Recreation & Destinations
The Rock River ties together all of the nearly 40 communities along the Rock River Trail. Travel by car and you’re likely to spot scenic vistas, quaint hometown shops, historical destinations and plenty of unique finds.

Many Ways to Experience the Rock River Trail


Whether you decide to drive it, paddle it or even hike it, you can explore a wide variety of sights as you traverse through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin’s Rock River Valley.

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Get to know Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at Rockford Public Library’s interim library on April 13, then visit the Thomas exhibit at Discovery Center Museum.

Events @ a Glance: Recreation and Destinations Calendar

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer.

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Children regularly tour Burpee Museum of Natural History for a closer look at artifacts including Jane, a 21-foot juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex. But with this new app, museum director Anne Weerda hopes to reach children wherever they’re learning.

Burpee Museum’s New App Explores Natural History

Now, there’s a way to learn about natural history without even stepping foot inside Rockford’s Burpee Museum.

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Sample local and international wines at the annual Wine on the Fox tasting event, happening this year May 4-5.

NWQ Getaway Guide, Cabin Fever Edition

A great weekend’s journey isn’t so far away. Here are some excellent places to visit.

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Experience what it’s like to be a nurse on April 13, at Discovery Center Museum, in Rockford.

Events @ a Glance: Recreation & Destinations Calendar

A great weekend’s journey isn’t so far from home. Here are some excellent places to visit.

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Recreation & Destinations SMART LIVING WEEKLY
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Smart Living Weekly – April 10, 2019

  Kids Spot: Keeping Kids Active is Good Right in Our Region: Kids Spot, 9461 N. 2nd St., in Roscoe, has been growing by leaps and bounds, while doing cartwheels,…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 3, 2019

  Plenty to Celebrate in 20th IceHog Year Right in Our Region: The Rockford IceHogs season is drawing to a close and excitement is at a record level, with the…
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Smart Living Weekly – March 27, 2019

  Home & Garden Showcase is April 6 & 7 Right in Our Region: With the promise of spring now clearly in view, it’s time to gather ideas to refresh…
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