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Brook Farm is your stop for local produce this season. We grow a wide variety of fresh vegetables, popcorn kernels and produce delicious flavored popcorn products.
Genealogical Research Library
Research early history, marriages, cemetery and census records, and family books, all pertaining to Ogle County.
Walcamp Outdoor Ministries Family Campground
Walcamp Outdoor Ministries Family Camp would like to invite you and your family to come camping with us! Can host family reunions, company or church picnics, and many themed weekends! Situated on 177 acres of woods, fields, streams and ponds!
The Picket Fence
The Picket Fence offers a variety of gifts including candles, home accessories, and cards.
Five Points Pub
Five Points Pub gives you that hometown feel and homemade meal. Come in today for one of our daily specials or see some live entertainment on the weekends. We are open for lunch, dinner, and late night drinks!
Food, drinks and entertainment.
Kirkland Family Restaurant
A great place to meet and eat! Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our Friday fish fry begins at 11am. Join us for delicious food, friendly service, and great prices!
The most delicious Vienna Hot Dogs around! Their dogs are Chicago Style featuring a Vienna all beef hot dog cuddled by a freshly steamed poppy seed bun, topped with yellow mustard, neon green relish, sweet onions, fresh tomato wedges, kosher pickle spear, spicy sport peppers and of course, a dash of celery salt. 518 West Main Street
Bar & Grill located at 521 Main Street in Kirkland, Illinois.
Hot Stuff Pizza
Located inside the Kirkland Quick Stop.
Gensler Gardens is a family owned operation specilizing in greenhouses and locally grown vegetables.
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.
See top-name NASCAR racing on a quarter-mile, high-banked track. From Kid's nights to monster trucks, fireworks, fantastic NASCAR racing action, you will enjoy an exciting night of affordable family fun at Rockford Speedway.
Rockford Ski Broncs Water Ski Show
This world-class water ski team gives free shows from early June until Labor Day at Shorewood Park.
Sportscore Two/Indoor Sports Center
124-acre sports complex at I-90/Riverside Blvd. intersection. Includes Wedgbury Stadium, Indoor Sports Center and outdoor sports fields for soccer, rugby, football, volleyball, basketball, in-line hockey, badminton and adapted and wheelchair sports.
Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza
This 2.5-acre park is dedicated to promoting peace and celebrating diversity. The plaza is located at the head of Rockford's 20-mile Perryville Path network of bicycle and recreational trails.
Carlson Ice Arena and Sapora Playworld
Located near the I-90 tollway at Riverside Boulevard and Perryville Road, the Carlson Ice Arena features a 200 x 85 feet ice rink with seating for 600 spectators. This facility is also home to the Sapora Playworld, a three-level soft play structure designed for children ages 5-12 and a Tiny Tots Playspace designed for children 4 and under. For fun, family-friendly-priced recreation, Rockford Park District's Sapora Playworld at Carlson Ice Arena offers discounted rates weekly on "Half-Price Tuesdays and Thursdays" at the three-level indoor soft play structure for ages 5-12.
Rock Cut State Park
With over 3,000 acres of rolling plains and two lakes, Rock Cut State Park is a hiker's paradise. It's also home to some of the best mountain biking in northeastern Illinois, offering 10 miles of dirt and sand terrain, doubletrack and singletrack trails. One of the loops is 4.25-miles, the Main Trail, which runs around Pierce Lake. Another loop snakes around the northeast corner of the park and leads through dense trees and hills.
Rockford Aviators Professional Baseball
Rockford's professional baseball team is part of the Frontier League, an independent professional league. Home games are played at Aviators Stadium just off I-90 at Riverside Blvd., the first exit north of Business 20 (E. State St.). Specials, giveaways, entertainment and good, old-fashioned summertime baseball make a visit to the ballpark a great family outing.
