- Our list of the best things to do in Rockford, Illinois, features the top 69 nearby activities — including 29 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Rockford, IL has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Amusement, Outdoor Places, Entertainment & Shows, and Sports & Fitness.
- The results below include the top 24 things to do within the city of Rockford, IL , followed by 45 popular activities in nearby cities, including Beloit, Loves Park, Cherry Valley, Belvidere, Oregon, De Kalb, Lake Geneva and Janesville
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A 60-acre wilderness preserve, the Espencheid Memorial Forest Preserve is a natural spot to launch a kayak or canoe in the Kishwaukee River. The preserve itself is full of mature oak trees, and offers scenic woodland views.
Picnicking, swimming, and hunting are some of the activities to be performed in the Rock Cut State Park. A local marina and campgrounds are also found, as well as a 77 mile-long trail system for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
The Belvidere Park District is a center for activities, recreation, and community events. It hosts events ranging from runs, dances, and triathlons to theatrical and musical presentations, and maintains athletic and playground facilities.
While it is a relatively small zoo, Summerfield Farm and Zoo has a wide variety of animals ranging from domestic to exotic, many of which are rescues. The zoo allows visitors an up-close experience with many of the animals.
Paddle & Trail is an outdoor retailer that specializes in paddle sports, bicycling, trail running, and adventure racing. The company offers clinics, trips, rentals, and paddle sport instruction as well as bike repair services.