The local calendar of events is jam-packed with family festivals and fun! If zooming down a slide at the nation’s second-largest public water park sounds like a blast OR cheering on a championship water team at a free performance OR visiting Jane, a 65 million year old tyrannosaur, then Winnebago County is the perfect place to play!
Winter brings the Festival of Lights over the holidays, followed by an Ice Sculpture contest, both attended by thousands. The Metro Centre, a 10,000-seat indoor arena hosts sporting events, shows for kids and concerts by internationally renowned performers. From a SPLASHtacular day at Magic Waters, to the largest music festival in Illinois, On the Waterfront, the choices are endless, and most can be found on the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website – www.gorockford.com.
Some of our primary attractions include:
Anderson Japanese Gardens – Authentic Japanese gardens, with 8.5 acres of waterfalls, ponds, paths, koi, Sukiya-style buildings, moon bridge, stone pagoda and water basins.
Auto Museum - Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe features more than 70 specialty vehicles, including horse drawn buggies from the late 1800’s, early 20th century cars, race cars, celebrity vehicles, celebrity artifacts and much more.
Burpee Museum of Natural History – Showcases the natural heritage of the Rock River Valley region. The museum features prehistoric exhibits including “Jane,” a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Wooly Mammoth skeleton casts, as well as Native American exhibits, fossils, minerals, animals and plants.
Coco Keys Water Park – Exciting new indoor water park located at the Clock Tower Resort offers fun for the family year round.
Discovery Center Museum – Full of over 180 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area, the museum also features a planetarium, working TV studio, robotics lab and outdoor science park. Rated one of the top four children’s museums in America by Child magazine.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – A “living museum” of over 150 acres of magnificent trees and plants every season.
Magic Waters Waterpark – The Midwest’s largest public water park, featuring a water coaster, wave pool, body slides, tube slides, SplashMagic River, Little Lagoon, Caribbean SplashMagic Island, sand volleyball and more.
Midway Village & Museum Center – Explore life as it was at the turn of the twentieth century with interpreters in period costumes and furnished historic buildings that reenact history.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum – A stunning twenty-room Swiss cottage that Robert H. Tinker built on a limestone bluff in 1865 featuring elaborate parquet floors, detailed woodwork, spiral staircase and murals, along with traditional furniture and artifacts.