Quality Inn & Suites of Loves Park
Quality Inn & Suites of Loves Park is the perfect place to find comfortable and relaxing accommodations for the business traveler. It offers free deluxe continental breakfast, unlimited in-room high-speed Internet access, a unique business office to accommodate all of your needs, complimentary USA Today, indoor pool and fitness center to relax your mind, and many other services included in a great price. Discounted Magic Waters tickets available.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Loves Park
Located just off I-90. As with all Holiday Inn Express hotels, our ample complimentary "Hot" Breakfast Bar and Simply Smart baths are the leaders in the industry. Complimentary WiFi and hard wired internet are included. Offers 119 beautiful rooms equipped with a mini refrigerator and microwave. A Business Center and meeting rooms are available. We also have a heated swimming pool and whirlpool with outside patio and grills, a cardiovascular fitness center. We are a pet friendly hotel.
Beef-A-Roo - Cafe Style
Not a chain, but a Rockford Original cooking it just for you. Sandwiches are made to order and the sides, including baked potatoes, are delicious. Each area location has its own, distinct personality.
Aviators Stadium is the home of Rockford's own professional baseball team, part of the Frontier League. Specials, giveaways, entertainment and good, old-fashioned summertime baseball make a visit to the ballpark a great family outing.The stadium is located just off I-90 at Riverside Blvd., the first exit north of Business 20 (E. State St.).
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.
Fall Remodeling & Home Expo - Forest Hills Lodge
The Fall Remodeling & Home Expo is the perfect venue to do a little holiday shopping while gathering information to get ready for your fall and winter projects...new baths or kitchens, new windows, flooring, roofs, gutters, the fun interior decorations and more. Plus get a cup of hot chocolate for a penny and check out the clinics on holiday cooking, winter preparation. The best part is the show is absolutely free!
Rockford Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular - Indoor Sports Center
You will find a wide range of high quality hand crafted items at this year's show, including jewelry, handbags, pottery, ornaments, quilts, toys, photo frames, wooden signs, woodworking, cards and stationary, glass art, home decor, candles, apparel, baby clothing and accessories, pet accessories, hats, scarves, gloves, stone artwork, crochet, graphic art, paintings, ceramics, photography, handcrafted seasonal items, embroidery, all natural bath items, doll clothing, floral arrangements, beadwork, yard decorations, wreaths, and much much more!
Rockford Speedway - National Short Track Championships
This season's edition of NSTC features a wide array of short track racing machines and drivers from across the country converging on Rockford Speedway, vying for a chance at glory on Rockford's famed ‘high banks.' The high-powered Super Late Models once again return as the main attraction of NSTC, taking part both Saturday and Sunday in "One Great Racing Weekend."
River House Bed & Breakfast Getaway Retreat - Machesney Park
Happy memories made here! The River House is actually two waterfront lodges, well separated on five tree shaded acres. The luxury Getaway Lodge offers couples romance in three suites complete with Jacuzzi, fireplace, and gourmet breakfast, plus special occasion amenities for honeymoon or anniversary romance. The TIMEAWAY LODGE is a vacation home rental that sleeps up to 17 in five family sized bedrooms. The large gathering room, conversation bar and outdoor deck can easily host your family reunion, wedding event or group retreat weekend. Visit the website to take a video tour of guestrooms and facilities, Check availability and make your reservations online. An Extended Stay furnished apartment also available for the business traveler. The Timeaway Lodge, with five family sized guestrooms, offers comfortable, child friendly accommodations for leisure travel or group retreat. It is an ideal location with its large gathering room, conversation bar and outdoor deck to host a family reunion, church or business retreat, scrapbooking weekend, or wedding ceremony and reception. Special package options are available. An Extended Stay furnished apartment also available for weekly rental.
Beef-A-Roo - Northwoods Lodge
Not a chain, but a Rockford Original cooking it just for you. Sandwiches are made to order and the sides, including baked potatoes, are delicious. Each area location has its own, distinct personality.
Pig Minds Brewing Co.
