Recreation & Destinations
Many fossils will be on display during the 22nd annual PaleoFest this year, taking place from March 6-8. Stations will be set up during the festival, where children can learn more about the latest in paleontology from experts. (Burpee Museum photos)

Prehistoric Adventures at 2020 PaleoFest


Burpee Museum’s annual tribute to all things paleontology returns this winter with plenty of traditions and a few surprises, too. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s coming up.

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Hiking and cross-country skiing are popular outdoor activities in Elgin during the wintertime. (Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau photos)

NWQ Getaway Guide, Winter Edition

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

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Celebrate the humble sock monkey during Sock Monkey Madness Festival on March 7 at Midway Village Museum, in Rockford.

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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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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Recreation & Destinations SMART LIVING WEEKLY
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Smart Living Weekly – January 22, 2020

  Discover Winter Beauty at Outdoor Events Right in Our Region: Nature lovers know winter is a great time to get outside and explore, and they want others to enjoy…
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Smart Living Weekly – January 15, 2020

  Why Retirees are Choosing Rockford Right in Our Region: It was fate that brought Helen and Ernie Redfern to Rockford, but it was Rockford’s amenities that caused them to…
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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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