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Free Walking Tours of Public Art


Enjoy viewing an eclectic, unique collection of public art while getting the benefits of refreshing outdoor exercise by taking a free outdoor public art guided walking tour.

The Rockford Park District’s award-winning two-mile scenic walk and organized 1½-hour (approximately) tour along the Rock River Recreation Path departs on select Thursdays June through September, 2018, (weather permitting) at 11 a.m. from the lobby of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford, IL, and features 16 unique sculptures, some of which are works by local artists, and many of which were donated to the Park District.

Scheduled tour dates for 2018 are June 14, July 12, August 16, and September 13.

The tour is intended to connect people with the art along the Rock River Recreation Path, and the Rockford Park District, in cooperation with Rockford Art Museum and the Art in the Parks Committee, is committed to providing high quality public art for the community to enjoy, contemplate, and explore. Participants should dress for the weather, and wear walking shoes.

Additional works of art can be viewed inside the Conservatory, where daily admission fees apply. The public can also take self-guided tours by picking up a free Public Art Walking Tour brochure inside the Conservatory.

Scheduled group tours are also available; to reserve a scheduled group tour time, call Nicholas Conservatory at 815-987-8858. For more information, visit

Mike Costello