7 Things To Do and See in Rockford, IL

Thinking of taking a weekend trip to Rockford? There are so many things to do and see in this little city on the Rock River, and with the weather getting warmer, it’s the perfect time to explore new places. Check out these 7 amazing attractions in Rockford, Illinois. 

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Spend some time outdoors, and take a tour of these beautifully-maintained Japanese gardens. Under the direction of designer Hoichi Kurisu, every aspect of the grounds is carefully considered and placed.

Laurent House

This Frank Lloyd Wright design was commissioned in the 1940s by World War II veteran Kenneth Laurent and his wife, Phyllis. It is the only one of Wright’s designs “created specifically for a client with a specific disability.” If you’re looking for things to do in Rockford, IL, the Laurent House is available for public and private tours. 

Burpee Museum of Natural History

Burpee recently reopened at limited capacity, and has plenty to offer. Check out Jane, “the world’s most complete and best preserved juvenile T. rex,” or learn about the long-ago residents of Illinois’ Ordovician Sea.

Prairie Street Brewing Company

The local brewery also has a full food menu and regularly hosts live music. Grab a burger, a Screw City Light, and stop by this attraction in Rockford on Monday nights from June to September to catch some tunes.

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County

With 44 individual preserves, this network of trails, woods, and prairies is a great way to explore the Rockford area and experience some natural beauty. You can go hiking, biking, or even do some canoeing and fishing here.

Rockford Sculpture Walk

Explore Rockford through its public art— specifically, the pieces included in its Sculpture Walk. If you’re searching for things to do in Rockford, IL, use the Sculpture Walk map to guide you to each piece, and learn more about each artist and their work as you walk through the city.

Cheap Trick “Trickford” Fan Trail

If you’re a fan of Cheap Trick, you know the band has deep ties to the city of Rockford. Using the Trickford Fan Trail brochure, you can visit all the spots that are important to Cheap Trick’s local history.

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