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Belvedere Mansion & Gardens - Open to the public from mid May to mid November. This 22 room private residence is truly lavish: the finest and "most often visited" Italianate mansion in Galena for more than 33 years.

Anderson Japanese Gardens - Authentic Japanese garden, with 8 1/2 acres of waterfalls, ponds, paths, koi, Sukiya-style buildings, moon bridge, stone pagoda, water basins.

Burpee Museum of Natural History - The mission of Burpee Museum of Natural History is to promote the appreciation of the natural heritage of the Rock River Valley region. The Museum features prehistoric exhibits including life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex and Wooly Mammoth skeleton casts, Native American exhibits, fossils, minerals, animals and plants.

Flagg Township Museum - A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Flagg Township. Come see this diverse collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts and take part in exciting educational events!

Kakakee Railroad Musuem - Three large operating model railroad layouts are located in the main museum. N Gauge, HO Gauge, and O gauge. Many railroad artifacts are on display as well as a suitcase that was on the Titanic. Come and ring a large steam locomotive bell.

Kankakee Valley Theatre - A not-for-profit community theatre that operates in the area around Kankakee. It is comprised of two groups: Young Peoples Theatre (which presents productions with youth ages 6 - 16 as the actors) and Kankakee Valley Theatre (which is open to actors of any age over 6).

Hume Carnegie Museum - Dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the people, commerce, and industry of the Mendota area.

Midway Village & Museum Center - The museum campus consists of a Victorian village with 26 historical buildings filled with artifacts of the era as well as several beautiful 19th century gardens that depict life in northern Illinois from 1890 to 1910.

Raging Waves Waterpark - Chicagoland's newest and largest waterpark, is located in suburban Yorkville, on Highway 47.

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home - Ronald Wilson Reagan. Learn about his boyhood and the community that formed his moral values during his formative years. Stroll through the yard where our 40th president played football, worked in the family garden and helped raise rabbits with his older brother, Neil.

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum - The stunning twenty-room Swiss cottage that Robert H. Tinker built on a limestone bluff in 1865 features elaborate parquet floors, detailed woodwork, spiral staircase and murals, along with the furniture and artifacts.

Scitech Hands On Museum - Where science is an adventure! More than 200 hands-on exhibits and daily science shows will intrigue and excite you and your family.

Schingoethe Center Museum - Enjoy current exhibits, including an expanded version of Native Peoples of Illinois, Nizhoni Gallery exhibits on the Southwest Culture Area and Children of Native America.

Discovery Center Museum - Full of over 180 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area. The museum also features a planetarium, working TV studio, robotics lab, outdoor science park

Illinois Railway Museum - Features the largest railway museum collection in the U.S. Over the past 45 years, the Illinois Railway Museum has acquired over 350 pieces of equipment.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden - Offers over 150 acres of magnificent trees and plants! Explore this "living museum" every season: majestic colors of fall, hundreds of blooming crabapples in spring, butterfly gardens in summer, and snow-covered evergreens in winter.

Magic Waters Waterpark - The Midwest's largest public water park. The park features a water coaster, wave pool, body slides, tube slides, SplashMagic River, Little Lagoon, Caribbean SplashMagic Island, sand volleyball and more.

Union Depot Railroad Museum - The purpose of the Union Depot Railroad Museum is to preserve and share with others the Mendota area's rich railroad history by providing an assortment of varied railroad related experiences including interactive displays and fresh programs and displays.

Midwest Museum-Natural History - Travel through the natural biomes of North America, from the arctic tundra to the desert, and observe animals in their habitats. Observe natural predator-prey relationships.

Phillips Park Zoo - It is the mission of the Phillips Park Zoo to provide a safe environment where students and visitors can gain a Better understanding of the animal world and its environment through recreation and education.

Rockford Speedway - Since the inaugural season in 1948, the high-banked quarter mile oval has been tabbed as "Mid-America's Finest Racetrack." Rich in racing tradition, this reputation has been well earned through hosting major events like the granddaddy of all short track post season events, the National Short Track Championships.

Stephenson County Museum - The collection is housed in the former home of Oscar and Malvina Snow Taylor. The home is decorated as it would have been when the Taylors lived there during the Victorian era.

Donley's Wild West Town - The excitement and charm of the Old West come alive at Donley's Wild West Town in Union. Here you can experience life in the style of the Wild West where gunslingers have showdowns, and a narrow gauge train whistles past the Blacksmith's Shop, Print Shop, Jail, Saloon and Sweet Phyllis Gold Mine.

Winneshiek Playhouse - Proud to be the nation's oldest continuous amateur theatre for over 85 seasons with the same goal: To provide quality, live theatre for visitors and the community at large.

Ottawa Scouting Museum - Founded to promote and preserve the colorful and proud traditions of Boy Scouting, Girl Scouting and Camp Fire, via exhibition of the past of these organizations with memorabilia from its vast collection.