Situated along the banks of the beautiful Rock River, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens brings the tropics to the Midwest. The facility is the third largest conservatory in Illinois, offering an 11,000-square-foot plant exhibition area complete with water features, seating areas, and sculptures all in one setting. The beauty continues outdoors with the Eclipse Lagoon, complete with two fountains and a waterfall, pedestrian bridge, patio areas and walkway connecting the Conservatory to the Sinnissippi Rose Garden. The Conservatory will be hosting a new and exciting exhibit from Australia. Lunch will be at Prairie St. Brewing Co., where we will enjoy a buffet lunch offering hamburger sliders, bbq pork sliders, grill chicken breast sliders, fresh fruit, potato salad and a sweet treat to end our stop at a historic Rockford building. Prairie St Brewing was founded in 1849 by an English beer enthusiast named Jonathan Peacock. Our final stop will be at the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens for a tour of where the history of Rockford began. The cottage was the home of the Tinkers, a prominent family in Rockford’s early history. Trip includes: transportation by Park District bus, entrance fees to both locations and lunch. Extensive walking, standing and stairs.