• By Mary P
  • Travel Tips
  • 11.05.2016

Rockford is Illinois' third largest city. Located at the top of the state, this locale is also a top tourist attraction. With the fact that it's immersed in nature and culture-rich, there's something to satisfy everyone's interest in Rockford. Get away from it all in Rockford.

Things to See

Ferrel Clydesdale Farms

Hear the clop clop of heavy hooves at the Ferrel Clydesdale Farm, where this majestic animals are housed. It's possible to rent a Chuck wagon for a cookout. A blacksmith shop is also on the property. The farm has been in operation since 1850.


See living history at Fort de Chartres, which was once a military defensive structure for the French. View glimpses of pioneer life, and catch reenactments of artillery actions.

Eagle Watching

Early in the year you can enjoy eagle watching at Starved Rock State Park. When the imperial birds travel to Canada from January through February, you can see see masses of these wintering birds in the Rockford area. If you want to jaunt to the apex of the rock, you can get the best view.

Things to Do

Paddock Hills Equestrian Center

Take riding lessons, see horse shows and enjoy bounteous beauty a few miles from the city. This urban location is actually a working farm, where you may see farm hands at work.

Winnebago County Fair

Animals, lights, high flying entertainment, food fare that's over the top. This is the county fair, with over 143 acres of merriment. See motor sports, auto shows, trade shows, antique festivals, and musical recreation.

Live Music

On the mall, in the garden, on the dock, at the park or in a market. It's live music. During the summer months, music rings in the air in all kinds of places.


Gardens, rivers, a full calendar of activities and events. This is Rockford. Shop until you can't shop any more, walk the musuem floors and more in this Illinois city.