The 10 Best Things to Do in Cherry Valley, United States

December 25, 2017 Janette Largent

The village of Cherry Valley is a community of 8.72 square miles (22.6 km) located in the Kishwaukee River valley, which lies primarily in Winnebago County. Approximately ten percent of the village is located within Boone County. The village is within the Rockford, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area, and borders the southeast side of Rockford. The population is 3,162 as of the 2010 census, up from 2,191 in 2000.
Restaurants in Cherry Valley

1. Magic Waters Waterpark

7820 Cherry Vale North Blvd, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 +1 815-966-2442
Excellent
35%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 123 reviews

Magic Waters Waterpark

Magic Waters Waterpark is a family-friendly, outdoor water park with high standards for safety, cleanliness, and friendly customer service. Magic Waters is conveniently located just off Interstate 90/39 in Rockford, Illinois, near the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin border, not far from the Chicago area. The waterpark is home to Illinois' largest wave pool, a 75-foot tall speed slide, and much more!

Reviewed By kathyloveshotel

We went here as a couple but it is a great place for the family too. There are a lot of different things to do. I like the lazy river the best. I also like the wave pool. They have lockers that you can rent to keep items in. The gift shop has a lot of cool things for sale in it.

2. Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107-1035 +1 815-229-9390
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 672 reviews

Anderson Japanese Gardens

OPEN SEASONALLY MAY 1 - OCTOBER 31: Anderson Japanese Gardens is proud of its longstanding reputation as one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America. Our passion, however, is how the Garden positively impacts individuals and the communities where they live. We are committed to presenting first-class programs, events, and opportunities that bring people together in this uplifting natural setting.

Reviewed By Henry F - River Forest, Illoinois

One of the finest Japanese gardens in America - comparable to the famous one in Portland, Oregon - and more complete and varied than most outside of Japan. This is absolutely worth a visit.

3. Summerfield Farm and Zoo

3088 Flora Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008-9342 +1 815-547-4852
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Summerfield Farm and Zoo

Reviewed By saleinsycamore - Sycamore, Illinois

I wonder how the non-domesticated animals (hyena, wolves, alligator) were obtained. If they were rescued from a person who had exotic pets, then fine. But, if they were taken them from the wild, then obtained by the zoo, I feel really sad for the animals (especially the hyena and alligator, since they are alone). But, the most critical issue, in my opinion, is that except for their small dog houses, the grey wolves have no shade to escape the direct summer sun. This is torture for a member of the dog family since the inside of such a small dog house gets roasting hot on summer days. Both pairs of wolves need a larger amount of shade, e.g., from a tree, or from some sturdy man-made object. The pen of the pair of arctic wolves does have a cover over it, but a large shade tree or man-made object would be better. To see the wolves pacing back and forth in their tiny pens in the hot summer sun broke my heart.

4. Baumann Park & Lake

300 S. Walnut, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 +1 815-332-3441
Excellent
58%
Good
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Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Baumann Park & Lake

Reviewed By alanneese - Cherry Valley, Illinois

This park has a baseball diamond, tennis courts, playgrounds, soccer fields, a fishing lake and a walking path that goes around a big lake.

5. Discovery Center Museum

711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103-7204 +1 815-963-6769
Excellent
79%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 290 reviews

Discovery Center Museum

Reviewed By Dawn W

We have visited numerous children's museums and this was one of the best! Can't wait to go back and check out the outside activities as we visited in winter. 2 boys 6 and 5 didn't lose interest after being there 3.5 hours and still didn't want to leave.

6. Boone County Historical Museum

314 S State St, Belvidere, IL 61008-3606 +1 815-544-8391
Excellent
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5 based on 3 reviews

Boone County Historical Museum

Reviewed By alfie2u - Rockford

I was here in December 2015 and I had a good time. This place features items that were used in Boone County in the 1800's. It gives people an idea of what life was like back then through to today. An item that can be found there are several different washing machines. How the washer has progressed over the decades is good to see. In the museum they have a replica of a one room school house. Complete with books, desks, and hooks for coats.
In Boone County we have the Chrysler plant and in the museum they have the very first car that came off the assembly line on display. This place is well worth the trip.
I would say the best time to go is when Belvidere does the Christmas Tree lighting. Last year they had the museum open and they gave out hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies to the visitors and many of us were able to see the museum.

7. Valley Orchard

811 E State St, Cherry Valley, IL 61016-9363 +1 815-332-9696
Excellent
57%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Valley Orchard

Reviewed By Stella B

Do you like fresh rhubarb? How about asparagus? How about apple doghnuts, apple cider or pies? Valley Orchard is the senior citizen of orchards in the area as far as longevity goes. Offering seasonal produce and fall fruits all year 'round, the orchard is just across from the Cherry Valley municipal building. The folks there have been planting apple trees for years and know which favorites are requested. In the fall children climb on hay pyramids for fun, while the adults peruse pies and fruits. It's close to Rockford and small enough to be personal.

8. Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

1354 N 2nd St, Rockford, IL 61107-3033 +1 815-987-8858
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

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 a tropical plant setting.The beauty continues outdoors with the Eclipse Lagoon, complete with two fountains, waterfalls, pedestrian bridge, patio areas, and walkway connecting the Conservatory to the historic Sinnissippi Rose Garden. Featuring Bruce Munro: LIGHT June 3 - November 5!

Reviewed By Rand M - Cherry Valley

This is truly a star in the highlights of Rockford. It's peaceful, romantic, relaxing, just a beautiful place to be. Come discover all sorts of plants, look through the kalidescope, watch the fish. Get out of the cold and enjoy a winter's day.

9. Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve

6303 Mulford Road &, 5757 Blackhawk Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 +1 815-877-6100
Excellent
58%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve

Public Access is provivded from either Blackhawk or Mulford Roads. This 145-acre preserve provides a diversity of recreational opportunities. Includes a 30-acre oak woods listed on the Illinois Natural Area Inventory of notable natural quality. A hiking trail provides access to the woods. Traditional picnic areas and shelters available. Adjacent to State of Illinois' high quality ranked Kishwaukee River.

Reviewed By StillmanValleyScott - Stillman Valley

Fishing is good here, be aware that on Saturdays in summer there are literally hundreds of drunken canoer's partying, so if that isn't your thing, go elsewhere on those days.

10. Burpee Museum of Natural History

737 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103-6966 +1 815-965-3433
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Burpee Museum of Natural History

Reviewed By Lacey C - Granbury, Texas

We were very impressed with this museum! Who would expect to see a complete teenaged T-Rex much less a full Triceratops in Rockford? We loved learning how they were found. The exhibits were very well done! We also enjoyed seeing native animals and the homing pigeon display as well. Very nice museum!

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