SUMMER GARDENS AND A TOUCH OF SWITZERLAND
Load Bus: 6:30 AM @ Botanical Center
Depart: 7:00 AM
Return: estimated 9:30 PM @ Botanical Center
$125 members of RIPAC and QCBC
Walking expected at each attraction. Non-refundable.
The Quad City Botanical Center and Rock Island Parks & Recreation are partnering to offer a unique day trip on June 18, 2020.
Our tour begins with a stop at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. Situated along the Rock River, its outdoor features include the fragrant Sinnissippi Rose Garden, sculptures and a lagoon. In the conservatory find tropical gardens and relax surrounded by the lush trees and plants.
Next we are off to Janesville, Wisconsin to visit the 20-acre Rotary Botanical Gardens. Built on an old stone quarry site, there are many beautiful gardens to explore.
After a scenic drive through the Wisconsin countryside, we will be arriving at America's little Switzerland, New Glarus, Wisconsin. Take a relaxing stroll down main street and discover unique little shops along the way.
On our journey to our dinner destination, we will make a short stop at the Swiss Colony Outlet Store in Monroe, Wisconsin. Here you can find their famous cheese, bakery items and more.
Constructed of two old dairy barns, The Rafter's Restaurant in Lena, Illinois, is sure to capture your attention. Enjoy your dinner in a rustic banquet room in these beautifully restored barns. The cost of lunch and dinner is included in your registration fee.