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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Gardens
Owner description: This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well as the other buildings, sculptures and strolling... more » Owner description: This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well as the other buildings, sculptures and strolling paths. « less
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Ranked #2 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Children's Museums
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Ranked #3 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #4 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Parks; Gardens
On the banks of the Rock River, this park includes beautiful gardens and a popular jogging, walking and nature path.
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Ranked #5 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Owner description: Situated along the banks of the beautiful Rock River, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens brings the tropics to the Midwest. The... more » Owner description: Situated along the banks of the beautiful Rock River, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens brings the tropics to the Midwest. The facility is the third largest conservatory in Illinois, offering an 11,000-square-foot plant exhibition area complete with water features, seating areas, and sculptures, all in a tropical plant setting.The beauty continues outdoors with the Eclipse Lagoon, complete with two fountains, waterfalls, pedestrian bridge, patio areas, and walkway connecting the Conservatory to the Sinnissippi Rose Garden. « less
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Ranked #6 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Museums

The Burpee Museum of Natural History is a small but interesting museum along the Riverfront in Rockford. One must see Jane, the young T-Rex, as well as other Natural History... more »

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Ranked #7 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: ➢ Midway Village Museum is an award-winning museum celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The museum is located just minutes off... more » Owner description: ➢ Midway Village Museum is an award-winning museum celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The museum is located just minutes off of Illinois I-90. A 148-acre museum campus, the setting offers a wonderful experience for visitors of all ages. ➢ As part of the museum campus, a Victorian-era Village is situated on 13 acres of the beautiful grounds which offers visitors the opportunities to learn about life as it was in the late 1890s-1910s. The grounds include 26 structures which create the Village and heritage gardens, all representing a rural community. During the months of May through August, interpreters in authentic period clothing lead tours and depict life and customs of the times. ➢ Permanent exhibits spanning more than 20,000 square feet highlights local Rockford and regional Illinois history. The construction continues on one of the largest museum expansions to date entitled, "Many Faces, One Community," an exhibit featuring immigrant stories. ➢ Exhibits also feature "Queen City of the Prairies," "The Girls of Summer," "The MIssing Link: Socks, Monkeys and Rockford's Industrial Past," "Flight Gallery," "Old Dolls' House Museum," and signature "Millhouse," standing at the front entrance to the museum's property. ➢ Hours Vary Seasonally View the website for complete details. ➢ Visitors Enjoy . Seasonal Victorian Village Tours with year-round Exhibits in the Main Museum Center . Award-winning Special Events including the largest World War II Re-enactment in the Midwest . Educational Bus Trips to Interesting History Destinations . Year-round Exhibits relating to Rockford and Northern Illinois history . History Education Programs to Public and Private Schools . Summer Day Camps . Memberships . Beautiful Ambiance for Rentals . Volunteer Opportunities . Sponsorship Opportunities . Heritage Garden Guided Tours - Reservations Required and call in-advance « less
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Ranked #8 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Gardens
Owner description: This year-round garden, which started as a commercial nursery, includes 155 acres of trees and 300 woody plant species mapped... more » Owner description: This year-round garden, which started as a commercial nursery, includes 155 acres of trees and 300 woody plant species mapped and labeled. The gardens include: a Rhododendron and Azalea dell, Hosta Garden, Nancy Olsen's Children's Garden, Fountain Garden, Demonstration Garden, Peony Garden, Grasses Garden,Woodland Wildflower Garden and Plant-a-Row garden. There are several signature events hosted each year also. Botanica luncheon,Garden Fair, Plant Sale, Woodsong Concert Series, Autumn in the Arboretum and Twilight in the Garden are all popular annual events. « less
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Ranked #9 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Owner description: The Laurent House in Rockford, IL is the only building ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a person with a disability.... more » Owner description: The Laurent House in Rockford, IL is the only building ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a person with a disability. Wright considered the home one of the best 35 works of his career. This single-story Usonian home is both functional and beautiful, decades ahead of ADA requirements. The home features a solar hemicycle footprint, patio, fishpond, carport, and outdoor connectivity to nature. « less
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Ranked #10 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Museums
Owner description: Tinker Swiss Cottage is a historic house museum located in the heart of Rockford, Illinois. The museum complex contains the... more » Owner description: Tinker Swiss Cottage is a historic house museum located in the heart of Rockford, Illinois. The museum complex contains the historic house museum, barn, and carriage house from the Tinker family. In addition, the property is the home of the founding site of Rockford and contains a Pre-Columbian Native American conical mound. « less
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Ranked #11 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Sports Complexes
Owner description: Skateland is a family owned and operated roller skating center that offers public roller skating, private rink rental,... more » Owner description: Skateland is a family owned and operated roller skating center that offers public roller skating, private rink rental, birthday parties, and youth hockey. « less
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Ranked #12 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Gardens
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Ranked #15 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Owner description: We are a local Non For Profit RC Club. We offer Off-road, Indoor Dirt racing. It is Free to watch racing and practice. Full... more » Owner description: We are a local Non For Profit RC Club. We offer Off-road, Indoor Dirt racing. It is Free to watch racing and practice. Full race fees and schedule are available on our website « less
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Ranked #16 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Category: Water Parks
Owner description: At CoCo Key we make kids happy! Combining the relaxation and enchantment of the Keys with the wild excitement of a 60,000... more » Owner description: At CoCo Key we make kids happy! Combining the relaxation and enchantment of the Keys with the wild excitement of a 60,000 square foot indoor water park, your family’s tropical getaway is all right here. Whether splashing for just a day or staying at the Best Western Clock Tower Resort with one of our signature overnight packages, Rockford’s CoCo Key is Illinois' most complete indoor water park experience. « less
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