Sinnissippi Park
Sinnissippi Park
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On the banks of the Rock River, this park includes beautiful gardens and a popular jogging, walking and nature path.
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I was visiting Rockford as a daytrip on a Monday, and stopped at the Nichols Conservatory and found out that it is closed on Mondays (and half price admission fee on Tuesdays). So, instead I had the time to walk around in the beautiful Sinnissippi Riverfront Park inside which, in fact, the conservatory is located. There are a variety of impressive features in the park including the lagoon, the rose garden and several small fountains and waterfalls. A pair of white swans and several ducks were living in the lagoon. The Flower Clock is a beautiful centerpiece. Plants and trees are meticulously labeled so a visit here is very informative. The park also has a paved trail next to the Rock River and along the trail are installed large sculptures such as the Symbol and the Rock Guardians of Rockford. The trail is well maintained and is quite popular. A visit to the awesome Sinnissippi Riverfront Park is well worth the effort.
Written August 8, 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I wandered Sinnissippi Park for a few hours before going to the Conservatory. I started on the south end and walked all the way to the end of the rose garden and back. There are plenty of interesting plaques and art to see, including the Rock Men sculptures, which are impressive.

I happened to be out on a perfect Friday morning. I sat on a bench and enjoyed the mid-60's temps, sun, and the sounds of birds and the river. There were plenty of people out walking, jogging, or biking and most everyone was pleasant.
Written May 25, 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Nice place to visit in Rockford, you can walk & sit around the pond, there are ducks in pond. If you like to bike they have a nice bike path. Seasonally the boat rides are offered by the park.
Written October 2, 2018
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SalfromIL
Cave Creek, AZ
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
This park sits just ajacent to the Rock River and has been around almost forever. My 93 year old dad went sledding there as a child. It's well maintained, has lots of shade and picnic tables, several restroom areas, overlooks a 9 hole golf course and has plenty of places to walk.

If you like to golf, score a table overlooking the 6th hole, a downhill par 3. If you like water views, head to the west edge of the park.

A short walk across N 2nd Street and you're still in Sinnissippi Park, but have access to the Gardens and the walking path along the river. It's a great park.
Written January 13, 2012
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
Right by Sinissippi, in December, there is a Festival of Lights. Here's what it basically consists of: a bunch of local businesses get some Lite-Brite boards and spell out holiday greetings. Then, they space them pretty far apart around the park. I am only slightly exaggerating. It's pretty underwhelming.
Written December 29, 2011
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Big_bro_1_usa
Chicago, IL
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011
This review is for the new Nicholas Garden and Conservatory at Sinnissippi Park. It's the 3rd biggest conservatory in Illinois. It opened October 2011.

PROS: Fair admission. Brand new attraction with very clean bathrooms and a handicap friendly environment. Exotic plants in a beautifully laid out setting. They have several palm trees, banana trees, papaya trees as well as shrubs and flowers not normally seen in the area. Right beside the Rock River walking path. Balcony gives you a bird's eye view of the garden. The gift shop offers hand made items by local artists. Excellent setting for small scale ceremonies.

CONS: Unfinished lagoon. Parking may become an issue if you're arriving later. They also have a vague and restrictive policy of taking photos in the garden. Understandably they charge a fee (permit) for professional photographers taking pictures inside the garden but it becomes murky once it involves amateurs. One employee was trying to have us pay an "amateur permit fee" even though we were taking our own family pictures. She stated it was needed for any "posed pictures". I asked her to explain what "posed" entails and she could not answer it. I mentioned that each picture we took was just everyone simply standing and that the garden just opened with no other people present. It may be just another way of earning revenue for the facility but they may need to educate their employees on what constitutes the need for a fee as they may be turning off people from returning to the garden with their offensive attitude.
Written December 7, 2011
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niagaragramma
Niagara Falls, NY
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a really neat park. I came here with my daughter, Karen, & my grandchildren, Tristan & Jaiden. Tristan was in a play called Seussical the Musical. It was a Dr. Seuss play. We had a great time singing the songs afterward too.

The admission was free for family and all others $6.00.

The park itself is beautiful, with a lake for fishing, picnics, with grills and amusements for the children.

We had a wonderful day at the park.
Written August 15, 2007
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alyssamebert
Belvidere, IL
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
A must around Christmas, but this place is a highlight anytime of the year! Check it out on your own, or if you have family in town!
Written October 29, 2018
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
The Sinnissippi Park has a path along the river that you don't want to miss.
If you start at the beginning, by the YMCA, and go north, you will pass a stone man figure, go by the Nicholas Conservatory, beautiful rose gardens in season, places to fish and a bright orange symbol. And that's just the first mile!
An excellent place for walking, running, biking or nice evening stroll.
Written May 2, 2017
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oldfolkie
Rockford, Illinois
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
In the center of town you'll find Sinnissippi Park, Nicholas Conservatory, and the Sinnissippi Golf course. Three great locations.
The park itself is 50 acres of woods, picnic areas, driving and walking paths and a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, The Music Shell.
Snow Sculpture Competition and The Festival of Lights are great events in mid-winter and the annual Sounds Of Summer series of free concerts are presented during the warmer months.
Yes, it's 'just a park'... but it's a great one
Written March 29, 2017
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