We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Best of Rockford Guide

Print this guide 
Rockford
Boasting 20,000 acres of green space, numerous golf courses, four rivers and the verdant Rock Cut State Park, Rockford is a haven for the outdoor adventurist. Tee off at the Aldeen Golf Club or relax in the splendor of the Anderson Japanese Gardens. In cooler weather, warm up at the vaudevillian Coronado Theater or visit Jane the T-Rex at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Learn of the history of the area at Midway Village and Museum Center, a living museum with pioneer village and exhibits.

All things to do » Things to do

Anderson Japanese Gardens
Anderson Japanese Gardens
This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well as the other buildings, sculptures and strolling paths.
Attraction type: Gardens
See nearby places to eat
Discovery Center Museum
Discovery Center Museum
Attraction type: Children's Museums
See nearby places to eat
Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens
Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens
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... 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
Attraction type: Gardens
See nearby places to eat
Burpee Museum of Natural History
Burpee Museum of Natural History
Attraction type: Natural History Museums
See nearby places to eat
Midway Village & Museum Center
Midway Village & Museum Center
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... 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
Attraction type: Historic Sites
See nearby places to eat

All places to eat » Places to eat

Lino's
Lino's
Ranked #1 of 342 Restaurants in Rockford
Price: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Stockholm Inn
Stockholm Inn
Ranked #2 of 342 Restaurants in Rockford
Cuisines: American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Thunder Bay Grille
Thunder Bay Grille
Ranked #3 of 342 Restaurants in Rockford
Price: $5 - $30
Cuisines: American, Cajun & Creole, Bar
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tavern on Clark
Tavern on Clark
Ranked #4 of 342 Restaurants in Rockford
Cuisines: American, Bar, Brew Pub, Pub
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Machine Shed
Machine Shed
Ranked #5 of 342 Restaurants in Rockford
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

BEST WESTERN Legacy Inn & Suites Beloit-South Beloit
2.0 of 5
BEST WESTERN Legacy Inn & Suites Beloit-South Beloit
$95 - $135
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in South Beloit
Show Prices

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Red Roof Inn Rockford
2.0 of 5
Red Roof Inn Rockford
$55 - $128
Ranked #6 of 25 Hotels in Rockford
Show Prices
Extended Stay America - Rockford - State Street
2.5 of 5
Extended Stay America - Rockford - State Street
$74 - $118
Ranked #11 of 25 Hotels in Rockford
Show Prices
Alpine Inn
2.0 of 5
Alpine Inn
$61 - $70
Ranked #13 of 25 Hotels in Rockford
Show Prices

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.