When creating a romantic feel for your time together, do you believe the setting is most important? This particular spot couldn't be a more spectacular setting.

Romantic settings come in so many forms, big city nights, afternoons by the river, a day on the lake, a night under the stars, in the middle of downtown, or in the middle of a forest. It's fun planning a romantic date.

Planning the Most Romantic Dates

Travel + Leisure just shined the brightest and most beautiful light on our dating lives by finding the most romantic spots in every state. You may want to start planning some romantic travel around the country when you see this list.

The most spectacular thing about this list, for this Rockfordian, is that the Most Romantic Spot in Illinois is not in Chicago, it's in the 815. If you're thinking it's a restaurant, you're wrong.

© Rockford Park District - Photo by Jesse Fox
©Rockford Park District - Photo by Jesse Fox
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Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

Plenty of romance in the 11,000 square feet of indoor tropical flora & sculpture plus a gorgeous landscaped lagoon with fountains and several patios. all on the banks of the Rock River.

© Rockford Park District - Photo by Jesse Fox
©Rockford Park District - Photo by Jesse Fox
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There is always something fascinating too see aet Nicholas Conservatory and Garden:

Delicate Forces

"Get lost in the wonder-filled world of Delicate Forces, a botanically-inspired, large-scale art exhibition by Skunk Control, a group of engineers, scientists, and educators from Australia", according to their website. This event runs through Novermber 6, 2022.

All Aglow, the breathtaking lighted Christmas display at Nicholas Conservatory is 1000 Hallmark Christmas movies worth of snowy romance. What makes the conservatory and gardens such a great place for romantic nature-loving dates is the variety of ways, seasonal and otherwise, to be connected to what you most love.

Rockford Park District - Photo by Jesse Fox
Rockford Park District - Photo by Jesse Fox
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Aerial Shot of Nicholas Conservatory Looks Like a Winter Wonderland
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Rockford Park District-Photo by Tom Doherty
Rockford Park District-Photo by Tom Doherty
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The annual butterfly exhibit is one uyou might have to attend twoce, once with your date, the second time with your kids. There's an event for orchid lovers, too.

Enjoy Breakfast With Hundreds of Butterflies at Nicholas Conservatory
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During the warmer months and into the fall, there is an extremely popular festival of food called, Food Truck Tuesdays. Over a dozen food trucks line the entire gardens and park alongside the Rock River.

Food Truck Tuesdays Are Back at Rockford's Nicholas Conservatory
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Connect with Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens on their website, Facebook, and Instagram. ***Here's a quick warning for you! There is one event inside the tropical confines you might want to keep off your romantic dates list. The Corpse Flower event is fun but definitely not romantic.

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You have 49 more dates to plan with some help from Travel + Leisure, 50 Most Romantic Places in the United States.

If a fine dining restaurant is your goal for a romantic date, you cannot go wrong with anyone of Rockford's highest-rated fine dining restaurants.

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