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area Attractions

Below you will find a list of major, local attractions you can enjoy during your visit here at the Best Western Clock Tower Resort.

Midway Village Museum
Late 19th Century village with 26 historical buildings set on 137 acres. Indoor galleries with permanent exhibits on area heritage, including the Rockford Peaches baseball team and exhibits describing the city's history, aviation and industry. Special events throughout the year include a World War II re-enactment, Sock Monkey and Scarecrow Harvest Festivals, and other special events. Free recreational path located on property.
1.23 miles
Anderson Japanese Garden
You'll be awe-struck by the natural beauty and serenity of Anderson Japanese Gardens, ranked the top Japanese garden in North America. Take time to explore the 12 acres of this 12th-Century-style "pond-strolling" garden, with paths, pools, streams, lanterns, pagodas, waterfalls, and Sukiya-style buildings (guesthouse, gazebo, teahouse). The "Garden of Reflection" is a contemporary Japanese-inspired garden with original bronze angel sculptures by Sweden's Carl Milles. The Garden Gift Shop sells Japanese imports and garden items. The Restaurant at Japanese Gardens opened May 2008.  Anderson Japanese Gardens was recently the recipient of the Cultural Achievement Award by the Japan America Society of Chicago.  Anderson Japanese Gardens has been ranked "number one" in Sukiya Living Magazines's 2008 survey of over 300 public Japanese gardens in North America.  Anderson Japanese Gardens has been named one of Illinois' 150 Great Places by the American Institute of Architects, Illinois Council. This prestigious award is given to places that have been identified by leading architects as contributing to their communities' quality of life.
4.93 miles
Burpee Museum
Windows to Wilderness focuses on the nature of the Rock River Valley, and Burpee's Green Roof is the first rooftop garden in Rockford. Other exhibits include: life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex and Woolly Mammoth skeletal casts; Pennsylvanian coal forest with simulated thunderstorms; Native American exhibit with full-sized dwellings; Geoscience; and a viewing lab where visitors can watch Burpee staff work on specimens from the museum’s collections and recent dinosaur discoveries.
6.37 miles
Magic Waters Waterpark
Magic Waters Waterpark is WAVES OF FUN!  Rockford Park District operates this family-friendly waterpark with high standards for safety, cleanliness, and friendly customer service.  We're close by and a good value, so you can spend an enjoyable day together at an affordable vacation destination!   Attractions include "The Abyss" dark tube slide, SplashBlaster water coaster, Breaker Beach, a 707,000 gallon wave pool, body slides, tube slides, SplashMagic River, Little Lagoon for the little tykes, Castaway Adventure Island, sand volleyball, lounge chairs, lockers, concessions, shade, picnic area (coolers and picnics welcome, no alcohol).  Check out some new features in 2009.  The concession stands sell food, snacks, beverages, gifts, swimwear, swim accessories, sundries and souvenirs.  We have group packages, birthday parties, company outings and special events.
1.58 miles
Coronado Theater
This ornate movie palace and vaudeville hall was built in 1927 for $1.5 million and restored and renovated in 2000 for $18.5 million. It's a delightful example of an "atmospheric-style" theater with gilded Spanish castles, Italian villas and Chinese dragons in relief on the sides and a starry false sky.  The Coronado is worth seeing just for its opulent interior, but it is also host to many performing arts groups and traveling shows.  Event parking is available across from the theater in the ramp on the east side of N. Main and in nearby city parking lots.  Coronado Performing Arts Center has been named one of Illinois' 150 Great Places by the American Institute of Architects, Illinois Council. This prestigious award is given to places that have been identified by leading architects as contributing to their communities' quality of life.
6.53 miles
Starlight & Studio Theatre

Rock Valley College is home to a pair of renowned theater programs.

Summers come alive at RVC with Starlight Theatre, featuring four productions and held in the beautiful, and one-of-a-kind Bengt Sjostrom Theatre on the main campus.  With its one of a kind retractable roof, every night is a perfect night for a show.  Starlight brings some of the best known productions to Rockford, and in recent years will debut an original work.

Studio Theatre enjoys a more intimate setting for productions throughout the winter.  Whether it's a Christie murder mystery or an original work, audiences feel a part of the play.

4.52 miles
Discovery Center
Experience a world of hands-on investigation and fun-filled exploration at this children's museum with more than 250 hands-on art and science exhibits, planetarium, TV studio, robotics lab, special events, traveling exhibits and entertaining classes for children and families. Tot Spot for toddlers. Plus Discovery Center boasts the nation's first community-built outdoor science park featuring 8,000 square feet of wooden fun including a two-story maze, water play area and dinosaur fossil dig pit. Recognized as one of the top 10 (tied for 4th) science museums in the country by Child Magazine and named one of the nation's top ten children's museums by The National Geographic Society. Part of the Riverfront Museum Park arts and humanities complex, with plenty of free parking.
6.38 miles
Rock Cut State Park
Beautiful Illinois state park with two lakes set off the park's 3,092 acres. Pierce Lake, with 162 acres, is a retreat for people wanting to fish, ice fish or ice skate. A second 50-acre Olson Lake is especially for swimmers. Fishing, boat launches, restored prairie and birdwatching, hiking, extensive campgrounds, paddleboat and canoe rental, horse and bike trails, cross-country ski trails and concessions.
4.86 miles
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens
A rare example of Victorian exotic architecture, this 1865 Swiss "cottage," was built by early Rockford industrialist and Rockford mayor Robert Tinker. Parquet floors, ornate woodwork, murals, sculptures, spiral staircase, with the family's original furnishings and belongings in place. Visitors' Center has changing exhibits and gift shop in the restored barn. Special events and monthly family activities focus on early Rockford and Victorian traditions. The Museum recently restored the suspension bridge first built across Kent Creek by Robert Tinker in 1870. The bridge connects to the Railroad Gardens once maintained by Tinker and now being restored.
7 miles
BMO Harris Bank Center
Rockford's 10,000 seat downtown arena hosts a variety of events and entertainments ranging from concerts, rodeos, motor sports, trade shows, comedy and family shows. The BMO Harris Bank Center is also home to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs, affiliates of the Chicago Blackhawks.  Enjoy a professional and courteous staff, convenient parking, and ATM machines and concesssions on site.
6.63 miles
Rockford Speedway
Top-name NASCAR racing on a quarter-mile, high-banked track just two miles west of I-90; more than 85 scheduled events per year including American Short Trackers, Winged Women on Wheels, Nascar Late Models, Grand nationals, Roadrunners, Hornets, School Bus, Touring Trailer, Figure 8 Races and more. Home to post-season National Short Track Championship and National Little Car Championships.
6.97 miles
Khelm Arboretum & Botanical Garden
Botany experts say there's only one other site in the world comparable to this--in France! The 150 acres of this "living museum" were planted with rare and unusual trees and shrubs in 1910. Today, it is a year-round pleasure, with paved walks and wood-chip trails, an art gallery with new exhibitions each month, fountain, children's garden, display gardens, classes, programs and a beautiful education center.
Don't miss the annual Garden Fair in June with over 80 vendors selling everything you could want for the garden. Free parking.
7.65 miles
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