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  • Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
    Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens transports visitors into the verdant heart of the tropics when they enter the 11,000-square-foot greenhouse, which bristles with leafy ferns and towering palm trees amid the flagstone walkways, wooden benches, and rippling ponds. Within these serene confines, the conservatory's staff seeks to educate the public by hosting workshops and lecture series for all ages, as well as hands-on activities that change with the seasons. These events espouse the importance of plant life across the world while teaching visitors how to identify the edible parts of a corsage.
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    1354 N. 2nd St.
    Rockford, IL US
  • Anderson Japanese Gardens
    After traveling to Japan in 1966 and to the Portland Japanese Garden soon thereafter, John Anderson found himself inspired by the country's lush landscape and tranquil gardens. In 1978, after returning to his home in Rockford, he partnered with expert designer Hoichi Kurisu to begin constructing Anderson Japanese Gardens?12 acres of paths, plants, and streams, as soothing as those John visited in Japan. The gardens still encourage a sense of calm and thoughtful reflection, as guided and self-guided tours stroll past undulating waterfalls, trickling across colorful flowers, beneath arched bridges, and over lily pads. Fruit blossoms on trees and bushes, sculptures stand very still, and koi fish flit about in a pond. On Thursdays, participants read from scripture, listen to music, and meditate during worship services, and a series of classes held onsite, such as origami and tai chi, impart Japanese traditions.
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    318 Spring Creek Road
    Rockford, IL US
  • Rockford Art Musuem
    Whether yearning for a picnic, a game of football, or a trip to a museum, visitors of all tastes can find the fun they’re looking for at a Rockford Park District facility. Throughout the Rockford area, residents and guests can find parks that host a bevy of engaging activities, such as boating and fishing, year-round ice skating , and rounds of golf. The Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens surround visitors with colorful flowers and lush greenery, and the city’s three dog parks give pets and their parents the space they need to play fetch and re-enact scenes from The Sound of Music. The numerous parks and buildings also host special events throughout the year, including outdoor concerts and horticulture seminars.
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    711 N Main St Ste 3
    Rockford, IL US
  • Discovery Center Museum
    What do kids love more than outer space? Nothing, except maybe learning more about it at Discovery Center Museum, named one of the 10 best museums in the country for families by USA Today readers. The slew of interactive exhibits include a planetarium, where youngsters can learn more about the night sky, and an exhibit on Rockford astronaut Dr. Janice Voss, who went on an impressive grand total of five space missions with NASA. The museum covers more than space, though?those are just two of the more than 250 hands-on exhibits that explain concepts as diverse as how agriculture touches our everyday lives and how airplanes fly without flapping their wings.
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    711 N Main St.
    Rockford, IL US

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