‘Sun-Times’ cites Rockford as a family friendly destination
For a city that regularly makes “Top 10 Worst” lists (Forbes’ “Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities,” Money’s “Top 10 Worst Cities”), Rockford has finally received some positive media recognition.
An April 25 Chicago Sun-Times article listed Rockford as a “family friendly destination.” The article can be read at http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/12135210-421/area-day-trips-a-great-family-adventure.html.
“We are always excited when we are able to tell our neighbors to the east what a great place Rockford is, not just for families, but also for visitors of all ages,” John Groh, president/CEO of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB), said of the recognition.
In the article, “Area day trips a great family adventure,” by free-lance writer Jennifer Burklow, Bridgett French, marketing manager for RACVB, listed a series of must-see family destinations in Rockford.
The must-see destinations included Rockford’s Discovery Center Museum, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford Art Museum, Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, Anderson Japanese Gardens, the Forest City Queen Riverboat, Trolley Car 36 tours, Magic Waters Waterpark and the Ski Broncs Waterski Shows.
Also mentioned in the article were regional attractions Summerfield Farm and Zoo in Belvidere, Ill., and Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Ill.
“What you’ll find when you come to Rockford is that all of the sites and attractions have free parking and we have great restaurants,” French said in the article. “And our sites and attractions have something to offer for the entire family.”
St. Charles/Geneva and Starved Rock State Park/North Utica were also listed in the article as family-friendly destinations.
From the May 2-8, 2012, issue
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