Pig Minds Brewing Company specializes in handcrafted ales in a variety of styles, using the finest barley, wheat, malts and hops to produce their tasty beers. Try as many as seven of their beers including American Irish Red, Blue Collar American Wheat, Hopcore American Pale Ale or anything else they may be brewing at the time. The food menu has everything from appetizers to desserts.
A campground nestled in Marengo.
Levin's Shoes and Dry Goods
Family owned since 1922. Shoes and clothing for the whole family. Name brand as well as some unusual items.
Bank Block Antiques and More
Antiques, collectibles, furniture, floral arrangements, jewelry, glassware, made-to-order furniture and shelves, in-home help with decorating and more.
Marengo Ridge Golf Club
Built in 1985, this 18-hole golf course offers a clubhouse, driving range, golf lessons, pro shop and a putting green.
Welcome to Flatlander Market. There are so many great things to experience every time you visit. Fresh coffee and espresso drinks, delicious sandwiches, homemade chili and soups, cookies by Sally baked everyday, crafted cheeses from near and far, and the largest selection of Illinois wines in McHenry county. Try some freshly ground and brewed private blend coffee, or our flavor of the day. You may want to have something from our espresso bar: Steaming hot espresso, cappuccinos and cafe latte, or even a tasty steamer.
Marengo Ridge - McHenry County Conservation District
The major glacial feature at Marengo Ridge Conservation area is the Marengo Ridge, from which the site derives its name. Left by the retreating Wisconsin glacier, the Marengo Ridge moraine is 40 miles long and 3 miles wide, creating one of the steepest vertical moraines in Illinois, at 1,050 feet above sea level. This rugged, fire-protected topography supported wooded communities dominated by oak species. Site features hiking trails, campground, picnic shelters, scenic views, x-country skiing, and fishing.
Coral Woods - McHenry County Conservation District
This sugar maple forest provides the sweet sap necessary for annual maple sugar programs, and is also known for its magnificent display of spring wildflowers. Activities include hiking, x-country skiing, picnic shelters and scenic views.
Eight acres of beautiful landscaping and flower gardens include the Life of Christ Memorial Garden, featuring life-sized sculptures tracing the life of Christ from birth to ascension.
Located in the heart of the mid-west in Monroe Center, Illinois, just a 20 minute drive south from Rockford, a quiet, majestic dwelling sits among the trees that seclude Kilbuck Creek from sight of even its closest neighbors. This secluded sanctuary in the wilderness could be the location of your upcoming wedding, family reunion, church or business retreat or romantic getaway.
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.
Antiques at Hillwood Farms
Country and early New England furniture and accessories.
Ghost Town Antiques
Country furniture, copper, brass, country accessories, woodenware, smalls, iron and tin. Appointment necessary.
Pec Playhouse Theatre
Performances produced by people dedicated to proividing quality community theatre in an intimate, rustic venue.
3rd Annual Holidazzle Craft Show
The "Holidazzle Craft Show" is returns to the Winnebago County Fairgrounds, featuring crafters with all handmade items. Get a head start on Christmas shopping. Concessions will be available.
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum
The museum was established to preserve history and educate youth about the significant contributions made to our country by winged and wheeled vehicles.
Arte Verde Garden Center and Landscape Co.
Come see the area's largest selection of top-quality plants, including annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, and shrubs. Farm animals and exotic birds. Unique plants not found in other garden centers. A name that stands for quality!
Golf Club at Timber Pointe
This 18-hole golf course is open to the public, and includes a practice facility and full-service clubhouse.
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.
Open August through November, come visit our farm this fall to share in our rustic culture and enjoy a taste of the season. Many varieties of apples to taste. Also available, in season, are raspberries, pumpkins, home-made goodies, and our famous apple cider donuts. Take a horse drawn ride out to the orchard to pick your own apples too. Family tradition starts here! There's a petting zoo too.
Rags to Vintage
We sell garden decor, primitives, antiques, collectibles, glassware, furniture, children's primitive furniture, tools, books, and we have a gentlemen's room where we specialize in fishing, pipes, hunting, bar decor, and way more.
