Spend the weekend on the Rock with ‘Forest City Queen’

Staff Report

Spend Labor Day weekend on the Rock with the Rockford Park District’s Forest City Queen riverboat.

The Forest City Queen Water Taxi & Tours is the official Water Taxi & Tour provider of On the Waterfront. The taxi and tours kick off Friday, Aug. 31, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 2, leaving from Martin Park boat dock, 5600 Park Ridge Drive, Loves Park, and dropping off at Beattie Park boat dock, 401 N. Main St., Rockford, just steps away from On the Waterfront. Riders can board at either location.

Hours are: Friday — 5-11:45 p.m.; Saturday — 3:30-11:45 p.m.; and Sunday — 3:30-10:15 p.m.

Forest City Queen Water Taxi & Tours will be operating on a set schedule; try to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Cost is $2 per round trip, $5 for a three-day pass, free for kids age 4 and younger.

No reservation is required. Purchase tickets from the captain on the boat. Cash only; first-come, first-served basis.

How Water Taxi & Tours works: Park for free at Martin Park, and take the Forest City Queen to Beattie Park to avoid trying to find a parking space. It’s a 30-minute boat ride each way. Rides include a narrated tour about the sights along the Rock River.

Water Taxi & Tours amenities: Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase. The boat is accessible for people with disabilities. Baby strollers are welcome aboard.

Water Taxi & Tours rules: No alcoholic beverages are allowed on board. No smoking is permitted during the ride. There is no restroom available on the Forest City Queen.

Posted Aug. 29, 2012

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