Website ranks Rockford’s Discovery Center top family attraction in Illinois

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Rockford’s Discovery Center Museum has been recognized on the list of “2014 Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For in the U.S.” by, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor. The list includes not only children’s museums, but zoos, botanical gardens, natural history museums and science centers.

Through industry research and traveler feedback, found the 50 most loved and most talked about family attractions in each state across the country, and Discovery Center Museum was recognized as the top family attraction in Illinois.

Here is the link to the full list of places that made the list:

The attractions on this list were chosen based on traveler reviews and research conducted by FlipKey’s travel team. From there, the list was further narrowed down by looking at factors such as suitability to families traveling with kids, uniqueness of the attraction, and the overall entertainment appeal to families.

We are very proud of our museum for earning the top spot in Illinois,” said Sarah Wolf, executive director of Discovery Center Museum. “We are always happy to bring positive recognition to our museum and to the Rockford region.”

In 2013, Discovery Center served almost 136,000 visitors on site and another 72,000 through the museum’s outreach programs.

Discovery Center Museum is a non-profit organization providing hands-on math, science and art experiences for all ages with more than 250 hand-on exhibits, planetarium, special area for children younger than 5, and an outdoor science park. Discovery Center Museum is the nation’s Ffith-Best Museum for Families, according to USA TODAY/, and one of 12 museums included in’s article, “The 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.” The museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. General admission to the museum is:$8 adults, $8 children (ages 2 to 17), and free to museum members and children age 1 and younger. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., dailyl. For additional information, call (815) 963-6769 or log on to

Posted May 21, 2014

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