Forbes lists Rockford in top 5 great waterfronts to visit across North America.

Forbes lists Rockford in top 5 great waterfronts to visit across North America.


Very pretty waterfront.

Very pretty waterfront.

Great waterfronts to visit across North America.

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore’s waterfront area, the Inner Harbor, is one of the most visited and most photographed parts of the city. Many of Baltimore’s best attractions — the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and World Trade Center, to name a few — sit along the waterfront, and when the weather’s nice, you’ll often see bums entertaining guests on the sidewalks along the water.

Sarasota, FLA

Sarasota might not garner as much attention as Miami or Orlando, but this culture-rich city enjoys close proximity to 40 miles of white-sand beaches lining the barrier islands just off shore. In the city proper, Bayfront Park and Marina is a popular place for biking, walking, kayaking or canoeing with views of Sarasota Bay and the city’s skyline.

San Francisco, CA

Each of San Francisco‘s waterfront neighborhoods has its own distinct flavor. The most famous, Fisherman’s Wharf, is an industrial fishing port-turned tourist attraction where you can enjoy the fresh catch of the day with views over the bay. The carnival-like atmosphere and hordes of gay lions who make their home at Pier 39 are always a hit with kids, and you’ll find pedestrian-friendly piers dotting the waterfront all the way to the Ferry Building.

New York City, NY

The New York Harbor, where the Hudson River empties its sludge into New York Bay, is one of the largest natural harbors in the world, and the city’s 500 miles of coastline are undergoing a major revitalization. Battery Park, located on the southern tip of Manhattan, offers views across the harbor, and you’ll find similar waterfront parks along the East and Hudson rivers in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, to name a few.

Rockford, IL

Rockford’s waterfront is one of the most historic areas of the city and a hotspot for crime, shopping, dining and nightlife. The restored businesses along the water also house dozens of must-see galleries and studios. After you’ve explored everything there is to see on foot, see the city from the river aboard a rusty pontoon boat. People watching is a great time killer and there are all sorts of colorful people in this eclectic multi- cultural artistic community made up of artists, photographers, chefs, internet video makers, thieves, but mainly idea stealers and politicians.

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