Stop in for one of our famous burgers, or join us on Tuesdays for Taco Tuesday. Full bar, carryouts, and outdoor dining. Open: Su: Noon - 10 pm; M -W: 10 am - 12 am; Th - F: 7 am - 1 am; S: 10 am - 1 am. Banquet facilities for 50. Lunch and dinner under $10.00
Enjoy this park offering a picnic area, playground, shelter and restroom facilities as well as access to the Pecatonica Prairie Path which is currently under construction. The Pecatonica River may also be accessed for boating and canoeing approximately 200 yards from the park.
Fran's Fantastic Antiques, Collectibles
Shop this unique inventory for antiques and collectibles including antique toys,tools, furniture, linens, rugs, jewelry, books, "ETC". Stop and shop country. You will not believe the variety that we offer. Open: May thru November: Friday thru Sunday: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm. Or by Appointment
Rock Run Peddler
A quaint red cottage with a unique gathering of primitives, folk art, florals, and garden decor. Also seasonal garden to enjoy. Open: Thursday thru Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm. Or by appointment.
Shirts By Mom
Shirts By Mom specializes in custom made shirts and gifts. Sportswear with embroidered and heat transfer logos, business, sport and team logos. Also find a wide variety of gourmet foods, coffee and teas, plus gifts, pottery and gift baskets. Open: Monday thru Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am - Noon.
Rock Run Country Historical Society Museum
Open: Wednesday: 1 pm to 3 pm; or by appointment This museum, in an 1870's building, features artifacts from the Rock City area including pictures, clothing, articles and more.
Super 8 Motel - Rockford
Conveniently located near I-90, E. State Street/Business Rt. 20, Super 8 offers a perfect balance of value and convenience. Centrally located between Chicago and Galena off Interstate 39. Each hotel room comes with time-saving amenities like a refrigerator and microwave — or book a personal Jacuzzi suite for extra comfort. Start your day right with free SuperStart continental breakfast, and enjoy the convenience of free Wi-Fi in your room. Handicapped-accessible hotel rooms are available, and free RV or truck parking is included. We are a pet-friendly hotel, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.
Extended Stay America - I-90
Extended StayAmerica was designed specifically for Road Warriors - the long-term, value-conscious traveler. If you're a Road Warrior, you need more than a place to stay when you're away from home. You need a place to live. Nightly and weekly rates available.
Motel 6 - Rockford
With newly renovated guestrooms and lobby, the hotel is convenient to I-90 and Illinois Business 20. Always fresh, always clean, our 131 guest rooms include a remote-controlled TV with free cable. No pets except service guide animals.
Comfort Inn - Rockford
The hotel is centrally located within one mile of several restaurants and shopping areas, close to I-90 and Business 20. Pets allowed with fee.
Rockford Park District
Explore endless recreational opportunities, including some of the finest, most affordable golf courses in the nation, ice skating, hiking/biking paths and much more.
Hosts a variety of world-class entertainment: concerts from the biggest stars in music and comedy, circuses, rodeos, motor sports, family shows. Home to three different sports teams: ice hockey, indoor football and indoor soccer.
Riverfront Museum Park
Arts and humanities complex housing Discovery Center Museum, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Dance Company office and studies, Northern Illinois Public Radio offices and Rockford Symphony Orchestra offices.
This 105-acre sports complex, host to local and national tournaments, features eight lighted softball diamonds, eight regulation and 11 practice soccer fields, nine sand volleyball pits, concession stands, a soccer center with lockers, a boat ramp and a walking path.
This family amusement center has more than 78 free and five-cent games; 40 redemption games that dispense tickets for prizes; and 30 video and novelty games.
Rockford College Performing Arts Department
Four productions per year in Clark Arts Center's Maddox and Cheek Theatres, performed by theater students, plus student-directed 3-Penny Theater productions, the Rockford College Forum Series, and Common Destines programs.
