Recreation & Destinations
Picking apples at Kuipers Family Farm is unlike any other experience in the area. This orchard has an attentive staff that can answer any question you may have about the 160-acre farm and more than 30 apple varieties.

Kuipers Family Farm: Everything from Apples to Christmas Trees


This sprawling orchard is loaded with exciting interactive activities, including the chance to cut your own Christmas tree. Learn how this family farm continues to grow each year.

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Fire and Ice, a Stroll on State favorite, amazes crowds each year as blocks of ice dissolve into stunning bonfires, creating spectacular displays.

Stroll on State Kicks Off Holiday Season

This holiday tradition will help you catch the Christmas spirit. Find out what to expect at this annual event and learn about some of the new and exciting attractions.

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Canyons, bluffs and seasonal icefalls create picture-perfect backdrops for those willing to brave the cold for a hike at Starved Rock State Park. (Kathy Casstevens/Starved Rock Lodge photos)

NWQ Getaway Guide, Autumn/Holiday Edition

Time for a road trip! Here are some great getaway spots located just far enough away.

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Count down to the new year at Discovery Center Museum on Dec. 31.

Events at a Glance: Recreation & Destinations Calendar

There’s so much to do in our region! Here are some exciting recreation events happening this season.

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Started by a group of retired educators who wanted to inspire local children, the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois has become a family fixture at Freeport’s Lincoln Mall. (Sherry Maves photos)

Freeport’s New Attraction for Families

Some museums ask you not to touch anything, but at this hands-on attraction, it’s openly encouraged. Step inside this family fixture and learn how a group of retired educators turned a dream into a reality.

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Recreation & Destinations SMART LIVING WEEKLY
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Smart Living Weekly – November 13, 2019

  Rockford Choral Union Presents 74th ‘Messiah’ Right in Our Region: The Rockford Choral Union’s performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” is among the most beloved Christmas traditions in our…
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Smart Living Weekly – November 6, 2019

  Emily Bear Sings, Releases First Pop EP Right in Our Region: It’s been a treat for Rockford residents to watch Emily Bear grow up in the public eye. The…
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Smart Living Weekly – October 30, 2019

  ‘Dancing with the Rockford Stars’ Nov. 23 Right in Our Region: The red carpet will roll out for “Old Hollywood Glam,” the theme of this year’s Dancing with the…
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