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Best things to do in Rockford

Garten
“Anderson Japanese Gardens has been named one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine since 2004. Inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12 acre award winning landscape is comprised of koi-filled ponds, winding paths, gentle streams, cascading waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully trained pines, and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th century traditional architecture is found throughout the garden. Docent led garden tours are offered two times per day, Monday through Friday, at 10:30am and 1:15pm. Advanced reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted to the extent there is availability. Anderson Japanese Gardens is a popular tour destination for groups of all ages. Tours are tailored to meet the individual requirements of each group, including groups with limited mobility. Advanced reservations are required for group tours. Anderson Japanese Gardens also provides a breathtaking setting for an unforgettable wedding ceremony. Whether an intimate gathering or a large celebration, the Gardens provide several extraordinary ceremony settings that are fitting to your occasion. Enjoy breakfast and lunch at Fresco at the Gardens, which features fresh, organic and locally grown food. ”
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Point of Interest
“The architecture of this historic building is worth a visit in itself. This is one of the jewels of Rockford. There is a parking garage across the street for your convenience.”
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Museum
“The museum campus consists of a Victorian village with 26 historical buildings filled with artifacts of the era as well as several beautiful 19th century gardens that depict life in northern Illinois from 1890 to 1910. Interpreters in authentic period dress are available seasonally for guided tours. The main museum building holds large group meeting rooms and exhibit space with a number of permanent exhibits reflecting Rockford's history and culture that include "The Girls of Summer: Rockford Peaches of the AAGPBL," "Queen City of the Prairies: Rockford's First 20 Years," "The Missing Links: Socks, Monkeys and Rockford's Industrial Past," and "Many Faces: One Community". Midway Village Museum collects, preserves and interprets the history of the Rockford Region and is committed to educating and enriching the community by providing state-of-the-art exhibits, programs and events. Special events throughout the year include The Great War: World War I, Sock Monkey Madness Festival, All Hallows' Eve, and World War II Days annually. The Victorian Village and Main Museum Center rooms are available for wedding and business rentals. A free recreational path is located on the property. ”
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Park
“There are many beautiful plants and the park surrounding it is decorated according to the season, beautiful sight seeing as well.”
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Museum
“Experience a world of hands-on investigation and fun-filled exploration at this children's museum with more than 250 hands-on art and science exhibits, planetarium, TV studio, special events, traveling exhibits and entertaining classes for children and families. Tot Spot for toddlers. Plus Discovery Center boasts the nation's first community-built outdoor science park featuring 8,000 square feet of wooden fun including a two-story maze, water play area, dinosaur fossil dig pit and a Secret Garden. Discovery Center is part of the Riverfront Museum Park arts and humanities complex, with plenty of free parking.”
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Bar
“it has the best drinks, most attentive staff and amazing food. Kitchen is open until midnight Friday & Saturday and bar is open till 2am. Try the Hot Chicken, Pork Belly Tacos, Cheese Curds, thank me later”
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Store
“You can enjoy some professional hockey games here as well as monster truck shows, Harlem Globe Trotters, and Disney on Ice.”
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Kunstgalerie
“Rockford Art Museum has been enriching the quality of life in the Rockford Region since 1913 through a permanent collection, frequent exhibitions and lifelong education. More than 1,900 works focus on modern and contemporary art, photography, outsider art, contemporary glass, and regional art with an emphasis on Illinois artists. Its critically acclaimed Spiezer Collection is the most significant collection of Chicago art, inside or outside the city. Three galleries on two floors showcase major feature exhibitions each year and changing exhibits of work from the RAM Collection. The museum store is a sure bet for finding Rockford-made gifts by local artists. RAM also offers an outdoor sculpture garden and plenty of free parking. Mark your calendar for annual fundraiser Greenwich Village Art Fair, held rain or shine on the second weekend after Labor Day – it’s the longest-running art fair of its kind in the Midwest. ”
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Garten
“Klehm has a wide variety of plants and trees that makes your walk in nature informative and personal. ”
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Point of Interest
“Prairie Street Brewing Co. offers world-class beer handcrafted locally in a range of styles. Every glass poured is consistently delicious. The food menu reflects the change of the seasons and the availability of the freshest ingredients. Check the website for the live music performance schedule. Located at Prairie Street Brewhouse. ”
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Point of Interest
“It is what EVERYBODY does on Friday Night in Rockford.... Note: When we go - we wonder where the people come from - many whom we have never seen before.....”
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Museum
“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. Robert Tinker's inspiration for the Cottage came during his tour of Europe in 1862, where he fell in love with the architecture of Switzerland. In 1865, Robert began building his Swiss Cottage on the limestone bluff overlooking Kent Creek. Robert surrounded his Swiss Cottage with over 27 acres of trees, vines, winding pathways, flowerbeds, and gardens. A three-story Swiss inspired barn was added to the property which housed cows, chickens, and horses. On the side of the Cottage, Robert constructed a suspension bridge crossing the Kent Creek. This bridge linked the Cottage with his wife's, Mary Dorr Manny Tinker, limestone mansion and grounds. In 1906, the railroad bought the remainder of Mary's estate. At the end of Robert's suspension bridge, he planted elaborate gardens deemed the Railroad Gardens where passengers could stroll as they waited for the train. The Tinker family, the sole occupants of the Swiss Cottage, left their home to the Rockford Park District and their household belongings to trustees after seventy-five years of residence. Filled with original furnishings, artwork, diaries, clothing and household items, the Cottage is a rich time capsule of life during the Victorian Era. The Cottage is also one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the United States. In 1943, Tinker Swiss Cottage opened to the public as a Museum and is supported in part by the Rockford Park District. Tinker Swiss Cottage has been marked as a place of historic significance by the Rockford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and has been named one of Illinois' 150 Great Places by the American Institute of Architects, Illinois Council. This prestigious award is given to places that have been identified by leading architects as contributing to their communities' quality of life. ”
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Grocery or Supermarket
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“This grocery store is only about 5 minutes from the Airbnb. They have a nice deli for sliced meats, cheeses, and salads.”
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Restaurant
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Museum
“This is the home of the most complete juvenile T-Rex skeleton in the nation.”
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Point of Interest
“There are multiple activities to get involved with at this park. During the summer you can enjoy music and golfing with the family. During the winter you can visit the light festival & snow sculptures”
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