Things To Do In Rockford

Snow Tubing and Ski Pass for Two or Four, or Season Pass at Gateway Parks at Alpine Hills (Up to 50% Off)

Alpine Hills Park

Rockford

Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy an all-day snow tubing and ski pass or a season pass

$30 $16

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One- or Two-Hour Wakeboarding Pass with Basic Rentals for Two at West Rock Wake Park (50% Off)

West Rock Wake Park

Rockford

Cable-controlled wakeboard experience allows guests to soar across the water sans boat

$40 $20

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Four Day Passes with options for 4-Hour or All-Day Cabana Rental at CoCo Key Water Resort (Up to 50% Off)

CoCo Key Water Resort

Rockford

One-day passes give families or foursomes access to all of the indoor water park’s aquatic attractions and rides

$110 $55

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Complimentary Glasses and Cheese Plate at Hailey's Winery (Up to 51% Off)

Hailey's Winery

Byron

Sample a variety of handcrafted red and white wines

$35 $18

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$30 for $60 Worth of Services at Pape Conservatory of Music

Pape Conservatory of Music

Northeast

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $30

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Six or Eight Arcade-Center Admissions to NickelWorld (Up to 50% Off)

NickelWorld

Northwest

Customers can choose from more than 100 video games and redemption games, all of which are either free or cost just a nickel per play

$13.50 $7

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$52 for a Harlem Globetrotters Game at BMO Harris Bank Center on December 27, 2014 at 1 p.m. ($87.45 Value)

Harlem Globetrotters

BMO Harris Bank Center

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$87.45 $52

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Though Larsen's Landing Outfitters has always been family owned, the stretch of wilderness under its care has two additional overseers: a pair of eagles. The birds patrol 30 acres of sheltered trails, two open fields, and miles of marshes, watching visitors as they paddle rental canoes and kayaks down the pristine Kishwaukee River, which has been rated as one of the three cleanest rivers in the state. Visitors aren't alone, though. Beavers, turtles, otters, and sandhill cranes make their homes on the bank, sharing the shore with endangered black terns and mulberry wing butterflies. They move amidst towering trees, including the sycamores that gave the river its name, a Potawatomi word for river of the sycamore.

Like a grumpy scorpion, the river's flourishing ecosystem benefits from minimal and respectful human contact. Larsen's Landing Outfitters preserves this status while still permitting visitors to explore the environment. The staff plans canoe, kayak, and camping trips with package options, from tutorials on steering a boat to picnic buffets. Travelers can park their vessels at any point to indulge in a swim, go fishing, or relax on a sandbar?and at overnight sites, campfires and pig roasts imbue the air with nostalgic, smoky aromas.

1951 New Milford School Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

Each facility in the family of Rockford-Area Bowling Centers enlivens the classic game of bowling with its own signature amenities. On Friday evenings, the staff at Don Carter Lanes temporarily extinguishes its warm, vintagey glow and replaces it with a dimly lit club atmosphere as DJs from 97 ZOK descend upon the alley, pumping out beats that mingle in the air along with a light and fog show. For supplementary entertainment, the Don Carter location also offers a gaming center, and the Park Lanes alley recharges guests with beer and deep-fried fuel at its onsite pub. The Cherry Bowl location keeps serious bowlers properly outfitted with a pro shop, saving them the hassle of paper-mâchéing their own heads to form makeshift bowling balls.

7171 Cherryvale North Boulevard
Rockford,
IL
US

NickelWorld hosts a selection of more than 100 games to entertain adventurous imaginations and quick-digited game wizards?and they all either cost just a nickel per play, or are free. While meandering through an arcade of more than 20 video games, patrons can slay aliens, henchmen, and the occasional evil cottontail along the way. Classics include Pac-Man, Galaga, and Frogger, in which amphibians halt oncoming traffic through persuasive arguments. After that, they can set off to visit more than 60 redemption games, in which sure-handed prowess translates to great prizes. And for those who just can't get enough of NickelWorld, the arcade also offers parties for up to 40 guests.

3321 N Main St.
Rockford,
IL
US

Between the dark, black walls at The Lazer Maze, green beams of light stretch from one wall to another, striking anyone willing to venture through their neon labyrinth. Levels of difficulty vary as beginners and pros nimbly crouch, tumble, and Macarena over and under laser beams, trying to beat the best time. The staff also equips a 3000-square-foot party room with party lighting, music, fog, and bubbles for birthday parties and other social events.

7200 Harrison Avenue
Rockford,
IL
US

We offer preschool gymnastics, parent tot, general tumbling and trampoline classes, as well as the opportunity to be apart of our competitive tumbling team.

4792 Stenstrom Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

Established: 1991

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Architect James Spear designed Prairie View Golf Club as a reflection of the rolling grasslands that surround it. The course's bentgrass layout covers 7,158 yards, and is littered with dramatic bunkers, water hazards, subtle gradations, and ball washers filled with maple syrup, making all 18 holes uniquely challenging. The surrounding dolomite prairie?lovingly restored to its natural splendor by landscapers?provides a sumptuous feast for the eyes. The course's territory also incorporates a 15-acre practice area, where visitors can hone their skills before hitting the fairways.

But views of the course are perhaps best enjoyed from the The Prairie Grass Pub, the many-windowed clubhouse restaurant that sits near the 18th green. When weather turns inclement, the staff tunes the three high-definition TVs to golfing events in other parts of the world. When the sky is clear, they seat and serve visitors on their covered 1,200-square-foot deck.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,158 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard

7993 N River Rd
Byron,
IL
US