In Freeport and Stephenson County, you’ll find that “welcome” is more than just a word – it’s part of our lifestyle. From family-run shops and farm stands to museums and cultural events, we’re happy to share the hometown feeling that makes this part of Illinois a special experience.
To see all that we have to offer please visit the Freeport/Stephenson County Convention & Visitors Bureau website.
Dairy Days Parade June 26th
Dairy Days Parade, Downtown Freeport, "Celebrating Agriculture in Stephenson County", the parade will kick off at 1:00 pm from the corner of Washington and Jackson and will wind through downtown. The route will be Jackson, VanBuren, Main, State, Exchange, VanBuren, Douglas, Clark and VanBuren, ending near the Health Dept on Linden St. The announcers stand will be at the Stewart Center
Chicago's Low Down Brass Band will highlight the parade entries, sponsored by Pioneer Hybrids.
Family Day at the Union Dairy June 26th
Family day at the Union Dairy follows the Dairy Days Parade and rus from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Fun for all ages, pony rides, petting zoo, by "Friendly Lakeside Critters" from Apple River, bounce house, face art by FACEtastic, and caricatures and learn about the new Children's Hands On Museum coming soon to Freeport. Visit Website
Awarded “Outstanding Multi-use Facility” award by Illinois Parks and Recreation Association.
Heavily wooded Krape Park features a picturesque waterfall that tumbles down from a high limestone bluff, an operating one-of-a-kind carousel that costs just 50 cents to ride, tennis courts, multi-use trails, sledding hills, cross country skiing trails, a baseball diamond, numerous picnic tables and a duck pond. Visit Website
Centrally located in Freeport, Read Park offers acres of recreational area. Read Park is the home of the Read Park Family Aquatic Center, complete with a zero-depth swimming pool, water slides, spray features, and sand volleyball area. Read Park’s newest amenity is a 11,000 square foot concrete skate park that features obstacles, ramps, rails, bowls and ledges for skateboard and in-line enthusiasts. Visit Website
Tutty's Crossing and the Jane Adams Trail
This trailhead and multi-use 17 mile trail offers beautiful scenery and 22 bridges, including a covered bridge in Orangeville, passing wetlands, creeks, woods, prairies, geologic formations and farmland. The trail, named after Jane Addams, the Nobel Peace Prize humanitarian and Hull House settlement founder born and raised in nearby Cedarville, is part of the Grand Illinois Trail which traverses northern Illinois from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River. Visit Website