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Sinnissippi Station Model Garden Railroad Exhibit

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Visitors are transported to a magical miniature world as six G-scale trains and trolleys run down, around, and above the lush tropical setting of Nicholas Conservatory. Miniature Rockford landmarks and willow trestle bridges add to the enchanting ambiance.

The trains and trolleys in the exhibit are painted and personalized to depict those that traversed Rockford throughout its history. Also featured are intricately detailed bridges and structures expertly decorated with a variety of natural botanical materials such as pine cones, acorns, and sticks. Six structures are part of Sinnissippi Station: Nicholas Conservatory, Sinnissippi Floral Clock and rose garden trellis, Sinnissippi Park Music Shell, the Trolley Station, and a replica of the Symbol sculpture.

Nicholas Conservatory Hours
Mondays: CLOSED for plant care and maintenance
Tuesdays-Fridays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Christmas Eve (Sun., Dec. 24): 10 a.m.-2 p. m.
New Year’s Eve (Sun., Dec. 31): 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Extended Holiday Exhibit Hours
November 25-December 30, 2017: (Saturdays and Sundays only) - 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
December 26-29, 2017: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Nicholas Conservatory Admission Fees
Adults - $6 ($8 non-resident)
Youth ages 5-17, seniors ages 65+, and veterans - $4 ($6 non-resident
Tots ages 3-4 - $2
Children ages 2 and younger -  Free
Tropical Tuesdays (every Tuesday) - $3 per person

Subarea:Rockford Northeast


Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens - 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL 61107 - From I-90: Exit at U.S. 20 Business (E. State St.) and follow Business 20 into Rockford. Turn right on IL 251 and follow it north to the From the south: Exit I-39 west on U.S. 20 Bypass to IL 251 (11th St.) Follow IL 251 through town to the entrance to the Conservatory on the west side of the street.

Sinnissippi Station Model Garden Railroad Exhibit
  • December 12 - January 14, 2018
  • Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
  • $6 adults ($8 non-resident) | $5 youth age 5-17, seniors age 65+, veterans ($6 non-resident) | $2 Tots age 3-4
  • Recurring daily