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Whether a luxurious hotel room or a quaint bed and breakfast, Rockford is a great place to lay your head. There are many locations for that next family vacation, reunion, meeting or convention. Visit gorockford.com.

Hungry? The Rockford area has many choices for tasty cuisine for every palate and pocketbook. From dining downtown to dining near one of the area’s shopping districts, you’ll find many places to have fun with family and friends. Make your plans at rockfordchamber.com.

The city is not short on entertainment destinations. Water lovers can find an outdoor park in summer and an indoor park year round. From the car aficionado to the ice skater, the historian to the weekend scientist, there’s something for everyone.

Burpee Museum of Natural History is home to the famous dinosaur, Jane, a restored 21-foot skeleton of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex who lived and died 66 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period.

Nearby, Discovery Center Museum is ranked the “fourth best children’s museum in the nation” by Child magazine in 2002, and has more than 250 interactive exhibits and the nation’s first community-built outdoor science park.

Midway Village Museum, Rockford’s history museum, is a true destination for turn-of-the-century enthusiasts. Take a walk through yesteryear in a picturesque Victorian village set on 136 acres, with 24 historic buildings, artifacts and 19th century gardens.

Anderson Japanese Gardens is ranked the #1 Japanese garden in North America.

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, built in 1865 by early Rockford industrialist Robert H. Tinker, is one of only two-dozen Victorian Swiss-style homes left standing in the U.S.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a living museum with more than 155 acres filled with rare and unusual trees and shrubs, plus the Midwest’s most vigorous evergreen collection and the nation’s most extensive Azalea collection.

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