Clinton, Iowa

Get to Know Clinton!

Clinton, Iowa is a gem along the Mississippi River, with a rich history and deep roots dating back to 1836. With a population of approximately 26,000, Clinton is a perfect home for Ashford University, which also embodies the small-town charm on the Clinton campus. For students living on the Clinton campus, Clinton offers many unique attractions and events, as well as opportunities for recreation. See the list below for ways to enjoy the natural beauty and history of Clinton and have some fun!


  • Clinton Symphony Orchestra — full, professional symphony orchestra
  • Gateway Contemporary Ballet — Clinton's residence dance company
  • Curtis Mansion — step back in time in this restored Victorian home
  • River Arts Center — View local art exhibits, browse the gift shop, or paint your own pottery


  • Eagle Point Park - 200-acre park of spectacular bluffs along the river in Clinton
  • Bickelhaupt Arboretum — 14 acres of indigenous plantlife and gardens
  • Hiking & biking trails — Riverview Park Recreational trail and Great River Trail
  • Erickson Center — Seasonal indoor and outdoor team sports, park and recreational area
  • Riverview Park — Play and leisure areas, municipal pool, skate park


  • Bowling — Plaza Bowl
  • Golf — Two courses in Clinton
  • Tennis — Three outdoor courts and one indoor court
  • Fitness Center — Two local fitness centers


  • Choose your favorite kind of cuisine and you'll find it in Clinton! From Chinese to Italian, plus delis, cafes, barbecue and more.

Shopping & Entertainment:

  • Clinton 8 Theatre — catch the latest release
  • Clinton LumberKings baseball — Class 1A, Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners
  • Summer Theatre — aboard the Clinton Area Showboat
  • A variety of retailers and local gift shops

Other things to do in the Clinton Area:

  • Drive-In Movie Theater
  • Fulton hiking & biking trails
  • Rock Creek Park canoe and paddle boat rentals
  • Heritage Canyon old town nature walk