Discovery Center Named Top Destination by Vacation Website

ROCKFORD (WIFR) –– Discovery Center Museum announced today that it was named one of the “10 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.” by Family Vacation Critic.

“We are so proud of our museum for receiving this recognition,” explains Sarah Wolf, executive director of Discovery Center Museum. “We are thrilled to bring such positive recognition to our museum and our community,” she adds.

In the Family Vacation Critic article, Discovery Center shares the spotlight with museums such as the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; Boston Children’s Museum; Children’s Museum of Houston; and the Minnesota Children’s Museum. There are over 200 children’s museums in the United States.

Discovery Center served 265,000 people in 2012–a new record for the museum. It served almost 174,000 visitors on site and another 91,000 through the museum’s outreach programs.

In 2002, Child magazine ranked Discovery Center 4th in the first-ever survey to identify the 10 best children’s museums in the nation. Then in 2009, Discovery Center was included in the book, The Ten Best of Everything: Families in the category of children’s museums. In 2012, Forbes included Discovery Center in their list of the 12 best children’s museums in the United States.

Family Vacation Critic website features reviews of family-friendly hotels, resorts, destinations and attractions. The site is packed with ideas on where to go next, highlights the best family travel deals and provides advice for traveling with kids of all ages. Family Vacation Critic is published by online travel specialist The Independent Traveler, Inc -- a subsidiary of TripAdvisor LLC.

For more information, call the Discovery Center at (815) 963-6769 or visit the Museum’s web site at Discovery Center Museum, the nation’s Fourth Best Children’s Museum as cited by Child magazine, and one of 12 museums included in’s article, The 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S. Discovery Center is located inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street, Rockford, Ill. General admission to the Museum is $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to children age 1 and younger and Museum members. Hours of operation are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week.

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