The Best Places To See in Rockford

Handpicked Top 3 Places To See in Rockford, Illinois. Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. You deserve only the best!


318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL 61107

Since 1978

Botanical Garden, Tourist Attraction, Garden Visitor, Guided Tours, Gift Shop, Area Attractions, Personal Membership, Photography Membership, Corporate Membership, Youth Programs, Garden Explorers, Groovin’ In the Garden, Adult Enrichment, Health and Wellness, Creative Arts, Spiritual Wellness, Weddings, Corporate Events & Private Parties

Members, Children Under 5 Free Admission - 12-acre (49,000 m2) - The gardens was built by John R. Anderson and landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu on the site of Anderson's home

Price: Adult $9.50, Seniors (62+) $8.50, Child $7.50

Mon - Fri : 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sat & Sun : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The gardens are beautifully manicured and there are intimate seating areas along the path to talk with a friend or have a quiet moment to yourself. I enjoyed listening to the waterfalls and watching the Koi gracefully swim in the ponds. The turtles, chipmunks, bumblebees and butterflies entertained me during my visit. The gift shop had such a unique collection of Japanese wares in addition to books and games for children.

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711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103

Since 1981

Museum, Gift Shop, Dining/Lodging, Museum Campus, Classes, Group Visits, Stem Outreach, Teacher Workshops, Scout Leaders, Summer Camps, Birthday Packages, Focused Field Trips, Planetarium, Terrific Tuesdays, Family Fun Programs, Group Visit, Museum Rentals, Gift Certificates, Space Rental, Special Exhibits, Exhibitions & Rental Facility

Free Admission: Members and children age one and younger - They served more than 246,000 people through onsite visits to their museum and through their outreach program

Price: $8.00 per person

Mon - Sun : 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hands down, it's a great place for kids! There are plenty of things for the kids to see and be hands-on with. The building is two levels and on the upper level you have a special section just for toddlers called Tot's Spot where they can play with things on their level. There is a play house, play area where kids put together (play) pizzas and wear an outfit (donated by Papa John's). There is a water area where you can let your tots play with the water toys.

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1354 N 2nd St, Rockford, IL 61107

Since 2011

Botanical Garden, Tourist Attraction, Outdoor Recreation, Hibiscus Bistro, Field Trip, Hotels, Full Events Calendar, In Full Bloom The Orchid Exhibit, Simply Spring The Butterfly Exhibit, Bruce Munro Light, Tunes on The Terrace, All Aglow, Business Rentals, Catering Services, Gift Shop, Outdoor Rentals, Weddings & Special Events

Ages 2 and Under Free Admission - Offering an 11,000-square-foot plant exhibition area complete with water features, seating areas and sculptures all in a tropical plant setting

Price: Adults: $6 (Resident), $8 (Non-Resident), Seniors (65+): $4 (Resident), $6 (Non-Resident), Veterans: $4 (Resident), $6 (Non-Resident), Ages 5-17: $4 (Resident), $6 (Non-Resident), Ages 3-4 $2

Tues - Fri : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat & Sun : 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Mon : Closed

I love this place! The gardens are so well cared for and pruned so beautifully that they're ideal for pictures, and just a fun place to enjoy the nice weather. I've never been inside because the outside is gorgeous as is. The rose garden smells wonderful. If you walk towards the river, the bike path is right there and you can run, walk, or cycle along it with the gardens and statues/sculptures on one side and the river on the other. Such a perfect place!

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