Our Vision

To offer a life-altering aquarium experience where visitors will explore beautiful and vibrant ocean life and learn the importance of conserving our water, the ocean and its inhabitants.

Why an Aquarium?

The concept of an aquarium was initiated by a committed group of people who are passionate about aquariums and the impact they have on communities. This group, many of whom currently serve on the Board of Directors, is comprised of local volunteers with a wealth of knowledge and experience in community engagement, leadership, business development and marketing.

The Rockford Aquarium will enhance the quality of life in Northern Illinois. It will occupy a unique space and be fun and educational. It will teach about the wonders of our oceans and rivers. It will bring to life the creatures that make our waters so interesting. It will be a family-centered facility filled with awesome interactivities.

The aquarium will be a highly visible tourist attraction encouraging repeat visitors with ever- changing exhibits. It will be an important economic stimulus, building on the City of Rockford’s plan for further community development.



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