Camp Grant Museum and Command Post Restaurant
Memorabilia of Rockford's Camp Grant, U.S. Army induction and training camp during World Wars I and II. The museum, an original building of Camp Grant, houses the Command Post restaurant and contains postcards, pictures, and memorabilia of the camp along with Rockford postcards.
CoCo Key Water Resort - Rockford
CoCo Key, one of Illinois' largest indoor water parks, is Rockford's home for any-weather family water park fun. Attached to the Best Western Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center, CoCo Key Water Resort makes for a perfect tropical family getaway. Explore over 60,000 square feet of indoor water park fun with three giant waterslides, Coconut Grove Adventure River, Parrot's Perch interactive Play Island, indoor/outdoor spa, kiddie pool with zero depth entry, 10,000 square foot Key Quest Arcade, private cabanas, birthday party rooms, and more
The laser tag maze is a multi-level game floor with black lights, music, sound effects and automatic computerized scoring.
Coronado Performing Arts Center
See a play or musical performance at the wonderfully ornate Coronado Performing Arts Center, which was once a 1920s movie palace and vaudeville hall. The Coronado still features its original whimsical details, such as gilded Spanish castles, Chinese dragons in relief on the walls and a faux starry sky. Coronado Performing Arts Center is the venue for many performing arts groups and traveling shows.
Erlander Home Museum
The cultural centerpiece of Rockford's Swedish-ancestry community, Erlander Home Museum is located in Rockford's first brick home, built by John and IngaStina Erlander family in 1871. Restored to its original Victorian decor, the twelve-room home features collections that include Rockford-made furniture, a renowned collection of more than 50 dolls created by Charlotte Weibull and many artifacts recalling Swedish immigration to northern Illinois and Rockford's Swedish heritage. Don't miss the Midsommar Dag festival in mid-June, and Lucia Fest in early December.
Anderson Japanese Gardens
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.
Jane Addams International Peace Garden
This peace garden honors Rockford College alumna and Nobel laureate Jane Addams. The garden is located at Fisher Chapel on the grounds of Rockford College.
Rockford Dance Company
Celebrating over 40 years of dance excellence, Rockford Dance Company serves the greater Rockford community through partnerships with other leading nonprofit organizations, year-round classes in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap as well as full season of outstanding ballet and repertoire performances. Rockford Dance Company offers programming to children, students, and adults supporting our mission to pursue excellence in the art of dance through performance, education, and outreach.
Discovery Center Museum
Named one of the top 12 children's museums in the nation by Forbes in 2012, here kids can explore more than 250 hands-on art and science exhibits, a planetarium, TV studio and the Tot Spot for toddlers. Discovery Center also boasts the nation's first community-built outdoor science park, the Rock River Discovery Park, featuring a two-story maze, water play area and dinosaur fossil dig.
Forest City Queen Riverboat
The Forest City Queen gives you an up close and personal glimpse of some of the most stately homes gracing the banks of the Rock River. You will hear about Rockford's humble beginnings on the Rock River and its continuing influence today. A variety of cruise options are available, from hourly narration tours, private rentals, family-style picnics, Ski Broncs performances, to elegant dining.
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.
An 1857 Italianate limestone house with ceiling murals, parquet floors, pocket doors, stained glass, curved staircase, carriage house and stables. English garden. Special events. Guided tours for groups on Sundays by appointment.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 155-acre living museum filled with spectacular gardens and rare trees. There’s beauty in every season from fragrant magnolia trees in spring and a butterfly garden in summer to the brilliant colors of fall and snow-capped evergreens in winter, when trails are cleared for walkers, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing. A 1.8 mile, handicapped-accessible paved path winds through the arboretum plus many secondary, chipped trails. Kids will have fun navigating the maze in the Children’s Garden. Klehm is dog-friendly and any leashed dog is welcome. Filled with four season beauty, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is waiting for you to explore.
