Anderson Japanese Gardens
318 Spring Creek Road
World-class five-acre Japanese garden includes waterfalls, wild birds, tea house, moon bridge, and ponds stocked with aquatic life. Education center offers workshops /demonstrations. May - October: Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday: noon to 4 p.m.
Atwood Homestead Golf Course
8990 Old River Road
Beautiful golf course for all to enjoy.
Booker T. Washington Community Center
524 Kent Street
Established in 1917-when Rockford's black populace numbered under 400-as a club for 6,000 World War I black officers and soldiers stationed at the nearby Camp Grant. Today, the center provides a strong setting and membership for educational, outreach and social programs for the African American community.
Burpee Museum of Natural History
737 North Main Street
Meet JANE, the most complete juvenile T.rex in the world! Also, explore the Rockford region's habitants, see a 300-million year old replica Tropical coal forest; GeoScience; T-rex Island; Wooly Mammoth Island; and The First People exhibits. Special events, exhibits, store. Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.; summer and school holidays.
Camp Grant Museum
1004 Samuelson Road
An original Camp Grant building housing the Command Post Restaurant and museum. Striving to preserve some of Rockford's local history of men and women who lived, worked, and defended our Country during the Camp's existence for future generations to remember. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm; and Saturday, 9am to 1pm; or by appointment.
Coco Key Water Resort
7801 East State Street
With over 60,000 sq. ft. of water adventures, Coco Key Water Resort offers an authentic Key West experience. From thrilling water slides, an activity pool, dip in theatre, adventure river, indoor/outdoor spa, interactive play island, outdoor splash pad, snack bar, lounge, arcade, cabanas, birthday parties, group events, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
314 North Main Street
Magnificent "entertainment baroque" movie palace and vaudeville hall built in 1927 for $1.5 million and restored and renovated in 2000 for $18.5 million. Home to 150+ stage events annually, including Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Dance Company, Rockford Community Concert Association and Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society, Broadway road shows, big-name singers and comedians.
Theatre: 815-968-5222 Ticket info: 815-968-5600
Discovery Center Museum
711 North Main Street
Children's museum with 200+ hands-on arts and science exhibits, planetarium, working TV studio, robotics lab, outdoor science park. Special events exhibits store. Summer hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
Erlander Home Museum
404 South Third Street
Brick home built in 1871 by Swedish family, operated by Swedish Historical Society. Exhibits of furniture, china, clothing art, immigrant artifacts. Special events. Sunday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m, Wednesday - Friday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Ethnic Heritage Museum
1129 South Main Street
Six-room house, built in 1890, with a blend of ethnic groups. Each room's sponsored by an ethnic group: African American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish.
Forest City Queen and Trolley "Car 36"
324 North Madison Street
Discover the Rock River aboard the Forest City Queen. Hourly rides with narrative, offering a variety of cruises. Take a trip along Rockford's historic riverfront on the trolley. June - September. Call for schedule.
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
2715 South Main Street
Something to see every time of year. Take a self-guided walk on paved path or make reservations for guided tour through living museum of trees, shrubs, gardens. Gift shop, botanical library. Daily: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
La Di Da
1416 N. Main Street
La Di Da is a unique blend of old and new: antiques and gifts as well as accessories for you and your home. Included are purses, jewelry, sock and tights, seasonal decor and an assortment of greeting cards which frequently have our customer laughing out loud. Tuesday to Saturday, 10a.m. to 4p.m. Extended hours in summer, call for details.
5209 Safford Road
40+ acres of hills, meadows, woods, and stream…Trailside Equestrian Center offers trail, pony and wagon rides, horseback riding lessons. Farm petting corral, playground. Saturday - Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
300 Elm Street & Route 2
This 10,000 seat arena hosts concerts, motorsports, family shows, conventions and trade shows. It is home to the Rockford Ice Hogs (UHL) professional hockey team and the Rockford Lightning, a Continental Basketball Association (CBA) professional basketball team. Call ahead, days and hours vary per event.
Midway Village and Museum Center
6799 Guilford Road
Featuring 24 authentically restored/ furnished homes, shops and civic buildings depicting life at turn-of-the-century. Old Dolls' House Museum features collection of recreated doll houses/miniatures. Summer hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Music in the Park
1401 North Second Street
Free outdoor concerts showcasing a variety of music styles. Bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Tuesday and Thursday: 7:30 p.m. June 12- August 16.
Riverview Ice House
324 North Madison Street
Indoor twin-rink skating facility featuring year-round figure skating, hockey, broomball, parties/outings, skating lessons, competitions and exhibitions. Daily: call ahead for hours.
Rockford Art Museum
711 North Main Street
Largest art museum in Illinois, outside of Chicago, with a dozen annual exhibits of 19th and 20th Century American art, plus favorites from the permanent collection. Special events, traveling exhibits, museum store. Tuesday - Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
Severson Dells Environmental
Education Center, 8786 Montague Road
396 unspoiled acres with an unusual 90% concentration of native wildflowers. Butterfly garden, paved trail, 2.5 miles of trails (some paved), gift shop, aquarium, indoor beehive, nature walks and art events. Preserve open dawn-dusk. Center open Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday:
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1300 & 1401 North Second Street
Spectacular events such as: Illinois State Snow Sculpting Competition, Festival of Lights and Rock River Raft Race. Featuring recreational path, lagoon and greenhouse with displays. Daily: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Greenhouse-April - November: daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3301 North Mulford Road
The area's oldest outdoor summer theater offers four musical productions in June and July.
The Flowering Magnolia Gift Shop
2715 South Main Street
Be sure the shop the Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden for a variety unique gifts for all those special occasions. Remember, gardeners are gardeners all year round, so don't wait until spring to purchase great garden items. Give the gift of Klehm anytime of year by creating your own membership gift package.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
411 Kent Street
Standing like a lonely sentinel from the romantic past, the 1865 Cottage contains original furnishings, art and journals of the Tinker family. New Visitor's Center! Tuesday - Sunday: 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. for guided tours, groups by appointment.