Other Attractions in the Rockford Area

Rockford is home to many fine attractions and restaurants. Please consider visiting other nearby points-of-interest after visiting Anderson Japanese Gardens:

Nicholas Conservatory Situated along the banks of the Rock River, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is the third largest conservatory in Illinois, offering an 11,000-square-foot plant exhibition area complete with water features, seating areas, and sculptures, all in a tropical plant setting.

Burpee Museum of Natural History Home to Jane the T-Rex, Paleofest, and a vast collection focused on the natural history of the Rock River Valley region and comparative material from all over North America and the world.

Rockford Art Museum Offering 17,000 square feet of exhibition space within its three galleries, RAM features contemporary surveys of regional and national artwork as well as 20th Century American art, American Impressionist paintings, historical and contemporary photography, and pieces by self-taught African American artists.

Discovery Center Museum Named among the 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine, the museum is full of over 250 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area plus a giant outdoor multi-level science park.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden Encompassing 155 acres in southwest Rockford, Klehm Arboretum has an assortment of plant life unlike any other natural area in the United States, including many unique species from throughout the United States that normally do not thrive in this region, plus the Midwest’s most vigorous evergreen collection. Klehm participates in the AHS Reciprocal Program.

Midway Village Museum Go back in time to visit a Victorian Village comprised of 26 historical buildings filled with artifacts of the era as well as several beautiful 19th century gardens that depict life in Northern Illinois from 1890 to 1910.

Coronado Performing Arts Center The Coronado opened in 1927 and features authentic rococo style which has been carefully restored to its original grand style as a state-of-the-art performance and entertainment facility. Check their website for upcoming events.

Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau The official website for area visitor information.