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YMCA Fall Festival at Camp Winnebago
The YMCA of Rock River Valley is teaming up with Twisted Crypt Productions to transform Camp Winnebago YMCA into the region's newest family-fun destination this fall. Family Fall Festival promises to be your family's new fall tradition complete with trick-or-treating in the Halloween Village, a two-mile corn maze, pumpkin patch, craft bazaar, live music, food and more (Saturdays and Sundays in October). Camp Winnebago YMCA, located one mile north of Rockford, rests in the wilderness just minutes from downtown. The property encompasses 150 acres and prides itself on being a year-round facility. This fall it will be decked out in a kid-friendly Halloween theme.
Furniture from primitives to Victorian, advertising, signs, country accessories and more. Call ahead.
Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
There are 41 individual forest preserves for the purpose of protecting the natural beauty of Winnebago County, as well as for education and recreation. The forest preserves provide over 9,700 acres of property for the use and enjoyment of the general public. Lush woods, picturesque streams, dramatic cliffs and dells, unspoiled prairies and native wildlife are treasures to be enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages. Hiking, camping, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, bird watching and cross-country skiing are recreational activities available at sites throughout the county.
Winnebago County Fairgrounds
Home of Winnebago County Fair, considered one of the best county fairs in the Midwest, plus The Pec Thing, a huge semi-annual flea market and antiques fair with acres of vendors inside and out. Various racing organizations use the Fairgrounds track for racing events.
Wind Ridge Herb Farm
Wind Ridge Herb Farm in Caledonia, IL grows over 400 varieties of culinary and medicinal herbs without the use of chemical fertilizers. The herbs produced by Wind Ridge Herb Farm are Certified Naturally Grown. They carry only natural products with no artificial dyes, preservatives, or additives; personally harvesting, inspecting, drying, and packaging the herbs in order to guarantee quality and freshness. The garden is available for meetings, tours, groups and catered lunches. Lunches are provided for groups of 8 or more, and include a garden tour.
Wenger's Springbrook Cheese
Visit this artisan cheesemaker with a small retail outlet featuring Muenster and Swiss cheese made on the premises; also featuring cheeses from other area cheesemakers. Open: Monday thru Friday: 8 am - 2 pm; Saturday: 8 am - Noon.
Volcano Falls Adventure Park
Play miniature golf on the ground-shaking Volcano Course under the shadow of a three-story erupting volcano or take it easy on the nine-hole Palm Course. Sharpen your sports skills in batting cages and the area's only soccer cages; enjoy "combat" with your friends in the Laser Zone; and race around the Go-Kart track.
Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum
Located at the Poplar Grove Airport, this musuem has a variety of vintage autos, trucks and other equipment including aircraft.
Village Green Home and Garden East
A fascinatingly large garden center with outdoor furniture supplying customers from all over the Midwest. The center also takes care of all holiday needs with trees, trims and gifts. There's a Village Green West, too.
Village Green Home & Garden West
A fascinatingly large garden center with outdoor furniture supplying customers from all over the Midwest. The center also takes care of holiday needs with trees, trims and gifts. Home center, same location, 815.637.8840. There's a Village Green East, too.
Victory Golf Range
Victory Golf Range is the Rockford area's only indoor golf facility that offers golf entertainment in a controlled environment. Amenities include a large driving area to see true path of golf ball, hitting bays with air-cushioned driving mats, a state-of-the-art putting green, fully netted ceiling, walls and perimeter to ensure a safe hitting environment, a full service restaurant and bar, large screen TVs with latest golf and sports programming, and free WiFi.
Veterans Memorial Hall
Dedicated in 1903 in ceremonies that included a speech by Teddy Roosevelt, Memorial Hall is a tribute to Rockford citizens who have served in the Armed Forces. Large wall plaques list names of fallen veterans, and cases in the main lobby, side rooms and the lower level display Armed Services artifacts including memories of the Civil War, the World Wars and Camp Grant. The renovated second floor auditorium is used by cultural groups for shows and presentations and is accessible via the elevator.
Trolley Car #36
Trolley Car #36 is a turn-of-the-century, open-air trolley, the kind your grandparents might have taken to work, except you don't have to go to work. Board the Trolley at the Trolley Station in Riverview Park (on Thursdays, board at Nicholas Conservatory), ride along Madison Street beside the scenic Rock River Recreation Path, stop for a brief visit to the Eclipse Lagoon and Gardens, travel to the Symbol, then turn around and return to the Trolley Station. Trolley Car #36 is wheelchair accessible; however, the trolley is limited to 2 wheelchairs per ride.
Tough Mudder 2016
Tough Mudder events are hardcore obstacle courses designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $8 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. But Tough Mudder is more than an event; it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time and discover camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.
Tom Guirl's Beaver Creek Pottery
Find skillfully handmade and kiln-fired pottery to decorate your home.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens
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 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. 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.
Then and Now Gift Shop
Unique and specialty items located in the Boone County Historical Society Museum.
The Sweetery Co.
Over 150 varieties of novelty candy, nuts and chocolate covered nuts. Antique soda fountain, shake machine, and freezers in use to bring back the memories of the good old days. Music from the 1950s and 1960s. Come by and turn back the clock. Closed during winter months.
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms and Copperstone Inn
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms and Copperstone Inn are a unique venue for an unforgettable wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. An Orchard Ridge Farms/Copperstone Inn wedding offers the combination of rustic charm and sophisticated elegance that will create extraordinary memories that will last a lifetime. Our one hundred and thirty acres creates a majestic stage for your special event, a refreshing change from the average banquet facility.
The Office Niteclub
Located in downtown Rockford’s historic River District, The Office offers dancing, drag shows, karaoke and an outdoor patio in warm-weather months.
The Ledges Golf Course
Built in 1966 with water on 10 holes, this 18-hole course is par 72.
The Golf Shack
All-encompassing golf retailer, with a 10,000 square foot retail showroom, heated outdoor driving range, teaching academy, cafe, bar and beer garden.
The Gem Shop
Estate, pre-owned and new jewelry and watches. Custom jewelry, including the reproduction of antique jewelry. Repair service for antique jewelry.
The Garden Hotel and Conference Center
Located easily off of I-90 in South Beloit, Illinois, The Garden Hotel provides our guests with a clean, comfortable experience in a friendly atmosphere. The Garden Hotel offers 164 Guest Rooms, including an Executive Wing providing our corporate clients a quiet comfortable area of the hotel perfect for maximizing productivity. We can provide accommodations for any number of groups and events including room blocks for family reunions or sports teams. We offer 11,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, whether it is a small business meeting or a large event with over 700 people, we can provide accommodations as well as superior catering options. Some of the other features at the Garden Hotel & Conference Center include wireless internet connectivity throughout the hotel, business center including on site fax and copy service, guest rooms with one or two beds available, our own onsite restaurant and bar, fitness center, and indoor pool and spa.