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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Bar
“If you would like to go out for the night, Rockford is the place with many restaurants, ice cream shops, brewery, craft shops, and bars.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Food
“Open 6:30am - 8PM Wonderful coffee roasted on site daily - grab a cup or take some whole beans home. Wide variety both regular and Decaf. They also offer bagels and some of the best baked sweet treats as well as deli sandwiches and lighter lunch fair. Housed in a converted farm house, they are about a 15 minute walk away (it sounds farther than it is).”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Live music on the weekends and some other times. Full menu of comfort and tavern foods. Tavern refreshments as well. It's the place to go if you want to see real Rockfordites hanging out after dark.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Great staging place to access the White Pine Trail system of bicycle, hiking, jogging trails.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“After serving Rockford for decades, the Corner Bar suffered a devastating fire in August 2017 in which, ironically, only a single corner of the building survived. They've reopened with an eclectic new space and the casual atmosphere that has made it a Rockford Tradition. Whether it's a meal, sandwiched or their famous hot dogs (there's a wall with nearly 6,000 names of people who have successfully eaten 12 or more at one sitting), you won't go wrong. Locally owned, well–trained staff. It's the quintessential Rockford experience.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Come canoe down the Rogue River. Enjoy its natural beauty. The river is easy for most fairly active adults and children to enjoy.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“High end and unique clothing stores located in downtown Rockford. If you like to find something that no one else will have at home, you need to shop at the Paper Doll where uniqueness is affordable.”
  • 1 local recommends
Premise
“It's paved. It's flat. It used to be a railroad track. It runs along the river and through downtown. South of the city and across the old railroad trestle bridge, it will connect you to family parks and playgrounds, a dog park, and some graffiti under the highway bridge”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Arnies is a great restaurant for the whole family. They have a great bakery, and the cupcakes are to die for. The menu is reasonable and a nice family atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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  • 2 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“A Grand Rapids tradition for generations, the Rockford location opened a few years ago. Smack in the middle of downtown, serving Madcap Coffee (look it up) and, for those with little will power, locally handmade chocolates that the family has been making for decades,”
  • 2 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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  • 2 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Walk up window for some nice ice-cream treats. perfect for a hot summer day. 3 minute walk away. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Open 11am-8pm Great Burgers and Magical fries (seriously, how do they stay so crispy and hot for so long?) ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
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“Frozen yogurts. A kaleidoscope of flavors that change daily and toppings from nuts to gummy worms. Pay by the ounce. Plus there's an old bench swing in the front window.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
  • 1 local recommends