Rockford and the surrounding region offer a wealth of activities and attractions that challenge the mind, soothe the spirit and stimulate the senses. We can escape to a tropical paradise set on the banks of the Rock River or a world-renowned Japanese garden retreat; immerse ourselves in the area’s rich history and artistic heritage; explore our prehistoric past and our 21st century technology; discover and marvel at the wonders of our natural environment. Here, we highlight just a few of the museums, nature centers and outdoor attractions that make our region a great place to live and grow.

Learn More Burpee Museum of Natural History 737 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 965-3433
Learn More Byron Forest Preserve District 7993 N. River Road,, Byron, IL (815) 234-8535
Learn More Discovery Center Museum 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 963-6769
Learn More Freeport Art Museum 121 N. Harlem Ave., , Freeport, IL (815) 235-9755
Learn More Midway Village Museum 6799 Guilford Road,, Rockford, IL (815) 397-9112
Learn More Northwest Territory Historic Center 205 W. Fifth St., , Dixon, IL (815) 288-5508
Learn More Riverfront Museum Park 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL
Learn More Rockford Art Museum 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL (815) 968-2787
Learn More The Next Picture Show Gallery 113 W. First St., Dixon, IL (815) 285-4924