Park District offers ‘Trolley to the Tropics’ rides

Take a ride on Trolley Car 36 and a tour of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, and save more than 30 percent off admission to both attractions. (Photo provided)

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The Rockford Park District invites you to try out “Trolley to the Tropics,” a new way to experience two Rockford Park District attractions at a discounted price.

Take a ride on Trolley Car 36 and a tour of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, and save more than 30 percent off admission to both attractions. Purchase “Trolley to the Tropics” tour packages at the Trolley Station, 324 N. Madison St., Rockford.

How it works

Trolley Car 36 departs at the tracks near the Trolley Station in Riverview Park along Madison Street, travels along the Rock River Recreation Path, and makes a stop for a brief visit at the Sinnissippi Rose Garden, Eclipse Lagoon and Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Riders will get back on board and continue to the Symbol before returning to the station. Show your “Trolley to the Tropics” ticket at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens for proof of paid admission.

Trolley to the Tropics information

Date: Every Thursday through August

Departure times: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Trolley ride: 45 minutes

Cost: $6 (residents), $7 (non-residents), $4 (students ages 18 and younger); ages 4 and younger are admitted free. For groups of 10 or more, call (815) 987-1685 to make advance reservations; seating is limited.

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens’ weekend discount program

Every Saturday and Sunday, take a trolley ride and show your receipt at the conservatory to receive $2 off admission, or take a tour of the conservatory and show your receipt at the Trolley Station to receive $1 off your ride.

Mark your calendars!

Take a free class at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford.

Try-It-Out Tai Chi — 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 25.

Try-It-Out Yoga — Noon-1 p.m., Thursday, July 26

For more about additional programs and events at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, visit www.nicholasconservatory.com, or call (815) 987-8858.

Coming soon! FCQ Brewhouse Cruise

Every Thursday night in August, head to Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St., Rockford, for more than just “Dinner on the Dock”; take a cruise on the Forest City Queen (FCQ)! FCQ Brewhouse Cruise takes you on a 30-minute ride for only $2 per person. Snacks will be available on board.

Dates: Thursdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Time: 6 to 8 p.m. (Cruise leaves Prairie Street Brewhouse dock every 30 minutes)

For more about the Forest City Queen, visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/fcq, or call (815) 987-8894 or (815) 987-1685.

Posted July 24, 2012

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