With Summer right around the corner, picnics will be very popular. Where should you take a basket, blanket and a special someone? Here are some choices.

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You can always take your lunch or supper to this wonderful park and enjoy yourself. Friday nights they have movies, so you can have a late picnic.

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Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park

According to the DNR website

"Chiseled out of the state's far northern region is Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago County. Nearby are other "rocky" landmarks - the mighty Rock River and the place where wagons once forded it, Rockford. It's an area of rolling plains, interesting history and a wide variety of recreational opportunities."

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Sinnissippi Gardens, Rockford

This area includes the Nicholas Observatory And Gardens. According to their website:

"Situated along the banks of our 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 and a waterfall, pedestrian bridge, patio areas, and walkway connecting the Conservatory to the Sinnissippi Rose Garden.