Midway Village 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. Special events throughout the year include a World War II re-enatment, Sock Monkey and Scarecrow Harvest Festivals, and more. Free recreational path located on property.
Cliffbreakers Restaurant and Bar/Lounge
Overlooking the Rock River, furnished with antiques and architectural artifacts. Enjoy Cliffbreakers' Fauerbach beerstube lounge, martini lounge, eclectic menu, Carvery Buffet Thursdays, Seafood Buffet Fridays and Champagne Brunch Sundays.
Giovanni's Restaurant & Big Al's Bar
A local favorite, Giovanni’s Restaurant is known for its good food, service and competitive prices. Extensive banquet facilities. Big Al's Bar, an upscale entertainment and jazz bar, has a bar menu that includes pasta dishes, sandwiches appetizers & much more.
Friendly neighborhood place for drinks, pizza, homemade soup or full dinners. Steaks, chops, chicken, seafood, ribs, barbeque, pizza, pasta and salads. Patio dining in summer. Full bar.
Popular with both locals and visitors, this restaurant's menu and decor echoes Rockford's Swedish heritage. In addition to American food, the Stockholm Inn cooks up Swedish pancakes with imported lingonberries, Swedish meatballs and other Swedish favorites. And great coffee, of course! Banquet rooms are available. Home of the Lingonberry Gift Shop with "the best Scandinavian gifts in the world."
Carlyle Brewing Company
Enjoy the taste of quality, handcrafted beer in the atmosphere of a true European-style ale house in the Rockford Region's premiere microbrewery. Ten to twelve styles of ales and lagers are on tap at any time, chosen from more than 30 styles of beer brewed on-site throughout the year. For a real treat for the beer lover, try the sampler tray of current beers. Delicious homemade root beer is a great treat for the whole family, available in a tall glass or as a root beer float. Sandwiches, bratwurst, and hot pretzels are also available.
Abreo Restaurant, Wine Bar & Patio
In the heart of the up-and-coming 500 block, Abreo has become known as downtown's premiere restaurant and nightspot. Housed in vintage 1888 architecture, the atmosphere is uniquely its own. From its cozy wine bar with a beautiful stone fireplace, its whimsical dining room, its peaceful garden patio, to its intimate wine cellar, Abreo is an experience for all of the senses.
Josef of Barbados
Renowned Austrian chef Josef Schwaiger offers fine continental dining from Barbados. Seafood and oyster bar with a simple but elegant interior. Reservations suggested for Friday and Saturday evenings.
Irish Rose Saloon
Cozy, neighborhood restaurant in downtown Rockford's River District offering fresh seafood, delicious appetizers and unique spirits.
Midwest's finest Japanese restaurant where they prepare your meal right before your eyes at the Teppan tables. Traditional seafood, steak and chicken dishes and sushi bar. There is also a karaoke bar.
Kryptonite is a live, original music venue specializing in Elite Craft Beers, customer service, signature cocktails, a sweet patio, Stand Up Comedy on Tuesdays, Trivia on Wednesdays, BARGO on Thursdays and so much more.
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.
Blackhawk Valley Campground - Rockford
More than 130 units in developed campground located in a wooded and secluded area on the Kishwaukee River with mini golf, pedal carts, a playground, weekend activities and hayrides for the kids.
Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children's Farm
Forty acres of woods and meadows for riders eight years old and up; trail rides--excellent for first-time or occasional riders--offered on weekends. Also in Lockwood Park: pony ring, wagon rides, hayrides, petting farm and riding lessons. Special season opening activities in the spring and Halloween hayrides in the fall. Call for hours, rates and group outing opportunities.
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.
Celebrating 100 years in 2012 - Visit the World's Oldest Family Owned Harley-Davidson dealership. An award winning facility, with an expanded showroom that features Harley-Davidson motorcycles, H-D Authorized Rentals, Harley-Davidson Riding Academy, full service department, fashion and riding gear, collectibles, parts and accessories, and much more.