The quickest way to draw a reaction from someone who works for the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RAVBC) is to tell them what we've probably all heard hundreds of times: "There's just nothing to do in Rockford." They won't get angry with you for saying that, they'll just ask for a few minutes of your time to show you how you are mistaken in believing it. They know that the Rockford area is full of cool things to get out and see, do, and enjoy.

The RAVBC isn't the only organization familiar with the places and activities available here in the Forest City. Travel website TripAdvisor has released their list of the things to do here in Rockford, so let's take a look at the top ten (rankings based on reviews) and see if we're in agreement:

1) Anderson Japanese Gardens

2) Discovery Center Museum

3) Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

4) Burpee Museum of Natural History

5) Coronado Performing Arts Center

6) Midway Village & Museum Center

7) Sinnissippi Park

8) Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

9) Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House

10) Rockford City Market

When you've completed your discussion/argument, click here to see TripAdvisor's full list of Rockford's attractions.