema was employed in Europe and as a hobby; he and June traveled extensively, photographed mills, and returned home to build models of them. The mills are from ten European countries: Belgium, Denmark, England,…
Heritage Canyon is a 12-acre wooded structure nature walk dotted with buildings that take the visitor back to the 1800's.  Mid-1800's - 1954: It was a limestone quarry where rock was crushed for field fertilizer, road beds, wing dams and levees. Trucks, trains and river barges hauled it away. 1954 - 1967: The quarry was abandoned in 1954 because dynamiting was damaging both sides of the river. The area became an eyesore to the community…
The Fulton Historical Society is located in this Civil War era home donated to the City by Leonard and Maxine Martin.The Society is responsible for the operation of the home as a repository of information and materials relevant to the history of the City of Fulton and its inhabitants.In addition, the Society wishes to preserve the heritage of the community and provide educational opportunities for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge. Museum Features…
  History of Dutch Days The first weekend in May the residents of Fulton celebrate their Dutch heritage.The first permanent Dutch settler arrived at what was to become the City of Fulton in 1835. It has never been explained why so many Holland immigrants were attracted to this small Midwestern area. The Dutch came in small numbers at first. In 1872 there were only 59 families. This grew to 198 families in only 19 years.…
The Great River Trail extends 62 miles from the Quad Cities to Savanna, Illinois. Eleven communities and 3 counties are evenly spaced along the 62 mile recreational path. Each city and village offers an invitation to pause for a moment on the route to explore the remarkable diversity each community represents. The Great River Trail is partner of the Grand Illinois Trail, a 500 mile loop trail around Northern Illinois from Lake Michigan to the…
Boats of all kinds from small canoes to tugs pushing huge strings of barges pass through the locks and visitors can view the activities from only a few feet away.Scenic outlook, boat launching, picnic areas and public restrooms available.Walking Tours: The Thomson Park Rangers give walking tours of Lock & Dam 13 every Sunday afternoon from Memorial Day thru Labor Day Weekend at 1:00 p.m. Please meet by the observation deck. For safety concerns, participants…
  The Andresen Nature Center features displays of local wildlife, insects, and flora found along the local watershed of the upper Mississippi River.  Located within 100 yards of the Mississippi River and adjacent to Heritage Canyon in Fulton, IL, the Center is dedicated to providing insight into, appreciation for, and conservation of our local natural resources. Opening in mid-2014.  Please call (815) 499 - 5869 for hours of operation and upcoming lecture programs.    
Fulton is fortunate to have 2 national scenic by-ways in its town: the Lincoln Highway and the Great River Road.The Lincoln HighwayIn 1912, Carl Fisher, founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, had a dream of a highway spanning our continent from one coast to the other. Fisher envisioned a graveled road stretching from New York City to San Francisco. Henry Joy, president of the Packard Motor Car Company, was an early advocate of Fisher's dream…
"...the great Mississippi, the majestic, the magnificent, rolling its mile-wide tide along, shining in the sun: the dense forest away on the other side: the 'point' above the town, and the 'point' below, bounding the river-glimpse, and turning it into a sort of sea, and withal a very still and brilliant and lonely one." - Mark Twain Eco Cruises - The Clinton County Conservation Board has a pontoon boat based out of Rock Creek Marina…
"Fulton is home to many distinctive birds and water fowl including Bald Eagles, Pelicans, Bluebirds, Herons and much more." The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge extends over 260 miles from Wabasha, Minnesota to Rock Island, Illinois. The Refuge offers great opportunities for birding among marshes, bottomland forest, open water, sand prairies and wooded bluffs. All birding walks are led by Linda Boardsen, IL Master Naturalist. Member of Quad-City Audubon Society and Whiteside…
  Public Courses: Prairie Ridge Golf Course is located at 903 West Morris Street in Morrison, IL 61270.  http://www.golfprairieridge.com/ Cross Creek Golf Course is located at 15523 Henry Road in Morrison, IL 61270.  www.crosscreekgolfandestates.com Canyon Creek Golf Club is located at 1871 420th Avenue in Clinton, IA 52732.  563-243-3534 Private Courses: Fulton Country Club located at 20727 Cattail Road in Fulton, IL 61252.  www.fultonccgolf.com Clinton Country Club at The Oaks located at 3330 Hartsmill Road…
The Fulton sand prairie is area of land that had much sand deposited there many millions of years ago. This site contains 212 acres of sand prairie that is recovering from past grazing. Little bluestem, three-awn grass, plains prickly pear cactus and June grass are some of the common plants in the preserve. The big-flowered penstemon also occurs on this site. The preserve is also habitat for several unusual reptile species. The western hog-nosed snake,…